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Kiszla: Frank “The Shark” Clark eats boring for breakfast. But does he still have the game to end the bad news for Broncos?

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You can dress ’em up in those hip new helmets, but you can’t hide the fact that the only things the “B” in Broncos has stood for lately are bad and boring.

Well, with words as brash and flashy as his shiny grill, outside linebacker Frank Clark is here from Kansas City to erase the boredom from Broncos headquarters.

It remains to be seen if Clark, who admits he’s no stranger to trouble, can put an end to the woes of your bad news Broncos.

Denver signed him as a free agent to make the life of former teammate and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes miserable. While it remains to be seen how much bite remains in the pass rush of a player nicknamed “The Shark,” there’s no doubt Clark can still talk a good game.

As you might recall, the Broncos have lost 15 straight games to their AFC West division rivals.

Oops, did we make the mistake of suggesting the Chiefs and Broncos have a rivalry on the football field?

Fade that noise, please.

Although the uniform he’s wearing now is orange and blue, Clark doesn’t want to hear anything about Denver being a legitimate rival to the Chiefs.

“I wouldn’t call it a rivalry. A rivalry is competitive,” Clark said Saturday. “I’m (with) the Broncos now. I’ve been on the other side. We didn’t call it a rivalry …”

As Denver begins work in earnest for the NFL season-opener in September, all the cool kids at training camp seem to think it’s their mission to rip the team Broncomaniacs love too much.

First, coach Sean Payton went out of his way with an esteemed reporter from USA Today to blast everybody in the Broncos organization for treating quarterback Russell Wilson with kid gloves and bury predecessor Nathaniel Hackett for one of the worst coaching jobs in league history.

And now Clark, suspended by the league for two games in 2022 for two separate gun possession incidents a year earlier, has happily informed his new teammates the only way Denver can get the Chiefs’ respect is to win it back.

I kinda dig that kinda blunt honesty, don’t you?

There’s more than a little of Von Miller to be found in Clark, for those of you who have missed the Vonster since Broncos general manager George Paton threw in the towel on the 2021 season by trading the greatest pass-rusher in franchise history to the Los Angeles Rams.

Like the Vonster, Clark is capable of getting after the passer, as his 58.5 career sacks attest. He’s a winner, and owns two Super Bowl rings to prove it.

But just as Uncle Vic Fangio dared to question how hard Miller was willing to work when his efforts weren’t rewarded with a sack dance, there are those in Kansas City who grew weary of The Shark only being on the hunt when the mood struck him.

For years, I drove Miller to distraction by telling him it would be a shame for a player with Hall of Fame potential to let his shot at a gold jacket go up in smoke. And the Vonster used to tell me that every great football team needed some guys that were bolts to keep everything together, but also some loose screws to keep everything fun.

Clark is the new loose screw in the Broncos’ tool box.

But if the Chiefs regarded a 30-year-old outside linebacker as essential to their success, would the defending champs have decided to severe ties with Clark?

“I wouldn’t say it was the end, because it’s never the end when you get the job done,” said Clark, certain he was essential to the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl twice in the last four seasons.  “A lot of people don’t understand the finish, because they don’t get the job done. I actually hit the finish line twice with Kansas City … At the end of the day, I finished my job there.”

The Broncos unveiled their new snow-capped helmets last week, icy white and very cool, complete with a retro log that harkened back to the days when Denver played football that did Broncos Country proud.

Denver Broncos fans Manuel LaCrue, left, and his partner, Priscilla Perez, have their picture taken in front of the Denver Broncos' inflatable alternate helmet at training camp practice at Centura Health Training Center July 29, 2023. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
Denver Broncos fans Manuel LaCrue, left, and his partner, Priscilla Perez, have their picture taken in front of the Denver Broncos’ inflatable alternate helmet at training camp practice at Centura Health Training Center July 29, 2023. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

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