Julius Thomas: 'Can’t get down' when people criticize; 'We believe in each other'
Friday, November 21, 2014 11:30am
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By Johnny Hart
The word of the week in Denver, at least regarding the Broncos, has been “panic.”
Certainly, the club has reiterated this week that there is no sense of “panic” within the walls at Dove Valley, rather a sense of urgency to improve after Sunday’s shellacking at the hands of the St. Louis Rams.
On the outside, however, there have certainly been harsh criticisms of the Broncos offensive output of late –– specifically focused on the offensive line.
Ealier this week, our ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth used the phrases “… fire them all and start over,” “… I just want to throw up,” and “… They can’t block their way out of a wet paper sack” in reference to the big men of the Denver offense.
But Thursday, tight end Julius Thomas, in The Locker Room with Nate Kreckman for his weekly radio show, said the players “believe in each other,” and that they couldn’t afford to allow outside criticism to determine how they play.
“I think as any athlete, any member of a team, you’ve got to understand that there’s always going to be noise on the outside. There’s always going to be opinions, feelings, or whatever someone wants to express about how you do your job,” Thomas said.
“But we like to talk about what’s important to us. You can get over excited about people patting us on the back, and you also can’t get down on yourself when people have criticisms of you.”
Thomas said it’s imperative for he and his teammates to focus on doing his job, and that the key in the blocking game is to remain consistent.
“We’ve had great blocking games this year. So we just have to be consistent. And a lot of it comes down to so many little things,” Thomas said. “I mean, everybody looks and says, ‘Oh. Panic.’ But when you watch film, and you know it, and you’re sitting in those meetings, you see it’s just the little things and we’re close.
“We all got to do a better job to protect Peyton (Manning), get the run game going. And that’s something that we’re focused on and we’re dedicated to do it.”