Good Morning, Broncos fans! As we'd discussed yesterday, the next several weeks will be all about staying healthy, for the Broncos and every other team.
As John Fox told Arnie Stapleton:
Really, regardless of what time of the year, as a head coach and an organization, you hold your breath. Football is combative and injuries are part of the game, whether it's the offseason, training camp, regular season or even in the playoffs.
He went on:
You try to do everything you can. We talked about when you're practicing against each other, being smart, trying not to finish. You get four practice games to work on your finishing against opponents. So it's something you try to avoid, but no matter how hard you try, sometimes it just happens.
Unfortunately, several players leaguewide have already been lost for the season to non-contact injuries.
These are more reminders that football is a brutal sport, and winning championships isn't simply about whose team is best; it's also about who's luckiest.
The post-SB 48 narrative has consistently been that the Broncos are miles behind Seattle as a team.
But it's not hard to envision a different outcome, had Denver had Von Miller, Ryan Clady, Chris Harris, Derek Wolfe, and/or Rahim Moore.
Injuries will surely provide a hurdle between now and SB 49, but the answer isn't solely just roster depth and that tired next man up mantra.
The Broncos need Lady Luck on their side, too.
Wes Welker went gluten-free a few months ago and has his body fat content down to just four percent.
Marvin Austin is impressing, as is Lerentee McCray; T.J. Ward is setting a tougher defensive tone, as advertised; Ronnie Hillman is getting a shot to return kickoffs; Ben Garland is working at left guard with the second team.
Woody Paige wonders which of Mr. B's children might take over ownership of the franchise.
26-year-old Kansas City tight end Sean McGrath is retiring after just two NFL seasons.
In a puzzling move, troubled owner Jim Irsay gave out $100 bills at Colts camp on Saturday.
Chase Stuart ranks wide receivers by their yards per reception, adjusted for era.
No Females League
Mike Lupica skewers Roger Goodell's handling of fiancee-beater Ray Rice.
The league's explanation of Rice's ultralenient suspension (as delivered by league waterboy Peter King) was sadly typical of domestic violene cases. Of course, it shouldn't take an expert on domestic violence to figure that out.