24 Hour Rule is in effect. Time to look away from the win versus K.C. and forward to a big Sunday Night game in Foxboro, MA against the Patriots who will surely have revenge on their mind after the Broncos ended their quest for a 3-peat. Let's span the web and take a look at what the mainstream media is saying about the Broncos....
Jim Armstrong makes a profound statement -
The Rocky Mountain News gives a cheer, as the Broncos declare that in the end, they don't ask how, just how many --
Sports Illustrated reports that Shanny is doing his best to squelch the bubbling QB controversy --
"But Jake has won a lot of games and just because we start out a little slow, like we did last year, doesn't mean it is the end of the world."
Shanahan said it's always easy to blame the man under center but it's usually misdirected criticism.
"Everyone looks at the quarterback and thinks it is totally his fault and that is never true. You have to put a lot of that responsibility on the coaches and the supporting cast," Shanahan said. "People forget very quickly about the tough games that John Elway had here. It is just the nature of the profession."
Shanahan noted that Plummer started slowly last year, too, and had to rely on the defense to salvage a win in Week 2, just like he did this year. Plummer then went eight games without an interception, igniting the Broncos to a 13-3 record and an appearance in the AFC title game.
"Hopefully he plays like he did last season," Shanahan said.
I spoke of revenge earlier, well, according to the Rhode Island News, the Pats are still bitter about the playoff loss --
New England is 2-0 with wins over Buffalo and the New York Jets, while the Broncos are 1-1 with a loss to St. Louis and a win over Kansas City.
The Patriots are not too happy with their performances in the first two weeks of the season, but you can bet they'll bring their A-game on Sunday.
"We'll definitely be ready for this game," said Richard Seymour. "It's a big game. It's the team that knocked us out [of the playoffs last season], so we don't need any pep rallies for this game. It's going to be fun. It's a good football team coming in, and we're shaping up as well. May the best team win." Even though he is not one to dwell on the past, Seymour was clear when he said last year's postseason exit was disappointing. "We had the table set up for us [last postseason]," said Seymour. "We just didn't finish. We've got to do a better job than we did in that game. We're in the production business and it's about going out and getting it done."
Need some more? The Boston Hearld has some more from Richard Seymour, and he's not the type of player you want to give a reason to be motivated --
Losing to the Broncos stung as much for what happened the next day, when the Pittsburgh Steelers shocked the Indianapolis Colts. Had the Patriots taken care of business, they would have hosted the AFC Championship Game.
"We would have had Pittsburgh at home," Seymour said. "We had the table set up for us. We just didn't finish."