Having begun the season with two consecutive wins, the Denver Broncos appeared to be in a position where they could be part of the AFC West title race. Since that point Vance Joseph’s team has lost five of six, making Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots a critical one if Denver is to be part of the AFC wild card race.
The defense has worked to hold each other more accountable in recent weeks, with defensive end Shane Ray detailing the conversations that the unit’s had in recent meetings. In an attempt to make sure everyone’s on the same page, the discussions have been direct and to the point. The hope is that those conversations will ultimately lead to improved play on the field.
“We’re basically trying to have the communication on point,” he said. “…We’re all right here to talk about it and that’s been the big emphasis these last couple of weeks because we need to communicate. We all need to be on the same page. Whatever the call is, we all need to run it, we all need to execute it. That’s really where it’s been at.
“It’s a very blunt meeting. If I miss an assignment, I’m getting called out on my assignment in front of my whole team, my defense. If I was supposed to do this and I cost us a big play, that’s seen. So it keeps the truth, it keeps the realness because when you start losing and things start looking bad you get guys that point fingers at everybody.”
Denver’s issues have been on the offensive side of the football more than anything, with the defense being ranked second in the NFL in yards allowed per game (280.8). The Broncos offense is ranked 18th in the NFL in yards per game (327.3), with starting quarterback Trevor Siemian being benched in favor of Brock Osweiler earlier this month.