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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Jarius Wright Jersey . -- Gary Kubiak isnt backing down from his defense of Jordan Norwood. He does acknowledge, however, that Emmanuel Sanders could return punts as the Denver Broncos scramble to get into the playoffs over the holidays.Rookie speedster Kalif Raymond provided a much-needed spark on special teams against Jacksonville and Tennessee after being promoted from the practice squad following Norwoods two muffed punts in an overtime loss to Kansas City last month.Needing his most experienced slot receiver for the up-tempo game plan against New England last weekend, Kubiak activated Norwood in place of Raymond, which returned Norwood to his punt return duties.That decision turned into a debacle when Norwood muffed his first punt return Sunday , which resulted in a turnover the Patriots turned into three points.Tough play that Ive got to make, said Norwood, who spent the rest of the day getting away from Ryan Allens punts, which resulted in poor field position for an already scuffling offense in Denvers 16-3 loss .Norwood also coughed up the football on his one and only catch in the closing seconds, giving him five fumbles on 50 touches on the season. The only players in the league with more than five fumbles are all quarterbacks.Norwood was shoved in the back by teammate Aqib Talib after a big muffed punt at midfield against the Chiefs on Nov. 27. This time, Kubiak had Norwoods back, defending him both after the game and again this week.Asked whether hed consider using the sure-handed Sanders, who has just one drop to go with his 78 receptions, as a punt returner as he did at times last season, Kubiak said, Yeah, it comes up, theres some thought there.But Im going to tell you guys again, Ive got a lot of confidence in Jordan. And Im disappointed he didnt handle the ball well and obviously that was (the case) a few weeks ago, too. Hes got to handle the ball better, Kubiak said. But hes also made some big plays for this team and I put him back there, Im the guy that put him back there. I believe in him.Kubiak said he was pleased with how Trevor Siemian ran Denvers no-huddle offense that set the tempo early on. Greg Knapp, the Broncos QB coach and passing coordinator called the plays instead of Kubiak or offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.When we go hurry-up, I feel very comfortable with `Knapper working with him because it cuts out the middle man, so to speak, Kubiak said. ... I like to cut them loose and go. Obviously I have opinions, but I just think that it makes us play a little faster. I think we responded to that. We had some good ball movement in the first half.That pace helped dictate the Patriots personnel and kept the pass rush at bay until Siemians second-quarter interception led to the games only touchdown and had the Broncos playing catch-up the rest of the afternoon.However, it stands to reason that Norwood will be active again against the Chiefs, at least in the slot, given Kubiaks pleasure with the no-huddle offense and his confidence in Norwood.Sanders said hes willing to return punts if asked but said he has confidence in Norwood.Sanders said returning punts is the hardest job in the NFL, because you have 11 guys running down the field trying to knock your head off.I have the utmost respect for Jordan and any punt returner thats in college, high school or NFL, Sanders said. That is a tough job and hes been doing well. He has the longest punt return in the history of the Super Bowl. He has done a great job for us. Is it fair that were being hard on him? Yes, it is fair because obviously he has to do his job. But it is a tough job.He said Norwood just hit a rough patch, not unlike any other player hitting a slump.It can happen to any receiver or quarterback, Sanders said. You have those two-game droughts where youre doing bad and everybody is trying to mash you on the head and tell you that youre not doing a great job. But you have to get back on the horse and ride and try to make them highs.The Patriots made stopping Sanders a priority, holding him to three catches for 48 yards. But Sanders took offense when cornerback Malcom Butler told reporters hed shut him down .He said he beat Butler on the one snap they were in man, and other than that, it was Cover 2. So, tell the truth. ... 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A below-par Sydney FC have escaped a first A-League defeat but dropped another two points in an uninspiring goalless draw with Adelaide United.The Sky Blues spurned the chance to go nine points clear at the top of the table on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium, in a performance as anaemic as the scoreline.They equalled their record nine-game undefeated streak of 2006-07 but were fortunate, given last-placed United played with a confidence that belied their winless season, in a sign a victory is close.Suspended coach Guillermo Amor neednt have worried how his defending champions would fare without him on the sidelines, as the Reds attacked with venom in and end-to-end start barely resembling its top-versus-bottom billing.Ryan Kitto found joy on the left flank as he and Ben Garrucio targeted the in-form Rhyan Grant.But the frenetic opening exchanges soon dissolved into scrappy play rife with turnovers that yielded few chances for either side.Isaias and an under-performing David Carney went into the book while tough defender Matt Jurman suffered a horrible head clash during an aerial challenge with James Holland that left him bleeding heavily.A bandaged Jurman eventually returned and earned enthusiastic cheers from the 13,179 crowd for each of his three headers in quick succession.That was the main first-half entertainment apart from a sole opportunity apiece.The first belonged to Adelaide defender Tarek Elrich, who fired off a 20-metre left-footed strike that shaved the outside of the posst. 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Soon after, a quiet Filip Holosko burst into space but, under pressure from Iacopo La Rocca, applied too much angle on his finish.In the second half, Sydney coach Graham Arnold sensed the need for change and replaced Holosko with skipper Alex Brosque and eventually Bobo with Matt Simon, while Henrique returned for Adelaide at the expense of a cramping Nikola Mileusnic.Holland came closest after the break, skipping past three Sydney defenders only to botch his finish, while Simon sent one wide and Alex Wilkinson took a feeble stab that was indicative of a squad perhaps more focused on next weeks FFA Cup final.Arnold said his side struggled to deal with Adelaides long balls and slow play in a cynical match featuring a total 36 fouls.It was two desperate teams trying to win, he said.Adelaides position on the table doesnt reflect the type of team they are ... but they took the tempo out of the game and it was hard for us to get going.Every time we tried, there was a foul, they took their time on throw-ins and goal kicks and slowed the game up a lot.We have to be honest - the players are disappointed in their own performance.Reds assistant coach Pau Marti was happy to keep a first clean sheet.To get a point here was a good result, Marti said.I think the way we played, we deserved to get three points - we had the chances ... we stopped them playing. 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