A 7-3 loss to the Chiefs wasn’t the way Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway preferred to enter the playoffs, but the organization’s goal of winning the AFC West was accomplished.
“I am a little disappointed in how we played last week,” Elway said during his weekly live-streamed show ‘Elway Live’ on DenverBroncos.com. “But the first goal we set was to win the AFC West. We did that.”
Now the Broncos are getting ready for postseason play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in the Wild Card round.
“It’s a great experience for everybody,” Elway said. “It’s nice to be back in (the playoffs) and competing. Everyone’s excited.”
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity,” he added. “This is what you practice and play for the whole year. The excitement level will be there.”
Elway touched on a variety of topics throughout the show and some highlights are listed below.
On playing the Steelers:
“We’re going against a very good defense and a very good football team that’s very tested and has a veteran team that’s played in a lot of playoff games. It’s exciting and at 7:30 tomorrow morning the players will come in here ready to go.”
On the Denver passing game:
“Obviously we have to do a better job in the passing game. And that’s not just one guy, it’s the whole offense and it’s also the play calling. Everything is involved and we’re going to the best we can to turn it around. Hopefully we can get it turned around quickly this week.”
On how to bounce back:
“You put your nose back to the grindstone and do the best you can. Work together as a team – that’s the biggest thing, all 11 guys going in the same direction, all 11 guys doing their jobs. … We have to get everybody on the same page, and if we can do that we can have success.”
On Chris Kuper’s injury:
“It’s always difficult to lose a guy like Chris Kuper – he’s the leader of that group and has really played well this year. I don’t know that you can really replace him, but Russ Hochstein gets as close as we can because he is a veteran, he’s been a coach within that group. He knows everybody real well and came in and played well last week.”
On the team’s turnaround in Head Coach John Fox’s first season:
“John has done a tremendous job — to be able to put in a new defense like (Defensive Coordinator) Dennis Allen did and to get through a slow start and win the West … The players have played hard week in and week out and down in and down out –- that’s been the most encouraging. It’s a direct credit to John Fox.”
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