You know things have gotten ugly when people are asking if the team is even trying, and Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green insists that they are.
“I feel bad for the fans,” Green said on 104.3 The Fan. “I want them to know that we’re busting our tails week in and week out.”
There have been questions, especially after the 51-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and the 21-0 shutout loss to the Los Angles Chargers. These are losses like the Broncos haven’t seen in years. Seeing the offense fail to score any points or the once-elite defense give up 51 naturally makes people wonder if the players are actually putting in the effort.
Green isn’t the only one who has been defending that effort lately.
“I missed a tackle, too, but it wasn’t like I wasn’t trying,’’ Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe said, per Mike Klis of KUSA. “I was trying to go for the ball, that’s why. Normally, I’m trying to tackle the player, not try to grab the ball out of his hands. I missed it but that’s what happens in a game like that. You try to do something else. I can’t accept that guys weren’t out there not trying.’’
The Broncos are certainly saying all the right things, but they have to show it on the field for people to really buy in. They have talent. That didn’t disappear overnight.
Is their season done at 3-5? For the first time in a long time, the Broncos are mired at the bottom of the AFC West, but Green still thinks they can fight their way back.
“We have to get back to trusting each other,” he said. “We still have eight games left in the season. We can still have a chance.”
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