ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Nothing but compliments for Cam Newton after completely bashing Tom Brady.
And no, this nasty Broncos defense hasn't suddenly turned soft. It's simply playing nice with the Super Bowl still two weeks away.
The pleasantries seem tame after all the trash talking Denver did before the New England game. The Broncos called the Patriots quarterback a crybaby for complaining to the officials. They also accused tight end Rob Gronkowski of constantly pushing off to get open.
Sunday, they backed up their words by constantly harassing Brady in a 20-18 win over the Patriots to earn a spot in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 against Carolina.
Now, the Broncos are pulling out the respect card, especially when it comes to Panthers QB Newton.
"He's probably the most dangerous quarterback in the NFL right now," Pro Bowl cornerback and former Buc Aqib Talib said.
Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware heaped plenty of praise on Newton, too.
"You can't rush timid because if you do that, he's one of those pocket quarterbacks that can get the ball deep down the field," Ware said. "You have to be able to get pressure on him, but you have to be decisive on how you're rushing. You can't be a wild rusher."
The Broncos certainly went wild against Brady, hitting him 23 times. No one was in his face more than Von Miller, who had 21/2 sacks and an interception.
"We go out there and the scoreboard talks for itself," Miller said.
POLICE ON DEFENSIVE: Bellevue (Wash.) Police Chief Steve Mylett defended his department's investigation into an Oct. 14 car crash involving Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, saying his confidence level is "rock solid" in the investigation and charging recommendations. Mylett said Coleman's attorney, Steve Hayne, crossed a line when he attacked the integrity of the department and the investigation. Police have recommended charges of vehicular assault and hit-and-run against Coleman.
EX-PLAYER HAD CTE: Former Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died Sept. 8 at age 27 of an accidental overdose of pain medications, was diagnosed with CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma that has been found in dozens of former NFL players. Representatives from Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation notified the Sash family last week that the disease had advanced to a stage rarely seen in someone his age.
MANNING investigation: The NFL said it is conducting a comprehensive review of allegations that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had human growth hormone delivered to his house.
PRO BOWL: Giants kicker Josh Brown and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are going to the Pro Bowl in place of injured Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski and cornerback Malcolm Butler. And Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was added to the Pro Bowl roster for the first time in his nine-year career.