Del Rio declines to address USC rumors

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Keep this up and Del Rio’s name could surface for any number of head coaching jobs in the NFL this offseason.

“That’s just the nature of the business,” Bruton said. “You expect change and if there’s not change, it’s a great thing.”

Chatter about Del Rio’s potential candidacy at USC apparently stops at the locker room door, though.

“We don’t think or talk about stuff like that,” defensive end Robert Ayers said. “We’re in the here and now. That’s where he is, that’s where we are.”

Del Rio’s style is a big hit with the Broncos, Ayers said: “I think he’s a great NFL defensive coordinator. He’s proven that over his long time here as a great defensive mind in the pro game. And heck, we’ve done nothing but improve each year. So, his resume speaks for itself.”

Bruton said that while Del Rio hasn’t addressed the USC speculation directly with the players, he certainly doesn’t seem distracted at all, and neither do the players.

“We know it’s a business. We know that he’s going to take care of it professionally, whatever the situation may bring,” Bruton said. “His top priority, and he’s definitely shown it, is us.”

Notes: LB Danny Trevathan was a full participant at practice 24 hours after being carted off the field with a knee injury. … WR Eric Decker (ankle) returned to practice. … K Matt Prater was limited with a right calf injury.

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