Let’s see… Tough weekend, one of the most disappointing games I’ve ever been involved in in my entire life. It just seemed like things didn’t go well for us. It was just a disappointing game. The thing that’s most disappointing about it is after watching the film, it’s hard to tie down exactly what particular player, or what particular defense is the problem. I think everybody on our defense and on our team made mistakes at some point throughout the game. A lot of time we can live through some mistakes and other teams don’t capitalize on them, but the Chargers definitely capitalized on every opportunity we gave them, and we didn’t make any opportunities for ourselves. It was really disappointing.
I personally have a tremendous amount of faith and confidence in the players and coaches that are here. It’s a very young season, so while we’re not happy with where we are, there’s nothing we can do about that. We came in today, and we’re going to come in tomorrow and work really hard and try to improve, just be more sound and more consistent, which is where I think most of our problems are — consistency.
I’m not sure it’s big enough yet to be a cliché, but people say, “In times like this you really find out about a person’s character,” or in our case, the character of a team, and I definitely would have to agree. I think that’s the same in life. I remember in college or maybe it was high school, I saw an NFL Films documentary thing with Steve Young on it, and I remember he said that, “Football is a microcosm of life.” I wholeheartedly agree with that, and this is a great opportunity for the players on this team and myself in particular to show character, show what we’re made of, and bounce back and maintain the faith in our system and each other, and just play as well as we know we can.
Personally, I had somewhat of a disappointing start to my season, with an injury in the second quarter of the first game, missing a few games, and playing in the last two games but being kind of nonexistent. It’s just not what I’m used to at any level of my career. At this point I consider myself, I guess it would be a lieutenant, maybe, because John Lynch and Champ Bailey and Jay Cutler and those guys are captains, and I feel like I’m one of the next guys in command. I feel as though that’s as important as a leader, whether primary or secondary on this team, to set that character example, which I definitely will do. One of the luxuries of not being one of the primary leaders on this team is that I really need to focus on my own game and just improve. Like I said before, it’s not something I’m used to, just being a non-factor throughout five games. There were two games I didn’t play in, the first game I only played a quarter, and the last two games I played in were like I wasn’t out there. So I have to say that I’m pretty disappointed in myself and in this team so far, but I’m also extremely optimistic about the future.
I haven’t heard exactly what Brandon Marshall said yet, but I know it kind of created a little backlash from Denver and Broncos fans in general. I dealt with it a little bit on my radio show last night, and from what I’ve heard, he was voicing his opinion and kind of just asking for the support of the fans. I think it kind of got misconstrued, and with the emotions involved right after a game, sometimes it’s hard to articulate exactly how you feel. But I know Brandon and everyone in this locker room really appreciate our fans and love having them there. We also appreciate the support that they provide for us in the good times and the bad, because we will turn it around and we are going to be better. We look forward to having all the fans cheering at our games till the very end and not booing or leaving early. It’s our responsibility to give you a product that you can appreciate as much as it is the fans’ responsibility to stay behind their team.
One thing I’m looking forward to this week, and I look forward to it every week, is Tuesdays at the Boys and Girls Club. The last couple weeks I’ve been going on Tuesdays and Fridays, which is great just to be around the kids. One of the not-so-great things about going down there is that the kids are blunt. I’m sure anybody who has been around kids for an extended period of time knows that they say exactly how they feel and exactly what’s on their mind, and don’t hold anything back. So I’m ready to handle all the questions like, “Why did you lose?” which has to be the worst question anyone’s ever asked. Well, maybe not the worst, because you always tell kids that there’s no such thing as a bad question. But it’s one of the most difficult questions to answer. There’s really no answer, other than, “They beat us.” Then it’s, “Why did you let them beat you?” Those type of questions are always tough to deal with. And then you always get the point, “Hey, you guys lost this weekend!” as if I wasn’t there.
But I really enjoy being around the kids. It’s great, they don’t hide anything and everything is in the open when you’re dealing with kids, which is one of the great things about going down there. They let you know exactly what they see. There’s no other agendas, and they’ll humble you in a second as soon as you start winning and feeling too good about yourself. Kids will bring you back down to earth in sometimes the harshest way possible. But I really enjoy going down there and answering the questions. I honestly try to use that as a way to teach how to deal with a loss. A lot of these kids participate in sports, and even if they don’t participate in sports, they’re going to have some type of setback in life at some point, so that’s what I use to motivate myself in how to handle it, is that they’re watching me and they want to see how I handle it when somebody confronts me. The teenage boys who play high school football, every week that we lose they come in and say, “Oh, I could have done this, I could have done that. You need to let me play. I need to come practice with you guys.” So I try to handle it as gracefully as possible and hopefully they learn from my example.
I think Brian Clark said he’s coming again, which would be his second trip to the writing class. They really love him. He had a hit poem last time about chicken. We ended it with his poem, he was the last to share, which was funny because all the kids are really talented and wrote some really deep, profound poems. Then Brian closed out with a poem about how he loves chicken. It was pretty funny, and the kids have been asking for him to come back ever since, so I’m looking forward to having him there tonight.
Congratulations to the Rockies again. Keep up the good work. The Broncos are behind you 100 percent.