Broncos coach offers explanation for Melvin Gordon’s lack of plays: ‘Melvin didn’t do anything wrong’
Broncos coach Jay Gruden offered an explanation Wednesday for why quarterback Peyton Manning hasn’t started more games in his first three seasons with Denver, when he has been with the team for exactly 16 games.
“I don’t know any more about it’s what I’ve said before — I’m not going to continue to be that guy who blames Peyton and he’s going to get the credit or blame and he is and he isn’t,” Gruden said. “There’s a lot of different areas that go into it and that’s what we talk about and there’s a lot of different things that go into it. It starts at the top and it goes down through the organization and at the end of the day I won’t worry about that at all.”
The Broncos have not played an NFL game yet this season.
Manning hasn’t played in the final 14 regular season games that the Broncos have played.
Manning, who ranks fourth in the NFL in total offense with a quarterback rating of 98.4, and has thrown for more than 4,000 yards passing each of the last three seasons, has a 95.0 rating for the season and has one interception, one touchdown and two lost fumbles in his last three starts.
“The thing that has been on my mind is it’s hard not to look at the numbers and say all right this is a new year and he could start and he could not and he couldn’t do something to me and he couldn’t do something to the team that we’re working so hard to try to get back to where we want to be and I will say this is a work in progress. Peyton hasn’t missed a single snap over the last three starts,” Gruden said. “I’m still not satisfied yet.”
Manning has been injured in two of the Broncos’ three games with the team. Manning, whose status for the team is uncertain, did not travel to New England last Sunday