(TNS) — Broncos coach Vance Joseph's future is Topic 1 heading into Sunday's season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers.
But at least two players said after practice Wednesday that their concentration remains on the present, which is spoiling the Chargers' chances at winning the AFC West and getting the conference's top playoff seed.
"I haven't heard anything or talked about anything," defensive end Adam Gotsis said. "I'm worrying about playing the Chargers. I'm not worrying about who's going to be here -- coaches, players, whatever. That's for after the season to talk about.
"We're talking about the Chargers just like they're talking about us and beating us this week and not who they will play next week in the playoffs."
If things had gone better this month, the first Chargers game could have been seen as a catalyst for a second-half-of-the-season Broncos turnaround. In Week 10, the Chargers led 19-7 and were in Broncos territory ready to put the game away when linebacker Von Miller intercepted a pass thrown by quarterback Philip Rivers, sparking a comeback in a 23-22 win. Two weeks later, the Broncos had won a third consecutive game to reach 6-6 but the wheels have since fallen off (6-9), putting Joseph's job in peril.
"We just see things on Twitter but we don't hear about the status of the coaches," inside linebacker Brandon Marshall said.
Rare favorite. The Chargers have been installed as a 6 1/2-point favorite over the Broncos.
If Los Angeles closes as a favorite of at least six points, it will only be the ninth home game since 1987 that the Broncos have been that large of an underdog (second time against the Chargers). The Broncos are 2-6 in those games. Earlier this year, the Broncos were a seven-point underdog to the Los Angeles Rams and lost 23-20.
Footnotes. Tight end Matt LaCosse (ankle) expects to play Sunday after missing the Oakland game. "It was a precautionary thing on Monday night so I'll be good to go," he said. ... Per the Sports Business Journal, Monday's Broncos-Oakland game drew a 5.4 television rating, five percent lower than the previous record low on MNF, which was New Orleans-Atlanta in 2016 that went up against the first Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate. ... The Broncos held an indoor walk-through Wednesday. Running back Phillip Lindsay (wrist) remains on the active roster but is out for Sunday's game. Receiver Andre Holmes (ankle) did not participate. Cornerback Brendan Langley was limited but remains in the league's concussion protocol.
Staff writer Kyle Fredrickson contributed to this story.