For the next four days, the Broncos and football will have a chance to be separate entities.
After holding a film study on Wednesday morning, Head Coach Josh McDaniels released the players to embark on their bye-week break.
The team will have the time to rest and recuperate before resuming practice in preparation for the Ravens on Monday.
“We made some corrections today and talked about things we didn’t do very well in the game and tried to put that game behind us,” McDaniels said. “Now we’re moving on and the coaching staff’s going to do a few things here in the next few days and get ready for the next 10 weeks.”
Bye weeks don’t always occur at the same juncture. McDaniels said that he’s been a part of bye weeks where practice has been held, and ones where it hasn’t. He’s had bye weeks appear on the schedule as early as Week 2, and ones much later than Week 7.
Regardless of when the respite arrives, there is one key task at hand.
“You do really want to take a look at your football team and what you’ve done during the bye week, and then try to use that information to go forward and make some improvements and adjust things that need to be adjusted,” McDaniels said.
The Broncos will be an active part of that adjustment process on their own time. McDaniels had told the team prior to Wednesday that they would have some time off.
Despite a 6-0 start, Ronald Fields plans to use his break to target bigger goals.
“We’ve still got a lot more fighting to do,” Fields said. “This is just the beginning. It still doesn’t put us in the playoffs or anything like that, so we’ve got a lot to fight for.”