Elway on Broncos: “We got a little bit soft”

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Earlier this week, we dubbed first-year Broncos coach Vance Joseph this year’s potential surprise firing. It may not be a surprise, based on comments made Friday night by his boss, John Elway.

“I will tell you, I think we got a little bit soft,” Elway said Friday at the Ring of Fame ceremony for late Broncos coach Red Miller and Hall of Fame Broncos running back Terrell Davis, via Mike Klis of 9news.com. “To be dead honest with you, we got a little bit soft. We went 4-0 in the preseason, we started 3-1 we get a bye week and if you exhale in this league? You’re in trouble.

“And you know what, to be dead honest with you, I think we exhaled, and it’s hard to recover from that. It will be a lesson that hopefully we all learned and can prevent it from happening in the future.”

Elway seems to be particularly troubled about the fact not that they’re losing, but that they’re getting blown out, most recently by the Patriots.

“You’re going to lose football games in this league, but the way it’s gone about it, not being competitive is probably the thing that concerns me the most,” Elway said. “I think we have it on our football team. We’ve got to learn to be able to battle through those. Obviously, they’ve come in clumps and we haven’t been able to overcome it. But until we do overcome that, you know, it’s going to tough to win football games.”

It’s also going to be tough for the head coach to remain employed, if the G.M. and the president of football operations believes the team became soft and non-competive. Elway already has moved on from John Fox a year after the team made it to the Super Bowl, and it’s not as uncommon as believe for coaches to have one and done experiences.

43 responses to “Elway on Broncos: “We got a little bit soft”

  1. I’ve never seen anything like what I’ve seen this year in the NFL, with multiple teams flat-out quitting. I have to believe it’s a sign of the times. Character and accountability are foreign concepts to the current generation of athletes. I won’t name teams, but there are at least four who are guaranteed losers against the line, every week.

  2. I guess it sounds better than if he told the truth and said “we had no chance this year because I’m a horrible GM who entered the season with Siemian, Osweiler and Lynch at the QB position and I hired the most incompetent coach in the league.”

  3. The moment I saw Paxton Lynch land on his shoulder, I knew the Broncos might be in trouble. I believe in Trevor Siemian, but Lynch is an elite QB. Just get him healthy, get him on the field, and everything else will take care of itself. Vance Joseph is way in over his head, but a lot of that can get covered up with superior QB play. The next coach comes into a good situation.

  4. .
    Elway constructed a poor roster. Now he throws Joseph under the bus because he can’t win with it. They’re subpar at QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, and safety.
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  5. Vance Joseph looked scared, uncomfortable, and completely in over his head against the Eagles and Patriots, which are two outstanding football teams. Similarly, he looked completely inept against the bumbling, stumbling New York Giants, who were 0-4 as they marched into Denver and manhandled the Broncos. Simply put, the man is not fit to be a head coach. Denver needs to move on after this season; otherwise, they will continue to fall further and further behind the rest of the league.

    Incredibly enough, Vance Joseph might be a worse head coach than the 2010 version of Josh McDaniels; the only saving grace, at least for now, is that there is no scandal on the level of Spygate 2.0 looming over Joseph as it did McDaniels. However, given Joseph’s checkered past in Boulder, CO, how can Denver fans really be sure nothing else will surface?

    Dump him come January.

  6. Better look in the mirror, John. As a Broncos fan, I place the blame on YOU for allowing D.C. Wade Phillips to walk; hiring HC Vance Joseph, who has never been a HC ANY level; settling for Simien, Lynch and Osweiler at QB; not bolstering the O line through draft or free agency; not drafting/trading for a solid TE; allowing TJ Ward, the heart and soul of the D, to walk; and failing to secure sponsorship for Mile High. The only things Elway has accomplished in 2017 is extending his contract and a promotion.

  7. The defense went soft in a hurry. Elway got rid of Wade Phillips, then D. Ware retired and you bring in a head coach who was defensive coordinator of a team that was 24th in the league on defense. That will make you soft in a hurry.

  8. I’m not for keeping or firing Joseph. I do think elway got really lucky with manning. His failure to get a good qb to compete and provide points and rest for that defense is the biggest reason they got soft. The coach may be good or he might suck. Not his fault he has no qb.

  9. Its called not having enough talent at key positions John, and eventually you get exposed. Start with the position you played and solve that instead of deluding yourself into thinking Siemian was a #1 QB.

  10. “I think we have it on our football team.”

    These 9 words say it all, the team has the talent thanks to me but the HC isn’t getting it done.

  11. They have gotten soft if only they had a hard hitting safety that could bring toughness to that team…

  12. This Bronco fan would like to hear Elway take a little responsibility. How about “I should have looked for a more experienced coach”. Or “except for Von Miller, I’ve blown the first three rounds of 6 drafts. or “Since my QB’s are not living up to expectations I should have found them a competent right tackle and some decent outlets on pass plays. I blame myself because we have no receiving tight ends, no decent receivers out of the back field and no legit slot receiver to take the pressure off said right tackle and said QB’s.”

    see, it’s not that difficult to say it.

  13. No John, you let important players go in free agency or released them and you don’t have a QB.

    It’s not being soft, it’s called mismanagement.

  14. With Elway in place, he’s always going to be the loudest voice for the team. So any coach he hires already has that working against him. No thanks.

  15. Translation: since the league is not propping us up to win superbowl 50 with their golden boy, we suck.

  16. Do what you did for your previous SBs – go over the cap by 50% (twice spending $29M when the cap was $57M), or get a QB with a wife who orders HGH off-label and hope that Fraudger distracts your opponents with a total frame-up job the week before you play them! And then get further help by the league just repeatedly fining your D (even for multiple SB transgressions after a long dirty season), instead of suspensions.

    Don’t fool yourselves. That, and the altitude, is why Denver is little more than a .500 team with 3 stolen trophies.

  17. Elway’s problem is that his ego is too big to accept anyone other than a boot-licking lackey as his HC – like Kubiak or Joseph. They won with Kubiak but the credit has to go to Wade Phillips because the defense carried that team and now that they don’t have a great DC the HC is exposed.

    Elway also has trouble hitting the broadside of a barn when it comes to acquiring QB talent. If he’s smart then he would take the field himself because even at age 57, he’s better than the scrubs he has assembled at the position.

  18. denverdave3 says:
    November 18, 2017 at 7:30 am
    This Bronco fan would like to hear Elway take a little responsibility. How about “I should have looked for a more experienced coach”. Or “except for Von Miller, I’ve blown the first three rounds of 6 drafts. or “Since my QB’s are not living up to expectations I should have found them a competent right tackle and some decent outlets on pass plays. I blame myself because we have no receiving tight ends, no decent receivers out of the back field and no legit slot receiver to take the pressure off said right tackle and said QB’s.”

    see, it’s not that difficult to say it.

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    i give you a lot of credit. most of your fanbase are such homers, they
    could never say what you just said.

    i have been saying everything you just said for a couple years now.

    buying up a bunch of free agents due to bad drafts, not taking advantage of the rookie cap to ensure cap health, is a failure.

    warnings were out

    shane ray is not a 3 down de or olb in this league. he is a gimmick 3rd down subrusher and elway took him in rd 1. yikes.

  19. TJ Ward was heart and soul and gave this team some nasty. In long term it had to be done, but short term they will miss him. This team is in rebuild mode, whether they admit it or not. Elway went all in to get a Superbowl through free agency and it worked out. Now those free agents are gone or they are aging, time to start over.

  20. TyLawsPick(November 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm): Shane Ray is not a 3 down de or olb in this league. he is a gimmick 3rd down subrusher and Elway took him in rd 1. yikes.
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    Another Denver fan here. I remember wanting Florida LT D.J. Humphries over Ray in that draft. That guy hasn’t been great (he’s struggled with injuries and consistency), but when he’s in, he’s better than a lot of guys that Denver has had at LT or RT the last few years. Even OT Jake Fisher (Cincy’s starting RT) would have been better at that spot than Ray.

    Elway’s biggest draft mistakes have come on Day 2. For example, DeMarcus Walker (this year’s 2nd rounder) doesn’t fit a 3-4 defense. And, Carlos Henderson (one of Denver’s third rounders from this year’s draft) was probably put on IR because he doesn’t know the playbook (or he sucks).

    Sandy Clough (a Denver sports talk show host) said that Denver has one of the worst records in the NFL over the past 15 games. He also said that other teams that are in there (like Cleveland and SF) have embraced rebuilding, but Elway is in denial about Denver needing one.

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