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Elway credits Kubiak, says the Broncos are tougher than last year

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Broncos boss John Elway says this year’s team is tougher than the one that lost in the playoffs a year ago.

Elway, who hired his good buddy Gary Kubiak after firing John Fox following a 12-4 season last year, says this year’s 12-4 team is a team he feels more confident in, heading into a tough AFC Championship Game against the Patriots on Sunday.

“You look at the games we’ve won this year and how we’ve won. They have all been tough hard-fought football games, and they’ve all been close. We had to make plays at the end,” Elway said, via the Denver Post. “The mindset is, ‘Play for 60 minutes.’ We haven’t consistently played well for 60 minutes, but our mindset has been there. That’s why this team is a tougher team. Last year was a good year, but this year is attributed to Gary and his staff. The guts of this football team is that we’ve been in tough football games and figured out a way to win them.”

Elway says Kubiak stepped into a tough job and had an outstanding first season.

“What is not mentioned is the hot seat that Gary stepped into was hotter than any seat in the league. We had great success before he got here,” Elway said. “He’s done a tremendous job of managing the quarterback situation, and the things that he’s gone through, not many guys would handle it as well as he’s handled it.”

Elway is already satisfied that Kubiak has made the Broncos better. If Kubiak can win two more games, everyone else will be convinced as well.

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77 Responses to “Elway credits Kubiak, says the Broncos are tougher than last year”
  1. thedom2424 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:28 PM

    Whatever you say Elway. Your team is going to lose this weekend.

  2. donterrelli says: Jan 22, 2016 2:28 PM

    I wonder how many times Peyton will fall down to avoid a sack and get back up and keep playing during this game.

  3. bears5683 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:28 PM

    Is that a shot at my beloved Bears Coach?

  4. dickshotdogs says: Jan 22, 2016 2:29 PM

    And it’s coming to a screeching halt in 48 and a 1/2 hours.

  5. jjb0811 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:29 PM

    Maybe tougher than last year but come in 4th place this year. All 3 remaining teams can handle PM.

  6. thedom2424 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:30 PM

    2014 Broncos: +128 point differential
    2015 Broncos: + 59 point differential

    The 2015 defense is better, but the offense is much worse. And Kubiak runs the offense. I would credit Wade Phillips for being “tougher” if you will.

  7. drunkraider says: Jan 22, 2016 2:34 PM

    Their defense is better than last year, but Kubiaks offense is a joke. and their offensive line is a even bigger joke.

  8. pamperpro says: Jan 22, 2016 2:35 PM

    Tougher means nothing if you don’t win the big one in February. We are looking forward to manning’s wounded ducks this weekend.

    Hee Haw, Hee Haw

  9. odomfel says: Jan 22, 2016 2:35 PM

    Manning better be on his game is that faith in Coach is to be affirmed.

  10. tb12bestqbevah says: Jan 22, 2016 2:38 PM

    If they’re so much tougher then why have they spent the week crying to the media about the Patriots, who they beat just a few weeks ago?

  11. valentino8100 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:38 PM

    They looked real tough with Manning taking a er. . . “seat” in the pocket last weekend.
    #kittycat

  12. inbillwetrust says: Jan 22, 2016 2:40 PM

    PROVE IT

  13. Sinuous Sausage says: Jan 22, 2016 2:40 PM

    538 has the Broncos winning 60% of the time against the Pats.

    I’ll see you guys here on Sunday evening

  14. 8oneanddones says: Jan 22, 2016 2:40 PM

    Denver has won with an amazing streak of timely turnovers all year long, including against New England. If NE takes care of the ball, they’ll win.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:41 PM

    Is he crediting the magic of HGH for Manning’s return ?

  16. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 22, 2016 2:43 PM

    Not exactly a high bar to clear.

  17. dsigrey says: Jan 22, 2016 2:43 PM

    Softest receivers in the game!

  18. eb3110 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:44 PM

    Did Elway thank himself at the beginning of the interview?

  19. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 22, 2016 2:47 PM

    What a fine bromance. We like our friends too John, we just might be a little more objective (cough…Phillips…cough) about their successes

  20. xavier179 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:48 PM

    I thought Pittsburgh changed it plan of attack in the second half and that is why they faltered. If the refs keep the cheap hits from T.J. Ward and Von Miller in check, the Patriots win.

  21. nhpats says: Jan 22, 2016 2:48 PM

    I wonder what manning thinks about taking direction from a schlock like Kubiak…. Kubiak isn’t qualified to carry Manning’s jock

  22. billswillnevermove says: Jan 22, 2016 2:49 PM

    Yeah, maybe true….defense is better, but the Patriots will win by at least 10 points if not more.

  23. bleck5 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:54 PM

    They are the glaringly obvious weak link of the four remaining teams. Very lucky to have made it this far.

  24. supra23 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:56 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jan 22, 2016 2:48 PM
    I wonder what manning thinks about taking direction from a schlock like Kubiak…. Kubiak isn’t qualified to carry Manning’s jock

    —————————-
    Whenever asked about play calls earlier in the season Manning would deflect and say talk to Kubiak about it. He did not seem to be enjoying himself early in the season, maybe being injured and realizing this is probably his last run he has accepted his role because his attitude has definitely changed and seems happier.

  25. nyjfan111 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:01 PM

    @8oneanddones

    Agreed. And let’s be honest, New England ALWAYS takes care of the ball. That’s why they don’t lose very often. Broncos lose the turnover battle, they lose the game. Brady will make the Broncos pay for a fumble or a pick.

  26. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 3:02 PM

    I guess we’ll find out how tough they are come Saturday about 8pm. Maybe sooner.

  27. charliecharger says: Jan 22, 2016 3:02 PM

    Kubiak is Elway’s buddy, and has been for decades. But this isn’t a shot at John Fox. Elway is way to classy for that kind of stuff. I think it’s meant as a huge compliment to Kubiak, and even perhaps a pat on his own back for the risk involved with firing a coach (Fox) who’s success rate would have been acceptable in most places. Knowing how much Elway likes Kubiak, I think if he wanted to take a shot at someone, it would be the Texans, who didn’t think Kubiak was a good enough coach.

  28. boogerhut says: Jan 22, 2016 3:03 PM

    dsigrey says:
    Jan 22, 2016 2:43 PM
    Softest receivers in the game!

    Spoken by the fan of a team that blames every loss on receivers sitting out with boo boos. That’s rich.

  29. ricko1112 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:04 PM

    The fix is in!

    The NFL ignored the millions of $$$$$ the Donkeys paid to Elway and Davis under the table to cheat the salary cap in order to *win* their 2 fraudulent and tainted SBs.

    Green Bay and Atlanta were robbed.

    NFL waited until Elway retired to penalize Denver. Now the NFL has assigned “Guns” Hochuli to ref the game. Why? Denver is 7-0 in their last 7 games with him, while NE is only 3-4 in their last 7 with him.

    The cry has changed from, “This one’s for John!” into, “This one’s for Peyton!”

    This game will be a disgrace to true football fans with how one-sided the calls will be!

  30. tajuara says: Jan 22, 2016 3:05 PM

    They looked real tough with Manning taking a er. . . “seat” in the pocket last weekend.
    #kittycat

    ————————————————

    Would you expect an aging QB with four nexk surgeries to outrun a group of young and dynamic defensive players?

  31. gridassassin says: Jan 22, 2016 3:06 PM

    Elway will say anything to save face.

  32. scw1993 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:09 PM

    “Team is tougher” means that Kubiak realizes that Goodell, the rest of the league, and the refs will do everything they can do to ensure Manning goes to the SB for his last embarrassment of a game. If 31 other qbs had hgh delivered to their homes, there would be a full-scale investigation and congressional hearings. I didn’t read one word about it from the league, and it has been swept under the rug. Big surprise there, manning is the fair-haired boy who is simply untouchable.

    They don’t even try to hide it anymore.

  33. darkneptune73 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:18 PM

    And Peyton Manning has gotten 1 million times older.

  34. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Jan 22, 2016 3:19 PM

    Cheater. HGH lover.

  35. patriotsfootballleague says: Jan 22, 2016 3:21 PM

    Gary kubiak will be holding elway’s mint julep for sips in a few days, on the beach, explaining what just happened in Denver. Manning will be tanning that astronomical globe above his peepers. New England 32 Denver 17

  36. sticklemelvingmailcom says: Jan 22, 2016 3:21 PM

    Peyton will be awesome . Broncos will win two more games and be Super Bowl Mvp, and retire. Go Broncos.

  37. kneedragr says: Jan 22, 2016 3:22 PM

    Im surprised people are not giving Denver a shot. The Patriots are banged up and Denver, particularly Manning, are playing with a chip on their shoulder. I would not be surprised if its a 1 score game in the 4th, or that it comes down to the last drive.

  38. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 22, 2016 3:38 PM

    And here come Cheat Nation with the exact same spew they had last time. Hey Cheats, how did your last trip to Denver treat ya? LOL!

  39. dutchschafer says: Jan 22, 2016 3:39 PM

    That offense sure looks tougher!

    I’m sure the Pats are terrified. Old man Manning has looked like a bottom 5 QB all season long. Only the cult of Manning buys this running narrative that this guy can slide duck toss his way to a Lombardi.

    It’s becoming embarrassing Papa Manning, go sling that greasy garbage in cardboard and call it a day.

  40. goattoday says: Jan 22, 2016 3:41 PM

    Just to be clear.

    Based on most of the posts here…

    If the Broncos lose this weekend it’s what was expected by most of you. In fact, many don’t believe the Broncos should be here at all.

    IF the Broncos win this weekend and, gasp, go on to win the SB it will be because of a fix (refs, league, etc.).

    So in summary, they get no credit either way?

  41. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:42 PM

    The ONLY way Denver wins is if the Pats cant stop the run…and I think they know that.

    Manning threw for ZERO td’s against a horrible Pittsburgh pass defense.

  42. jjfootball says: Jan 22, 2016 3:44 PM

    PATRIOTS VS BRONCOS = WHO CARES !

  43. jjfootball says: Jan 22, 2016 3:46 PM

    BRONCOS ARE A WASTE OF A PLAYOFF SPOT!

  44. chinahand11 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:46 PM

    Fox got fired because he wouldn’t let Elway coach the team. Kubiak does not have a problem with this.

  45. vegasbearfan says: Jan 22, 2016 3:53 PM

    Manning is near the end, but brady not father behind. Father time will win this battle with both. I just hope pats lose this one.

  46. pattyarbuccholz says: Jan 22, 2016 3:54 PM

    jjfootball says: Jan 22, 2016 3:44 PM

    PATRIOTS VS BRONCOS = WHO CARES !

    ——————

    Everybody, BUT YOU!!!!

  47. mikebrownbears30 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:57 PM

    Should probably talk about Kubiak when he gets you further than Fox. After all, he is your guy so you are really just tooting your own horn, right? Love ya, John, but this team can find the apple but can’t seem to bite it.

  48. dispozblcopy says: Jan 22, 2016 4:05 PM

    “I made the right decision when I let Fox go, absolutely, everything wrong got fixed by my friend.”

  49. haughville says: Jan 22, 2016 4:11 PM

    What Elway should have said is “despite of our coach”, we’re a much tougher team. I don’t see a very innovative coach.

  50. jimbo75025 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:12 PM

    Only thing tougher this year is the D and Kubiak has no real impact on that.

    Running game and Kubiaks zone blocking have been crap all year for the most part. Rest of the O has been pretty anemic no matter has been playing QB.

    Best scenario would have been keeping Fox and Gase and hiring Wade Philips since the coordinator from last year left for Oakland anyway.

    Gase running the O and Philips the D would have been a far scarier team, but noooooooooo Elway had to bring aboard his buddy.

  51. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 22, 2016 4:14 PM

    kneedragr says:
    Jan 22, 2016 3:22 PM
    Im surprised people are not giving Denver a shot. The Patriots are banged up and Denver, particularly Manning, are playing with a chip on their shoulder. I would not be surprised if its a 1 score game in the 4th, or that it comes down to the last drive.
    ————————–

    I think most serious fans definitely give Denver a lot more than just a shot. They are a damn good team playing at home with the best home field advantage Mother Nature can provide and an outstanding defense. Manning may not physically be what he was but there is nothing he hasn’t seen. Anyone underestimating his competitive fire and football IQ is a fool. If this is the last hurrah in the best rivalry of the salary cap era then like any real fan I am hoping for a great game decided by the players between the lines and not injuries, the zebras or the suits. There is no sin in one of these teams losing to the other in a legit game and either of them could.
    Of course in a win or go home scenario the score could get out of hand because of what can happen in desperation time but it’s hard to think that barring turnovers it will be anything less than highly competitive until then

  52. mrmcdougle says: Jan 22, 2016 4:17 PM

    There seems to be quite a bit of inevitability talk for a game that is a 3 point line, and has other metrics leaning in an opposite direction. Both teams are coming off of a 7 point win, and have issues. We’ll have to wait and see.

  53. dbfan4ever says: Jan 22, 2016 4:20 PM

    Sorry Bears fans but Fox can get you to the game but can’t win it.

  54. djrando7 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:20 PM

    I once again love the fact that every Patsies fan is just talking tons of trash constantly, even on Broncos stories. Like I said a couple days ago, all of these fans wee out in groves two years ago before the game. No one gave Denver a chance and Patriots fans bashed everything about the Broncos. Once the game was over and the Broncos one, ALL of the Patsies fans disappeared. I’m guessing the same will happen again Sunday of the game goes the same way.

  55. nhpats says: Jan 22, 2016 4:41 PM

    skinnylegspeytonmanning says:
    Jan 22, 2016 3:38 PM
    And here come Cheat Nation with the exact same spew they had last time. Hey Cheats, how did your last trip to Denver treat ya? LOL!
    ———-
    Manning wasn’t statistically the worst QB in the NFL last time….

  56. dstreibigsdose says: Jan 22, 2016 4:41 PM

    Despite what the trolls may say, Denver is a real good team. Their season could have turned into a circus at many points. Kubiak’s done a really nice job.

  57. jjackwagon says: Jan 22, 2016 4:49 PM

    The Chiefs & Raiders won in Pile High, do you really think the Pats won’t?

  58. JP says: Jan 22, 2016 4:49 PM

    Everyone keeps criticizing and they keep winning. Meanwhile all of those “teams you don’t want to face in the playoffs” are watching from home.

  59. jvw1982 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:50 PM

    Elway is an idiot….Kubiak is not a better coach than Fox…with Peyton and Elway make Denver very hard to root for

  60. bronco333333 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:50 PM

    Elway is 41-40 without Shanahan.0-2 in playoffs.Shanahan is 5-1 vs Brady and Bill as a Bronco head coach.Elway never had a 300 yard game passing his first Super Bowl year.Regular or post season. I hope they asked Shanahan on how to beat the Patriots. They won with Griese and Plummer.

  61. bleck5 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:50 PM

    djrando7 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 4:20 PM
    I once again love the fact that every Patsies fan is just talking tons of trash constantly, even on Broncos stories. Like I said a couple days ago, all of these fans wee out in groves two years ago before the game. No one gave Denver a chance and Patriots fans bashed everything about the Broncos. Once the game was over and the Broncos one, ALL of the Patsies fans disappeared. I’m guessing the same will happen again Sunday of the game goes the same way.

    _______

    Um the last AFC game between these two was a crippled Pats team vs Denver. A lot of people gave Denver the upper hand because NE was lacking Gronk.

    Even Denver fans are doubting the game this coming Sunday.

  62. mototax says: Jan 22, 2016 5:17 PM

    djrando7 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 4:20 PM
    Um the last AFC game between these two was a crippled Pats team vs Denver. A lot of people gave Denver the upper hand because NE was lacking Gronk.

    Even Denver fans are doubting the game this coming Sunday.
    – – – – – – – – – – –
    So you took a poll of Broncos fans and they told you they doubted the broncos could win?

  63. exoneratedbyscience says: Jan 22, 2016 5:22 PM

    Just a notch above the Vikings and Bills lie the Denver Broncos. How many super bowls have they lost? So desperate to avoid the 0’fer, they cheated the cap to get a trophy. But now, no amount of HGH or Von Miller brand anabolics will get them past God’s gift to football. Bill is 3 times the coach Kubiak is, while he’s asleep. And Manning? He’ll be tossing ducks while Brady’s throwing dimes. This isn’t even going to be close.

    Patriots ~ 44

    Broncos ~ 16

  64. raideralex99 says: Jan 22, 2016 5:23 PM

    Really??
    Is it Wade Phillip’s defence or Kubiak retooling Peyton that made the Broncos stronger.

  65. iamkillerfin says: Jan 22, 2016 5:24 PM

    JUST BEAT THE CHEATERS!!!

  66. mototax says: Jan 22, 2016 5:48 PM

    jjackwagon says:
    Jan 22, 2016 4:49 PM
    The Chiefs & Raiders won in Pile High, do you really think the Pats won’t?
    ===================
    I know the Pats DIDN’T in week 12! Broncos won at Raiders and at Chiefs. Are we even? :o)

  67. plum54 says: Jan 22, 2016 5:55 PM

    By cheaters killer fin do you mean the Broncos who chated the salary cap to win their last super bowl? Or manning who had HGH shipped to his home.

  68. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 22, 2016 6:00 PM

    iamkillerfin says:
    Jan 22, 2016 5:24 PM
    JUST BEAT THE CHEATERS!!!
    ****
    Which ones? These are the two sleaziest teams in all of sports.

  69. rogergoodellisatwat says: Jan 22, 2016 6:03 PM

    Wouldn’t have gotten past a really beat up Pats team on the road without a practice-squad special teams fumble and considerable help from the refs. Peyton and the Broncos scared no one last week against Pittsburgh’s wretched secondary. Halfway through the game, Pats fans started rooting for Denver. Tough? Fortunate to be playing in the playoffs, and more so to be at home.

  70. maxtheshoe says: Jan 22, 2016 6:15 PM

    “nhpats says:
    Jan 22, 2016 2:48 PM
    I wonder what manning thinks about taking direction from a schlock like Kubiak…. Kubiak isn’t qualified to carry Manning’s jock”

    ‘nhpats’ I bet you could carry that jock real well…

  71. bleck5 says: Jan 22, 2016 6:26 PM

    iamkillerfin says:
    Jan 22, 2016 5:24 PM
    JUST BEAT THE CHEATERS!!!

    ______________

    Amen to that! According to “YourTeamCheats” website the Broncos are the dirtiest cheats in the league! Even above the Stealers!.

    For the sake of the integrity of the game we need the Pats to eliminate them!

  72. sactogary says: Jan 22, 2016 6:45 PM

    It’ll be a Colorado Rocky Mountain Hgh!

  73. firejerry says: Jan 22, 2016 6:56 PM

    So John Fox is a “kitty cat”………..

  74. sagatti says: Jan 22, 2016 7:07 PM

    I expect the pats not to turn the ball over.. hidden camera caught Brady packing his needles…

  75. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 22, 2016 7:14 PM

    Stay Classy Cheat Nation!

    Sons of Liberty Spirits, a craft distiller in Rhode Island, trolled Peyton Manning this week, shipping a gift bottle of Battle Cry Single Malt Whiskey to the quarterback’s wife, Ashley.

    “Sorry for addressing the package to your wife,” reads the note sent with the bottle. “We heard that’s the best way to get something to you.”

    The reference, of course, to the shipments of HGH reputedly sent to Ashley as Manning attempted to rehab from neck surgery.

  76. ckradio1079 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:15 PM

    goattoday says:
    Jan 22, 2016 3:41 PM
    Just to be clear.

    Based on most of the posts here…

    If the Broncos lose this weekend it’s what was expected by most of you. In fact, many don’t believe the Broncos should be here at all.

    IF the Broncos win this weekend and, gasp, go on to win the SB it will be because of a fix (refs, league, etc.).

    So in summary, they get no credit either way?

    ———–

    I’d give this 20 thumbs up if I could. The Broncos have won close games all year. 7 of their games were against this year’s playoff teams. 12-4 with a trip to AFCCC ain’t too shabby.

  77. tylawspick6 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:56 PM

    Elway certainly likes to run his mouth and toot his own horn.

    I remember when he was raving publicly about his 2nd rd pick of Montee Ball.

    LMAO

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