One very important person in the Broncos’ organization is less than thrilled with the team’s 2-4 start.
President of football operations and general manager John Elway said it is time the Broncos start “fighting for our lives.”
Denver will have a short turnaround with a Thursday game in Arizona. The Cardinals are also struggling with a 1-5 record, which gives the visiting Broncos a chance to shake off some of their woes, including a number of penalties and turnovers that have cost them games.
Most recently, Denver suffered a gut-wrenching 23-20 loss to the Rams after scoring half of its points in the fourth quarter.
“At some point in time we have to play better football … We’re still making the mistakes we shouldn’t make to beat good football teams like the Rams,” Elway said, via ESPN. “(It’s) disappointing, that’s for sure.
“Hopefully we can … take a mentality into that Thursday night game where we’re fighting for our lives.”
Elway hasn’t shied away from airing his honest opinion of a team he was once the play caller for. Last season, he said the team was “soft” during Denver’s eight-game losing streak. He echoed those same words when describing the Broncos’ current situation.
“There isn’t a magic switch, a magic answer,” he said. “Even though we’ve got a lot of players playing well, we’re not playing well as a team.
“We’ve gotten very soft in there … we’re not playing very well inside,” Elway added.
Case Keenum is tied for the league lead in interceptions (8), but the problems aren’t just on offense. Denver’s defense is last in the NFL in run defense — allowing 161.3 yards on the ground per game with a whopping 593 rushing yards allowed in the past two games combined.
Elway spent 15 seasons under center for the Broncos, and took over the organization in 2011.