ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With the Denver Broncos trailing Miami 33-9 in the fourth quarter Sunday, their former offensive coordinator, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, seemed to rub their nose in the defeat by calling a successful onside kick.
"He's trying to embarrass us. That's what it is. He might be upset," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "Playing against his former team, I don't know if he had any bad blood, but apparently there's some bad blood. It looks like he's trying to embarrass us."
According to a report from The Miami Herald, Gase was upset with Broncos general manager John Elway, who passed him over for the head-coaching job after the 2014 season, leading to the call.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, who worked under Gase in Miami last year, said he had no issue with the decision.
"We're playing a football game and it's our job to recover it. We had three guys there and they had two, I think," Joseph said. "Simply recover the kick."
But as with many things this season, the Broncos failed to get the job done.
--Once again, Isaiah McKenzie has lost his grip on the football -- and the punt-return job.
The Broncos removed the rookie from punt returns for the second time in the last four weeks after his fourth-quarter fumble resulted in a safety. It was his sixth fumble of the season.
Jordan Taylor, who shared punt-return work with Emmanuel Sanders in Weeks 11 and 12, will handle that duty the rest of the season.
Joseph told the media Monday that he put McKenzie back in to try to "give the team a spark" on special teams.
"Obviously he's had trouble catching the ball and taking care of the football, and I thought personally that two weeks (on the sideline) would help him overcome that," Joseph said. "That wasn't so."
McKenzie will be given a chance to regain the job next year. What he wants to show is simple.
"That I can be better," McKenzie said. "Lay low on the fumbles -- no fumbles. Just cut off on the mistakes (and have) better decision-making."
NOTES: CB Chris Harris Jr. had a spectacular second quarter-interception, tipping the ball up to himself to set up a diving pick of a deep pass intended for Kenny Stills. It was Harris' first interception since Week 2.
--CB Aqib Talib will return from a one-game suspension this week. He returned to the facility Monday. The Broncos didn't make an immediate roster move because they were granted an exemption that expires Tuesday. ... WR Isaiah McKenzie returned to punt-return duty after being inactive for two games, but fumbled as he attempted to circle back to gain yardage on a fourth-quarter return, leading to him falling on the football in the end zone for a safety. McKenzie has fumbled six times this season. ... NT Domata Peko saw his streak of 123 consecutive games played end because of a sprained MCL. Zach Kerr filled in for him. Peko hopes to return this week. ... DE Derek Wolfe is still being evaluated after suffering a sprained neck in Week 12. Injured reserve is a possibility for Wolfe, Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said. ... QB Paxton Lynch has already been ruled out for Sunday against the Jets. Lynch is expected to miss another 1-3 weeks because of a high-ankle sprain. ... S Justin Simmons worked as a slot cornerback for much of the game with Aqib Talib suspended. Simmons had a 65-yard interception return for a score in the role.
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