Head Coach John Fox met with the media Monday morning, touching on a variety of subjects as the Broncos begin preparations for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Denver can clinch the AFC West with a win against the Chiefs or an Oakland Raiders loss against San Diego.
Below are a few quotes from the head coach as the regular-season finale approaches.
On taking a playoff mindset this week:
“In my mind, it’s much like a playoff game already. For most intents and purposes, we need to win this game. That will determine our fate.”
“There is a scenario this week where even if we weren’t to win there is a possibility, but our preparations and mindset is to do everything we can to win this week.”
On whether the team will pay attention to the Raiders-Chargers score on Sunday:
“I would hope our focus is all on the field against Kansas City.”
On playing former Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton:
“We are familiar with him, too. So there is familiarity just like any division game, whether it’s the whole team or a player. That familiarity works both ways.”
On the focus on Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton:
“I think my interpretation of this week is the Denver Broncos versus the Kansas City Chiefs, and I’m sure that will be their approach as well.”
On safety Brian Dawkins:
“Anytime you replace a guy with that much experience, that is tough. He’s a veteran guy. He’s been in big spots. He knows the defense. He knows football, so if he’s available, we’ll have him out there. If not, it will be next man up.”
On linebacker Von Miller’s decrease in production the past few games:
“It’s that big cast on his thumb. It’s hard to play this game with both hands let alone just one. It’s definitely a factor. A different type of cast isn’t going to let him use his hand any differently because we still have to immobilize the thumb. We’ll make due. He’ll get better, and so will we.”