For whatever reason, the Broncos just don't seem to get it. How else can you explain their responses after getting their butts kicked AGAIN by the Colts. Gregg Doyel, a senior writer over at CBS Sportsline, wrote a nice article on how the Broncos players seemed stunned that the Colts took yet another dump on them in the RCA Dome:
"We lost a lot of field position today," he said, twice, in his short postgame comments.
Denver's Champ Bailey, the Pro Bowl cornerback, thought it was the Colts' running backs.
"It wasn't like (Manning) was doing anything spectacular," Bailey said. "Their running game was killing us."
Denver's Dre' Bly, the other Pro Bowl cornerback, thought it was the Colts' offensive coordinator. Whoever that guy is.
"You can't give (Manning) all the credit," Bly said. "He doesn't call the plays. He doesn't make the adjustments. He's not the offensive coordinator."
There you have it. Indianapolis beat Denver 38-20 on Sunday because of superior special teams, a solid ground game and a smart offensive coordinator. That's the perspective straight from the Denver locker room.
Meanwhile, back on planet earth ...
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And while I have tremendous respect for Champ Bailey, his comments here are retarded. Champ, when your QB throws 3 TDs and completes 74% of his passes I'm sure you'd shout from the mountain tops as to how awesome he is. Heck, if ANY QB does that, he looks great. However, if it's Manning, a guy who owns Champ Bailey more than any other QB, for Champ it "wasn't like (Manning) was doing anything spectacular." Whatever. I don't want this to sound like I'm bashing the Broncos, but this sounds an awful lot like whining to me and to Gregg Doyel.
I'm willing to let this go though. Their comments are stupid, but I don't think they are necessarily disrespecting the Colts. I think the Denver players' comments are more out of frustration, which is understandable. Shanahan's comments are more out of stupidity, but that's another issue. The Broncos have re-tooled their entire roster twice in an effort to beat teams like Indy, and very little progress has been shown. I personally think Denver players are frustrated that all this change, and all these dumb schemes, have provided few positive results.
I don't want this to seem like a swipe at Denver fans, btw. I just agree with Doyel: The Broncos are in denial about the Colts kicking their collective asses yesterday.