After last Thursday night’s big win for the Broncos, CBS4’s Vic Lombardi and Tom Helmer sounded off on questions posed to them via Twitter during AutoNation All Access.
Jamison Liggett: Why do the Peyton Manning Broncos seem to get off to such a slow start in games?
Vic Lombardi: I think a lot of this has to do offensively because Manning in that first quarter is really evaluating the defense; he’s collecting information to use in the second half.
Tom Helmer: To add on to that, they don’t know for certain what Peyton Manning is going to get thrown at defensively, so he gets a chance to decipher that a little bit. Then as they adjust as the game goes on you get your offensive exposure. He had zero touchdown passes in the first quarter and then tied an NFL record.
Scott Coleman: How can Denver get Ronnie Hillman in space and utilize his explosiveness?
Tom Helmer: I don’t think they are too worried about getting Hillman into open space, I think it goes back to Peyton Manning. He can pick and choose. When you have a game like Julius Thomas did, he’s going to garner more attention that may get Hillman into some open space.
I think it’s going to be a different guy every week that lights it up. I don’t expect Julius Thomas to have a game against the Giants like he did against the Ravens.
Vic Lombardi: Get Hillman to catch some passes. They did a couple times in that game. That will get him in open space.
Mike Causey: Just heard that Broncos will try to get back a $1.25 million signing bonus from Von. Why would they want to damage relationship with him?
Vic Lombardi: I think it works both ways. Why would Von want to damage his relationship with the Broncos? He’s the one who failed the substance abuse policy; he’s the one who put himself in this predicament. If I’m the Broncos, maybe down the line, if you stay clean, if you don’t have another misstep, you get that signing bonus back.
Tom Helmer: I agree with that.
Vic and Tom also took calls on the You Make The Call phone line from fans about what they are worried about with the Broncos. The hot topics were the pass-rush, running game, and Eric Decker’s play.
Vic Lombardi: Decker is going to get better. He’s not going to have nights like that every week. As for the running game, they scored 49 points! The scoreboard says it all. I don’t care if they run the ball one time for -4 yards — they scored 49 points!
Tom Helmer: Montee Ball had one but he got knocked out at the 2 yard line. They would have had the rushing touchdown. It’s going to be there; one week down.
If you would like to participate in next week’s Fan Talk you can tweet Vic or Tom during the game (@VicLombardi, @Tom_Helmer), vote on the fan poll, or call into the You Make The Call phone line at (303) 830-6501.