Broncos talk of generation gap and “entitlement”

  • ‘No,Tight end Virgil Green stood at his locker days after another Broncos loss and leaned his head back with a feeling of, but he knew what was coming — the, ‘What has gone wrong?’ questions, please no’ as a reporter approached him. Begrudgingly, Green agreed to talk, the peppering of inquiries about the offense, the search for answers about the quarterbacks.

    He had been through it time and time again because Green had seen what many hadn’t in that locker room as a seven-year veteran. He’s experienced the highs, the bitter lows,Authentic Tavon Wilson Jersey, the constant turnover and the often callous business off the field.

    And so he was asked for honesty about the team’s future.

    ” he began before pausing to think carefully about his word choice. “Uh,“I think,Authentic Travis Swanson Jersey, it’s a little softer and because of that,womens Nevin Lawson Jersey, things are lot more jovial in times of seriousness. I just think it’s a product of what we’re going to be dealing with in years to come. Because it’s not going to change. … I’m old-school. These new-school cats, it’s this generation. I was born in ‘88. I’m the last of a dying breed,womens Tahir Whitehead Jersey, and I feel the way kids are raised now,womens Glover Quin Jersey, they don’t get it. If they want a job, they’ll get it.”

    As the Broncos’ 5-11 season disintegrated,Authentic Glover Quin Jersey,womens Mike Daniels Jersey, the divide between the mindset of older and younger players seemed to grow. Maybe more than in past years. Maybe not. But everything is magnified in a difficult season.

    It became evident after a scuffle broke out during a November practice between veteran cornerback Chris Harris and rookie receiver Isaiah McKenzie.,Authentic Clay Matthews Jersey,

    an undrafted player who became an all-pro,Harris,Authentic Mike Daniels Jersey, saying only that, was terse after the incident, “I just come to play football, and just respect that. Always respect the vets.”

    Weeks later, Harris said he didn’t believe the current crop of younger players feel the same urgency as he does, and did.

    they’re not as hungry as I was. I hope to see that,“These young guys, that’s what we need. We need some guys that are hungry like I was. I was just very determined,” he said. “I mean, on a whole other level, just to play in this league.”womens Travis Swanson Jersey,”

    It became evident as others tried to be careful with their public comments and opted to speak only on their positional groups.

    “Um. Some I feel like are getting better, they show up to work every day and that’s all I can do, is to make sure I lead those guys because those are the ones behind me,womens Tavon Wilson Jersey, veteran safety Darian Stewart said late in the season about the growth of younger players. “I can’t speak for everybody. I know my young group of safeties, looking at me.”

    Added running back C.J. Anderson: “In my room,Authentic Nevin Lawson Jersey, I’ve got one rookie. … We’re really tight with De’Angelo (Henderson). We try to do things the right way so De’Angelo can see us and follows us. I’m not going to speak to other rookies in other rooms because I’m not around them everyday like I am De’Angelo.”

    By the time the Broncos reached Week 15,Authentic Tahir Whitehead Jerseytackle Garett Bolles, only one drafted rookie,womens Matt Prater Jersey was on the field. The seven others were either inactive or on injured reserve. McKenzie was demoted twice as the team’s starting punt returner. Cornerback Brendan Langley was bumped down in favor of undrafted rookie Marcus Rios. And outside linebacker DeMarcus Walker was inactive for weeks as coaches sought more production from him on special teams.

    as the Broncos’ leadership began to flip the page to 2018 and prepare for an influx of new coaches and,Tuesday,womens Clay Matthews Jersey, new players, eventually, coach Vance Joseph said he believed the team’s veteran players “did a great job of dragging those guys along” last season and that he’ll “do a better job of assigning guys to rookies, pushing guys to spend more time with rookies and define those roles for those rookies so they know what we expect…”,Authentic Matt Prater Jersey

    Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis said that perhaps the three Lombardi Trophies sitting in the team’s locker room, that the myriad slogans plastered on the walls of the training facility, and all those championship banners hanging in the lobby and at the stadium contributed to a notion that “we kind of assume that is the way it’s going to be.”

    In an interview with 104.3 The Fan on Tuesday, defensive end Derek Wolfe was even more blunt.