The Denver Broncos arrived in Chicago Wednesday afternoon for their first preseason game against the Bears.
Prior to boarding their flight, John Fox spoke to the Denver media one last time after practice. Of course, the big storyline for the game is the Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall reunion against their former team. When asked about the significance, Fox simply downplayed it.
“If you look across all 32 teams, it’s a tight group of people,” Fox said. “You have relationships with guys, some of them have moved on. Anytime you see old friends – I look forward to seeing [former Panthers DE] Julius [Peppers]. They’re competitors, they’re trying to play well, we’re trying to play well and it’s just part of the game.”
Only 14 players on the 90+ man roster actually played with Cutler and/or Marshall in Denver, so the meeting isn’t as big of a deal as one might expect, at least for the players.
Of course the last time the Broncos and the Bears met, current Broncos backup QB Caleb Hanie was filling in for an injured Cutler, and Marshall was playing in Miami. The Broncos walked away with a 13-10 win in overtime to beat the Bears.
Like the Broncos first team unit, expect Cutler and Marshall to play just a handful of reps in the first quarter.