SAN DIEGO By all accounts, nobody in the Denver Broncos locker room put his fist through a blackboard at halftime Monday night. Nobody yelled and screamed, or kicked over a water cooler.
The Broncos, trailing by 24 points at halftime, were surprisingly calm. But it did not mean they were not filled with regret.
Omar Bolden was sorry he fumbled a kickoff. Trindon Holliday lamented the punt he muffed. Matt Willis bemoaned the wrong route he ran leading to an interception return for a touchdown. Linebacker Danny Trevathan was called for holding on third down that kept another Chargers scoring drive alive.
And Eric Decker, almost comically, fell down on his way to a touchdown that was not.
Yet, the man who would be permitted to have the most remorse was the man who had the least to apologize for Peyton Manning.
Front and center in this nationally televised debacle was Manning, who having been placed in another 20-point hole, could not be blamed for having second (and third) thou...