Broncos LB Brandon Marshall does not agree with John Elway's "soft" assessment

Ruben Hill
November 20, 2017

It's softness. Denver's defense has been beaten the last two weekends by two of the best offenses in the National Football League, but they had not allowed 300 total yards in any game before then and still had a losing record.

"I think at this point we're still trying to figure out how we can get through it, " Elway said.

But what bothered Elway the most, and what led him to calling the team soft, was the way they've been losing the games, specifically not even being competitive. "How many turnovers we've been giving away, that's soft". There is no question that at the end of the year we'll evaluate it, look back and see what happened. Obviously, they've come in clumps and we haven't been able to overcome it. Head coach Vance Joseph responded to those comments Sunday. "But until we do overcome that, you know, it's going to tough to win football games".

Elway expressed support of Joseph, who was hired after Gary Kubiak stepped down as Broncos coach following the 2016 season, citing some health concerns.

"Coach said it best; he called us all that..." But Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler continued his struggles with a half he completed just nine of 19 passes for 97 yards and had a crushing red-zone interception as part of his 40.99 rating.

Instead of avoiding the comments leading up to the team's critical tenth-game of the season, Joseph addressed it head on at the team's usual night-before-the-game meeting.

Elway caught everyone off guard by his comments, so, naturally, it took some time for Joseph and all of his players to digest the horse-sized-pill prescribed by the boss and face of the franchise. He said it. I was kind of taken back by it, which you should. He watches every practice and he watches every game. "If you have any type of emotion about you, your reaction should be, 'What?" You've got to work hard day in and day out, and so that's why we're not seeing Paxton [on Sunday] and continue to do that.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Sunday that there is "growing frustration" with the Broncos' offensive scheme among players and others with the organization.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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