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For most of the last decade, the Broncos have made late-season swoons an annual rite of winter in the Rocky Mountains.

Altitude. Aptitude. Attitude. Whatever the reasons, the Broncos have followed strong starts with fading finishes. In the six seasons before this one, they were 23-34 in November, December and January.

It'll be different this season, vows Bailey, who points to a new strength and conditioning coach who uses cutting edge techniques and philosophies and a new quarterback who won't let anybody let up.