Well, I guess the big news in Denver is how well the Rockies have been playing, and they’re in the World Series. The Broncos are behind them 100 percent, as I said in earlier weeks. It kind of reminds me of my days in college where we always had a really great basketball team and our football team was really good also. It was a good, friendly competition and we competed against them and rooted for them at the same time. It was just fun. Denver is a tight-knit community in the same sense and it kind of gives me that same feeling, where we can’t wait to support them and we hope they feel the same way about us. We definitely need to raise our play as we’ve been talking about around here for a couple weeks to meet the Rockies’ production right now. But that doesn’t change how we feel about the way they’ve been playing. We’re really excited and impressed with them and hope they can bring a championship to Denver, then hope that it’s contagious also.
The bye week was great, just to get away, get out of Denver for a bit to see some people who are important to me and spend some time away from football, which sometimes is the best thing, especially when things aren’t going so well. It helps you get things into perspective and come back and really want to practice. I think that was one of the nice things about the bye week is when you get here, you really want to practice and you really want to be with the guys, especially after you have a bad taste in your mouth like we have had from the last couple weeks. It’s just so important for us to get out there and try to get everything in line. When we’re practicing, there’s an attention to detail that we haven’t had before, or had since I’ve been here, to be honest. There’s no room for any mistakes, whereas in years past, it’s understood that we’re not perfect and there are going to be some mistakes throughout a practice. We work through the mistakes and then correct them on film. But now, if there’s a mistake on a play, we’ll repeat it immediately and make sure everything’s cleared up, right on the spot, on both sides of the ball. There’s really no room for error.
I want to thank everybody for voicing their support on the blog. I recognize that most of our fans are behind us 100 percent and believe in us. We really appreciate the support, and times like this are when we might need a little extra push from the fans. This is a tough time. These situations are when it’s really tough for everybody — players, coaches, fans, families of players and just everybody involved. This is when it’s most difficult to show your support. It’s the most difficult to be positive at work for us and it’s the most difficult for you guys to be positive. I guess it’s kind of cliche’ and repetitive, but it really is a test of character, in that this is when it’s most difficult. My rookie year we only lost three games and it was a big love fest. Everyone loved us. It’s easy to be a fan then, it’s easy to be a player then and it’s easy to be a coach then when everything’s going well. But this is the really tough time and a real test of how tight we are as a team, how much we really care about each other, and the Broncos team and the Broncos family extends past the players and coaches all the way out to the fans. So the support that you show us is very encouraging, and I definitely do read the responses and I thank you for it.
As for the upcoming game, the way the season’s been going now, personally the games aren’t as much about the opponent for me as it is about our team and a chance to prove ourselves. Myself and the team respect the Steelers 100 percent, but it’s so important that we get ourselves together and we straighten out the things that we’ve been doing wrong. That’s what’s really important at least for me personally to focus on, and to try to get on track as an individual and help our defense get on track as a unit. It’s more important to focus on what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong and get all that stuff cleared up. It’s just as important as watching film on the Steelers and getting ready for them. It’s critical right now to spend extra time around the facility and spend extra time watching film of ourselves and our opponent. Like I said earlier, this is the time when it’s really difficult and when the best individuals really rise in these types of situations. It’s a Sunday night game, which is a perfect opportunity for us to get our game on at that time and show what we’ve been working on to everybody in the NFL and everybody in the country. So we’re looking forward to that.
Like I mentioned last week, Brian Clark came with us to the Boys and Girls Club for our writing class last Tuesday, and he was not able to follow up the famous poem about chicken that he had last time because a lot of the young people are working on scholarship essays. So Brian and I just helped the kids with the essays, going over them and things like that trying to give them our perspective and ways to improve. I’m really proud of them after knowing them for awhile and watching them grow and get ready for college and things like that and feel like I have somewhat of a hand in where they go to school and how much money they’re able to get. I just feel really good and the prospect of the Darrent Williams Teen Center is really exciting.
I went to watch one of my kids from the writing class in a cross country meet on Wednesday. It was pretty odd because when she started the race, she jumped right into the lead right away. I just started smiling. It was the weirdest thing. It was uncontrollable how proud I was to see her in the lead. She ended up coming in third, and obviously how she finished didn’t matter, but it was cool. You don’t expect to feel that much pride for somebody else in something that you’re not doing. I don’t know, I guess I got a momentary glimpse of what it must feel like to be a parent. But I’ve got some years before I really know what it’s like to be parent. I’m in no rush, don’t worry. But that was really cool and it was a great feeling just to be able to have some time that night to show some support.
Trips to the Boys and Girls Club are always more difficult when we’re not winning, like I’ve said before. The kids have no mercy and they say exactly what comes to mind. So if I can survive there, I’m always ready for the reporters or anybody else who has anything to say. The kids say exactly what they see and exactly how they feel, but their honesty is what I appreciate. I can tell that they still care about me, and I still care about them, no matter how harsh it gets. I can handle it.
In closing, I would like everyone to pretty please go to Andrew Mason’s blog and read the very first paragraph. It might be the funniest thing I’ve read in my entire life. I’ve never been one for dramatics, and it’s not that I think my job is all that crazy, but we do have somewhat of a dangerous job, and it is borderline hilarious that someone who works in the same building as I do, the beloved Andrew Mason, can write a blog about an injury that he has sustained from typing. It might be the funniest thing ever. I wish he was joking, but it’s true. He complains and goes on and on about his sore typing elbow. I guess we should appreciate Andrew’s dedication to the blog and playing while he’s hurt, sacrificing his body for the greater good. That is the type of dedication we need.
In that case, I’ve been playing on a bum ankle since Week 1 and I’d like to whine along with Andrew. Sometimes my shoulder gets a little sore, when it’s cold in the morning my throat hurts, and every now and then I get a hangnail. Yesterday while chewing on some sunflower seeds, I think one pricked my tongue. It was a sad moment in Denver Broncos history. The weather changes and sometimes my nostrils get a little dry. Anyway, obviously I’m joking, but I must say I think it’s pathetic that Andrew is searching for sympathy for his sore typing elbow.
So we’ll end on that note. Thanks everybody. All Ready.