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‘Losing sucks.’ Don’t we know it.

So here’s an idea...start winning!

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Good morning Broncos Country!

Well, you may have embraced the tank, but players insist there is no such lack of motivation within the Broncos locker room.

Even if it’s mostly so they have a job - somewhere - next season.

“You’ve got to play hard. You’ve got to try and find a way to win the game. Not only are you playing for if you want to be in blue or orange next year, but you’re also playing for 31 other teams, too,” said C.J. Anderson. “No matter the situation, I love the game of football. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. You have to take the ups and the downs. I came in with a lot of ups, and this is one of the downs of my career. At the end of the day, I’m going out there and doing what I love to do.”

But it’s hard not to speculate that many of these current players are motivated more by what they need to do for their contracts next season than actually helping the team win its final four games.

A few free soon-to-be free agents may be thinking as much about the offseason as they are about Week 14 such as Virgil Green, Todd Davis, Donald Stephenson, Jamaal Charles and Cody Latimer.

“I’m always motivated. I’m playing for the team, but I’m also playing for myself as well,” said Shaquil Barrett, who will be a restricted free agent next year. “I want to be as good of a player as I can possibly be. No matter what our record is, if I’m personally having a good season, then I’m going to be looking good...If I’m down on myself and playing bad, then I’m going to lose my job. I won’t be able to play football anymore. I’m playing for myself and the team.”

Anderson - who’s hoping still to hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season - also just hates losing, and he believes winning a game will be good for everyone in the locker room.

“We all are sick and tired of losing,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if y’all understand how much losing bothers people because y’all are not in it. You don’t feel it. It’s like going to your job everyday and it sucks. It just sucks. You’re talking to other players around the league and you’re seeing fun celebrations that you never got a chance to do. It just sucks.”

Barrett noted that the losing has been hard on everyone.

“It’s really hard because we reset and reset, but the same thing happens week in and week out,” he said, noting that the way the team is losing - blowout losses - is the toughest part. “We’re playing like we’re at the bottom of the NFL, and we have way too much talent on the team to be playing like that. We just have to figure it out and get it together.”

Anderson believes the key is just playing clean football - something the team hasn’t done since before the bye in Week 4.

“Can we just play one clean game of football and see how it comes out?” he asked. “We’ve proven that if we play a clean game of football we can dominate football games. We have not been playing a clean game of football in 60 days.”

But how to do that seems to be this team’s main problem.

And that begins with the quarterback.

Trevor Siemian isn’t quite sure what it is about his game that has fallen apart, but he believes “a little bit of everything” is behind it.

“The times I haven’t played well, there hasn’t been a real rhythm with me and that trickles all the way through the offense,” said the quarterback. “It’s just the way it’s played out. It’s one thing here and one thing there. We stall out or we don’t make it happen. Then you’re saying, ‘hey, I have to make this thing go.’ That’s when bad things happen. It’s good to learn from, no doubt.”

There’s no real evidence, however, the offense is learning too much.

Siemian was benched after a three-interception game against the Chiefs a month ago, but on Sunday in his first start since, he threw another three interceptions, including a pick-six.

“When things aren’t going well, you want to make a play,” Siemian offered as explanation. “You want to do something. You want to fit a ball in. You want to make sure you don’t miss a play and that’s when bad things happen. For me, I just go back to feeling the flow if the game and not trying to do too much.”

When the Broncos take the field at Mile High on Sunday against a Jets team that is playing good football, they’ll get another chance to try “not doing too much.”

Coach Vance Joseph told the team on Monday not to “just survive” for the final four weeks. They need to still compete even though Vegas gives the Broncos less than 1 percent chance they can make it to the playoffs.

“You have to win, not just compete. We want to win these football games and everyone’s engaged today to win a football game, not to just compete,” Joseph said. “It’s the NFL. You have one result on Sunday, and that’s to win or lose. That’s our goal Sunday, to win.”


Horse Tracks - docllv’s pick of the day

Jets head to Denver as one of the NFL’s worst road teams - NY Daily News
Despite the Jets surprising season, they are a bad team away from MetLife Stadium.

Horse Tracks

That's What They Said: Jets head coach Todd Bowles
Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to Denver media about the prospect of facing the Broncos, and he gives his thoughts on the Broncos' secondary as a former defensive back.

Broncos are the 3rd-worst team in NFL power rankings | Broncos Wire
The Denver Broncos are the third-worst team in NFL power rankings this week.

Brady sees hold on No. 1 loosen in Herald's NFL QB rankings | Miami Herald
Tom Brady is No. 1 and Philip Rivers is hot right now. You know who isn’t? Trevor Siemian. He was Week 13’s worst quarterback...and he’s starting again in Week 14.

Broncos are 1-point underdogs to Jets in Week 14 | Broncos Wire
The Denver Broncos are home underdogs against the New York Jets this week.

Broncos are the 3rd-worst team in NFL power rankings | Broncos Wire
The Denver Broncos are the third-worst team in NFL power rankings this week.

Broncos work out 10 players, including 2 quarterbacks | Broncos Wire
The Denver Broncos worked out ten players this week, including rookie quarterback Wes Lunt. See the list of the other nine players here.

Broncos are the 3rd-worst team in NFL power rankings | Broncos Wire
The Denver Broncos are the third-worst team in NFL power rankings this week.

Metric shows Broncos are the NFL's worst team
Dilly. Dilly.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson: Beating Jets would “feel like a playoff win” – Denver Post
C.J. Anderson hears the gripes of fans who are frustrated at the Broncos' longest losing streak in 50 years. He sees the vitriol pouring daily across social media.

After a strong start to season, Broncos’ Trevor Siemian admits he’s “out-of-sync” and often pressing – The Denver Post
"You look around the league, you see quarterbacks take their licks. I feel like I've taken my fair share, no doubt," Siemian said. "But it's all on me. I've been reckless with the ball at times, made some bad throws. I can own up to that. I got to improve, no doubt."

Kiszla: Why is Vance Joseph on the hot seat? No NFL team gets blown out more often than Broncos. – The Denver Post
Vance Joseph can survive the losses.

BMW Ultimate Performance: Justin Simmons steps up
With Aqib Talib suspended last Sunday, Simmons was asked to play slot cornerback, and delivered a big play and solid work against a demanding attack.

QB Index, Week 14: Ben Roethlisberger, Phil Rivers up -
With three quarters of the regular season in the books, Gregg Rosenthal updates his full rankings of the NFL's starting quarterbacks. One notable name on the rise: Ben Roethlisberger.

Case Keenum 2.0 here to humble the football world -
Case Keenum's play for the Minnesota Vikings has been otherworldly this season, and Dan Hanzus believes he's living proof that football analysts and pundits aren't always right.

Chiefs suspend Marcus Peters for game vs. Raiders -
Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced that the team has suspended cornerback Marcus Peters for Sunday's game vs. the Raiders for his actions during Kansas City's loss to the Jets last Sunday.

NFL will consider college-style targeting rule for next season - The Washington Post
A player could be ejected from a game for an illegal hit, subject to review by instant replay.

NFL owners send Jerry Jones a message with Roger Goodell’s contract extension - The Washington Post
There are more important issues to address, such as TV ratings, national anthem demonstrations, attendance and declining participation in youth football.

The NFL is a league of parity, but the Browns are in a miserable league of their own - The Washington Post
They are, quite definitively, the worst.

The Browns chose Hue Jackson over Sashi Brown, and it actually made sense - The Washington Post
With executive Sashi Brown fired, the Browns presumably will be interested in trying to land the franchise QB they so desperately need.

‘Tis the season for anonymously sourced reports about how the Redskins don’t like each other - The Washington Post
When game results lose significance, speculation often fills the void in Ashburn, and the team isn't effective in sweeping it away.

Peyton Manning inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
Remember the good ol’ days?