In Tuesday’s episode of Elway Access, hosted by Broncos TV’s Chris Hall, Elway said that Williams “has been working out hard” during the suspension, but it’s still important to ease him back into the game.
“You can only get in football shape by playing football,” Elway said. “That’s why it’s important to work him in there slowly. This time of year, those linebackers take a lot of hits. He is going to be able to give those guys some time and some rest and not take that beating that they take. But we have to work him in there. We can’t give him too many reps. We’ll slowly work him in there and we’ll see how he fits.”
Elway also spoke on another Broncos linebacker during the 30-minute podcast. After a stellar performance against Carolina, linebacker Von Miller garnered praise from the boss.
“I’m not sure one guy can block Von Miller,” Elway said. “I think it takes two guys because he is that athletically gifted and has such a great feel to get there. He is powerful and fast, and I’m just thrilled he’s on our team.”
Elway continued to praise the performance of the defense and special teams as he reflected on last week’s 36-14 victory at Carolina.
Offensively, while the unit has come a long way since the start of the season, he looks for more consistency.
“We go back to how good the defense has been on third down, but offensively it’s important for us to get better,” Elway said. “We were three-for-13 on third downs last week, so that’s always a big indicator offensively of how you’re doing — if you continue to keep the offense on the field and you put first downs together. It wasn’t what we wanted, but we got a win. It’s always about the consistency on the offensive side.”
Addressing the upcoming game against the Chargers, Elway cited a couple different aspects that make Sunday’s matchup particularly critical. Most importantly, the Broncos have an opportunity to increase their divisional lead to three games and also snag the tie-breaker against San Diego.
He also pointed out San Diego’s recent string of success in Denver. On Sunday, the Broncos will look to end a streak of three consecutive home losses to the Chargers.
“They don’t mind playing here,” Elway said. “We have to change that this week.”