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