Biting words from executive vice president of football operations and general manager Denver Broncos John Elway on the state of the team, and more importantly, may signal the fate of first-year head coach Vance Joseph.
“I will tell you, I think we got a little bit soft,” Elway said, per Mike Klis of 9news.com. “To be dead honest with you, we got a little bit soft. We went 4-0 in the preseason, we started 3-1 we get a bye week and if you exhale in this league? You’re in trouble.
“And you know what, to be dead honest with you, I think we exhaled, and it’s hard to recover from that. It will be a lesson that hopefully we all learned and can prevent it from happening in the future.”
On getting blown out, not just losing tough games:
“You’re going to lose football games in this league, but the way it’s gone about it, not being competitive is probably the thing that concerns me the most,” Elway said. “I think we have it on our football team. We’ve got to learn to be able to battle through those. Obviously, they’ve come in clumps and we haven’t been able to overcome it. But until we do overcome that, you know, it’s going to tough to win football games.”