Broncos address ‘soft’ label after loss to Bengals pushes skid to six games

So, are the Broncos soft? (Asking for a friend.)

Their 20-17 loss Sunday to the Bengals dropped Denver to 3-7 and extended its losing streak to six games.

General manager John Elway, speaking Friday at a ceremony honoring former Broncos coach Red Miller and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis, traced the current struggles to a fast start to 2017 that led to complacency: “To be dead honest with you, we got a little bit soft. We went 4-0 in the preseason, we started out 3-1, then we get a bye week, and if you exhale in this league, you’re in trouble.”

Nose tackle Domata Peko: “Losing five in a row, that’s soft. How many turnovers we’ve been giving away, that’s soft. Dropping punt returns, that’s softness. Letting people run on us last week and the week before — that’s what coach was telling us, too, and he showed us that last night.

“It wasn’t what he had hoped for or what we had hoped for, but young players experience things like this. We have to push through it,” McDermott added. “You know when you put a young QB out there, there will be some struggles. I’m going to take my time and evaluate who will be the starting quarterback next week. I’m going to make the decision that I think is right for the team.”

The Bills (5-5) play will travel to Kansas City (6-4) next week before taking on the AFC East-leading Patriots (8-3) on Dec. 3 as they battle to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Bills have two games remaining against both the Patriots and Dolphins (4-6) over the final six weeks with a home game against the Colts (3-7) nestled in on Dec. 10.

“Who’s starting at QB next week is neither here nor there today,” Taylor said following Sunday’s game. “We’re 5-5, and as a team, we need to fix this and get back to winning moving forward.

“I knew the situation going into the game. I’ll still support Nathan if he’s the guy.”broncos_094-500x500