Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The Denver Broncos ended their two game losing streak on Sunday by knocking off the Chicago Bears 17-15.
  • Denver won the game off of two turnovers from former Bronco quarterback Jay Cutler.
  • They also got some assistance from former head coach John Fox.
  • Fox chose not to take a chip shot field goal early in the fourth quarter, opting instead to go for it, and show Bronco fans that he lives by the seat of his conservative fuddy-duddy pants.
  • And then on what would have been the game tying two point conversion he decided to attempt a run up the middle despite the success Cutler was having in the passing game.
  • Cutler committing turnovers and Fox making questionable coaching moves?
  • That, my friends, is the definition of a sweet win.
  • I’m no John Fox hater, he’s a very good coach who has won everywhere he has been. He has this Bears team contending for a playoff spot in the NFC which might be the most impressive accomplishment in his career.
  • But those two plays completely encapsulate Fox’s coaching career.
  • On the other side, the Broncos were playing without Peyton Manning for the first time since 2012, when Tim Tebow was starting a playoff game.
  • Brock Osweiler filled in admirably for Manning going 20 for 27 for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
  • That’s the good news.
  • Or is it?
  • If Osweiler continues to play well are the Broncos going to bench the future Hall of Famer?
  • The undefeated New England Patriots come to town next Sunday night for a prime time matchup.
  • And head coach Gary Kubiak has already named Osweiler the starter as Manning is still nursing his injured foot.
  • That is what is wrong with Manning, right?
  • I mean, we have heard a number of ailments from the Broncos coaching staff this season.
  • Training camp: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but he doesn’t have any feeling his fingers, so that makes it tough.”
  • Preseason: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but his is nursing a sore shoulder, so he didnt have much velocity.”
  • Raiders game: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but he has a rib injury, that was bothering him on the deep ball.”
  • Colts game: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but he has a partially torn plantar fascia, that is limiting his throwing motion.”
  • Chiefs game: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but his enormous head just fell off onto the ground, which caused him to throw a couple of errant balls.”
  • I hope Manning comes back and I do still believe that he should be the starter for this team if he is healthy.
  • But it is clear that his body is giving out on him.
  • And no amount of rest can fix old.
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