With the Media Day circus behind them, the Denver Broncos are shifting deeper into preparations for their Super Bowl date with the Seattle Seahawks.
Two symbols of the renewed focus: a player curfew instituted Tuesday and a practice in pads today.
“We’re on a business trip,” coach John Fox said. “There’s kind of a big event coming Sunday, and that’s what we’re here for. We’ve let them enjoy themselves some. Now we’re dialing back in and getting back to our preparation.”
Defensive end Shaun Phillips said he wasn’t surprised about the practice in pads.
“That is how it usually works for most teams, he said. “Wednesday is your big physical day. Thursday is physical but a little less physical. Friday is more speed. Saturday is more mental, and you get ready for the game Sunday.”
The Broncos had morning media obligations again Wednesday and will again Thursday. However, they said most of the flourishes specific to the Super Bowl are behind them as they slide into a more normal game-week routine.
“You’re focused the whole time,” Phillips said. “But you have to dig into your game plan even more as the week goes on.”
The Broncos also seemed to accept the curfew without a public peep.
“I think it was 12 o’clock or 1 o’clock, I’m not sure – I was in bed already,” offensive lineman Chris Clark said. “I was in my room by 10 something. I wasn’t trying to be out late. I’m trying to keep it as normal of a week as possible.”