Broncos Wire Podcast

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Weekly NFL podcast covering the Denver Broncos from USA Today Sports and BroncosWire.

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Topics this week include a reaction to Denver’s big win over the Chargers, Drew Lock’s latest uninspiring performance and the team’s run-heavy game plan that featured Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon. Also, thoughts on Denver’s standing in the AFC playoff race, more positive signs from this year’s rookie class and a Broncos-Chiefs preview with predictions. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Dec 2

37 min 44 sec

 The guys discuss the recent contract extensions for WRs Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton. With their young offensive core now signed beyond the 2022 season, are the Broncos building a sales pitch to entice veteran quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers this offseason? Other topics include Thanksgiving football, potential Broncos Pro Bowlers and a Broncos-Chargers preview with predictions against the spread. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Nov 26

31 min 26 sec

The guys discuss Teddy Bridgewater’s phantom tackle attempt against the Eagles, the team’s overreliance on running back Melvin Gordon and why Denver’s most recent defeat is a bad look for head coach Vic Fangio. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Nov 18

35 min 10 sec

The guys react to Vic Fangio’s gloaty post-game presser after Denver’s dominant win in Dallas and reset the AFC playoff picture. Should we be taking these Broncos seriously as playoff contenders? Also, a Broncos-Eagles preview with picks against the spread and total. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Nov 11

34 min 28 sec

The Broncos were involved in the league’s biggest trade deadline deal when they agreed to send Von Miller to the Rams for two draft picks. The guys discuss the timing of Miller’s departure and what the Broncos should do with their now stacked 2022 draft board. Also, a Broncos-Cowboys preview with picks against the spread. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Nov 4

33 min 49 sec

The guys vent about the Broncos’ four-game skid and discuss the chances of head coach Vic Fangio getting fired midseason. Also, could Von Miller be worth moving at the trade deadline? And can the Broncos keep their season afloat with a win over Washington? The guys have predictions against the spread and total. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Oct 28

41 min 25 sec

Steve Bortstein filling in for Ryan O'Leary chats with Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath, recapping Thursday night's disappointing loss to the Browns, plus an update on Von Miller, the futures of head coach Vic Fangio and his staff, how long a leash Teddy Bridgewater has and whether there were any positives which can be taken from Thursday's game.

Oct 22

23 min 45 sec

The guys discuss Drew Lock’s poor performance in relief of the injured Teddy Bridgewater and pose this question: Is it time to officially give up on Lock as a potential franchise quarterback? Also, thoughts on Vic Fangio’s postgame comments about the Ravens and a Broncos-Steelers preview with picks against the spread. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath).

Oct 7

33 min 57 sec

The guys discuss the legitimacy of the Broncos’ 3-0 start against what has been a soft opening against the Giants (0-3), Jaguars (0-3) and Jets (0-3). Also, where the offense goes with injuries to KJ Hamler (ACL) and both starting guards, and a Broncos-Ravens preview with picks against the spread and total. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Sep 30

29 min 9 sec

The guys weigh the Broncos’ 2-0 start against what has been a soft early-season schedule, and discuss the team’s potentially fatal flaw that popped up once again in last week’s win over the Jags. Topics include the injuries to Bradley Chubb and Josey Jewell, Teddy Bridgewater’s deep ball and preview of Denver’s Week 3 home game with the Jets. Are the Broncos a safe bet at -10.5? The guys give their predictions. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Sep 23

31 min 31 sec

The guys discuss the Broncos’ convincing road win over the N.Y. Giants and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s impressive debut. Other topics include Jerry Jeudy’s injury and where his targets are heading, and a Broncos-Jags preview with picks against the spread. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath

Sep 16

27 min 1 sec

The guys discuss Drew Lock’s role in the team’s breach of COVID-19 protocols during the 2020 season. Did the quarterback’s lack of maturity play a role in the team bringing in veteran Teddy Bridgewater this offseason? Also, a closer look at Denver’s Week 1 matchup against the Giants and why the Broncos look like a smart bet on the road. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Sep 9

34 min 13 sec

The guys discuss the top Broncos storylines around cut-down day, including takes on Brett Rypien, Trinity Benson and Royce Freeman. Also, why Mike Shanahan belongs in the Hall of Fame, how to feel about Jerry Jeudy in fantasy drafts and why the Broncos are a good bet to win their season opener with the Giants. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire Managing Editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Sep 2

20 min 39 sec

The guys react to the Broncos naming veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater the starter over former second-round pick Drew Lock. Also, why fantasy players should be looking for Denver’s underrated defense late in drafts this summer. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath)

Aug 26

22 min 38 sec

Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath and host Ryan O’Leary return to the podcast to discuss Jake Plummer’s potential movie roll, the team’s so-called quarterback competition and other top takeaways from the start of the preseason. Also, Jon delivers a take on what to expect from Javonte Williams this season from a fantasy football perspective.

Aug 19

25 min 45 sec

The Broncos will once again be searching for a solution at right tackle after Ja’Waun James suffered a season-ending injury while working out away from the team facility. Should the Broncos keep James on the reserve non-football injury list and honor his salary? Or should they terminate his contract and save the $10M he’s owed, as is their right according to the CBA? The guys weigh in on this hot-button topic, and reset their debate on Aaron Rodgers.

May 13

37 min 59 sec

The Broncos passed on a potential franchise-altering talent at QB at No. 9 overall when they drafted Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II. The guys discuss that fascinating decision and give their takes on Denver’s 10-player draft class overall. Also, with news swirling of a potential divorce in Green Bay between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, should the Broncos go all-in via trade to acquire the reigning league MVP? The guys have opposing views on that bombshell topic.

May 6

31 min 11 sec

The guys react to the latest QB chatter. Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath breaks down the early rounds of his personal mock draft. Also, thoughts on T.J. Ward’s retirement, new league rules on jersey numbers, and final predictions for what the Broncos do with pick No. 9 overall. Happy Draft Weekend!

Apr 27

25 min 25 sec

Broncos players recently released a statement that they won't attend voluntary OTA workouts at the team facility, citing COVID-19 health concerns. Meanwhile, star linebacker Von Miller is in Mexico partying on the beach, and 22 players have already been using the facility this offseason. The guys discuss all that and, of course, reports that the team would be happy with either Justin Fields or Trey Lance as their quarterback of the future.

Apr 22

23 min

The guys continue their NFL Draft discussion with an eye on the quarterback position, from the team’s reported interest in Teddy Bridgewater, to at least one sportsbook posting Justin Fields (at +225) as the odds-on favorite to be drafted No. 9 overall. Could that team really be the Broncos? Also, Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath gives us a breakdown of the depth chart entering draft day and signals the team’s top positional needs.

Apr 15

24 min 26 sec

The guys discuss Carolina’s trade with the Jets for QB Sam Darnold, and what that means for the Broncos at pick No. 9 overall. Is Denver now more likely to make a move up the board to select a quarterback? If so, who should be their guy? Also, thoughts on the team’s new 17-game schedule and how fans should feel about a spike in ticket prices.

Apr 8

22 min 17 sec

With quarterbacks expected to fly off the board early in this month’s NFL Draft, the Broncos should find themselves in a unique position at No. 9 overall. Should they join the QB frenzy? Or sit back and let a top-five talent fall into their lap? The guys discuss the team’s latest moves in free agency and look forward with great intrigue to Day 1 of the draft.

Apr 1

22 min 7 sec

From picking up Von Miller’s contract option for 2021, to extending star safety Justin Simmons, to scooping up Pro Bowl cornerback Kyle Fuller in free agency, the Broncos are building a defense that, on paper, reminds of the Super Bowl-winning group of 2015. The guys react to the team’s latest moves, and also hit on weighty topic: Should Denver still be pursuing Deshaun Watson amid serious sexual assault allegations?

Mar 25

22 min 11 sec

Broncos fans had reason to celebrate on the eve of free agency: Von Miller is back! The guys react to the team’s decision to pick up his option for 2021, and what his cap number means for the team as it prepares to make moves in free agency. Also, GM George Paton’s visit to QB Trey Lance’s Pro Day, and what an original round tender means for RB Phillip Lindsey and his future with the Broncos.

Mar 18

24 min 33 sec

The guys react to the Broncos placing their franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons, discuss the team’s still very uncertain future with Von Miller, and cover four key positions of need entering free agency. Should the Broncos bring in a proven, veteran quarterback to push Drew Lock?

Mar 10

27 min 17 sec

Drew Lock fans, cover your eyes. If Deshaun Watson is willing to approve a trade to Denver, and the Texans are accepting offers, the guys agree that new GM George Paton should make Watson his No. 1 priority this offseason. In the return of the Broncos Wire Podcast for the 2021 season, the guys discuss all the Watson drama, John Elway’s new role, and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath’s one-on-one interview with wideout Jerry Jeudy.

Mar 4

23 min 56 sec

In the season finale of the Broncos Wire Podcast, the guys discuss what went wrong in another frustrating season. Topics include the futures of head coach Vic Fangio and GM John Elway, and the Broncos’ long list of free agents entering the offseason. The 18th and final episode of the Broncos Wire podcast is powered by the USA Today Sports Media Group, with a fantasy segment from The Huddle and sports betting advice from the Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

29 min 19 sec

The Broncos got run over by the red-hot Buffalo Bills, 48-19, to cement a fourth straight losing season. The guys take a look back at the team’s last three drafts, and discuss what those decisions mean for quarterback Drew Lock and his young supporting cast. The guys also weigh in on the Pro Bowl, including the Broncos’ biggest snub, and Von Miller’s potential late-season return from injury. Episode 17 of the Broncos Wire podcast is powered by the USA Today Sports Media Group, with a fantasy segment from The Huddle and sports betting advice from the Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

30 min 59 sec

The guys have been waiting for a breakthrough moment for Drew Lock, and there was plenty to like in his dominant performance against the Panthers on Sunday. Can the Broncos’ young QB start stringing those kinds of performances together? Host Ryan O’Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath break down Lock’s big day and look ahead to a date with Josh Allen and the surging Bills on Saturday. Episode 16 of the Broncos Wire podcast is powered by the USA Today Sports Media Group, with a fantasy segment from The Huddle and sports betting advice from the Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

23 min 4 sec

The Broncos came oh, so close to shocking the defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs. The glaring difference? Quarterback play, especially in some of the game’s key situations. Host Ryan O’Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath discuss Lock’s performance, coach Vic Fangio’s conservative decision late, and take a trip down memory lane with Peyton Manning and John Elway. Episode 15 of the Broncos Wire Podcast is powered by USA TODAY Sports and includes fantasy football smart plays from The Huddle.com, and sports betting advice from USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

28 min 3 sec

Due to a COVID-19 fiasco, the Broncos were forced to play their Week 12 game against the Saints without any of their four quarterbacks. Stepping up was emergency QB Kendall Hinton, who played some quarterback at Wake Forest but has been training on Denver’s practice squad as a wide receiver. Host Ryan O’Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath discuss one of the craziest games in recent memory, and why Drew Lock and Denver’s other quarterbacks were complicit in the NFL’s decision to rule them all ineligible. Episode 14 of the Broncos Wire Podcast is powered by USA TODAY Sports and includes fantasy football smart plays from The Huddle.com, and sports betting advice from USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

26 min 53 sec

Drew Lock played through an injury, the defense was stout, and the running game was stellar for the Broncos in their 20-13 win over the Dolphins. Host Ryan O’Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath aren’t talking about the playoffs, but they do discuss Lock, the Melvin Gordon contract, Peyton Manning’s upcoming Hall of Fame induction, Turkey Day traditions, and the Broncos’ Week 12 game against the Saints. This podcast is powered by USA Today Sports and includes fantasy picks of the week from The Huddle, and sports betting advice from the Sportsbook Wire.

Nov 2020

27 min 55 sec

Another bad performance from Broncos starting quarterback Drew Lock has the guys discussing the undrafted Brett Rypien as a potential solution heading into the stretch run that now, at 3-6, looks like a lost season. Host Ryan O’Leary and Broncos Wire editor Ryan O’Leary talk Lock, Rypien, Von Miller, and what to make of the 3.5-point spread in favor of the Dolphins in Week 11. This podcast is powered by USA Today Sports and includes fantasy advice from The Huddle, as well as a sports betting pick of the week from The Sportsbook Wire.

Nov 2020

23 min 6 sec

The Broncos find themselves two games below .500 entering a must-win game at the rival Raiders. Host Ryan O’Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath discuss Denver’s COVID-19 situation, the future of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Drew Lock’s appeal as a franchise quarterback. Powered by USA TODAY Sports with fantasy advice from The Huddle and the sports betting pick of the week from The Sportsbook Wire.

Nov 2020

26 min 8 sec

The Broncos are still alive in the AFC playoff hunt after rallying from a 24-3 deficit to stun the Chargers, 31-30. The guys react to that big win, Drew Lock's dance moves, the Denver Broncos' awkward twitter post, and Phillip Lindsey's comments on booing.

Nov 2020

24 min 5 sec

The Broncos got crushed by the Chiefs, and now face a must-win game at home against the Chargers if they want any shot of climbing into the AFC playoff picture. Ryan O'Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath discuss, with an eye on QB Drew Lock and the looming NFL trade deadline. Also, fantasy football advice from The Huddle, and sports betting picks from the Sportsbook Wire.

Oct 2020

20 min 23 sec

Broncos coach Vic Fangio is back in O'Leary's doghouse after his team mismanaged the end of Sunday's 18-12 win over the Patriots. The good news? The Broncos got six field goals and survived for their second straight win. Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath describes why this team may just be turning a corner at the perfect time. With Week 7 fantasy football advice from USA TODAY's The Huddle, and the pick of the week from the Sportsbook Wire.

Oct 2020

22 min 8 sec

The Broncos were forced into an impromptu Week 5 bye week after their game at New England was postponed a week due to the Patriots' COVID-19 situation. Are the Broncos justified in their disgust over that decision? Host Ryan O'Leary discusses with Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath, who also answers 5 burning questions from around the league. (With fantasy football advice from the Huddle.com, and sports betting picks of the weeks from USA TODAY's Sportsbook Wire.)

Oct 2020

24 min

The Broncos finally earned their first win of the 2020 season — thanks to the play of third-string QB Brett Rypien. Host Ryan O'Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath were along for the ride, from Rypien's gorgeous TD tosses, to his pair of terrible, fourth-quarter interceptions. The guys discuss the young gunslinger's first NFL start, and O'Leary discusses his newfound love for Broncos coach Vic Fangio.

Oct 2020

21 min 17 sec

Host Ryan O'Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath discuss third-stringer Brett Rypien, who will become Denver's third different starting QB in four weeks. Heath believes Broncos fans will love the young, undrafted QB out of Boise State. Here's hoping. At 0-3 and with 10 players on injured reserve, this team could use a spark.

Oct 2020

18 min 25 sec

 Injuries have been a big story through the first two weeks of the NFL season, and few teams have been hit harder than the Broncos, who saw starting QB Drew Lock, top receiver Courtland Sutton and others go down during Sunday's five-point loss to the Steelers. Host Ryan O'Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath discuss where the banged-up Broncos go from here, and preview an interesting Week 3 match-up with the Bucs.

Sep 2020

20 min 54 sec

The Broncos were in position to salt away a gutsy season-opening win over a Titans team that reached the AFC Championship Game a season ago. But some suspect play calling and clock management in the final 4 minutes allowed the Titans to kick a 25-yard field goal in the closing seconds, and hand the Broncos a heartbreaking defeat. Host Ryan O'Leary goes on a Vic Fangio rant, and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath brings the analysis in Episode 3 of the Broncos Wire Podcast.

Sep 2020

20 min 4 sec

Host Ryan O'Leary and Broncos Wire editor Jon Heath weigh the impact of Von Miller's potential season-ending ankle injury, and look ahead to Monday night's season opener between the Broncos and the Tennessee Titans.

Sep 2020

20 min 55 sec

Host Ryan O’Leary and Broncos Wire managing editor Jon Heath tackle some of the top questions surrounding the Denver Broncos coming out of training camp, including the big one: What kind of leap can we expect from QB Drew Lock in Year 2?   

Sep 2020

17 min 7 sec

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Aug 2020

39 sec