DeCAMIL­LIS NO FAN OF SPE­CIAL TEAMS VS. K.C.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

Bron­cos spe­cial-teams coach Joe DeCamil­lis said he didn’t sleep at all Sun­day night. His spe­cial teams, typ­i­cally a well-pre­pared, high-per­form­ing bunch, had a ter­ri­ble game in Den­ver’s 30-27 over­time loss to the Chiefs.

“That was the worst game that I’ve ever been a part of spe­cial teams-wise,” DeCamil­lis said. “It was tough to go through (on film). It’s un­char­ac­ter­is­tic. Every­body has a turn, in­clud­ing me.”

Den­ver’s Jor­dan Nor­wood muffed two punt re­turns, los­ing one fum­ble and re­cov­er­ing the other near the end zone. The Chiefs soon af­ter scored a safety. The Bron­cos also al­lowed a free-kick touch­down re­turn by Tyreek Hill, had an il­le­gal pro­ce­dure penalty on a field goal that re­moved a Kansas City field goal and led to a touch­down, missed a 62-yard field goal in over­time that would have won the game and had two penal­ties on punt coverage that re­sulted in a net loss of over 50 yards in field po­si­tion.

DeCamil­lis said he was con­sid­er­ing a change at the punt re­turn po­si­tion be­cause of Nor­wood’s per­for­mance.

“We have to play faster than what we did the other night,” DeCamil­lis said. “If you watch, there’s a T-shirt we have that says ‘speed, speed, speed.’ They heard that from me. We didn’t play fast enough. We have to get back to that.”

In­jury re­port.

Wide re­ceiver Ben­nie Fowler did not prac­tice Thurs­day for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day. He suf­fered a knee in­jury dur­ing the fourth quar­ter against the Chiefs.

Fowler in­sisted he was fine and would be ready to play this week­end at Jack­sonville. Coach Gary Ku­biak said if Fowler is un­able to play Sun­day against the Jaguars, Mar­lon Brown could be ac­tive for the first time this sea­son.

Quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian (foot), long snap­per Casey Kre­iter (calf ) and cen­ter Matt Par­adis (hip) missed prac­tice too. DeCamil­lis said he was pre­par­ing for backup long snap­per Thomas Gaf­ford to play a sec­ond straight game with Kre­iter still re­cov­er­ing.

Wade stay­ing put.

Bron­cos de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Wade Phillips said he would not want to be con­sid­ered for the va­cant head coach­ing job at his alma mater, the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton. He sug­gested his son, Red­skins tights end coach Wes Phillips, as a bet­ter op­tion.

“I loved it when I was there cer­tainly and at dif­fer­ent times in my ca­reer, I would have maybe liked to have gone back,” Phillips said. “It would be a great job for my son, though. If they want a great, young coach that’s spent 10 years in the NFL and been suc­cess­ful, he’s the guy. He’s the Phillips guy they need.”

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