Posted Tue Sep 1st by Monty
It’s clear after listening to Jeb Putzier‘s interview with Scott & Al on FM 104.3 The Fan Tuesday afternoon that the veteran journeyman is disillusioned with the Denver Broncos, and the NFL in general. Released along with three other players this afternoon, it must have been difficult for Putzier to keep his composure and not reek of sour grapes, and for the most part he succeeded. But when asked about the state of the team, the picture he painted was none-too-pretty.
Saying that overall he was appreciative and didn’t want to burn any bridges, Putzier dropped this nugget midway through the ten-minute spot:
“It’s not the same 13-3 team I was on three years ago when we went to the AFC Championship Game, I can tell you that much. It’s going to take a lot to turn around this organization from where it was at, and it needs to start in that locker room. It has a long way to go.”
No one is confusing this team for the Broncos that were a game away from the Super Bowl in 2005, but Putzier’s candor was revealing. And worrisome.
Putzier also voiced his frustration about being cut. He didn’t name names (ahem Brandon Marshall ahem), but he compared his work ethic to others on the team, lamenting the fact that his professionalism wasn’t rewarded.
“You put in a lot of work and a lot of hours. You sacrifice a lot of time from your family. Anyone who knows me understands how much of a professional I am at this, and how I take this wholeheartedly compared to a lot of guys. Every practice, every meeting, how I eat, how I sleep, things like that, where you can’t say that about everyone. So from that standpoint it’s a little frustrating.”
Is some of it sour grapes? Sure, absolutely. He just got released, and he’s only human. But saying it’s still “going to take a lot” and that the team has “a long way to go” is far from a vote of confidence in a team that he admits might be calling him right back if they suffer an injury at tight end. Maybe he should have been more careful not to burn those bridges.
Audio below courtesy FM 104.3 The Fan