Is the Denver Broncos’ defense growing tired of the team’s offense not shouldering its share of the load?
It sure sounds like that’s the case, according to NFL.com’s Mike Silver.
Silver reported after the Broncos’ loss to the Patriots on Sunday that Denver’s defensive backs and offensive linemen engaged in “a spirited shouting match” at each other that head coach Gary Kubiak had to break up.
Here’s how it went down, per Silver:
“When the beaten Broncos spilled into the locker room, before the door was opened to reporters and other outsiders, coach Gary Kubiak gathered his players and asked if anyone wanted to address the team. Veteran left tackle Russell Okung, who signed with the Broncos last March, stepped forward to speak, and cornerback Aqib Talib strongly objected. According to several witnesses, that set off a spirited shouting match between the team’s defensive backs and offensive linemen — one which Kubiak had to diffuse before it turned ugly.”
Honestly, an alleged riff like this isn’t that surprising.
Denver has asked so much of its defense dating back to the beginning of 2015. That all-defense, little-offense formula carried the Broncos to a Super Bowl win. But finally, it looks like it’s catching up to the team.
The Broncos need to win their final two games and get external help to make the playoffs. The odds of that happening aren’t very good. When one side is doing so much, and the other so little, frustrations are inevitable.
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