Posted Wed Nov 25th by Monty
Around this time last year, the Denver Broncos were in a three-game slump after a fast start to the season. They held a players-only meeting, and those 4-4 Broncos rolled off two straight wins and four of their next five to take a three-game lead in the AFC West.
Whatever works, right?
“We talked,” safety Brian Dawkins told reporters Tuesday. After a four-game skid knocked the Broncos out of first place in the AFC West, and with another tough opponent on the near horizon in the New York Giants Thursday, Dawkins called a players-only meeting Tuesday.
“What we do as a team, we keep that stuff to ourselves,” Dawkins told the Denver Post. “But if we’re winning and we have that same argument on the sidelines, does anybody report that? If they do, they say it’s our passion. But because we lost that game, and guys were a little emotional, then it’s a bad thing.
“I don’t buy into that. That’s not who we are, who we’ve been throughout this year. I don’t worry about that. Those are things that happen on the sideline. That is passion.”
“We are on the same page,” tight end Daniel Graham said. [ESPN] “There were a lot of emotions out there. No one likes losing. Frustrations came out a little bit. This team will stick together. We are going to fight through this together.”
But talk is cheap, and as Champ Bailey told Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette, actions speak louder than words.
“What’s going to encourage me more is if we play better,” Bailey said. “It’s not really what people say, it’s what they do.”
The Broncos have a short week to put their meeting to the test, and their words into action. Hopefully Dawkins’ words were inspiring. Their actions of late haven’t been.