On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM MDT Orange Night Ride

    The year's Orange Ride is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2014 with a start time of 4:30 p.m. from the Denver City and County Building. We have put together a list of activities leading up to that night's Broncos game against San Diego. We hope to see you there!
    3-4 p.m. Pregame fan rally in front of Denver City and County Building
    4:30 p.m. Ride departs Denver City and County Building to Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    5:00 p.m. Ride arrives at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    5-6 p.m. Orange Ride pregame tailgate party at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    6:00 p.m. Orange Ride departs stadium to Tavern Downtown to watch the Broncos game
    6:25 p.m. Watch the Broncos game while enjoying Tavern Downtown’s food and drink specials
    And don't forget that the Broncos and Denver B-cycle have teamed up to offer a new bike valet service for home games for the 2014 season, giving fans a place to park their bike in a secure place staffed by B-cycle volunteers!
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 6:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers The Denver Broncos take on AFC West opponent the San Diego Chargers on Thursady Night Football on NFL Network.
  • Sat., Oct. 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM MDT Broncos Bunch Trick-or-Treat

    Broncos Bunch Trick-or-Treat

    Sign up at http://broncosbunch.com

  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos at New England Patriots The Denver Broncos travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a rematch of the 2013 AFC Championship. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 2:05 PM MST Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders The Denver Broncos face their AFC West foe Oakland Raiders on the road. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 16, 2014 11:00 AM MST Denver Broncos at St. Louis Rams The Denver Broncos face the St. Louis Rams on the road at 11 a.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 23, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins The Denver Broncos take on the AFC East Miami Dolphins. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Nov. 25, 2014 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM MST Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution Denver Rescue Mission Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 6:30 PM MST Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs The Denver Broncos travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face AFC West foe the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
  • Sun., Dec. 07, 2014 2:05 PM MST Play 60/Fuel Up to Play 60 Tribute Game Play 60/Fuel Up to Play 60 tribute game. Teams will be recognized before the team's game against the Buffalo Bills.

News & Blogs

Print
RSS

Broncos' Playoff Bye Week Schedule

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Players will have Tuesday and Wednesday off to rest before returning to the practice field on Thursday.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos will enter 2014 on several days of rest, but their first-round bye in the 2013 AFC playoffs is anything but a week off for players and coaches.

Head Coach John Fox noted during his press conference on Monday that players will have a pair of days to rest before returning to the practice field on Thursday.

“I think we’re giving them tomorrow and Wednesday off. We’ll be back in Thursday,” Fox said. “We pretty much have the schedule set for Thursday through Sunday. Sunday we’ll definitely be off, Saturday’s a possibility depending on how things go Thursday and Friday. Then we’ll start into the divisional prep week the following week.”

The time off will give players an opportunity to recuperate both physically and mentally after an intense eight-week stretch of football since the bye week – and in preparation for the team’s most crucial stretch of football yet.

But while the time away from the field will give the team a breather, tight end Jacob Tamme noted that having a Divisional Round playoff game on the horizon makes it nearly impossible to get football off the mind for very long.   

“I’m not sure you shut it down,” Tamme said. “But it’s good to have a couple of days to just get a little bit of a mental break. You definitely can’t turn it all the way off.”

Tamme noted that a playoff bye requires a different approach than one during the regular season.

“In the bye week, you have a few more days off and you really kind of shut it off for a little bit and come back kind of recharged,” he said. “I don’t think we need to really get recharged as much as we just need to focus on what is in front of us. I think guys are ready to commit to do that and give it our best shot.”

For cornerback Chris Harris Jr., the week presents an opportunity to prepare his body for enduring the rigors of playoff football.

“Really just stay in shape,” Harris Jr. said. “Keep your mind into it. I’m not going to even treat this as a real bye week really. I’m really just focused on what I can do to stay in shape and keep my mind into it and continue to watch film. We’ll rest in February—at the end of February.”

At the very least, they will get to spend New Year’s Day away from the football field. Their time off, however, came with a bit of advice from their head coach.

“We just talked about making good decisions and I used to say, ‘I don’t want to read about you unless won the lottery.’ Now I have to say, ‘Unless you have open heart surgery,’" Fox said with a laugh. “So now we have two things.”

Ultimately, it’s a brief resting point for players to take a deep breath – and to rest their bodies – before the most important push yet begins. 

“My legs will probably feel a lot better,” safety David Bruton said. “But we had the same situation last year with a bye week. This year, we’re definitely not trying to have the same situation happen. We’re going to be focused. Guys are going to be watching all three teams play this weekend. We’re going to be in the training room, meeting room, getting whatever we need to get to right so we’re ready to go and make this run.”

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.