The Denver Broncos play the New York Jets on Sunday, and coach Vance Joseph wants the fans to know exactly what they’re going to get. He recently made a guarantee on KOA News Radio.
“We understand [the fans’] frustration because we feel the same way,” Joseph said, per Denver Broncos Exec. Vice President of Public and Community Relations Patrick Smyth. “I can guarantee you one thing: Our guys will play hard on Sunday for the fans and the city.”
It’s been an ugly year. Before the season, it was assumed that the Jets were tanking for the No. 1 overall pick and that this would be an easy win for the Broncos on the way to the playoffs. Now the Jets are 5-7 and look fully capable of beating Denver. They just beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-38, and the Chiefs are leading the AFC West and already beat the Broncos once.
Denver has not won since the bye week. The Broncos last victory was on Oct. 1. They went into the bye at 3-1 and have now dropped eight in a row. Plus, the recent losses have often been blowouts. 51-23 to the Philadelphia Eagles. 41-16 to the New England Patriots. Even the Miami Dolphins, who are last in the AFC East, blew them out 35-9 a week ago.
In short, it’s clear from the play on the field that the Broncos have given up. Once the NFL’s gold standard on defense, they’d probably get carved up pretty well by the winless Cleveland Browns. Joseph is trying to push back and keep fans interested, but it’s one thing to say it and quite another to actually do it.