It was the longest-tenured Bronco who was perhaps the most defiant Sunday.
When Jason Elam speaks publicly, he does so with the crisp eloquence you would expect from someone who makes his living talking to people — a minister, perhaps, or a politician. His convictions arise in the content of his speech, not in the tone of his voice, which is calm: never raised, never on the attack or defensive, simply cool and rational.
Combine that with his experience, and his words seem to issue a clarion call to his teammates — and certainly one that goes against the momentum that rides against the Broncos now that they are saddled with a four-game losing streak.
“I really think we’re going to get in the playoffs; I really do. I think we’re going to go 3-0 here,” he said. “That’s my mindset, and I think that’s everybody’s mindset.”
As though he could sense the disbelief in his inquistors late Sunday afternoon, he reaffirmed his point.
“I’m serious. I think we’re going to get in.
“There’s going to be a lot of people outside the locker room bashing us. We’ve just got to keep our heads up and stay together,” he later added. “We have to go 3-0, so every game’s going to be a playoff game. We know we can’t lose any of them and I don’t think we will.”
Time will tell whether Elam possessed keen foresight.