Since being blown out in the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos have said all the right things and paid respect to the Seattle Seahawks. Those days are apparently over.
Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson told Paul Klee of the Colorado Springs Gazette, “_____ Seattle.” You can read the entire article here: Fed up with Seahawks smack, Broncos fire back. Who wins? With two rematches on schedule, we all do. Column: http://bit.ly/1nUf7aH
As a Broncos fan, I’m not sure how to react to this. My initial reaction was to cringe at the comments. The Seahawks have earned the right to talk smack and boast a little bit. The Broncos, has hard as it is, really need to keep quiet until they are able to do something about it on the field.
That’s not to say I enjoy listening to all the talk coming from the northwest because I don’t, it makes me sick but they’ve earned it.
On the other hand, there’s a part of me that says it’s about time someone said something. There’s a fine line between basking and gloating, and some of the Seahawks have blown right past that line.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said that the Broncos were “scared” of the Seahawks, just stop. Again, they won 43-8 and deserve all the credit in the world but the Broncos weren’t scared. They just got beat by a better team.
It’s just a guess, but I’ll bet you it’s those kinds of comments that players like Vickerson and Terrance Knighton have grown tired of. It’s one thing to say we beat you and we’re the best team in football, it’s another to call an opponent scared. This is the National Football League; no one is scared to play another team.
I also like the attitude displayed by Vickerson, it’s a we aren’t taking anything from anybody mentality and the Broncos have been missing that in recent years.
The knock on the Broncos last season was that they were too soft and got pushed around in their four losses. If you believe that, then you should love the attitude coming out of Dove Valley.
The Seahawks were talking long before they won anything and then backed it up on the field. I’ve spent the entire offseason talking about how the Broncos needed to be tougher on both sides of the ball, and I think they’ve done that.
I may not like that Vickerson went public like he did but I do like the attitude. It also goes beyond words; the Broncos have made major upgrades in their defensive line and secondary. Their top four defensive tackles are big and quick. Their secondary is more physical and can cover. It has to show up on the field but going into the season, but it appears like they have accomplished their goal of getting more physical.
In the end, I wish Vickerson hadn’t said a thing but it’s also not that big of a deal. The Seahawks are not until the third game of the season (No I don’t count a preseason game, especially the first one) and my focus will be on them during that week.
For now, my focus is on week one and the Indianapolis Colts and only the Colts.