It seems as if Denver Broncos Pro Bowl wide receiver, Demaryius Thoas, has come down with a serious case of foot-in-mouth disease. In a recent interview with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Florio asked Thomas about why the Broncos lost to the Indianapolis Colts, at home, in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The team’s performance was odd.
The Broncos came out flat and without intensity. John Fox and company were out-coached and out-schemed. It was the most bizarre performance I’ve witnessed from the Broncos in the Peyton Manning era. Thomas’ response to Florio’s question is one that he’d probably rather have back. Via PFT.
"Guys kind of looked over the Colts," Thomas told Florio. “You had guys always talking about, the night before the game you had them (saying) 'Oh, I don't want to go to New England and play New England. And I think that was one of the big things.”
The Broncos, who defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game last year, afraid to travel to Foxboro, for a shot to advance to the Super Bowl? Ouch. There’s no question that the Broncos have struggled to win at Foxboro over the last four seasons.
Since John Fox took over as head coach of the Broncos in 2011, the team is 1-5 vs. the Patriots, including playoffs, and 0-4 at Foxboro. The Broncos inability to get it done against the NFL’s premier teams is one of the reasons Fox was “mutually” dismissed by John Elway. 0-2 vs. the Seattle Seahawks and 1-2 vs. the Colts (including playoffs).
But in talking with Florio, Thomas didn’t stop there. The foot-in-mouth disease reared it’s ugly head even more spectacularly.
"I feel like some guys, you know," Thomas said, pausing, "didn't have the fight, or whatever it was. You know we were a totally different team than last year. I think we had more talent this year, but it was a little more fight in that team last year."
Thomas needs to stand up and take his own dose of responsibility for the Broncos loss to the Colts. How many balls did he drop? Thomas was just as complicit as any other player who contributed to that embarrassing loss at home in the playoffs.
Moving forward, the Broncos want to keep Thomas in Denver, even if it means applying the franchise tag to him, in order to lock him up and buy the team time to negotiate a long-term deal. However, his sit-down with Florio is one of the most humiliating comments I’ve ever heard from a pro football player.