ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – A morning snowstorm sent the Broncos back into the nearby South Suburban Sports Dome for practice — and they did so with three players who missed Tuesday’s practice in tow.
Tight end Daniel Fells, defensive end Elvis Dumervil and safety David Bruton each returned to work after sitting out Tuesday’s practice, which took place in 53-degree temperatures. Twenty-four hours later, Dove Valley was covered in snow and the conditions were 36 degrees cooler.
“We could have gone outside, but I don’t know that our focus would have been as good as it was in that dome today. That’s why we decided to go there instead of outdoors,” Broncos coach John Fox said.
There was little reason for the Broncos to practice in the falling snow; the forecast for Foxborough, Mass. during Saturday’s game is for partly cloudy skies with temperatures falling through the lower 20s into the upper teens.
INTERVIEW TIME: With the Broncos’ game-planning work mostly complete, defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is prepared not only for Saturday’s game, but an interview with the St. Louis Rams for their vacant head-coaching position before leaving Denver for Massachusetts.
“I’m extremely flattered about it,” Allen said. “It’s obviously exciting, but really, at the end of the day, in my mind it’s more of a tribute to those players that are in that locker room. It’s a tribute to the assistant coaches that I work with every day. When you have success as a team, individual achievements come.”
If the Rams hire Allen, “they’ll get a great coach,” linebacker Von Miller said.
“They’ll get a consistent coach that will come in every day and push you and all the players on the team to be great,” Miller said.
“The whole coaching staff that came in, they just brought a whole different mind-set to the team and we’re a lot better off than we were last year,” said linebacker Joe Mays. “And we’ve enjoyed it so far and we’ll just try to keep getting better and try to get a win this week.”
PROGRESS: Safety Brian Dawkins still hasn’t practiced since two days before the Dec. 24 loss at Buffalo, but his progress has advanced enough to where Fox says the 16-year veteran is “way further along this week than he was last week.”
Dawkins and wide receiver Eric Decker were the only Broncos to miss practice for injury-related reasons. Long snapper Lonie Paxton was not on the field to attend to a personal matter.
Decker remains “day to day” with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee.