Denver has given up 92 points in the last two games and now sits at 3-6.
DENVER – Denver Broncos players didn’t hide their frustration Sunday night after a 41-16 loss to the Patriots, their fifth-consecutive loss.
“It’s embarrassing. I’m tired of being embarrassed,” defensive end Derek Wolfe told reporters.
The Broncos have surrendered 92 points in the past two games and now, at 3-6, find themselves not just fighting for a playoff spot, but also to save their season. Denver has not lost five straight games since 2010. Only one current Broncos, receiver Demaryius Thomas, was on that team.
“We have a good football team in us, but what we put out there is a bad football team, and what we put out there last week was a bad football team,” linebacker Von Miller said.
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Defensive players like Miller and Wolfe were the most vocal about their disappointment – in part because they so recently were among the best defenses in the NFL and no longer are, thanks to the repeated breakdowns over the past two weeks.
The Broncos have repeated the same mistakes in their continued struggles to cover opposing tight ends, the offense is still committing turnovers (though just one against the Patriots on a fourth-quarter interception by Brock Osweiler), and numerous special teams failures. The Broncos muffed a punt, allowed a kickoff return touchdown and had punt blocked against New England.
“We used to be a championship team and now we stink,” Wolfe said. “No one respects us.”
Miller defended first-year head coach Vance Joseph and his staff, saying the onus to improve is on players.
“It’s a tough deal that we’ve been dealt and it’s a tough situation, but it’s not just coaching,” Miller said. “I know how the media and everything is, but it’s not that. We just have to find a way to win games.”
Joseph has already made one major move this season in benching quarterback Trevor Siemian and replacing him with Osweiler. Joseph on Sunday night would not commit to Osweiler as the team’s quarterback for next week’s game against the Bengals.
Other positions that could change include punt returner after rookie Isaiah McKenzie’s first-quarter fumble. He has fumbled five times this year, and lost two fumbles in the Broncos’ last three games.
“Looking forward, if he can’t do the job, we have to change it,” Joseph said.
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