The Broncos’ 2012 season has seen the team pile up 12 victories in a number of different ways.
From the furious 21-point comeback win in San Diego that jumpstarted the team’s 10-game winning streak to comfortable victories, Denver has shown the ability to win under various circumstances.
But through it all, one type of win that has eluded the Broncos has been that of the last-second variety. While the team has been pleased that it hasn’t needed dramatic rallies in the closing minutes, it believes experience in such scenarios would be valuable. That’s why Denver does as much as possible in practice to prepare itself for anything that might come its way. But it’s something that Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy admits is difficult to achieve on the practice field.
“I don’t think you can ever really go through the true game situation live,” McCoy said. “It’s hard. With the crowd, if you’re on the road, or at home, or the weather conditions—those things change all the time. The most important thing as a coach is to prepare your players for that. We talk about situational football every day. If this situation comes up, what would we do? On the weekends after you see certain games, as a staff you talk about certain situations in other games and then you try to relay that message to the players. If it is in one of your games, they’re prepared for it.”
Now in his 15th season, quarterback Peyton Manning has seen just about everything the game has to offer. But even with well over a decade’s worth of experience, Manning still looks to spend time in practice leaving no stone unturned.
“You can’t do anything about changing the outcome of the game,” Manning said. “We were down early in some games and came back and closed in some games, got over the hump in some games. So, you’d love to face every scenario, but like I said, you can’t control how each game’s outcome is going to go. You try to simulate game-like scenarios in practice. It’s not quite the same as a game, so that’s something that (Head) Coach (John) Fox and the staff have tried to do all season long.”
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