One of Head Coach John Fox’s favorite sayings is that the NFL is only fun when you’re winning.
For the past 10 games, the Broncos have done exclusively that. And have been having plenty of fun in the process.
“We’ve got a lot of good guys and it’s just fun to come to work every day when it’s like that,” wideout Brandon Stokley said. “Everybody just works harder and just loves being in the building. I think everybody will say that it’s been a lot of fun.”
The 14th-year veteran added that it’s important to have that loose and relaxed feeling in the locker room because it fuels the hard work and helps the team jell.
Wide receiver Eric Decker said the “camaraderie level” is one of the most improved parts of the Broncos team from prior years to 2012.
“The guys are having so much fun,” Decker said. “And we trust each other and that goes a long way when you’re on the football field and you’re in the heat of battle and trying to win the game in the fourth quarter.”
The trust that Decker speaks of has been displayed on the field. When one of the units on the team has struggled, the other group has been there to pick up the slack.
“There are some stretches where an offense or defense gets in a little slump and things aren’t going right,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “The other side of the ball has to be able to pick them up. We have done that for the most part, pretty consistently. We haven’t had many stretches where both of us have kind of gone cold at the same time.”
It all goes back to the chemistry in the locker room and on the field. The players have worked hard and had fun while doing it, and that combination has produced wins. Those, too, are fun.
“I know the offense gets excited when we see (linebacker) Von (Miller) or (defensive end) Elvis (Dumervil) get a sack or (cornerback) Champ (Bailey) get a turnover,” Manning said. “I know those are the first guys to greet us on the sidelines after we have a long touchdown drive or a big play to Decker or (running back) Knowshon Moreno pops a long run. To me, that’s the key to being a team.”