We had a pretty good game. It was impressive. I’m very proud of the entire team — offense, defense, special teams. Everybody stepped up and played probably the best game we’ve had all season.
I think the character of this team has been a theme throughout the season. It’s been tested often and I think we continue to show a lot of positive signs in spite of our record. I think lesser men or lesser teams probably would’ve folded and not given as great an effort as we did given our current situation. I’m still proud of this team and proud of the guys on this team and especially what we accomplished this past weekend.
It was a big win. Something to be proud of. I have to be honest, though, I’m a little disappointed in the one scoring drive they did have. They converted three fourth-downs. That’s unacceptable. We could’ve had a shutout which would’ve been really great. Those are hard to come by in this league. They converted three fourth-downs which just should never happen. But as for the rest of the game, they had 129 yards of total offense, so we can be proud of that, but we definitely need to work on getting them off the field on fourth down.
I have another busy week. It’s a short week because we’re going into a Thursday game and we don’t have a day off this week. Just come right back in on Monday and we have a regular workday Monday that’s primarily focused on special teams. After that I have to go do my radio show (Monday nights on 950 the Fan). From there I’m going to an awards ceremony. I’m supposed to be giving out a special Darrent Williams award to a Colorado athlete, so I have a pretty long day. A pretty full, long day. Looking forward to it.
On Tuesday I’ve got another regular workday. It’s probably full. I’m going to go down to the Boys & Girls Club. I normally do that on my day off, so I do it then. It’s not as jam-packed a day, but there’s not a day off this week. It definitely sucks that there’s no day off, but as a player, we like to play, so as soon as the games get here, the happier we are. Practice is not always fun. Practice is never fun. I think the first day of camp is fun because we’re happy to get back around each other. The rest of the practices I would not consider fun.
We have fun at practices, though, especially our DBs. We have a good time laughing and joking no matter what we’re doing while remaining focused. It’s something we’re able to do that not a lot of other teams or at least even units on this team can do is have kind of an upbeat, light demeanor with lots of laughs and joking around with each other but still stay on task and not make mistakes during practice and execute well on the weekend.
I guess I wouldn’t recommend approaching work to everybody the same way we do as DBs but it works for us. We have a good time and we always work hard and think we’re one of the more consistent groups on the team.
Let’s talk for a minute about Brandon Marshall’s touchdown celebration penalty.
The NFL acronym, people have subbed in a lot of things like Not For Long and No Fun League. I guess this would fall under the No Fun League category. I didn’t think it was a big deal. It wasn’t taunting to the other team. It definitely wasn’t premeditated and no one got hurt.
Maybe just because I’m young — I like to have a good time and I’m not an NFL purist that thinks you should just go in the end zone and turn around and go back. I think it’s fun. I think the fans enjoy it. It looked like the fans that were there getting snow thrown around them, they loved it. They had a great time. Those are the type of jovial celebrations that I think should be acceptable, but I am merely a corner/safety for the Denver Broncos.
I don’t make any decisions. I do make my opinions known at the NFL Player’s Association meetings since I’m the team’s rep, but my one opinion doesn’t mean that much. Anyway, like I said, it’s a bit over the top. Man’s just having fun with some snow.
Tony Gonzalez is a great player. Our two games we played against him this year we played really well. He’s their best player probably; especially when Larry Johnson isn’t playing, he’s the best player on their team. The fact that we played well against him each time we played him is probably part of the reason why I think we controled them defensively in both games.
So many great things happened last game it’s hard to pick one thing to talk about, but Elvis Dumervil stands out in my mind as one of the best young defensive linemen in the league. He’s one of the most consistent players on this team. He’s a standout. He’s going to be a great player, for us hopefully, for years to come.
Just the youth movement that we’re kind of going through right now with Marshall’s 1,000 receiving yards with three games to go which is impressive, and Tony Scheffler’s been stepping up lately, Elvis is really consistent, Steven Harris got some time, a lot of the other young defensive linemen got some time, a lot of the other young defensive linemen are getting some time, Hamza Abdullah stepped in and made some great plays in the first half of that game — I don’t necessarily think of myself as young, but I really am also, so I guess I’ll throw myself in the category. Karl Paymah’s made a bigger contribution than he has the other two years. Just all over the field — D.J., he’s young.
Gene is what I call D.J. I’ve got to get everybody to catch onto that one and start calling him Gene. The offensive line is just about all young first-to-third-year guys with the exception of Matt Lepsis and Montrae Holland. And Jay Cutler obviously. That’s exciting for this team to have such promising young players. It bodes well for the future and even for the present if we can all get it together and play like we did last Sunday consistently. The season is not over yet.
Going down to see Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiack and General Manager Rick Smith and a lot of other ex-Broncos is exciting. You obviously feel fondly about those guys. I was a defensive guy so I didn’t get to spend much time with Kub but he seemed like a great coach. He definitely was a good guy. We’re happy to see them doing well down there. It seems like just about any player that we release they pick up. They at least go there and visit. Most recently, Curome Cox, who was my college teammate and played here for a while, is now contributing to their team on special teams a lot. Jeb Putzier and Ron Dayne, you go down the list of all the guys that are down there now. It’s good to see guys that you know succeeding other places but there’s always a little extra something when you’re going against guys that you know personally because you don’t want to have to see them later.
It should be an intense game. It’s indoors also. Indoors in Houston should be a lot easier to deal with than outdoors in Denver right after a snow storm.
It was in the teens for a while on Sunday. It got into the 20s. That must’ve been when I started sweating. It was a pretty cold game, but if you’re playing a lot, which I do, it doesn’t bother you as much. I feel like it’s tougher on the coaches and fans — and the sideline PR guy. It gets pretty cold for those people. But we have heated benches which I’ve never seen a coach or a sideline PR guy sit on. They don’t get all the luxuries that we get. Just being active helps out a lot.
Someone asked me about the sprints I did before a few plays. I was just showing off how fast I am. No, it was just to stay warm. When you take a little while, especially in that weather, you’ve just got to stay warm, so you take a couple sprints to make sure. It’s important to stay loose and stay warm in those kind of conditions, because not only will you not perform as well as you can, you’re more prone to injury I feel like in those conditions than in ideal 60- and 70-degree temperatures.
Those extremes are tough to deal with. Really hot and really cold. Anyway.
I decided that the 10 grand that I got for the Walter Payton nomination that I would put it toward the Darrent Williams Teen Center. I guess it’s not much of a surprise. Probably most people expected that I would do that. The expenses go up. We set what we thought we would need. We set a price or a level we needed to raise to get the teen center up and going, but expenses keep going up. It’s one of those things that it just keeps growing.
I think $10,000 is a healthy sum that will put a dent in our new expenses and that’s something that I think about at least every day. I’m really excited about it. With Christmas and New Year’s approaching, New Year’s being the time that Darrent died, I think about it just about every day. When we get the center opened in March, I cannot wait. I’m looking forward to being there seeing somebody cut the ribbon.
Maybe Darrent’s mom can fly out for that. I’m sure she will. Anyway, I look forward to that and we will leave it at that note.