The Broncos might be coming off of a Super Bowl championship, but in case there was any illusion the players inside that locker room are satisfied with that, Aqib Talib wants you to know that’s not the case.
That’s what the Pro Bowl cornerback said on Tuesday, telling Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post that the Broncos are “definitely still hungry” despite hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of last season. Not that there should’ve been any reason to doubt that. The team might be in the midst of a two-game losing streak, but that was only after winning four straight to open the season.
Desire never really was in question. Yet what is it that does keep a roster of 53 players motivated when most of them made it to the mountain top in 2015? As Talib explains, that comes from John Elway and the job he’s done assembling this squad.
“I guess it’s the guys who (general manager John Elway) put on the team,” Talib said. “He found a whole bunch of people who, you can tell, want more than just tiny success. You want guys that want big-picture success, who want to be a dynasty and stuff like that. I think he put together the right group of guys.”
It’s not at all surprising Elway would want players who are always striving for success, even after a championship year. The Hall of Fame quarterback knows what it takes to win back-to-back Super Bowls, and it only took him all 16 years of his NFL career to accomplish that feat.
Yet there was a certain word that Talib used to really pique interest around the league. One wasn’t enough for Elway, and two probably wouldn’t have been either were he not 38 years old. Now that he has a ring as a general manager too, Elway no doubt has his eyes trained on a dynasty, and Talib thinks the pieces are in place to do it.