ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In an already disappointing season from high to backside for the Denver Broncos, coach Vance Joseph and cornerback Bradley Roby every responded Wednesday to feedback made by ESPN analyst Jason Witten in the course of the broadcast of Monday evening’s 27-14 loss on the Oakland Raiders.
Witten had stated Roby ought to have been pulled from the sport within the closing minutes as a result of “you by no means stop within the NFL.” ESPN’s Booger McFarland had added, “That is embarrassing.”
Broncos rookie RB Phillip Lindsay is probably going to be positioned on injured reserve with a wrist damage that can require surgical procedure and three to 4 months of restoration time, the workforce introduced.
With 2 minutes, 12 seconds remaining within the sport, Raiders operating again Doug Martin went by way of the center of the Broncos’ protection for a 12-yard acquire earlier than he was tackled by defensive lineman Shelby Harris. After the two-minute warning, when the printed resumed following a business break, Witten used the Telestrator to circle the Broncos’ proper cornerback on a replay and illustrate how Roby had stopped transferring earlier than Martin had been tackled.
“That final run there … keep watch over Roby,” Witten stated. “It is a operating play, watch this effort; the ball hits inside, he simply stops, the play continues to be going, it can’t occur. Vance Joseph, I might pull him out since you by no means stop within the NFL.”
“That is embarrassing,” McFarland added. “He is a younger man who’s had points.”
After Wednesday’s observe, Joseph was requested about Witten’s feedback.
“I did not see that,” Joseph stated. “Our workforce has maxed out each sport we have performed; we have not won sufficient video games, clearly, however how we play, how exhausting we play, it is no subject.
“I really like our ex-players; I really like they’re concerned with the sport. However all of them neglect, we might discover loads of tape with all of the ex-players doing media they’ve had points … I’ve not questioned our guys [about their effort].”
Roby, who will likely be an unrestricted free agent in March, stated he did make a mistake in considering the play in query was over, however he took umbrage to being labeled a quitter on nationwide tv.
“I used to be like, wow, I am unable to imagine he went out of his means to do all that,” Roby stated. “It is unlucky. I felt like he was reaching to say that as a result of it was the tip of the sport. For him to characterize me as a quitter, quitting on my workforce, I really feel like that is probably the most disrespectful factor you may say in a workforce sport.
“For him to say that on one play — it was actually a mistake, I believed the play was over, I used to be improper. However for him to say that, it simply made me mad. There are children I am going see on the youngsters’s hospital who’ve most cancers, who’re paralyzed, and I inform them do not stop … The sport was over … I simply felt prefer it was sort of pointless. On the play, it did appear to be I finished, so I perceive the place he is coming from, nevertheless it was pointless.”
Roby performed Monday’s sport with a number of stitches in his mouth for an damage he suffered the week earlier than in opposition to the Cleveland Browns.
Roby additionally stated he believed a few of the criticism from Witten stems from a 42-17 Broncos victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 final season, when Witten was nonetheless taking part in tight finish for the Cowboys.
Witten had 10 receptions for 97 yards and a landing in that sport.
“I feel he is likely to be mad I talked a little bit trash to him after they got here up right here and performed final yr; perhaps he remembers me from that,” Roby stated of Witten. “I do not know. I sacrifice a lot. I nonetheless have stitches in my mouth from the week earlier than once I had a gap in my face, and I nonetheless stored taking part in.
“I feel it is simply one thing he has to be taught; it is his first yr, I imagine, commentating. He nonetheless has to be taught the ability that he had, the notion. I actually wasn’t going to say something about it, however I simply know folks pay attention, folks imagine stuff like that. I simply assume he had to choose and select — he has to have extra proof earlier than you characterize someone like that.”
“I do not fault him; I am not mad about it. I simply need to defend myself,” Roby added. “As a result of I do not need folks considering a sure means about me as a result of I made a mistake.”