Hansen Hype: Must-Read AFC West Links, August 3 Edition

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystAugust 3, 2012

June 4, 2012; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) speaks to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) following organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Training camp, training camp, training camp. Obviously, there's going to be a little Peyton Manning in the daily links just about every day, but I will keep it as balanced as possible and try to make it a Tebow-free zone so you don't feel like daily links is a text-based ESPN show.



With Eric Decker nursing a sore groin, Peyton Manning is starting to develop a chemistry with Demaryius Thomas and his two tight ends, according to Ros Drumlao of the Denver Post. Decker will want to return quickly if he wants to remain Manning's favorite target.

Jack Del Rio might be changing the defensive philosophy in Denver. According Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, Del Rio is shuffling the depth chart, but especially revealing was this quote from Del Rio: 

"We show flashes of being capable of doing things up front we want to do here. We don't want to have to blitz to stop the run and we're showing signs of being able to play technique and fit it, knowing what we're doing, how we're doing it and doing it with attitude."

That's in stark contract to Dennis Allen's blitz-heavy scheme last season.


Kansas City

The Chiefs might lack quality depth in the secondary, but are not lacking bodies, writes Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. When Brandon Flowers injured his foot it was safety Travis Daniels that replaced him. Doesn't sound like the team is confident in any of the other options at cornerback yet.

Tamba Hali's leadership is on display during training camp, according to kcchiefs.com.



According to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times, Reggie Reggie McKenzie made improvements to computer hardware, software and to the broadcast department this offseason that one source said cost of $750,000.

The runaway beer truck, Owen Schmitt, was interviewed by Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times  and seems to be embracing the idea that he's going to be the blocking fullback and Marcel Reece is going to get more opportunities with the ball in his hand.


San Diego

The defensive line is coming together in San Diego, according to Scott Bair of the North County Times. Veteran nose tackle Antonio Garay had this to say about the defensive line: "Just because you're teammates, people on the outside assume that you're friends. In this case, that's the absolute truth. We have fun. We know when it's time to get down to business."

According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, rookie linebacker Melvin Ingram made a distinction between being injured and being hurt. "If you can't play through a little pain," Ingram said, "then you can't play on this level of football.”