Broncos Super Bowl bound? ‘Let’s worry about preseason game 4 first’
Sports Illustrated picked the Denver Broncos to be one of the two teams to make it to the Super Bowl Wednesday.
The Super Bowl talk heading into Thursday’s final preseason game didn’t make many waves with the Broncos.
The talk Wednesday was about Thursday’s game in Arizona, which has a late night kickoff because of Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention.
HEAD COACH JOHN FOX:
“They’ll [quarterback rotation] be all game-time decisions as far as play time, kind of flow of the game. We’ll meet tonight and discuss it, and we’ll put them out there for everybody to see.”
“For the most part, it’s just [to] get better. There are some guys who are going to have—or have not—the opportunity to make this team. So I just hope they give their best effort, and we’ll make those judgments after that.”
QUARTERBACK BROCK OSWEILER:
[About getting tickets to the game for family and friends] “Quite a few, but I told them about StubHub (laughing). There’s going to be quite a few people there. It’s pretty exciting to go back where you spent the last three-and-a-half years of your life and you have so many friends and family members down there to play in front of. It’ll be a pretty special opportunity and I’m excited.”
[About being more comfortable with the offense]“Yeah, without question. Shoot, looking back all the way to rookie minicamp, I felt like I was drowning. I looked at that playbook and really had no idea where to begin. Now, I’m at a point where I’m fairly comfortable with the offense and I’m understanding what [Offensive Coordinator] Coach [Mike] McCoy and the rest of the coaching staff is trying to do as an offensive unit. Things are getting better every day.”
“This is really my last opportunity to go out there and show the team, show the coaches what I can do in a game opportunity. Just like you said, it’s a good opportunity, I’m looking forward to it, and it should be a lot of fun.”
DEFENSIVE END DEREK WOLFE:
[The game against Arizona] “Just finalize the little kinks in our defense and work out the little things. Obviously, they have to cut some guys, which is unfortunate, but it’s part of the business. That’s pretty much what this is—to figure out who’s for real.”
“This is my first NFL team, so it’s all not really expected. When you have a guy like Peyton [Manning] on the offense and their record last year, how it went, as good as our defense can be, we’re expected to be at a championship level.”
“As long as we get the ball to the offense, we’re in a great position to win. It puts huge pressure on the whole defense to be great. We have a lot of expectations. Being young and being on a defense like that, it does put a little bit of pressure on you, but it’s just football when it comes down to it.”
“Training camp starts to get kind of long. You have four preseason games, and preparing for this team, in the back of my head I’m thinking that the regular season is right around the corner and I can’t wait for that to come. But we have to go out there tomorrow and take care of business. That’s the first order at hand.”
[about playing defensive end] “I played a lot of it in college, actually, so going to the three-down and being a defensive end, I do go to guys like Elvis and Von, especially in the pass game to help me out with some things on the edge. Sometimes I tend to get into the guys too much and let them get their hands on me. They’ve been helping me with my handwork and keeping them off me. So, yeah, I definitely lean on those guys.”
“[G] Chris Kuper, forearm and [T] Tony Hills, neck. Otherwise, everybody’s healthy.”