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Brandon Marshall says the Broncos are not dirty

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 8:  Todd Davis #51, Justin Simmons #31, Dekoda Watson #57, and Brandon Marshall #54 of the Denver Broncos celebrate a missed field goal at the end of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Getty Images

Of the four helmet-to-helmet hits the Broncos inflicted on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton last week, Brandon Marshall’s was the most blatant because he launched himself.

But the linebacker said that just because they made a handful of — by definition — illegal plays, that doesn’t mean they’re dirty.

“We’re not dirty,” Marshall said, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “When I think of dirty, I think of stepping on somebody’s ankle at the bottom of a pile [or] twisting somebody around. Stuff like that. We just play hard, man. We hit hard. We play fast. We play faster than any defense in the league.

Just because we hit Cam in the head a couple of times, that doesn’t make us dirty. Look at some of the dirty plays in the league. There are a lot of dirty players, and that’s not our M.O.”

Oh.

If it happened once, it would be easy to dismiss it as a tackler missing. When it happened over and over in the second half, it’s harder to dismiss because Newton was not standing still.

“The guy is running at me, there’s nobody around and I leave my coverage — that’s how important it is,” Marshall said. “I leave my coverage just to try to hit him. . . . The guy, he ran the ball 11 times for, what, 54 yards? That’s a good day for a quarterback in my opinion.

“We were just playing ball. Speed of the game. Dirty is intentional.”

Marshall knows he’s going to get fined, and he should after launching himself at Newton. And until the refs start calling it and the league starts enforcing it’s mandate for player safety, there’s no reason for other teams to not follow suit.

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  1. firecracker87 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:41 PM

    Wanna hear a dirty joke?….

    A white horse fell in a mud puddle.

    The horse was a Bronco.

    LOL!

  2. rykield509 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:46 PM

    There were only two plays where Cam was hit in the head and penalties were or should have been called. If he takes a shot to the head running beyond the line of scrimmage that isn’t a penalty. He’s a RB at that point. This has been blown way out of proportion.

  3. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 13, 2016 1:46 PM

    Cam deserved to have his head knocked off – all the jawing and fake tough guy garbage with the D and taunting when they were briefly up put him firmly in their cross-hairs and they shut him down like the overrated frontrunner he is

  4. touchdownelvis says: Sep 13, 2016 1:46 PM

    They’re dirty, and they’re good at it.

    Unlike, say, the Rams, who are dirty and bad at it.

  5. elwayfanj says: Sep 13, 2016 1:49 PM

    Cam likes to tuck the ball and run, defenses have to make him pay for that.

  6. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 13, 2016 1:49 PM

    No but your knees are dirty from kneeling for the National Anthem when you should be STANDING…………….

  7. valentino8100 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:49 PM

    Dirty is as dirty does.

  8. kolbe213 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:50 PM

    Sure wish you’d post more stories about poor Cam getting tackled.

  9. bullcharger says: Sep 13, 2016 1:51 PM

    They are dirty, and it’s not because of only a few hits to the head on Cam.

    Look at the play on Johnathan Stewart in the Super Bowl.

    Look at the extremely dirty facemask by Talib in the Super Bowl.

    That team is straight up dirty.

    Other teams will be targeting their key guys soon if they don’t stop.

  10. dsigrey says: Sep 13, 2016 1:51 PM

    HD Video says they are…

  11. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 13, 2016 1:51 PM

    QB or running back. Make up your mind. Cam, you gotta new dance for Sunday? Your Bronco dances arent working!

  12. trailerparkking says: Sep 13, 2016 1:53 PM

    As a Steelers fan I can appreciate a great defense when I see one. The broncos are a great defense. The only people who think they are dirty are younger fans who don’t even know what real football looks like.

  13. vottorific says: Sep 13, 2016 1:55 PM

    I think the NFL is headed to flag football. Maybe five years. It’s al ready unrecognizable since I first started watching.

  14. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 13, 2016 1:57 PM

    Just the Pats fans think they are. They also forget that Edelman and Ammendola have some dirty hits in their past.

  15. rootpain says: Sep 13, 2016 1:57 PM

    Sure and Aqib trying to poke an opponent’s eyes out or twist his head off by pulling on his facemask were all just accidents too. Give me a break. They were all intentional and much more blatant than the Saints. Kubiak, Elway and at least Talib should all be suspended for a year.

  16. greg2geez says: Sep 13, 2016 1:58 PM

    DG brand Carolina sour whine from the finest sour grapes.

  17. mmack66 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:01 PM

    Water is wet.
    The sky is blue.
    Broncos are dirty.

  18. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 13, 2016 2:02 PM

    Dear NFL, please dont schedule Denver and Carolina anymore. Camera cant handle it.

  19. iseek11 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:03 PM

    If your going to use your QB as a weapon then defenses are entitled to respond accordingly against that weapon. You can’t have a dozen designed runs for the QB, have him cartwheeling over the goal line, taking on linebackers for extra yards, laughing and posing about it afterwards and then say “stop being so rough with him, he’s a quarterback”. Stewart and Marshall can expect fines, but Carolina needs to stop crying. You would think Newton learned a little humility in the Super Bowl. But his antics in the first half Thursday show he never learns and the Broncos gave him a reminder that games are long and hard. Maybe an injury will wake him up. He is due for one with his style. It’s too bad.

  20. td30 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:04 PM

    jeeze. people really got their panties in a bunch after that game

  21. aaronbeachgmailcom says: Sep 13, 2016 2:06 PM

    Of the 4 hits to the helmet only 2 were illegal by the rule book. Of those 2, 1 was not called.

    There was 1 uncalled illegal hit to Cam Newton in that game. It should have been called – but of the approximately 250* helmet-to-helmet collisions in the game, only was one was illegal and uncalled – the refs did a pretty good job. Even the best refs leave 1-3 uncalled obvious fouls per game.

    * I counted the number of obvious helmet-to-helmet collisions in the first 4 drives and extrapolated. There is usually 2-4 helmet-to-helmet collisions per play. Only 4 of those involved Cam Newton in the entire game. Only 2 of those were illegal. Only one of those was uncalled.

  22. hatersgonnahatehate says: Sep 13, 2016 2:06 PM

    Marshall clearly launched himself at Cam’s head after the ball was thrown, clearly dirty.

    Von Miller was tangled up with a defender & Cam stopped short, they collided, not dirty.

    He’s right, its not the team, its some of the players on it, like him.

  23. naderktait says: Sep 13, 2016 2:07 PM

    This defending the Broncos are making it sound like it was hard to no hit Cam Newton in the head. Keep in mind that Cam is 6″5…. I saw defenders literally launch/jump to get a head on head collision. Everyone watching saw it happen. Don’t care who the QB or what team it is, those calls should have been made and they weren’t, especially if Jimmy G is getting them easily for targeting the knees? Please….

  24. beelicker says: Sep 13, 2016 2:08 PM

    As long as the helmet is hard enough to be used as a weapon, it will be. This seems more like a case of the ‘cure’ being worse than the disease

    Why not some kind of shock absorbing high-tech superfoam with a more forgiving thin polymer spray coating? If the player uses his head as a weapon, he will only be hurting himself with it

  25. captainspangled says: Sep 13, 2016 2:08 PM

    looking forward to seeing a bit of justice come down tommorow. There’s no room for that kind of barbarism in our game.

  26. theageofquarrel says: Sep 13, 2016 2:10 PM

    Yeah,ok

  27. chuckshontaspads says: Sep 13, 2016 2:12 PM

    Of course they are. Dirty hits, known for cheap shots at knees from D-backs and especially offensive lines, multiple PED violations, salary cap cheating, on and on it goes….

  28. brwmstr says: Sep 13, 2016 2:12 PM

    play football. If the Quarterback is also known for running then he will take extra punishment…sorry that is just common sense.

  29. ibillwt says: Sep 13, 2016 2:13 PM

    With Manning off the roster I would say the Bronks are no longer dirty.

  30. virgiltab says: Sep 13, 2016 2:16 PM

    I think a lot of people are missing the point. I keep seeing “Well if Cam is going to run the ball, he is going to get hit like one” Are you seriously that dumb with that statement? The point isn’t that Cam is a QB getting hit with Helmet to Helmet, the point is the Cam is getting a helmet to helmet hit, period!!!

    YOU CANNOT HAVE A HELMET TO HELMET HIT ON ANY PLAYER IN THE NFL, ITS A PENALTY, EVERY TIME!!

    These players are bigger faster and stronger than anytime before in the NFL so protecting the PLAYERS should be a focus

    And just because Cam is bigger than basically all QB’s doesn’t mean he should have to take bigger hits than anyone else.

    I don’t think the Broncos are dirty, I think some of their players are but overall they are not a dirty defense.

  31. coltsreign says: Sep 13, 2016 2:16 PM

    I remember when Andrew luck played against that D…. he beat them but left with a lacerated kidney. Don’t remind of the Bush league eye poke on dewayne allen either.

    That broncos D at time looks like they are targeting the knees and head

  32. jayhawk6 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:17 PM

    In 1966 or ’67. the Chiefs were at Denver. In the midst of a six yard gain, Mike Garrett got clothes lined by a linebacker and had to leave the game. The next play, Len Dawson went one direction and the ten other guys went straight for the dirt bag/cheap shot artist, who thereafter had to leave the game.

    Problem solved.

  33. mmack66 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:18 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:57 PM

    Just the Pats fans think they are. They also forget that Edelman and Ammendola have some dirty hits in their past.
    ——————————

    The whole league knows that the Broncos are dirty and that the referees are complicit in their dirty play.

    The one time they actually do their jobs and call it, they conveniently offset it with some lame penalty when the ball didn’t get back to the line of scrimmage, because Newton was in the process of getting speared in the head.

    It’s laughable.

  34. Rolo Tomassi says: Sep 13, 2016 2:19 PM

    I don’t mind the head shots
    but they do dive on the back of the ankles of the wide receiver. Thats kind of dirty

  35. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 13, 2016 2:21 PM

    Doesn’t this guy have some more endorsements to lose? Get to it Marshall!

  36. ricko1112 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:21 PM

    Sssuuurrreee….

    And they don’t cheat the salary cap.

    Or smear Vaseline all over their uniforms.

    Or teach chop blocks designed specifically to injure.

    Or have a team sanctioned PED regimine that makes the Seahawks jealous.

    Dirtiest, cheatingest team in the NFL by a wide margin! They make the Colts, Ravens, and Jets look like amateurs!

  37. nhpats says: Sep 13, 2016 2:22 PM

    Marshall’s hit deserved a penalty. The others IMO did not. Cam lowered his head in a couple of cases. And to be fair, I have not heard Cam himself complaining about it.

    Now as for the Broncos being dirty in general…..what the heck does Marshall think about Talib internally sticking his finger in another player’s eye after the play was done? Is that not the very definition of “dirty”?

  38. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:25 PM

    I don’t mind the head shots and diving at ankles, just stand up for the freaking anthem!

  39. td30 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:26 PM

    I remember when Andrew luck played against that D…. he beat them but left with a lacerated kidney. Don’t remind of the Bush league eye poke on dewayne allen either.

    ————————–

    did you even watch the game before talking out of your butt? Luck’s injury was because he thought it would be a good idea to try and run over Danny Trevethan to get to the endzone and he got rocked for it. And, i dont know if you’re aware of this, but the kidney is not located on the knee or the head.

  40. jjackwagon says: Sep 13, 2016 2:27 PM

    Ask yourself how many of these hits would have been flagged if the QBs name had been Brees, Brady or Manning.

  41. blackbug99 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:28 PM

    * I counted the number of obvious helmet-to-helmet collisions in the first 4 drives and extrapolated. There is usually 2-4 helmet-to-helmet collisions per play. Only 4 of those involved Cam Newton in the entire game. Only 2 of those were illegal. Only one of those was uncalled.
    *************************************************

    Clearly you wasted good drinking time, and should be fined🙂

    If the QB hasn’t crossed the line marker then he’s still a QB. Hit him as such. Past the line he’s a runner, then only the slide protects him.

  42. jags2daship says: Sep 13, 2016 2:28 PM

    I don’t know if you can trust a guy who disrespects his country by pissing on its flag

  43. kcflake says: Sep 13, 2016 2:33 PM

    Was Mr. Marshall joking? Watch the Broncos last 2 games against Carolina, and the 2 last year against the Chiefs and then tell me they don’t play dirty. They are a dirty team and defense. At some point, I bet the league will give them a call about it.

  44. jag1959 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:34 PM

    “We were just playing ball. Speed of the game. Dirty is intentional.”

    Launching is intentional, knee shots are intentional, poking a guy in the eye is intentional, grabbing and twisting a face mask and high low chop blocks are intentional. Denver does them all and all of those things are dirty. Using Marshall’s own criteria it is safe to say from the evidence of the last few years they are not just dirty but they are intentionally dirty.
    Why not just own it? The 70’s Raiders and Steelers reveled in it and before someone starts chirping that’s not acceptable in today’s PC age, peruse the comments here. The bulk of football fans would embrace it.

  45. bullcharger says: Sep 13, 2016 2:37 PM

    trailerparkking says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:53 PM

    As a Steelers fan I can appreciate a great defense when I see one. The broncos are a great defense. The only people who think they are dirty are younger fans who don’t even know what real football looks like.

    ————-

    They are way more dirty than any Steelers D I have ever seen since the early 70s. They are more like Oakland in their heyday.

  46. MichaelEdits says: Sep 13, 2016 2:39 PM

    Before I read the comments, I expect a chorus of people who use the word “launching.” Add me to it. That was a dirty hit.

  47. bsizemore68 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:39 PM

    Don’t forget that they are experts at the crack back block to the knees, and as far as a QB running its still against the rules to aim for his head. Bill

  48. axespray says: Sep 13, 2016 2:42 PM

    I’m sure the Shanahan Bronco’s Oline would say the same thing… but dirty is dirty and them dudes is dirty with a capital T!

  49. weepingjebus says: Sep 13, 2016 2:43 PM

    They are actually squeaky clean thanks to the temperature regulating grease all their linebackers are coated with.

  50. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 13, 2016 2:43 PM

    That’s what sCam gets for being a running QB.

    If he were a true pro QB, he wouldn’t be in this situation.

    Lose the gimmick option junk.

  51. painsyndicate says: Sep 13, 2016 2:45 PM

    You are dirty and anti-American to boot.

    This country needs less people like you.

  52. motsuret06 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:47 PM

    It will be dirty when the NFL relieves him of a large chunk of change by the end of the week. Broncos will receive some payback as the season rolls on so they better protect that young qb of theirs. He will take some hits very soon.

  53. bronco1st says: Sep 13, 2016 2:49 PM

    Dirt is in the eye of the… Owie! Owie! Flag, FLAG! My eye, owie! Flag! I’m gonna tell mom!

  54. abninf says: Sep 13, 2016 2:52 PM

    kcflake says:

    Was Mr. Marshall joking? Watch the Broncos last 2 games against Carolina, and the 2 last year against the Chiefs and then tell me they don’t play dirty. They are a dirty team and defense. At some point, I bet the league will give them a call about it.
    =======================================

    Awww. You should have watched football 30-40 years ago.

    The wussification of society continues………..

  55. tocabi says: Sep 13, 2016 2:52 PM

    Dirtiest “team” in the league by far. Launching head to head should come with ejection and % of salary fine so it hurts equally. The only thing worse than head to head is giving yourself permission to do it the next game. I blame this on the NFL. Totally focused on the wrong things and head to head hits is clearly not “really” one of them.

  56. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 13, 2016 2:54 PM

    Simple question; If someone were to ask a football fan from each of the other 31 markets to name the three dirtiest teams in the NFL how many of those lists would not include Denver (or LA for that matter)?

    Maybe it’s time for another of PFT’s polls?

    If a player feels the need to come out and say their team is not dirty, chances are pretty damn good they are.

  57. virgiltab says: Sep 13, 2016 2:54 PM

    To the people who say its football….Let me know how you all feel about helmet to helmet dirty hits etc… when its your son playing on a Friday night, gets knocked unconscious because of a blatant spear, dirty helmet to helmet hit and doesn’t move for 30 seconds, then has to be carted off the field. I bet you, you’ll change your tone.

  58. dumbaseinstien says: Sep 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    They might not be…but there is no denying Marshall is a traitor.

  59. bullcharger says: Sep 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    brwmstr says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:12 PM

    play football. If the Quarterback is also known for running then he will take extra punishment…sorry that is just common sense.

    ————

    That’s the opposite of common sense. It has nothing to do with what he is known for.

    If the QB is still has his arm back and he’s looking down field to throw it and he’s behind the line of scrimmage then he is in a defenseless posture and he can’t be hit in the head.

    Incidental contact would be allowed, but that’s not what happened to Cam.

    If Cam had not had his arm up to throw it then they could bonk him no problem.

  60. nole567 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:56 PM

    Use your QB as a RB and he’s going to get cracked in the dome a few times. The Panthers used Cam as a RB their entire first series – kind of sets the tone for the game and how the defense is going to approach the situation. Rivera deserves the blame solely based on his scheme.

  61. bullcharger says: Sep 13, 2016 2:58 PM

    abninf says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:52 PM

    kcflake says:

    Was Mr. Marshall joking? Watch the Broncos last 2 games against Carolina, and the 2 last year against the Chiefs and then tell me they don’t play dirty. They are a dirty team and defense. At some point, I bet the league will give them a call about it.
    =======================================

    Awww. You should have watched football 30-40 years ago.

    The wussification of society continues………..

    ———–

    Do you go all the way back to when Teddy Roosevelt radically changed the game to prevent in game death from happening. Is that where you want to go back to?

  62. bullcharger says: Sep 13, 2016 3:03 PM

    dumbaseinstien says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    They might not be…but there is no denying Marshall is a traitor

    ————

    A traitor is someone that betrays his country by giving information to it’s enemy. Marshall just knelt during the anthem. You don’t have to like it, but he didn’t do anything to betray his country.

  63. gysot says: Sep 13, 2016 3:05 PM

    Keep Pounding…on Cams noggin.

  64. romeisfallingagain says: Sep 13, 2016 3:06 PM

    Unfortunately for Brandon and the Broncos, there is this new thing called video tape that would beg to differ with his assessment.

    They have been the dirtiest team in football for 2+ years now, and anyone with a brain and a pair of functioning eyes is well aware of it.

  65. Irsay's Bong says: Sep 13, 2016 3:07 PM

    Yeah and they don’t cheat the salary cap either…

  66. araidersfan says: Sep 13, 2016 3:08 PM

    Denver’s players may not be intentionally dirty, but being ‘roided up on PEDs often results in ‘overly-aggressive’ actions by their players on the field.

  67. entropysdomain says: Sep 13, 2016 3:17 PM

    Bill Cosby said he did nothing wrong

  68. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 13, 2016 3:18 PM

    Cam needs to watch video of Manning in the AFCCG and start using Peyton’s go-to-the-ground-and-get-back-up hit avoidance maneuver.

    Surely they’ll let Cam keep running or pass the ball, right?

  69. kepickle says: Sep 13, 2016 3:24 PM

    Now as a Panthers fan let’s take this as it is I think what Brandon Marshall is actually trying to say is he doesn’t know how to tackle the correct way because his coaching staff won’t teach him how to tackle the correct way maybe the Denver Broncos all need a lesson in the rule book as well as tackling but yes as it stands now they are a very dirty defense know the Steelers were tough the Broncos aren’t up there dirty

  70. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 13, 2016 3:25 PM

    dumbaseinstien says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    They might not be…but there is no denying Marshall is a traitor
    ————————–

    It is easily deniable. Every civics, history and language teacher you ever had should be ashamed. ‘Einstein’ indeed

  71. docsmith54 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:27 PM

    Marshall launched himself upward at Cam – plain as day. Does Marshall have a QB on HIS team? Cam’s size doesn’t matter. His genuine reactions to the hits say a lot about the delivered results and his toughness. Payback could be a bitch.

  72. fordbw says: Sep 13, 2016 3:28 PM

    The Broncos are probably the dirtiest team in the league. That’s the only way they can win.

  73. plum54 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:32 PM

    Yeah right and the HGH was for Ashley Manning!
    If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck… Yes It’s dirty cheap shot play.

  74. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:42 PM

    trailerparkking says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:53 PM
    As a Steelers fan I can appreciate a great defense when I see one. The broncos are a great defense. The only people who think they are dirty are younger fans who don’t even know what real football looks like.

    ——————————————————————

    Real talk right there. Just 10yrs ago, their aggressiveness would be celebrated. The John Lynch and Ronnie Lott’s of the world couldn’t survive in today’s game. I understand times change and people change, but its still football and I want my team to be mean and aggressive, and if a few 15 yard penalties come along during the course of the game then so be it.

    The Panthers fancy themselves as bullies, and super physical and there is one team they cant bully and thats the Broncos. It makes Panthers fans (like the writer of this article) soooo mad that Denver puts it on ’em. So sorry these people want penalties to give their team a better chance at winning. Weak. Go CRY some more

  75. socialpolicyweb says: Sep 13, 2016 3:55 PM

    Isn’t this the same reason NOLA Saints were suspended? How about some consistency.

  76. captainspangled says: Sep 13, 2016 4:07 PM

    It’s always grotesque to see cheap shot artists like Marshall ply that disgusting craft.

    Glad he’ll be punished.

  77. jbraider says: Sep 13, 2016 4:10 PM

    trailerparkking says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:53 PM

    As a Steelers fan I can appreciate a great defense when I see one. The broncos are a great defense. The only people who think they are dirty are younger fans who don’t even know what real football looks like.
    ________________________________
    I’m a Raiders fan, and I’ve been watching since the late-70’s. I know what good defense looks like. And I also know what dirty looks like, on both sides of the ball

    The Broncos have been dirty for almost as long as I can remember. The play that clued me in was the Broncos first offensive play from scrimmage in a Jan 10, 1994 playoff game against my Raiders, when Broncos OL Brian Habib and Keith Kartz executed a perfect chop block on Chester McGlockton, breaking his leg. If you saw the play, you would marvel that McGlockton’s injury was not comparable to Joe Theismann’s.

    And if you think Marshall and Stewart leaving their feet, leading with their helmets into Cam Newton’s head, with their arms below their shoulders are not examples of illegal hits, then I guess you won’t object when Vontaze Burfict takes Antonio Brown out for a few games (just like he did last season) with a similar hit.

  78. stickyicky97 says: Sep 13, 2016 4:16 PM

    Von Miller hits every QB up high and puts his helmet in the QB’s face mask or helmet. Probably why he gets so many sack/fumbles. Somehow, he continues to get away with these types of hits….particularly against Cam and the Panthers. He did it twice to Cam last week and once in the Super Bowl. If the QB is in the pocket, which Cam was on 3 of Miller’s hits, you cannot touch the QB’s neck or head areas at all. It doesn’t matter if Cam is a running QB or not. When he’s in the pocket, he’s a QB and should be protected like one. #DirtyDenver

  79. hoss408 says: Sep 13, 2016 4:34 PM

    This is blown WAY out of proportion.

  80. marthisdil says: Sep 13, 2016 4:41 PM

    Time for o-lineman to just start going after knees. Hit our QB in the head? Expect to be out the rest of the season.

    Problem solved.

  81. jgedgar70 says: Sep 13, 2016 4:46 PM

    virgiltab says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:16 PM

    I think a lot of people are missing the point. I keep seeing “Well if Cam is going to run the ball, he is going to get hit like one” Are you seriously that dumb with that statement? The point isn’t that Cam is a QB getting hit with Helmet to Helmet, the point is the Cam is getting a helmet to helmet hit, period!!!

    YOU CANNOT HAVE A HELMET TO HELMET HIT ON ANY PLAYER IN THE NFL, ITS A PENALTY, EVERY TIME!!

    These players are bigger faster and stronger than anytime before in the NFL so protecting the PLAYERS should be a focus

    And just because Cam is bigger than basically all QB’s doesn’t mean he should have to take bigger hits than anyone else.
    _____
    I felt the need to re-post this comment down here for all the mindless fools that didn’t read it and are posting juvenile “Cam got hit and he can’t take it and the fans can’t take it they’re whining NA na na na NA NA lolololol hahahahah” comments, and those that are parroting the nonsensical “Cam acts like a RB so he is eligible to be hit in the head” and “I hate Cam so I’m glad he’s getting hit in the head” stuff.

    Be reasonable, people. I know you hate Cam because you still think he cheated at Auburn despite there being no evidence that he did. It’s time to leave 2010 in the past. Cam is a fantastic player you should appreciate for his unique abilities. And stop acting like he’s the first person in NFL history to do end zone dances and mug for a camera. Been going on for decades. Stop demonizing him for it.

    And yes, the Broncos are so dirty I keep getting surprised to see Wade Phillips instead of Gregg Williams on their sideline.

  82. trailerparkking says: Sep 13, 2016 4:55 PM

    And if you think Marshall and Stewart leaving their feet, leading with their helmets into Cam Newton’s head, with their arms below their shoulders are not examples of illegal hits, then I guess you won’t object when Vontaze Burfict takes Antonio Brown out for a few games (just like he did last season) with a similar hit.
    __________
    First off, Burfict’s hit was late and he led with his shoulder pad. And I call him dirty not the entire Bengals team.

  83. bullcharger says: Sep 13, 2016 5:20 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:57 PM
    Just the Pats fans think they are. They also forget that Edelman and Ammendola have some dirty hits in their past.

    ——————-

    Carolina fans don’t?

  84. swineflooo says: Sep 13, 2016 5:32 PM

    The broncos and rams are the 2 dirtiest teams.

  85. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 13, 2016 5:39 PM

    Are the Patriots dirty for Akeem Ayers low hit on Manning in 2014 that essentially sped up his retirement? No it’s just football. It’s a warrior sport and you try to intimidate your opponent any chance you get.

  86. Patskrieg says: Sep 13, 2016 5:55 PM

    You know who else spends a lot of time insisting the Broncos aren’t dirty? TJ Ward.

    You know when he says it? Hours after he just dove at someone’s knees helmet first.

  87. joker65 says: Sep 13, 2016 5:58 PM

    Dirty as hell. Cannot lead with the helmet when making a tackle. Simple as that. Both Marshall and 26 did it.

    “The first rule change prohibits a runner or tackler from initiating forcible contact with the crown of the helmet outside the tackle box,”

    You guys defending their hits are idiots.

  88. mrloser444 says: Sep 13, 2016 6:00 PM

    After watching this weekends games, there were SOOO many helmet hits in ALL the games with nary a flag thrown. Why aren’t you folks mentioning those? All teams do it. This isn’t flag football! This is the NFL! Deal with it!!

  89. mmack66 says: Sep 13, 2016 6:05 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 13, 2016 5:39 PM

    Are the Patriots dirty for Akeem Ayers low hit on Manning in 2014 that essentially sped up his retirement?
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    Sped up his retirement? jetsfan4life 1sbwinb4moonlanding is funny today!

  90. slick50ks says: Sep 13, 2016 6:09 PM

    When you’re not dirty, you don’t have to say you’re not dirty.

  91. qbarrel says: Sep 13, 2016 6:24 PM

    I wouldn’t call them dirty. I prefer the word ‘filthy’.

  92. mmack66 says: Sep 13, 2016 6:40 PM

    mrloser444 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 6:00 PM

    After watching this weekends games, there were SOOO many helmet hits in ALL the games with nary a flag thrown. Why aren’t you folks mentioning those? All teams do it. This isn’t flag football! This is the NFL! Deal with it!!
    ——————————–

    You watched ALL of the games? Lucky.

  93. coloradical420 says: Sep 13, 2016 6:41 PM

    awe, Diddums, don’t cry! it’s ok. it’s just football. Maybe you should go play tennis or something where you’re not going to be forced to pout after every game…

    whaaaaaaa!!!!!

    Love the taste of the KeepPouting Tears!

    #GoldenChamps!

  94. bullogne says: Sep 13, 2016 7:01 PM

    Most of the great defences of the past were considered dirty. Think of the 70’s Steelers and Raiders, late 80’s Eagles.
    Considering the last 3 games vs Cam twice and Brady netted over 50 QB hits, QB’s on this year’s Broncos schedule will not be looking forward to facing this defence at all. Dirty or not.

  95. mtrhead269 says: Sep 13, 2016 7:13 PM

    Brandon Marshall just like Rodney Harrion, Conrad Dobler, Richie Incognito claims not to be dirty, the tape shows otherwise. Leaving your feet to launch yourself helemt to helmet into another player is illegal, dont like being call dirty Brandon then dont play dirty.

    I have not dog in the fight but Wade Phillips seems to always have edgy and dirty player on the roster.

    Relax Bronoc fans you still got the trophy.

  96. bullcharger says: Sep 13, 2016 7:30 PM

    I think many posters here are forgetting that Peyton garnered the respect of all players and wasn’t going to be targeted by opponents for injury out of respect for him. Brock was pretty tough and he took a lot of hits. If Denver keeps it up their rookie QB will be the guy getting smoked. The league self polices dirty play.

  97. mmack66 says: Sep 13, 2016 7:49 PM

    It’s too bad the Broncos can’t win without playing dirty.

    They were getting their asses handed to them in that game until the refs put their blinders on and let the Broncos headhunt at will.

  98. JSpicoli says: Sep 13, 2016 8:06 PM

    I hope he got pulled over after the game.

  99. justsayin70 says: Sep 13, 2016 8:11 PM

    Marhsall’s lack of respect during the national anthem > Broncos being dirty.

  100. justsayin70 says: Sep 13, 2016 8:13 PM

    Marshall’s lack of respect during the national anthem > Broncos being dirty.

  101. frpsr says: Sep 13, 2016 8:23 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 6:05 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 13, 2016 5:39 PM

    Are the Patriots dirty for Akeem Ayers low hit on Manning in 2014 that essentially sped up his retirement?
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    Sped up his retirement? jetsfan4life 1sbwinb4moonlanding is funny today!

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  102. tylawspick6 says: Sep 13, 2016 8:29 PM

    Denver has notoriously been a dirty, cheating team in god awful uniforms since their inception.

    Goodell allowing cap cheating and Gomer’s PED supply from China and Guyer is the latest example of that disgusting franchise being protected.

    The mink coat wearing owner on the sidelines was also a major toolbox.

    What man wears a mink coat?

  103. nflfan1 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:54 PM

    TJ Ward is one of the dirtiest players in the league. Not because he is a Bronco. Because he is who he is. PERIOD.

  104. youradarnfoo says: Sep 13, 2016 10:54 PM

    Any football fan with a brain watching that game could see the Broncos tried to hurt cam. you rip the head of the monster and the body dies.. that’s a line these dirtball defensive players believe… not all, but just the crooks… the players/teams and coaches who follow this line and need the edge. Bill belichecks greatest line.. if you ain’t cheating.. u ain’t trying….. or it’s not cheating if you don’t get caught. Wait he got caught. #beheadcam

  105. toryn424 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:58 AM

    Denver is just a misunderstood organization. It wasn’t intentionally violating the salary cap rules- they just pay money faster than every one else. Von Miller didn’t mean to take PEDs, he just eats more than everyone else. Talib and his mom didn’t mean to shoot at his sister’s boyfriend… his bullets are just faster than everyone else’s. Von Miller didn’t mean to pay someone to take his piss test… he just pees more than everyone else. Talib didn’t mean to beat up a taxi driver, he just tips differently than everyone else. Talib didn’t mean to shoot himself….well…..actually he didn’t, that was just him being a dumbass.
    But…..Denver is just misunderstood.

  106. toryn424 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:01 AM

    I don’t know what is more troubling…..Marshall saying he didn’t mean to launch himself at Cam’s head- he’s just faster than everyone else……..OR…… the almost unanimous comments from Denver fans trying to justify the head hunting. Sad.

  107. zygizag says: Sep 14, 2016 1:09 AM

    Every defensive line player who plays against the Broncos knows that they have a long history of going after DL knees.

    Denver, New Orleans and Rams are the dirtiest teams in the NFL

  108. hobbsterp says: Sep 14, 2016 1:54 AM

    Broncos not dirty??? BS!
    What’s more is I cannot believe the league is investigating the Panthers for not following protocol on head hits when it’s the refs who should be investigated-suspended for lack of controlling said hits!!

    weepingjebus says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:43 PM

    “They are actually squeaky clean thanks to the temperature regulating grease all their linebackers are coated with.”

    97 playoff game vs. Chiefs: Broncos O-linemen had sprayed Pam on their jersey’s. All the refs made them do was wipe them off!! After the game, Mr. (squeaky clean) Mark Schlereth was quoted “if you’re not cheatin’ you’re not tryin'”
    So yeah, the Broncos have some dirt in their history.

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