Broncos frustration growing with Garett Bolles after penalties pile up

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Denver Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles was called for four holding penalties during Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears. Throw in an additional holding penalty from the team’s season opener in Oakland and Bolles has racked up five holding penalties in the first two weeks of the season.

No other player in the NFL has been called for more than three holding penalties over that span.

It’s frustrating,” Bolles said after Sunday’s game. “I’ve built a reputation for myself in this league of holding. I disagree with it to be honest. There’s some calls I disagree with. There’s some things I understand I’ve got to go back and watch the film and see what I can do, but I have the best O-line coach in the National Football League with coach Munchak. I’m grateful for him. I know he’s going to get me on the right path, just believes in me.

“I know my teammates believe in me. I know my coaches believe in me. I know the front office believes in me. I’m going to turn this around. I promise you all that. I promise Bronco country that. I promise my teammates that. It’s just unfortunate they keep coming after me but it is what it is. Like I said, I disagree with some of them and I’ve got to move forward and get back to work on Monday.”

While those around him may very well still believe in him, it’s clear their patience to see that belief pay off is starting to wane. Several voices from the Broncos – at all different levels of the organization – said Bolles needs to figure it out.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, via James Merilatt of 104.3 The Fan: “He needs to understand that he is doing something wrong They keep throwing flags on him and he keeps holding.”

Head coach Vic Fangio: “I think he suffers from thinking he’s in good position sometimes and dumps the guy at the end where he thinks it’s a legal block. We have to do a better job of explaining that to him. He’s got to do a better job of listening to the explaining, but I think he can.”

General Manager John Elway: “Well, he’s got to understand why. I think that’s the most important thing. That’s the thing that we discussed is for him to understand exactly why. You’ve got to get yourself in better position and play better technique so you don’t hold.”

That Bolles thinks he is being singled out and that the calls against him aren’t valid makes it difficult to see an acceptance that what he’s been doing isn’t correct. Perhaps that’s why several different entities from the Broncos felt a need to speak about his need to improve his play in recent days. Now it’s time to see if the message is getting through and if Bolles is capable of adapting his game as necessary.

“I’ve talked to him; everybody is trying to talk to him,” Sanders said “We’ll see.”

12 responses to “Broncos frustration growing with Garett Bolles after penalties pile up

  1. A reminder: in 2018’s Week 2, Boles was carted off the field after writhing and grasping for what seemed like – based on his (over)reaction – a broken ankle. Three days later, he was back on the field, diagnosed with a bruise.

    Something’s off in his head. Not a viable NFL OL.

  2. Lost in all of this is that Khalil Mack is gettingly blatantly held on literally 70-80% of his snaps and the other 20-30% are the ones he beats. Yet the officials refuse to enforce. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s hack-a-Shaq football style. His coaches don’t seem to be willing to go to bat for him with the officials on this either.

  3. Maybe I’m missing something, but it seems pretty straight forward. Keep your hands inside and don’t grab the opponent. If he continues to disagree with the calls, then it’s time to give someone else a shot at the position.

  4. This guy was holding Mack and others every play. Who cares about the the roughing calls, the refs might have called 1/4 of the holding on the Bears defense throughout this game.

  5. People are all up in arms about this guy holding! LOL. The question needs to be asked, why him? I see Mack get held so much, and he’s not alone. GB’s “all world” left tackle was literally holding Mack by the wrist as Mack ran by him the week before. But, because he has the name and the QB he is protecting is more important, the ref 5 feet away doesn’t call it. It’s a joke, but special treatment happens in all sports.

  6. 72 will have be a retired jersey after they show bollsey the door. The stink on it is too strong.

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