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November 19, 2013

Broncos not perfect but in first place

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Fox made an appearance on the big screen at Broncos headquarters.

Then, he went back to his living room and let the interim coach, Jack Del Rio, dissect the good and bad from Denver’s latest victory.

The Broncos head coach, recovering from heart surgery back home in North Carolina, met with the team for about 10 minutes on a video chat Monday in what Del Rio described as a lively pick-me-up for the Broncos, who have been without their coach since early this month.

“He banged on his chest and said, ‘I’m doing great,’” Del Rio said. “He said he walked two miles today. Things like that. Just to see his face beaming, just so happy to be visiting with the guys — it was cool.”

Del Rio did as good a Fox impression as he could while discussing a 27-17 victory over Kansas City that pulled the Broncos to 9-1, tied for first in the AFC — saying there were lots of positives but enough negatives to keep the Broncos focused with New England and a rematch with Kansas City coming up.

—On the offensive line — maligned all last week — that kept Peyton Manning unsacked, unhit and virtually untouched: “I feel very much like I did last week when I was defending them the whole time. And I’m not going to heap a bunch of praise on them.”

—On the running game that averaged only 2.9 yards a carry, as the Broncos tried to neutralize a hard-charging Chiefs pass rush: “We want to run it better.”

—On the penalties — all 13 of them, four or five of which were of the unnecessary variety, in Del Rio’s mind: “There are some — I call them silly, focus-type issues. ... We want to have good judgment. ... There are some situations where we made some mistakes that can really haunt you.”

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