Having won five games in a row, and six of their last seven, the Denver Broncos have garnered increased attention from around the nation as they turned their 1-4 start into a 7-5 record.
But despite the additional intensity from outside sources, the team hasn’t let it become a distraction.
“For me, (I want) to consistently be motivated and come out here and work extremely hard and not worry about everything else on the outside — whatever good or bad is said,” quarterback Tim Tebow said. “Just let that be on the outside and focus on things I can control and come in here being a great teammate, work as hard as I can and try to get a little bit better.”
While Tebow himself has been the focus of much coverage, the team’s last-to-first turnaround has also been a big talking point. However, even tied atop the AFC West, the players are staying grounded.
“We still have the same mentality,” linebacker Von Miller said. “Still taking it one day, one play at a time. That’s the mentality we had six weeks ago and that’s the same feeling we have today.”
But while the wins in November helped propel the Broncos into the AFC West race, Head Coach John Fox has made it clear to the players that it’s what they do in December that counts.
“The way we’re playing right now, we got to keep it up,” defensive end Jason Hunter said. “We can’t afford to start patting ourselves on the back. We’ve got to continue to grind, grind, grind and at the end of this four-game stretch, we’ll see where we are.”
The Broncos have the advantage of playing three of their last four games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Their recent success has come mostly on the road — where they’ve also won five straight games — and they are looking to their fans to help make the last quarter of the season memorable.
“We’ve been trying to display this road warrior thing. But it’s good to come back home,” defensive end Elvis Dumervil said. “Last time we played here it was really rocking. So we’re looking forward to the fans to make sure it’s really rocking.”
Below are some photos from Wednesday’s practice.