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Eric Decker doesn’t think DUI arrests will affect team on field

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We’re waiting to hear what kind of discipline Broncos front office executives Tom Heckert and Matt Russell face for their recent DUI arrests and some have wondered if the Broncos could suffer if two of their top personnel men are suspended at the same time.

Others might reply that such is the nature of punishment for breaking the law, but one Broncos player doesn’t see there being much impact on the team when and if the two execs are penalized. Wide receiver Eric Decker, who said that coach John Fox’s last advice for his players at the end of spring workouts was to “be smart and don’t get your name in the future,” said that he trusted the organization to handle things the right way while players paid attention to on-field matters.

“I don’t think so,” Decker said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “This is a great organization. They’ll find the right manner to handle it. As players, our focus is on getting ourselves ready for a great season. Whatever action they’re taking, John Elway and Mr. (Pat) Bowlen will find the necessary discipline. As far as me, I stay out of that. My job as a football player is to come to practice and make this organization better.”

You wouldn’t expect to hear anything different from a player. Football is their concern, and, as a Broncos spokesman said earlier this week, the pair of arrests are “bigger than football.” They might have some impact on the team’s personnel department, though it is hard to know just how much without knowing the specific penalties and it’s hard to put that ahead of the need to control the problem of drunk driving among those working in every part of the NFL.

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29 Responses to “Eric Decker doesn’t think DUI arrests will affect team on field”
  1. vdogg says: Jul 11, 2013 4:45 PM

    I’m sure no one has ever over heard a conversation about how distraught the guys suiting up every Sunday are about someone in the front office getting in trouble….

  2. surfinbird1 says: Jul 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    Looks like Fox should have spoke to the people in management. Those guys drank enough for the entire team.

  3. afcdomination says: Jul 11, 2013 4:51 PM

    heckert wasn’t even part of the front office until this offseason. so I can understand where he’s coming from here.

  4. nflcrimerankingscom says: Jul 11, 2013 4:53 PM

    He’s right, they’ll keep on drinking and driving without consideration of human life.

  5. bennyb82 says: Jul 11, 2013 4:58 PM

    As a Lion`s fan, I give them a little credit for being dressed.

  6. onearmsteven says: Jul 11, 2013 5:26 PM

    why exactly would two executives that have no say in what goes on during a game affect the play on the field at all?

  7. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 11, 2013 6:47 PM

    onearmsteven says:
    Jul 11, 2013 5:26 PM
    why exactly would two executives that have no say in what goes on during a game affect the play on the field at all?

    ———

    Distractions ….. meanwhile Clady has to be signed in 4 days …. But the front office is scrambling in meetings about (yes non field related) drunk people in org and PR.

    Also now need to hire new people, or decided discipline, all this when camp is around the corner and roster needs to be examined, cmap cuts, etc…..

    NFL teams don’t just show up and play.

    A lot goes into it …..

    great team = great organization as a whole

  8. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jul 11, 2013 6:55 PM

    They won’t affect the Broncos on the field as long as Tom Heckert and Matt Russell don’t get behind the wheel of the carts on the sidelines.

  9. matthewcarlson1 says: Jul 11, 2013 6:57 PM

    “Don’t get your name in the future.” words to live by?

  10. alskdh says: Jul 11, 2013 7:00 PM

    This is somewhat comical. I’m NOT condoning crashing Into a police car, but the DUI is a BUSINESS in the us but absolutely in Colorado.

  11. thetooloftools says: Jul 11, 2013 7:07 PM

    This is a grease fire.
    Suspend them both for one year without pay.
    Let John Elway pick up the slack.
    And then FIRE them both after their suspensions.
    Why didn’t the Heckert DUI get more pub when it happened?
    NOW.
    His #’s were serious. WTF was he thinking?
    Denver needs to make an example.
    Talk is cheap.
    Tough talk is even cheaper without action.
    What are they really going to do?

  12. sschmiggles says: Jul 11, 2013 7:09 PM

    Hmm, perhaps you all might fancy Alfonzo Dennard? I get this vibe that he’d get along great with your staff.

    Maybe we could get some of the guys together and talk about it over some schnapps?

    I’ve got peppermint and Goldschlager…..

    Let me know,

    Bill from NE

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 11, 2013 7:26 PM

    They keep losing the team designated drivers. “Next man up!”.

  14. Milehighmagic58 says: Jul 11, 2013 7:27 PM

    I think these two doofs having their mug shot pictures being posted all over the internet is strict enough discipline. These dudes make Nick Nolte’s pic look like a glamor shot!

  15. mungman69 says: Jul 11, 2013 8:06 PM

    No, you have to give them real punishment not just have their mug shots posted.

  16. robertb655 says: Jul 11, 2013 8:19 PM

    Actually, he said “Be smart and don’t get your name in the paper.” Kind of a big difference and excellent advice from the coach. If only he told the front office as well

  17. joeb1310 says: Jul 11, 2013 8:22 PM

    Am I stupid because I can’t figure out what “don’t get your name in the future means?”

  18. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 11, 2013 8:24 PM

    Do it the raven way just ignore if and erect a statue for these guys that represents their fans a games end.

  19. purpleguy says: Jul 11, 2013 8:34 PM

    I suspect they’re all too drunk to notice anyhow.

  20. klarndog says: Jul 11, 2013 8:54 PM

    It won’t matter unless they wander on the field drunk like Dennis Hopper in Hoosiers

  21. beerndrums says: Jul 11, 2013 9:09 PM

    If you believe this will affect the team on the field……you really have no common sense

  22. formerworldchamps says: Jul 11, 2013 10:26 PM

    The reason John Elway hasn’t spoken up is he has one of the biggest offenders of alcohol.I for one have been in a bar and Elway was polluted and slumped over his bar stool and then hopped into his car and drove home.

    At least he’s not being a hippocrite.

  23. joetoronto says: Jul 12, 2013 6:04 AM

    The Donkeys are falling apart at the seams and it looks great on them. :)

  24. ewoods6 says: Jul 12, 2013 8:28 AM

    These arrest effecting the way the players play?? Really? They will try and write about anything until camp starts huh?

    They will really miss Russell when they are inside the 5, he was a beast for them last year…smh….oh media.

  25. slimdee777 says: Jul 12, 2013 9:20 AM

    So what???..Denver’s a party town..woooohooo!!!..despite the Sunday “blue” laws..6 days a week to buy alcohol!!..I’m drunk 7 days a week!!! Maybe I could get a job with the Broncos..seems like I meet the qualifications.

  26. starrbrew says: Jul 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    Right, so I really see Manning not being able to read a defense because he is worried about Russell and Heckert. Von Miller won’t be able to get off the ball and rush the passer because he is thinking about DUIs. Thomas going up for a ball bobbles it and drops it because he is distracted by negative press for front office personnel. Give me a break. If an executive at your work got a DUI would it really effect your day to day work performance?

  27. listenup823 says: Jul 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    Have another round of Hateraid Joetoronto… Your team sucks and has no winning record in the imaginable future.. Hate, hate, hate….

  28. delgarrick says: Jul 12, 2013 1:57 PM

    The Broncos turned this matter over to the league office and will follow protocol for discipline. Why do we, as a public, think we have the right to know about these things? Public intrusiveness has gotten out of control. We have no right to know. If we really want to know, ask for the reports (they are public record). Otherwise back off. And Tom Nalen should not even get press as the Broncos Moral Patrol. 10 years out of the league then admits he tried to ruin another mans career. COWARD!!!

  29. cadillacman2 says: Jul 14, 2013 3:18 PM

    Don’t understand these people hew have all this money but yet stupid to go-ahead drink and drive. If it was me I’m taking a limousine if I’m going out drinking or a cab sad thing is the NFL has a program for them but I guess they don’t use it

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