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Published on 11/23/2009 at Mon Nov 23 16:00.
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San Diego Union Tribune

Clearly, though, (Chargers G Kris) Dielman thought the Broncos were extremely chatty for a team in the process of getting beaten by 29 points. “If their game is to run their mouth, they can, but we finished it off good,” Dielman said. “They kept talking, pretty thoroughly, throughout the entire game. That’s fine. That’s their game, not ours.”

Yahoo! Sports

From Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels’ pregame trash-talking to the San Diego Chargers’ linebackers, to a conspicuous sideline spat between wideout Brandon Marshall(notes) and rookie halfback Knowshon Moreno(notes), the home team displayed all the symptoms of collapse.

Things got so bad early in the fourth quarter of a 32-3 defeat to the Chargers that in the Broncos’ defensive huddle, veteran defensive end Vonnie Holliday(notes) felt compelled to call out the quitters in his midst.

“Listen,” Holliday said, “we’re gonna watch this film [Monday], and we’re gonna see who lay down and who stepped up. The eye in the sky doesn’t lie. And then we’ll know who we can go to war with to fight our way out of this.”

Denver Post

In Sunday’s loss to San Diego, the Broncos’ anger appeared on their own sideline, in the form of a brief shouting-and-shoving match that erupted between receiver Brandon Marshall and running back Knowshon Moreno. [...]

“We’ve got a lot of emotional players on our team; I’m an emotional person myself,” coach Josh McDaniels said. “I’m not saying it’s good, as long as people can work those things out. Obviously, you don’t want to make scenes, to make problems.”

San Diego Union Tribune

“They talked to me first,” McDaniels said. “I’m not making a story about this. If I did, I’d be able to tell you some things that aren’t (fit) for papers.”

The linebackers did not deny one or more among them may have started the dishing, but they thought McDaniels’ behavior was beneath a man in his position.

“You gotta like his fire,” Stephen Cooper said. “As a head coach I don’t think you want to start jawing with players if you’re not putting the pads on.”

(In contrast to…)

Sports Illustrated

“Just to be honest, I didn’t think we’d be in the position we’re in division-wise at this point,” said Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, in a burst of candor regarding San Diego’s ability to make up 4½ games on Denver in the five weeks since the Broncos humbled them 34-23 on Oct. 19 in Southern California. “We didn’t think we’d be tied [coming into] this game, but we were. And now we’re ahead. But it’s not Week 17 of the season. You can’t relax, and we won’t.” [...]

“There’s no question this is our most crucial point of the season,” Rivers said. “Obviously you don’t want to start slow, but we fought back and we’re playing our best ball right now. That’s something we’ve been able to do, play our best late in the season. The teams that do that usually have a chance in the postseason. We’re not there yet, but we’re headed in the right direction.

“This is an excited locker room, and it should be. But nobody’s caught up in the hoopla. We’ve won five in a row, but we’re very focused and very grounded in our approach, and I think that’s had a lot to do with our success.”

Anyone else notice a running theme here?

  • kerry

    yeah the theme ive noticed is we love giving away division leads. i frankly dont give a rats ass who talks this and talks that, just win the god damn game! oh and dont fumble at the goal line. that too.

  • broncoinva9986

    I find it funny how they said we ran our mouth….really its like we are in kindergarten together and they are trying to tattle tale to look good…Go Eat S&&T San diego

  • d_e_e

    I thought I was done posting, I guess not yet … all I have to say about this whole thing …all we need to go is win ONE f***ing game, it starts Thursday

    7-4 … and still in the hunt.

  • robtink242

    See i do believe we thump the Giants. Because those guys find ways to loose. So long as we stop the run and put pressure on Manning we have a win. What we do have to do is take care of the ball.

  • mark

    These guys should talk to Shannon Sharpe about how to talk trash. I'll bet he would tell them the first rule about talking smack is you don't talk about talking trash. The second rule is to make sure you are backing it up with your performance.

  • milelows

    Like is said befor the Broncos wont make the playoffs.Next years wish list 3 more defence of line men and 2 mors qbs.Between the draft and freeagentcy.A year playing together the broncos will go to the superbowl.Also they will sweep the Chargers Raiders and the Chiefs.Until then it will be a long wait.

  • milelows

    Giants will beat the Broncos 35-13

  • NMBronc

    Hold on. The team with the mouthiest, little, bitch, QB in the NFL is saying we talk to much….really?

    Win a playoff game with your talent and then YOU can talk.

  • TheTroglodyte

    haha, aren't you the same guy who was screaming “put Chris Simms in put Chris Simms in!”

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  • Gary_in_SD

    Static fans and the media are always bitchin and moanin about something. They've all been feeling the pinch of their Superbowl cherry needing to be popped for way too long. They're jealous of the other division teams all having at least one, all the while they have remained pathetic little NFL virgins! Ha ha ha!!! I'm sure your coochies will be buring yet again at the end of this season!

  • MCas1970

    Uh, last I checked, he's won three… LOL How many did Plummer and Cutler win?

  • MCas1970

    Uh, last I checked, he's won three… LOL How many did Plummer and Cutler win?