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Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas says team beat itself in Super Bowl XLVIII loss

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas says team beat itself in Super Bowl XLVIII lossJulius Thomas was held to four catches for 27 yards in the 43-8 Super Bowl loss to Seattle. (John W. McDonough/SI)

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas isn't exactly known to be a 'talker,' per say, but his recent comments are sure to stir the pot -- especially in the greater Northwest.

Thomas, speaking to the Denver Post, suggested that it wasn't the Seattle Seahawks' vaulted defense that beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, but rather the Broncos themselves.

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Citing poor execution, Thomas believes the Broncos undoing was their own fault.

"I think a lot of talk has been made about how physical a defense is, and I know that can have an effect on the offense," Thomas said Wednesday, per Mike Klis of The Denver Post. "But I don't think that their defense is so much more physical than some defenses we've played."

Said Thomas: "I think more so [the loss was about] was what we didn't do, the things we left out there -- than them being physical."

While the young tight end may have a point in regards to the Broncos lack of execution, this is a team that spent the vast majority of the regular season shredding its opponents. So while the Broncos may have picked a poor time to have an off game, suggesting the Seahawks had little to do with it seems to be a bit of sour grapes.

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