DENVER — John Elway says that in spite of Denver’s 1-four get started, none of his veteran players are on the trading block and the common manager remains committed to seeing his beloved Broncos out of their prolonged plummet.
The Broncos have won just 18 of their previous 50 games and have not been to the playoffs considering that winning Super Bowl 50 in Peyton Manning’s final NFL game more than 3 years ago.
A different slow get started, this time beneath but a different new coach in Vic Fangio and but a different quarterback in Joe Flacco, has led to speculation the Broncos will shop veterans Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Harris Jr., Derek Wolfe and even scuffling superstar Von Miller ahead of the Oct. 29 trade deadline.
“You guys bring all these names up. I have not brought any names up,” Elway stated Friday to reporters at an occasion outdoors Denver’s stadium honoring Hall of Fame inductees Champ Bailey and Pat Bowlen, along with some of the team’s all-time best 100 players, which integrated Elway and Manning.
“We’re attempting to win football games,” Elway stated. “So, no a single from our side is on the trading block. We’re going to attempt to continue to win football games.”
Elway stated he’s frustrated that it has taken so extended to turn about Denver’s dive and reiterated a point he created this summer season to The Linked Press that his job is not enjoyable ideal now — but he stressed he has no plans to stroll away prior to fixing the group he led to two Super Bowl titles as a Hall of Fame quarterback and a different as a front-workplace executive.
“I believe the hardest issue about losing is you get in a scenario to exactly where some thing undesirable takes place in a game and you say, ‘Here we go once again,’ and that is a pretty hard issue to break,” Elway stated. “That is what we’ve got to get out of. I believe it really is hurt us a couple of occasions. But we went out and got a single final week, and so we’ve got to continue to remain good with it and function our way via it.”
The Broncos, who host Tennessee (two-three) on Sunday, lost their initial 4 games beneath Fangio, like two property games on final-second field ambitions, prior to snapping an eight-game all round skid with a 20-13 road win more than the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Elway stated he’s committed to staying on and fulfilling his contract he’s about halfway via a 5-year extension signed in July 2017.
“Yeah, I never like to shed,” Elway stated. “You know, it really is not enjoyable. But all we can do is continue to function. Not a complete lot we can do now except attempt to play far better.”
Beyond security Kareem Jackson, Elway’s 2018 absolutely free-agent class has been a bust so far. Cornerback Bryce Callahan (foot) and getting operating back Theo Riddick (shoulder) have not played and ideal tackle Ja’Wuan James (knee) has played just 10 snaps.
Callahan’s absence has hurt the most, forcing Fangio to shuffle his secondary. He lately had a different process on his surgically repaired left foot.
“It really is been frustrating for everyone this year, like him,” Elway stated. “We’ll see how the final issue goes and see if he’ll be in a position to get back this year or not. We’re hopeful, but we truly never know.”
Elway stated he likes the way Fangio has handled the hard occasions, saying, “He’s been a pillar,” and he sees Flacco and initial-time offensive coordinator Wealthy Scangarello are “expanding with each other and obtaining a lot more comfy with every single other.”
Elway stated he hasn’t created any choice on which of his sidelined players will come off injured reserve. One particular of these is rookie quarterback Drew Lock, who sprained the throwing thumb on his ideal hand in the preseason and is eligible to return to practice subsequent week.
Also getting an endorsement from Elway was Miller, who has just two sacks so far and lost pass-rush companion Bradley Chubb to a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.
“It really is frustrating for Von — he gets a lot of interest,” Elway stated. “But I believe he’ll maintain operating at it, remain just after it. He’s nevertheless the similar player he normally has been. … But you know, you shed a player like Chubb on the other side, it really is not going to aid Von.”