The Broncos were terrible in all phases of the game at Super Bowl XLVIII, and even with some time to reflect on it, no one on the team seems to be able to pinpoint why they played so badly.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post spoke with Broncos players, coaches and executives, and none of them had a very good answer for what went wrong.
“We played so bad,” said Broncos receiver Eric Decker. “It doesn’t even feel like we played. I thought we were prepared, we were ready.”
Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase knows it’s his job to watch the film, but he’s not feeling good about taking another look at that game.
“The hardest part is we’re going to have to go back and watch that game again on film,” Gase said. “We’re not looking forward to that. I wish I could have found that play that would have taken us out of that spiral.”
Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said Seattle came out determined to win, and Denver didn’t.
“We’ve got to give credit to Seattle, you could tell they wanted it way more than us,” said Rodgers-Cromartie. “They were not going to take a loss. They definitely came out and punched us around.”
The Broncos have a long offseason ahead in which they can think about why they couldn’t match the Seahawks’ intensity in the Super Bowl.