Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak addresses the team in the locker room, announcing he is stepping down after Denver defeated the Oakland Raiders 24–6 at Sports Authority Field on January 1, 2017. Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / Denver Broncos
When John Madden coached the Oakland Raiders' semi-dynasty through the 1970s, he and owner Al Davis had a long and amiable disagreement about the best positions from which to build a team.
Madden loved the "big uglies," his affectionate moniker for offensive linemen, the workhorse unit that...
January 2 2017, 3:45 PM
Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian passes during third quarter action against the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL game at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colo. September 18, 2016. Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / courtesy of the Denver Broncos
After the Broncos started this season 4–0, I wrote a tribute to John Elway, lauding him for his tendency to buck conventional wisdom and outside assumptions about how he should construct his roster.
Elway confounded observers when he let Brock Osweiler sign with Houston and inked punch-line...
December 19 2016, 12:50 PM
Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway announces the Lombardi Trophy is "for Pat [Bowlen]" after defeating the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / Denver Broncos
John Elway, the player, knew a few things about freelancing on the field and getting hot at key moments of a game or a season—even when everyone watching couldn’t believe he had the audacity to make that throw, attempt that scramble, or call that audible.
John Elway, the executive, is...
September 30 2016, 7:45 AM
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First, a stipulation: In the NFL preseason, all stats, scores, and win-loss records are virtually meaningless. (Exhibit A: Two of the most dominant teams of all time, the 1985 Chicago Bears and 2007 New England Patriots, went a combined 36–2 in the regular season and playoffs—and 3–5 in the games...
August 23 2016, 11:00 AM
Wanted: Someone to lead a potential dynasty. Experience preferred but not necessary.
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The Broncos are the first Lombardi Trophy winner to lose its top two quarterbacks since the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. That franchise also rode its dominant defense, a strong running game, and some competent QB fill-ins to playoff appearances in two of the following three years.
Of course, what the...
March 22 2016, 12:00 PM
One more for the road. —Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
We reporters spend our days searching for great stories, and it's tough to imagine a more compelling one than a left-for-dead Hall of Fame quarterback rising above his injuries and ineffectiveness to deliver his team an improbable Super Bowl victory.
That might be the exact story we're...
January 5 2016, 9:58 AM
Still the best game in town—and lately, the only one.
When ESPN Magazine unveiled its 13th annual Ultimate Standings this week, it didn't offer many surprises for Denver sports fans. As is often the case, the Broncos rule all, the Rockies and Nuggets are hide-your-eyes bad, and the Avs reside somewhere in the forgettable middle.
ESPN ranks all 122...
October 16 2015, 9:10 AM
Is this Denver's future?
Denver is and always will be a top-notch sports town. Our population is active and fit to begin with, and we've long been faithful to and enthusiastic about our professional football, baseball, basketball, and hockey teams, despite being the smallest of the dozen American cities that have...
May 12 2015, 10:30 AM