When Bradley Chubb was pestering quarterbacks

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When Bradley Chubb was pestering quarterbacks

Postby chenyan94 » Fri May 31, 2019 12:12 am

DENVER (AP) — in the ACC and Nick Chubb was plowing through SEC defenses Joe Flacco Jersey , the second cousins dreamed of facing each other in a bowl game.Bradley, a defensive end at North Carolina State, and Nick, a running back at Georgia, never got that opportunity in college.They’ll finally meet up Saturday night when Nick’s Cleveland Browns (5-7-1) visit Bradley’s Denver Broncos (6-7) in what is essentially an elimination game in the cluttered AFC wild-card race.“I know he’s not going to hold back and he knows I’m not going to hold back,” Bradley said. “It’s just going to be a regular football game. You can’t put too much weight on it because then if you start thinking, ‘My cousin’s on the other side,’ then you end up getting trucked or something. You’ve just got to keep it pushing and just play.”That said, he knows the winner will have family bragging rights. “It’s going to be junk talking for about a year or until whenever we play each other again,” Bradley said. “It should be fun.”Many draft prognosticators pegged Bradley as the Chubb that would star in Cleveland, but the Browns instead chose defensive back Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft and the Broncos gladly grabbed Bradley at No. 5.Thirty picks later, Cleveland selected his second cousin in the second round.Both Chubbs have are having strong rookie seasons.Nick’s 92-yard TD run against Atlanta in Week 10 was the longest in Browns history and the second longest by a rookie in the NFL.Bradley’s 12 sacks are a franchise rookie record and he’s 2½ sacks shy of Javon Kearse’s NFL rookie record that has stood for nearly two decades.“I’m not really thinking about that,” Bradley said. “We just came off a tough loss and now I want to get back on the winning track, whether it be getting one sack, zero sacks or 30 sacks in one game.”Other notable subplots when the Browns try to snap an 11-game losing streak to the Broncos, whom they haven’t beaten since 1990:RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHTThe Broncos want their offensive leader to let it rip and their defensive leader to quit winging it .Case Keenum has gone five games without throwing an interception after throwing 11 in his first eight games in Denver. But coach Vance Joseph called out his quarterback for being too risk-averse on downfield throws and told him to ditch the caution and get more aggressive.Keenum said he would.Joseph has the opposite message for Von Miller, saying he wants his superstar linebacker to quit trying to time the snap after he jumped offside three times last week. Miller said he wouldn’t.Miller says his timing is usually spot-on and a big part of why he has 103½ sacks, counting playoffs, one shy of besting Simon Fletcher’s franchise record that’s stood for 23 years.“Yeah, I jumped offsides. But quarterbacks throw interceptions, too. It’s not like you tell them not to throw the ball down the field no more,” Miller said. “Sometimes I gamble big and win … and sometimes I don’t.”BETTER BAKERMayfield has been a different quarterback since coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired on Oct. 29 and their replacements, Gregg Williams and Freddie Kitchens, took over.“The biggest thing we’re doing with Baker is that we’re fitting things to his skill set,” Williams said. “And I’m not saying anything about who was here before because I wasn’t on that side of the ball. But once I did become involved, we have to involve our players that deserve to be involved. The quarterback is one of those.”Mayfield’s completion percentage is up from 58 to 73 percent and he’s passed for 1,406 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Under Williams and Kitchens, Mayfield has a 114.4 rating, which ranks behind only Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes and Philip Rivers.FAMILIAR FOENo opponent knows Mayfield like the Broncos, whose staff coached him at the Senior Bowl.“After the first install, he could’ve taught the offense. He was that good with the offense Phillip Lindsay Jersey ,” Joseph said. “His personality, it’s infectious. His energy and his confidence, you can feel it.”Going No. 1 overall, “I wasn’t sure about that,” Joseph said. “But I knew he had the arm talent to do it and the football IQ.”PLAYOFF PUSHA week ago, the Broncos appeared to have a gilded road to the wild-card round with just one of their final five games against a winning team, the Chargers, whom they’d already beaten in Los Angeles. Then they went and lost to a 2-10 team in San Francisco.“We’ve been here before,” Joseph said of the adversity the Broncos navigated in overcoming a 3-6 start. “We’ll play our best ball on Saturday night. We have to. We have no choice.”Their odds are long, maybe impossible, but the Browns are holding hope of ending the league’s longest playoff drought at 16 seasons just one year after going 0-16.“We know we dug ourselves in a hole, and we know that we need some help,” said safety Damarious Randall, who insists the Browns would make some noise if they do somehow sneak into the playoffs. “We got all the pieces, man. We’re a complete team, and if guys take care of what they got to do play in and play out, we’re a tough out.” John Elway is arguably the most popular figure in Colorado, so when the Denver Broncos general manager and president of football operations speaks, mountains can move.“At some point in time, we have to play better football … we’re still making the mistakes we shouldn’t make to beat good football teams like the Rams,” Elway told Orange and Blue 760 radio. “(It’s) disappointing, that’s for sure.“Hopefully we can … take a mentality into that Thursday night game where we’re fighting for our lives.”Denver (2-4) carries a four-game losing streak to Arizona, where it meets the equally struggling Cardinals (1-4) in a game involving the two worst run defenses in the NFL.Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller heard his boss loud and clear, telling reporters: “I wouldn’t say it’s a must-win, but we gonna kick their (butt) though. Make sure you put that up there. We’re gonna kick their (butt). They’re gonna get our best this week.”With fans up and down the Front Range clamoring for Denver head coach Vance Joseph to replace ineffective quarterback Case Keenum (seven touchdowns, eight interceptions) with untested Chad Kelly, the Broncos could make life easier for their No. 1 QB with a more balanced offensive attack. Denver threw the ball 41 times in last week’s 23-20 loss to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams while running it only 17 times.The Broncos appear to have the horses to run the ball in rookie Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, who have combined for 618 yards and four of the team’s six rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry.“They bring two different dimensions to the game,” Cardinals middle linebacker Josh Bynes said. “Freeman is a bruising guy, he’s physical, he’s downhill and he bounces off tackles. And Lindsay, he can move. He can move, he can shift Emmanuel Sanders Jersey , he does it all.”Denver could also lend Keenum a hand by not allowing Arizona’s David Johnson to rush for 200 yards. The Jets‘ Isaiah Crowell totaled 219 on the ground in New York’s 34-16 victory in Week 5 while Todd Gurley II lit the Broncos up for 208 on Sunday.“We have to win,” rookie linebacker Bradley Chubb said. “It’s been four games now and we’ve lost all four. We have to go out there and win whether somebody’s job is on the line or not. The object of the game is to win, we all know that and we all just want to go out there and get a win for the team and not selfishly.”Chubb had a breakout performance with three of Denver’s five sacks last week. Chubb, the fifth overall pick in the draft, is emerging as a forceful complement to Miller as he gets accustomed to playing in the NFL.“I’m getting more comfortable, understanding my job and my role on this team,” Chubb said. “Whatever the coach asks me to do, I’m just trying to do right now.”Arizona is also struggling to stop the run, yielding a season-high 195 yards in a 27-17 loss at Minnesota on Sunday. The Cardinals are allowing 151.2 yards per game on the ground, second-worst in the NFL to Denver (161.3). Arizona allowed only three teams to exceed 100 yards last season.“The run defense has been a problem all year,” Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters said. “At some point, it’s like, ‘Do guys care?’ At the end of the day, everybody’s got a responsibility and everybody’s got to take a look in the mirror and say, ‘Did I do what I was supposed to on this play?’“That’s the reality of it.”Arizona’s issues do not stop on defense as offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has been under pressure and there seems to be an imminent chance of him getting fired for the second straight year near the midseason mark, just as he was last year in Denver following a 3-7 start.Not that he’s apparently hearing any of the regular calls for his head, however.“No offense,” McCoy said, “but I don’t watch a lot of TV, I don’t read papers, I don’t get on the internet. I’m too busy doing other things, like putting plans together. When my family is in town, I spend every minute I can with them or talk to them at night when they’re in San Diego.”McCoy paused and then added, “I’ve been in this long enough.”Through the first six weeks of the season, the Cardinals rank last in total offense (220 yards per game), last in rushing offense (64.0), last in total first downs (76) and last in third-down conversion percentage (21.9). They rank next-to-last in passing offense (156.5), points scored (13.7 per game) and passer rating (69.4).“I would say all our jobs are in jeopardy, including mine if we don’t win,” Arizona head coach Steve Wilks said when asked if McCoy’s job was in jeopardy.The Cardinals hope the bright lights of prime-time football will spark Johnson, who is averaging only 59.4 yards per game. Johnson has rushed for 763 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 32 receptions for 273 yards and a score in nine prime-time appearances. Arizona went 7-1-1 in those games.Denver prevailed 41-20 in the last encounter in 2014 and leads the series 8-1-1, including 3-1-1 in Arizona.
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