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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Broncos players wore cocaine-themed costumes to Halloween party

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The Denver Broncos are working to get ready for Sunday’s important divisional matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, but those who work for the team’s public relations department may have more on their plates this week than anyone.

In addition to questions about Chad Kelly being arrested early Tuesday morning for criminal trespassing, the Broncos are also going to deal with some inquiries about some of their players wearing cocaine-themed costumes to a Halloween party hosted by Von Miller on Monday night. As some social media clips gathered by TMZ show, linebacker Brandon Marshall and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders wore costumes to the bash that would not have been complete without their fake drug accessories.

Marshall went to the party dressed as Bobby Brown, and he was carrying a bag of white powder around at one point:

Sanders dressed as Tyrone Biggums, everyone’s favorite fictional crackhead from “Chapelle’s Show.” He rubbed white powder all over his face to complete the look.

We get the concept of Halloween, but the Broncos would undoubtedly prefer it if their players weren’t making light of drug use on social media for the whole world to see. They’ve already weighed in on the Kelly arrest, and it would not be a surprise if the team had to address the Halloween party as well.

Broncos release statement addressing Chad Kelly’s arrest

Chad Kelly

Denver Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested early Tuesday morning, and the team is not pleased with his latest off-field issue.

Shortly after it was announced that Kelly was arrested for first-degree criminal trespass, the Broncos released a statement saying they are “disappointed” in the former Ole Miss star and are still gathering information about the incident.

While there are not many details surrounding the arrest, the implication is that Kelly entered a residence where he was not welcome.

Kelly, the last pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was kicked off the team at Clemson before enrolling in a junior college and later going on to play at Ole Miss. He was not invited to the NFL combine due to off-field issues, but he had impressed Denver’s coaching staff enough during the offseason that they decided to move on from former first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

There was a report recently that Kelly might get a chance to start for the Broncos given how poorly Case Keenum has played, but that now seems unlikely.

Broncos reportedly listening to trade offers for Demaryius Thomas

The Denver Broncos finally woke up with a dominant performance against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, but it sounds like they are still considering tearing down their roster and rebuilding.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that several teams have reached out to the Broncos about potentially trading for Demaryius Thomas, and Denver is listening to the offers. While that does not mean a trade will happen, the Broncos are clearly open to it.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, teams have been inquiring about both Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders since before the season began, but Schefter’s report states that the Broncos have only been interested in listening to offers for Thomas, not Sanders. While the 31-year-old Sanders is older than the 30-year-old Thomas, he has been more productive in recent seasons and is playing on a more team-friendly contract.

Thomas failed to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark last season for the first time in six years, and he has 33 catches for 372 yards and three touchdowns this year. It does not appear his new diet has resulted in anything miraculous happening, though Denver’s passing game as a whole has been a mess over the past several seasons.

10 NFL teams facing must-win situations

Jason Garrett

While teams like the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints could not have scripted much better starts to their 2018 season, there are plenty of others that have ground to make up heading into Week 7. Some teams are facing must-win situations if they want to remain in postseason contention. Others simply need a win to prevent their seasons from spiraling out of control, and to maintain job security.

Here are 10 NFL teams that badly need to win their next game, whether that is in Week 7 or coming out of the bye in Week 8:

Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones still seems to believe that this year’s team is a contender. They will have to win on Sunday to prove that. Dallas is 3-3 and coming off its biggest win of the season as they demolished the Jags 40-7. The NFC East is up for grabs, being currently led by 3-2 Washington, whom the Cowboys face on the road. Dallas is 0-3 on the road this season, and dropping to 3-4 on the season would make winning the division tough, especially if Philly wins in Week 7. The Cowboys probably are unlikely to grab a wild-card spot, so winning the division is their easiest path to the playoffs. They are unlikely to do so if they don’t beat Washington this weekend.

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John Elway calls Broncos’ defense ‘soft’

John Elway

John Elway has once again leveled a serious criticism against his Denver Broncos.

Elway spoke on the radio with Orange and Blue 760 on Monday and said his defense has gotten “soft” when asked how to fix the run defense.

“You know that’s a good question,” Elway said, via The Athletic. “Obviously we’ve gotten very soft in there and to give up the amount of yardage we have in the last two weeks has been tough. We’re not playing well inside and obviously we’ve played some good teams. The Rams are a good rushing team, Gurley is a very, very good back. But that is a big, big concern right now and we have to figure out how to get that solved.”

The Broncos defense allowed 270 rushing yards to the Rams in Week 6. The week before they allowed 323 rushing yards in a loss to the Jets. That’s not going to get the job done. Denver now has the worst rushing defense in the league, and a four-game losing streak to match.

Elway called his team “soft” last year too. You have to wonder how long he’ll stick with a head coach who has presided over two years of “soft” teams.

Twitter reacts to snow falling for Broncos-Rams game in Denver

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The Denver Broncos and their fans have grown accustomed to football games in cold, snowy weather, but that typically is not a factor until the halfway point in the season or later. Mother Nature has different plans this year.

Hours before kickoff of the Broncos’ game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, snow was falling at an impressive rate at Mile High.

The snow was expected to continue into the afternoon, with 3-6 inches possible by the evening. Temperatures were in the 20s. Naturally, folks on Twitter believe the conditions give the Broncos the advantage.

The Rams are arguably the best team in the NFC and head into Denver undefeated, so the snow could help the Broncos — losers of three straight — pull off the upset. Although, L.A. still has the luxury of being able to feed Todd Gurley. Denver’s defense isn’t what it used to be, and the Rams are hardly a one-dimensional team.

Vance Joseph could be close to being fired by Broncos

There was a lot of talk about the Denver Broncos potentially moving on from head coach Vance Joseph after last season, but they ultimately decided to stick with him after a disappointing 5-11 campaign. If the team doesn’t turn things around in the coming weeks, that may not be the case for long.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Joseph is entering a “critical stretch” of the season and will be watched closely by upper management with four games remaining until Denver’s bye week. The Broncos lost eight games in a row in the middle of last season, and they have now lost three straight this year. Another prolonged losing streak could cost Joseph his job.

Knowing that he is planted firmly on the hot seat, Joseph is reportedly planning to take a more active role in coaching a defense that was once feared but currently ranks 26th in the NFL in total yards allowed. Rapoport notes that defensive coordinator Joe Woods will continue to call plays, but Joseph has become more “hands-on” with the unit.

While Las Vegas oddsmakers believe a different head coach will be the first to lose his job in 2018, the Broncos are entering a tough stretch that includes a home date with the Los Angeles Rams and road games against the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs. If they continue to struggle, Joseph will likely be looking for a new job.