The Denver Broncos have four more chances to prove their words still mean something. Their O/U trends are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing record and in their last 6 Week 14 games, 5-11 in their last 16 December games, and 9-4 in their last 13 games after allowing more than 30 points in the previous game.
Players such as Demaryius Thomas, Von Miller and C.J. Anderson say the Broncos haven't surrendered. "We want to push forward, keep working, keep studying, keep pushing details".
"It's been great; we talked for an hour [Monday] morning", Joseph said.
The move back to Trevor Siemian at quarterback didn't help the Broncos one bit in last week's 35-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins. But these are no ordinary times and the Broncos are fighting themselves these day as much as anything else - "we can't seem to do the things we need to do and know how to do", is how Thomas put it. NY ranks in the bottom-half of the league in both points per game and points allowed per game but has notable wins over the Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills this season.
Especially when they trail in games, which has been often over the last two months. The Broncos aren't going to make the playoffs, but they could at least finish the season strong and give some younger players the opportunity to showcase their talents. "It's the pros. I'm not even anxious about guys giving up or anything like that".
General Manager John Elway of the Denver Broncos looks on after their win over the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. We got a family to feed.
On Monday, Joseph said he continues to meet with Elway daily to discuss a variety of issues, including personnel. And I think the whole point of that was for our guys to understand we have to play 60 minutes every week and you have to play that game like it's 0-0 for 60 minutes.