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ENGLEWOOD Emmanuel Sanders Jersey , Colo. (AP) — the Denver Broncos have found themselves dealing with trade rumors, Halloween party poopers, a backup quarterback’s arrestand the owner’s family’s fight being played out in public thanks to a lawsuit.All the while, the Broncos (3-4) are preparing for a crucial game at Kansas City , where another loss to the Chiefs (6-1) might send the team spiraling toward its first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72.Coach Vance Joseph understands that Broncos fans pay attention to all things Broncos, but he insists the players and coaches aren’t distracted by any of the outside noise.“There’s noise every day in this business,” Joseph said Friday. “It’s my job to keep this team focused .”After the Broncos’ 45-10 win over the Cardinals last week, the good vibes came to a quick halt with rumors over the weekend that ninth-year receiver Demaryius Thomas , the team’s longest-tenured member, was on the trading block ahead of next week’s deadline.Emmanuel Sanders, Brandon Marshall, Bradley Roby and Chris Harris Jr. all heard their names bandied about, as well.On Monday night, there was the Halloween party hosted by Von Miller that ended up the talk of the town, first when some players wore costumes depicting drug-addicted characters or celebrities and shared video on social media and then when backup QB Chad Kelly was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of criminal trespassing after leaving the party.On Wednesday, Kelly was summoned to team headquarters ahead of his court appearance and Elway informed him he was done in Denver.On Thursday night, a rift in the team owner’s family became public when Pat Bowlen’s brother, Bill, filed a complaint in state district court seeking the removal of the trustees who have been running the franchise since 2014 when Pat Bowlen, 74, stepped down to battle Alzheimer’s.Pat Bowlen entrusted the club’s operations to his trust until one of his seven children is deemed ready to take over the franchise, which is valued at about $2.5 billion.The complaint, filed in Arapahoe District Court, questions whether Pat Bowlen was of sound mind to establish the trust in March 2009 and it asks that team President Joe Ellis, Broncos general counsel Rich Slivka and attorney Mary Kelly be removed for conflicts of interest, overlapping fiduciary roles and failure to act in good faith.All of this was met by blank stares in the locker room Friday.“I don’t think it’s any different than any other week. I really don’t hear the outside noise,” linebacker Todd Davis said. “Actually, I didn’t even know about the Bowlen lawsuit and everything until you told me about that right now. I kind of disconnect myself. I log off all my social media when I go home with the family and then I just watch film. So, if it’s not football or not family, I’m kind of oblivious to it.”He insisted he wasn’t an outlier in that regard, either.“This locker room hasn’t talked about anything but the Chiefs,” Davis said. “We haven’t talked about any of the outside noise. So, I think we’re 100 percent focused.”Bill Bowlen’s complaint was filed five days after Brittany Bowlen , 28, announced she hopes to one day succeed her father as Broncos principal owner.The complaint states that Pat Bowlen began showing signs of Alzheimer’s in 2006, three years before he made significant changes to his estate planning documents and about eight years before he stepped away from day-to-day team operations.Bill Bowlen’s filing criticizes the trust for dismissing an effort by Beth Bowlen Wallace — Pat’s daughter from his first marriage — to become principal owner and accused the trustees of causing and “continuing to cause dysfunction in the team and Bowlen family.”It said that Bill Bowlen “prays that filing this action will relive the Bowlen family (and the team) from the uncertainty and turmoil surrounding the ownership of the Denver Broncos.”When Beth Bowlen Wallace announced in May her desire to take over as principal owner of the team, the Pat Bowlen Trust issued a statement saying she was “not capable or qualified at this time.”Beth Bowlen Wallace was hired as the team’s director of special projects in 2012, and the complaint states that Pat Bowlen’s wife, Annabel Bowlen, who was to have no management role in the team, per her husband’s wishes, “became very upset and threatened to have … Ellis fired” after Beth attended the NFL spring owners meeting in March 2012. Beth was fired from her position in 2015 and has been denied further employment opportunities with the team, the complaint states.Dan Reilly, legal counsel for the Pat Bowlen Trust, responding to the complaint by saying, “The trustees will continue to execute Pat Bowlen’s long-standing succession plan for the Denver Broncos in compliance with all NFL ownership policies.”The NFL didn’t return a message seeking comment on the lawsuit’s accusations.Joseph insisted the Broncos weren’t unique in having to block out so much on the team’s periphery.“Everyone has issues,” Joseph said. “We have no excuses. Every team has problems DeMarcus Ware Jersey , every team has gossip and rumors. So, we simply don’t care about that, honestly. That’s truthful. We don’t care.” ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Case Keenum has a simple answer for why none of his passes were picked off in November after throwing interceptions in each of his first eight games as the Denver Broncos‘ new quarterback.“I’m throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team,” Keenum said. “Who knew?”It’s actually more than just Keenum taking care of the football.“I just think he’s getting comfortable with the system,” receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.Denver’s makeshift offensive line, with two tackles playing guard and a guard at center, deserves some credit. So does offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who’s navigated through a turnstile at tight end, the loss of leader Demaryius Thomas and youthful mistakes at receiver to refine his play calls for Keenum.Left tackle Garett Bolles has started to settle into his job as Keenum’s blindside protector and rookie running back Phillip Lindsay’s remarkable season has helped highlight the play-action passes that Keenum favors.Keenum took a lot longer to adjust to his new role, new team and new offense than the Broncos (5-6) hoped.He threw three interceptions in his Denver debut and then strung together seven more games with an interception, an alarming string given that he had just seven interceptions in leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game last year after Sam Bradford got hurt.Keenum said he’s “just being smarter with the ball. It’s something I do. That’s why early on in the season I was frustrated. It’s tough. That’s something I pride myself on as a quarterback, giving our team a chance to win and not being the reason that we aren’t winning. Turnovers in this league is probably the biggest stat that really matters.”The Broncos, who visit the Bengals (5-6) next, allowed a whopping 1,006 yards the last two weeks but they ended six-game winning streaks by the Chargers and Steelers because they collected seven takeaways and had zero turnovers.While Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr. and Shelby Harris were getting all the accolades for their interceptions, Keenum was quietly taking care of the football.Ball security, Keenum said, is “something I think about every day. Every decision I make, I know the ball is the most important thing on the field. I’ve got it in my hands every play, so I know every decision I make is that important.“That’s why I grind, that’s why I work, and we’ve gotten better across the board — offensive line, running backs and receivers,” Keenum said. “We’re all on the same page, getting better, working each week and communicating. We feel better with the offense and it’s just a lot of different things, a lot of factors.”Keenum said the learning curve at quarterback in the NFL is infinite.“Do I feel a lot better than I did at training camp? Heck, yeah,” Keenum said. “I think we’re light years ahead of where we were then. But at the same time, I still feel like we have a long way to go.”And Keenum has an ever-changing supporting cast, too:ROOKIE RECEIVERSThe trade of Thomas to Houston may have opened more opportunities for the Broncos’ young pass catchers but it also robbed rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton of their best on-field tutor.Since Thomas’ departure, Sutton has started three games and caught seven passes for 149 yards and no touchdowns. But some of his grabs came in clutch moments.“I think he’s doing great,” Keenum said. “He’s continuing to work, continuing to grind and continuing to not be a rookie. I see him as a vet that I can count on to play and make big plays when I need him to.”Sutton hasn’t caught more than three passes in a game, however, and his last touchdown came Oct. 28.Hamilton was inactive against Houston in Thomas’ hasty homecoming game, then caught one pass for 4 yards against the Chargers and one pass for 13 yards against Pittsburgh. He has yet to score a touchdown.TIGHT END TURNSTILETargeting tight ends has long been a big part of Keenum’s repertoire. But Jeff Heuerman broke three ribs and bruised a lung last week and joined Jake Butt (knee) and Troy Fumagalli (sports hernia) on IR.That leaves Denver with three unproven tight ends:—Matt LaCosse, a fourth-year pro who scored his first NFL touchdown last week.—Brian Parker, a third-year pro who has one career catch in 17 games with the Chiefs, Jets and Broncos.—Temarrick Hemingway, a third-year pro who had no receptions in eight games in 2016 with the Rams, where Keenum was his teammate.“I’m the product of a next-man-up mentality,” Keenum said. “That’s when I got my opportunity, was an injury. One person’s unfortunate incident and having a guy go down might be the start of somebody’s great career.”
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