If the Broncos’ locker room is a family, all their internal diseases, all their old wounds, were pulled out into the open on Sunday afternoon. For all to see.
Bradley Chubb vs. Crime. Shelby Harris vs. Joseph Jones. Shelby Harris vs. Melvin Gordon. Shelby Harris vs. Simmons. Shelby Harris vs. Coach Vic Fangio.
“People outside the locker room will react to what they see and hear,” Simmons said after a trembling, opening for Kansas City Chiefs at 43-16 Snow Empowered Field. “But the reality is that when you are a family, you fight. You get frustrated … not above anyone’s feelings. Especially when you are in heat at the moment.”
The biggest, most memorable moments from Week 7 were ugly. And none worse than 3:59, with the Chiefs already 37-16 left in the contest and Denver stopping short on 9-for-3 and -11. Harris was whistled for unlawful conduct and was awarded the first down pulled from the competition as Kansas City. The Broncos defensive end was steaming as he went sideways and was visually upset with Fungio, who returned the sentiment in the form of two jaws.
Both sides later removed the scrap, with Harris tweeting after the contest that: “Obviously the game of football involves too much emotion. Vic and I talked and we are on great teams. Families argue but we make it work later. All we want is to win! ”
Harris was not made available to reporters during the post game zoom call. Fango said that he was very disappointed that we would get an inconsistent penalty there and at the point of the game, where the game was out of hand.
He said, “I don’t want us to be a team that achieves such things late in the game or at any time.” But one game in particular was turned out that way.
In a contest that Fangio had hoped would be a measuring stick for the Broncos’ team riding a two-game win streak, his roster was reduced to Super Bowl Champs in almost every aspect. The second-year Denver coach is now 0–3 against the Chiefs. Harris defeated Conners City in 2015 with no more than nine career awards.
So that the frustration was very real when it boiled. And shared a lot.
“We, as a whole unit, didn’t play well enough on defense,” Fangio said. “We gave up that first-drive touchdown, which was disappointing … (then) they got two non-offensive touchdowns and there were a couple of different and some other types of turnovers … the whole team really made us play. Didn’t play well enough. A chance to win that game. ”
The increase was compared to the fact that Chief Quarterback Patrick Mahomes felt like a comparable non-factor, completing 23 of 15-of-17 passes for just 200 yards and a score on the ground left by Snow in the morning. It was the first time he had started against Denver in six that Kansas City quarterbacks had a game healthy and threw for at least 280 yards.
The Broncos recorded four sacks and took the Mahomes down three times, after which he was sacked only seven times in his first six matches. The Chiefs went 0-for-8 at number three and managed just three offensive touchdowns. They fled regardless of the game.
Which means that this family may need some counseling. And seasoning. On many fronts.
Broncos quarterback Drew Locke said, “Shelby Harris, Bradley Chubb, they have the right to express their opinions without a doubt.” “They have the right to come upstairs and tell us right in the face, ‘You need to take your (exempt).’ And if they would come up and say to me, I would not mind.