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Broncos’ Derek Wolfe says he plans to speak up more this year

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After watching the Denver Broncos fall from Super Bowl champions two years ago to a team watching the playoffs from home last year, defensive end Derek Wolfe intends to step up as a leader and be more vocal that he’s ever been.

“I didn’t speak up enough,” Wolfe said in quotes distributed by the team. “When I saw things, I didn’t speak up and I didn’t say things when I should have. I’m not letting that (stuff) slide this year.”

“When I see guys not doing the right thing, I’m going to tell them. I’m not going to sit back and let that (stuff) slide. Me, it’s either confrontation fist-fight or say nothing (laughing). I’m learning how to not fight people if that makes sense.”

Wolfe isn’t fond of explaining away their struggles from last season. While the Denver defense ranked fourth in yards and points allowed last season, Wolfe still sees aspects of their play that wasn’t good enough at the end of the day.

“I can sit here and make all the excuses I want, but at the end of the day, we just didn’t get it done,” Wolfe said. “It doesn’t matter what happens—look at the Super Bowl season. We got put in a lot of bad situations, we just made it happen. There’s no excuse for that. It’s just poor focus, bad football, guys were banged up, whatever. It doesn’t matter. You just have to get it done. And that’s what we’re going to do this year, get that (stuff) done.”

While Wolfe may not want to say it, the loss of Peyton Manning to retirement was more of an issue for the Broncos than anything Denver did defensively last year. But with DeMarcus Ware retiring this year, Wolfe has the chance to be even more vocal than he was before. He doesn’t intend to let that chance slip by.

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6 Responses to “Broncos’ Derek Wolfe says he plans to speak up more this year”
  1. dino2997 says: May 17, 2017 1:28 AM

    What is speaking up going to do? This team is trending downwards no matter how loudly he speaks.

  2. pamperpro says: May 17, 2017 2:14 AM

    Windows shut for the donkeys

  3. thejesusofcool says: May 17, 2017 6:26 AM

    Good for him. Since Peyton and Ware retired, Denver has been lacking in player leadership. Step up Wolfe!

  4. polegojim says: May 17, 2017 10:17 AM

    Yes… leadership is woefully lacking.

    Many followers on this Bronco team operating on a singular player basis.

    Somebody needs to step up, good for Derek.

  5. joetoronto says: May 17, 2017 12:04 PM

    The Donko’s blowed up real good, nothing left of them.

  6. jjackwagon says: May 18, 2017 9:07 AM

    Can he play QB?

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