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Frustrated? Angry? Like the followers, Broncos players feel it too. – The Denver Post

November 28, 2010. The Broncos hosted the St. Louis Rams and lost, 36-33, dropping their record to 3-8 during a  season riddled with embarrassment. None was more glaring than the videotaping scandal that resulted in $50,000 fines for the team and their head coach, Josh McDaniels.

The Broncos had a paid attendance of 72,736, but there were thousands of empty seats. It was the lowest turnout in the stadium’s then-decade of existence, and was the last time McDaniels would serve as the team’s coach in Denver. The Broncos scored 20 fourth-quarter points and moved within three points of forcing overtime, but by then the stadium was nearly empty. The feeling was lost.

Kinda like it is now.

This Sunday, when the Broncos host the Jets in a game that counts little toward their season, there’s a chance Sports Authority Field will have have huge swaths of empty seats belonging to disappointed fans.

The Broncos wouldn’t be surprised. They hear the critics and complaints. They feel the frustration, too.

“Our goal is to play well for our fans and I can promise our fans one thing, they will play hard for them on Sunday,” coach Vance Joseph said. “Being home is always a good thing. We’re looking forward again to having a clean slate and to win a football game at home in front of our fans. But we do get the frustrations because we have them also.”

For running back C.J. Anderson and others in the locker room, it’s more than that.

“We all are sick and tired of losing,” he said. “I don’t know if y’all understand how much losing bothers people because y’all are not in it. You don’t feel it. It’s like going to your job everyday and it sucks. It just sucks. You’re talking to other players around the league and you’re seeing fun celebrations that you never got a chance to do. It just sucks.”

Linebacker Von Miller has said he’s never had a season like this, where a team with three first-team all-pro selections on defense has dropped eight consecutive games. The Broncos haven’t just lost; they’ve been pummeled, losing by an average of nearly 17 points during their streak.

Miller has personally turned in another prolific season, especially considering the double-teams and chip blocks he’s faced. But he’s also made an effort to remain consistent off the field.

“I can control my attitude and my energy,” he said. “You can come up here every day and say positive things, but you just really have to have that energy about you. That’s what I really try to focus on, no matter what the score is, who we’ve played last week or who we’re facing this week. I just try to be consistent.”

But not even he is oblivious to the jeers from fans and the critics who hound him daily on social media.

““I get it every day on Twitter and on my Instagram in my DMs. I get it every day,” he said. “… I do check all my messages. I might not respond, but I see everything. I feel like that’s the least I can do. Somebody is writing me a message — some messages don’t mean anything, but sometimes you get a message that you can’t help but to take in and to take it to heart.”

It’s been a while since the Broncos reached a low this low. But as frustrated as the fans may be, the players feel it more.


Player spotlight, numbers to know for Broncos-Jets

Connor McGovern, G, Broncos

The skinny: McGovern got his first NFL start last Sunday as veteran right guard Ron Leary nursed a back injury, and he more than held his own against Miami’s stout front line.

The background: McGovern expected to get a larger role coming into his second NFL season. The scheme change to more power blocking was better suited to his strengths and, in his short time in the NFL, he has proven to be one of the team’s most versatile linemen.

Jeff Davidson’s take: “It’s rare to find guys that first off are able to fill the role at different spots, are able to understand what to do at different spots,” Davidson, the Broncos’ offensive line coach, said earlier this season. “It is a difficult thing to understand and he’s a guy who’s taken it all in, he’s done everything the way that we’ve asked.”

Vance Joseph’s take: “I’ll tell you what, he battled and that’s a tough guy to play against your first start with (Dolphins DT Ndamukong) Suh,” the Broncos’ head coach said. “The first couple of series he kind of felt his way through it, but as the game went on he got more comfortable and he battled Suh. He gritted out versus an all-pro player.  I was proud of ‘Mac’ and how he played against Suh.”


Numbers to Know

15: Pass-breakups this season by cornerback Bradley Roby, who is tied for third in the NFL.

4.7: Average yards per play by the Broncos, which ranks 29th in the league.

5: Touchdown passes allowed by Jets’ Buster Skrine this season, tied for fourth-most among all cornerbacks, per Pro Football Focus.

25.4: Average field position of the Broncos, the second-worst in the league.

1: Sack needed by Von Miller to become the first player in Broncos history with six 10-sack seasons.

58: Receiving yards needed by Demaryius Thomas to pass Shannon Sharpe (8,439) for second place on the franchise’s all-time list.

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