Broncos, heed your coach’s advice: Do not engage in any bye week follies.
Now, get out there and enjoy your extended football respite.
For only the second time in his 10 years as NFL head coach, Fox gave his team a four-day bye week break, though this time around, he didn’t have a choice. Thanks to our friend, the new and improved CBA, players must have four consecutive days off. How the players spend that time is entirely their choosing, but Fox told The Denver Post:
“I always tell them I don’t want to read about you unless you win the lottery. You hope and pray and wish them the best and hope they make the best decisions.”
Players return practice Monday, the third this season with Tim Tebow as starting quarterback. Having just one four-day player break under his belt, Fox is drawing on limited experience, but said the schedule affected the offense more than the defense. He suspects the same with the somewhat revamped Broncos offense:
“We’re going to practice on Monday to get our timing and rhythm back, particularly in the passing game. And that’s an area, I think, with the extended time off, we suffer some sometimes.”
Translation: “The Decision” – that to name Tebow starting quarterback ahead of the bye week – might be a bumpy ride next week in Dove Valley.
But at least there’s excitement again. We haven’t seen much of that lately.