AFC Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Colts



  • Former NFL GM and analyst for the Athletic Michael Lombardi writes the most obvious question for the Broncos in 2020 is if 2019 second-round QB Drew Lock is the real deal, as Denver has gone all-in to build around him. 
  • Denver also needs star LB Von Miller to recapture his previous elite level of play to take the defense to another level. 


Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, who has interviewed for a number of head-coaching jobs in recent years, believes he will eventually become a head coach in the NFL “when the timing is right.”

“I’ve always been a patient man,” Bieniemy said, via “I get an opportunity to work with coach Andy Reid, [general manager] Brett Veach, Mark Donovan our president and then our owner Clark Hunt. I have nothing to worry about. In order to get a job, you gotta make sure you’re doing your job. So, I’m blessed and fortunate to be in the situation that I’m in. And on top of that, the only thing I know Steve, is the grind. And when the timing is right, it will be right. And it has to be a great fit. So, being patient, I have no problem with that. The only thing I know how to do is keep chopping wood. And everything will work out for the best when it’s all said and done.”

Bieniemy said he’s grown accustomed to the head coaching interview process and believes he has learned an “enormous amount of information” about several teams. 

“I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve gained an enormous amount of information from interviewing from a number of teams,” Bieniemy said. “Every interview is different. I believe that they’re looking for something; they already have an idea of what they want. It’s my job as the interview – the guy that’s going in to interview for the job – it’s my job to convince them and sell them on my vision and my philosophy and how I see our organization being run in the future.”


Colts rookie WR Michael Pittman Jr. is approaching his first season in the NFL with confidence and is ready to make an impact at the pro level.

“You have to be confident, but you can’t be – I say you have to be confidently quiet. You have to be confident enough to make the plays, but when a vet says something you have to be confident enough to take that constructive criticism and you have to know your place,” Pittman Jr. said, via George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin. “That’s something that my dad taught me. It’s something that makes sense to me. I don’t really take it as, ‘He’s trying to embarrass me.’ I just take it like, ‘He’s treating me like he treats every other rookie.’ Don’t get in your feelings and be quietly confident.”

  • Former NFL GM and analyst for the Athletic Michael Lombardi writes the most obvious question for the Colts in 2020 is how much QB Philip Rivers has left in the tank and can he make the team Super Bowl contenders. 
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