Broncos: Turnaround begins with better starts

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“There’s some moving parts, I think,” he replied.

So, that’s a no?

“Uh, we’re going to see,” he said. “You know, we’re going to see how it goes. We certainly can fix some things. That isn’t putting the onus on one player or another. I just think we’re trying to find the most productive group that we can and that’s happening at a lot of different places on our football team. So, we’re going to see how that pans out this week.”

McDaniels said he and his staff spent the bye week reviewing not only their own tendencies but scouting film of other teams who are playing better. He didn’t say if that included the Cleveland Browns, whose running back, Broncos castoff Peyton Hillis, has rushed for 644 yards, more than the entire Broncos team.

But it certainly included the Kansas City Chiefs, who visit Invesco Field this weekend. The Chiefs (5-3) own the NFL’s top rushing attack, one that’s anchored by former Broncos center Casey Wiegmann.

McDaniels said, “We feel like we can improve in every phase. We have to.”

But he’s making several minor changes as opposed to any big ones.

“You’re not going to see a dramatic change in what we try to do or how we’re playing or the scheme that we’re using. But there’s some small things that certainly we’re hoping to get some results from,” he said.

McDaniels has said since training camp that his offensive line might not mesh until midseason, but that unit remains a work in progress. One plus, however, is the health of running back Knowshon Moreno, who seems to be hitting his stride after tearing both hamstrings over the past three months.

The Broncos have only played one division opponent, Oakland, which handed them one of the worst home losses in their history, a 59-14 shellacking two weeks ago. So, they view Sunday’s game against the AFC West-leading Chiefs as a welcome matchup to kick off the second half of the season.

“We can come back and start with a statement,” Vickerson said. “And we either make a statement or our season keeps going how it was going.”

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