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DENVER (AP) — Moments after Brandon McManus pushed his winning attempt wide right , the Denver Broncos were calling him "our guy" and "the best kicker in the league" and "a good dude."No finger pointing. Not at the current moment, anyway.McManus sailed a 51-yard field goal try wide in the final seconds as the Broncos lost 19-17 to the Houston Texans on Sunday. Denver fell to 3-6 with barely flickering playoff hopes and a coach on the hot seat heading into a bye week. "We just have to stick together," safety Justin Simmons said. "It's harder in terms of guys want to start pointing the fingers and there's always blame going around. But I think we have a great locker room of guys that always point the finger at themselves first."Broncos coach Vance Joseph and his team keep hurtling toward another disappointing season. They went 5-11 a season ago that included a string of eight straight losses."I don't have a problem with how we're coaching and how we're playing," Joseph said after losing for the sixth time in seven games. "We've just got to finish games better."The play-calling in the final minute could lead to some second-guessing. The Broncos had the ball at the Texans 37 with about 43 seconds remaining. Case Keenum completed a 5-yard pass to tight end Jeff Heuerman and instead of sprinting up to the line, the Broncos took their time, before running back Phillip Lindsay lost a yard on a run up the middle.So instead of getting it closer, they settled for a 51-yard try with 3 seconds remaining. It sailed right as McManus hung his head in frustration after his second miss of the game. He also had a 62-yard attempt sail wide right in the first half — giving the Texans time to move into field-goal range."There's no pointing fingers. B-Mac is a great kicker," said rookie receiver Courtland Sutton, who wore a No. 88 Demaryius Thomas jersey after the game in a tribute to a teammate that was traded to the Texans on Tuesday. "We all know that. … He's still a great kicker.""He's a good dude and he's going to shake it off," Lindsay echoed.The Broncos received a breakout game from Heuerman, who set career bests in catches (10) and yards (83) while also scoring. But there were quite a few miscues: Sutton had a TD slip through his hands, Devontae Booker fumbled and the defensive backs had a costly miscommunication when DeAndre Hopkins hauled in a 16-yard pass from Deshaun Watson in the second quarter."Snake bitten? No. Unlucky? No Su'a Cravens Jersey ," Sutton said. "We just have to make sure we're putting ourselves in a situation where we're not trailing at the end of the game like that."The Broncos have lost six games by an average of 7.8 points."It's frustrating," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "You lose and you know you're capable of beating this team. We had them. I pride myself on being able to make game-changing plays and be able to change the game."On the touchdown play to Hopkins, the Broncos had double coverage only for him to sneak in between Simmons and Adam Jones."The error is so small for our team. We can't mess up like we did today and have a chance to win," Harris said. "We've got to damn near play perfect. We've got to figure out what we could do to eliminate those little mistakes that just kill us every game."A missed opportunity — 4-5 obviously looks a lot more appealing than 3-6."Huge difference," said Harris, whose team plays play at the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 18. "Right there in the wild-card race and you have a chance to get back in it. Now, it's very hard. It's very hard to come back out of this."Still, his message for his teammates over the break is simple: Clear the mind."Get ready to finish the year strong," Harris said. "I've got my mind right to finish strong." ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway is looking for his fourth head coach in six seasons after firing Vance Joseph for presiding over the Denver Broncos‘ worst two-year stretch since the late 1960s.Elway acknowledged being part of the problem in the Broncos' 20-28 record since their Super Bowl 50 parade, including 11-21 under Joseph."The first guy I look at is the guy in the mirror," Elway said Monday. "And I'm just as responsible for this , if not more, than anybody else because it's my job to make sure that we win more football games. And so I take full responsibility for that." It was Joseph who took the fall, however, fired with two years and about $6 million left on his contract."Vance is a good man. He worked his tail off," Elway said. "And unfortunately, we didn't get it done. We didn't win enough football games and ultimately that's what we have to do."Elway almost fired Joseph last year after a 5-11 debacle but gave him a second chance. He got no similar reprieve after going 6-10."It's disappointing not being able to finish what we started, but I'm incredibly proud of the players and coaches for how they fought and worked every week," Joseph said in a statement. "I also appreciate the support staffs who put in countless hours behind the scenes helping our team. This is a special place with great fans."The Broncos immediately sought permission to interview Steelers offensive line coach and former Titans head coach Mike Munchak, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores.Later Monday, the Broncos added former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, a native of Boulder, Colorado Isaac Yiadom Color Rush Jersey , to their wish list and also asked the Los Angeles Rams for permission to interview 35-year-old quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor."I will continue to do the best I can, knowing we're going to try to win football games. We're going to compete for world championships," Elway said. "That's what I'm about. I hate to lose. I hate it more now than I ever have. And we're going to do everything we can to get us back on track … and get us back to completing for world championships."Elway said the franchise's winningest coach, Mike Shanahan, whom he considered re-hiring a year ago, isn't in the mix "at this point in time." Nor is former Broncos assistant Adam Gase, who was fired by Miami, on his wish list.Elway indicated that Gary Kubiak, his senior personnel adviser, might move back onto the field as an offensive assistant for the new coach. Kubiak stepped down two years ago over health concerns 11 months after leading the franchise to its third Super Bowl victory. Elway insisted the Broncos' opening is just as attractive today as it was then, when Joseph called the opportunity the best in football because it required a reboot and not a rebuild.Yet the Broncos didn't innovate as quickly as other teams that incorporated more of their prospects' college DNA into their playbooks, like the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes and the Baltimore Ravens with Lamar Jackson."I think we just haven't evolved here Josey Jewell Jersey ," star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "I think after the Super Bowl we kind of just got stagnant. We haven't evolved. We've got to figure out how we can evolve on offense, defense, special teams and everything, get better as players. We have to evolve with the times of the NFL. We're behind right now."The Broncos are mired in a three-year playoff drought. They lack a franchise quarterback like the ones the Packers, Browns and Jets have in place to help them lure their next head coach. They haven't had a title sponsor for their stadium for several seasons. And they need a massive makeover to modernize a jalopy of an offense that sputtered behind free agent quarterback Case Keenum.Team president Joe Ellis insisted there was ownership stability even as a family feud has gone public with Pat Bowlen's relatives haggling over the future of the franchise while the family patriarch, who has Alzheimer's, comes up for a possible Hall of Fame election Feb. 2.Then there's Elway, a hands-on, high-standard GM with a Hall of Fame gold jacket who has little patience for losing, tried to hire Shanahan a year ago and didn't cut Joseph any slack after trading away perennial Pro Bowlers Aqib Talib and Demaryius Thomas."Vance was on board with every decision that we made. It wasn't one where I was going off and saying, ‘We're doing this,'" Elway said. "The decisions that were made were joint decisions , so we'll leave it at that."With Keenum at quarterback, the Broncos' top selling point from a player perspective is probably the league's top pass-rushing duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, who combined for 26½ sacks."I'd like to think that I'm a coach's dream," Miller said. "We've got a lot of big-time players here. We've got Bradley Chubb, who's coming into his second year. Denver's a great city. Denver's a great place to come coach. It's a great franchise to be a part of, known for winning and all types of wonderful stuff."So, I think the Denver Broncos organization will be the main attraction for the next head coach."Elway concurred, suggesting, "People may disagree, but we're not that far off."