Demaryius Thomas: Some Broncos looked past Colts

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On Friday’s PFT Live, Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was asked what went wrong for the Broncos, who crashed and burned as big favorites in the divisional round to Indianapolis in January.

While Thomas pointed to injuries as one of the reasons for the club’s exit, he also indicated that the 2014 Broncos were lacking in other areas, too.

“I feel like some guys, you know, didn’t have the fight or whatever it was,” Thomas said Friday. “It was totally a different team than last year.

“I think we had more talent this year, but it was a little more fight in that team last year, I think.”

In a follow-up question, PFT’s Mike Florio asked: “How did it go wrong this year, then, from the fight standpoint?”

And here, Thomas indicated that Denver might have taken its off the ball against Indianapolis.

“I think one thing was, I feel like guys kind of looked over the Colts,” Thomas said. “You had guys always talking the night before the game, you had, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go to New England and play New England.’ And I think that was one of the big things.”

The Broncos fell 43-21 at New England in November, and they likely would have been underdogs in a rematch. But we’ll never know whether these Broncos could have turned the tables with a Super Bowl berth on the line.

50 responses to “Demaryius Thomas: Some Broncos looked past Colts

  1. Or maybe 3 balls that hit DT right sqaure in the hands in that game only to be dropped. As a Broncos fan I love DT but he needs to look in the mirror and take some blame too.

  2. Injuries, really? Who was hurt outside of ‘supposedly’ MegaHead’s thighs (and ego)?

    Donkeys just can never admit to getting their butts kicked and always think they’re superior…been hearing the same tune since the Horseface whoopings in past SuperBowls.

  3. Peyton Manning led teams flaming out in their first playoff game isn’t an unusual occurrence. It has happened 9 of the 14 times he’s made the post-season. No need to look any further than that.

  4. “You had guys always talking the night before the game, you had,

    ‘Oh, I don’t want to go to New England and play New England.’
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    FISHED YOUR WISH

  5. ‘Oh, I don’t want to go to New England and play New England.’ — Peyton Manning

  6. Neither did the Colts. Stunning admission.

    As a Pats fan, Gotta give Ravens credit. They will play the game in a junk yard

  7. nfl1818 says:
    Jan 30, 2015 3:27 PM
    As a Pats fan, Gotta give Ravens credit. They will play the game in a junk yard
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    True.

    Then they’ll whine about losing

  8. @TomsulasMustache….
    Who in their right mind would want to play for Oakland? That city is a turd pile and their team hasn’t had a winning season in 13 years.. The reason they call it the black hole is because it sucks…

  9. “I feel like some guys, you know, didn’t have the fight or whatever it was,”

    Yup, looked like the same team to me. Ain’t nobody handing Peyton no SuperBowl trophy for free we know that much.

  10. That’s on the coach. It’s his job to keep the team focused on the task at hand.

    It’s also the coach’s job to make sure his team is prepared for every contingency. A coach who turns the speakers down at practice, and then has his team give up a safety on the first play of the game because the team can’t hear the QB signals, is not doing his job very well.

  11. Since 2012 no quarterback has a higher qb rating in the 4th quarter then Peyton Manning. So sick of the not being “clutch” comments.

    Perhaps DT is pointing at his coaching staff and some of the decisions with player personnel.

  12. The donkeys have to blow it up and start over, the Raiders did that a couple years ago.

    The future looks bright in Oakland, Denver, not so much.

  13. “You had guys always talking the night before the game, you had, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go to New England and play New England.’ And I think that was one of the big things.”

    ___________

    Tough to blame them for feeling that way knowing they’d get their lunch eaten again, but for a pro football player to admit that that was the sentiment in the locker room is pretty surprising ..maybe you should find a new line of work fellas, like ballroom dancing

  14. A high QB rating in the 4rth quarter appears clutch. What we’d like to see is the number of come from behind wins and moreover the rating, yards and TD’s with the win already sealed. Accusations of running up the score stick to the Pats only, just like every other complaint. I see P M throwing all the time with big leads. Media bias Ho hum.

  15. A high QB rating in the 4th quarter does not prove your clutch by itself. Manning has that high rating because he is throwing up 21 points but because its Manning Peter King and co don’t bash him like they did when the Pats blew people out.

  16. derpadeederpjetsyjet says:
    Jan 30, 2015 3:52 PM

    The Power of the Patriots, they beat you even when you aren’t playing them…
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    Hey, isn’t that cheating????

    (Sorry, Pats fan here, couldn’t resist!)

  17. patsfan1820 says:
    Jan 30, 2015 4:22 PM
    The only AFC team that can match up to the Patriots in Foxboro is the Ravens. That’s all there is to it.
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    The truth is that any team with a great interior pass rush can give the Patriots a good game and that includes the Jets (as much as we all hate to admit that).

  18. “How did Peyton being hurt allow the Colts to score 3 TDs?”

    You’re right. Having a QB who’s so hurt he can barely throw the ball has no impact on the game.

  19. joetoronto says:
    Jan 30, 2015 3:57 PM
    The donkeys have to blow it up and start over, the Raiders did that a couple years ago.

    The future looks bright in Oakland, Denver, not so much.
    _______________________________________________

    Yawn, be hearing that for 13 years, call me when the raiders win more than 4 games a year. Takes them 3 years to get the same amount of with as the Broncos do in 1 season, del rio will only get them so far

  20. Peyton wasn’t listed on the injury report before the game so he wasn’t hurt or he was and he wasn’t listed on the report which is a clear violation of the rules ( aka. Cheating.) So which is it donkey fans Peyton just stunk it up or Denver and Peyton cheated.

  21. Bembo you wanna say manning wasn’t on the injury report for the divisional? Here’s one source

    Week: GO
    NAME POSITION INJURY WED. THU. FRI. GAME STATUS
    Bruton Jr., David S Concussion/Neck FP FP FP Probable
    Cornick, Paul T Toe FP FP FP Probable
    Franklin, Orlando G Concussion FP FP FP Probable
    Manning, Peyton QB Thigh FP FP FP Probable
    Marshall, Brandon LB Foot LP LP LP Questionable
    Montgomery, Will C Knee FP FP FP Probable
    Smith, Quanterus DE Knee – LP DNP Out
    Talib, Aqib CB Achilles FP FP FP Probable
    Thomas, Julius TE Ankle FP FP FP Probable
    Thomas, Demaryius WR Ankle/Finger FP FP FP Probable
    Thompson, Juwan RB Hip/Knee FP FP FP Probable
    Unrein, Mitch DT Knee – LP LP Questionable
    Ward, T.J. SS Neck FP FP FP Probable
    Webster, Kayvon CB Shoulder FP FP FP Probable

  22. Since 2012 has a 101 qb rating in games where he’s either trailing by 8 points or less..In those years he’s gone 13-3,13-3, 12-4…Tom Brady has a 77 qb rating since that time.

    I hope that clear enough:)

  23. Since 2012 Peyton Manning has a 101 qb rating in games where he’s either trailing by 8 points or less..In those years he’s gone 13-3,13-3, 12-4…Tom Brady has a 77 qb rating since that time.

    I hope that clear enough:)

  24. I disagree with everyone saying you need to go by just “come from behind wins”…No, your wrong. You need to go by Qb rating in the 4th quarter in games trailing 8 points or less AND wins…Manning is number 1 in the league since 2012. Brady isn’t even in the top 10…

    What Brady fans like to do is, put stock in the total team comeback wins rather then adding the rating because by adding the rating system your debunking the QB’s overall effectiveness. They also like to put stock in games between 2001-2004 when he was a “Trent Dilfer” on a team with a great defense and running game.

    His clutchness has been average since he signed the big contract. He’s won ONE playoff game away from Foxburo since 2006, and his success has been almost similar to Manning since that time. But because he’s got “house money” in games between 2001-2004 people believe he’s this clutch quarterback…He’s not anymore clutch then Manning has been, stats actually prove he performs on a lower level then Peyton.

    Brady being this clutch is more myth then reality

  25. ‘Oh, I don’t want to go to New England and play New England.’

    Broncos’ window is officially closed if they have that attitude.

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