Broncos DL Derek Wolfe: 'Getting Embarrassed Like That Breaks Your Heart'

Chad Jensen

For some of the defensive holdovers in the Denver Broncos locker room, the last two and a half years have been brutal. These are players who've been to the top of the mountain, holdovers from Super Bowl 50. 

They've had to carry the Broncos through multiple years of offensive ineptitude and a quarterback musical chairs. Across the board, these players on both sides of the ball put in the work, invest the time and when it doesn't translate to wins, it's tough. 

It's even more sobering for guys like Derek Wolfe when he and his team get shellacked at home by the Division-rival Kansas City Chiefs to the tune of 30-6. 

"Our days are long, our practices are long, we put in so much work and to go out there and get embarrassed like that. Man, it breaks your heart," Wolfe said Monday via Denver7's Troy Renck.

Undoubtedly. The players are at a loss for words. In the wake of the depredations of the last couple of years, what more can be said?

Usually, when a team reaches this point, there's nothing left to do but fire everyone and start over. But with the unique ownership situation the Broncos are in, that's unlikely to happen. All fans, and players seemingly, can do is bear down and expect more of the same. 

After all, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. As the quarterback goes, so goes the team. Joe Flacco, in his current state, is a 2-5 starting quarterback. So long as he remains the starter, the Broncos can expect more of the same. 

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Derek Wolfe was a part of four AFC West Champion teams and contributed to one World Championship. He's had a good run since arriving as a Broncos second-round draft pick back in 2012, despite the recent past. 

Wolfe has had to come to terms with seeing brothers in arms get old and retire, get injured and in some cases, get shipped off to other teams. With the October 29 trade deadline rapidly approaching, rumors have been swirling around the Broncos and speculation has run rampant. Wolfe couldn't care less. 

"That's the thing, I try not to get too caught up on the stuff going on upstairs and whatever is going on in the locker room, I try not to get too caught up in that either. I just try to do my job every day," Wolfe said via Renck. 

As someone who's covered this team for as long as Wolfe has been a Bronco, my heart goes out to him. Wolfe works his tail off and sets the tone for his teammates. 

I also feel for Broncos Country. I wish I could tell you things were looking up. But it'll have to get worse before it gets better. 

The best hope this team has is for Drew Lock to be named the starter coming out of their Week 10 bye. Lock is unlikely to alter the ultimate destiny of this team's 2019 season, beginning his career as a starter in Week 11 but getting him live-bullet experience and allowing him to develop on the field of play, with OC Rich Scangarello, is the best hope for this team to experience a turnaround next year. 

What does that mean for vets like Derek Wolfe, who's in a contract year? Needless to say, the implications are grim. 

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Comments (1)
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Joe Flacco is not the problem and quit dumping on him, if you are going to blame anyone it is John Elway, he is the guy that drafted all the present players. As usual he drafted a very weak and inept O Line that does not protect Flacco. I will not judge his performance until you get an O line that allows him time to pass. How do you think he feels, John Elway probably promised him the moon like he does every quarter back that is a veteran. Joe Flacco probably thought wow this will be a great gig a Hall of Fame QB as GM little did Joe know what he was in store for. I don't and will never blame Flacco and all of you cannot put it on him now, you know for a fact that corporate and the foe is Elway he has built the last teams inadequately after landing Peyton Manning and his run. Why did Elway not go out and invest in receivers and O line Line backers for Flacco like he did Peyton? Why did he draft another QB who dropped from the top of the draft down instead of getting a linebacker, left guard people of quality who could play those positions now and shore up the O line, no instead he drafts a QB after telling Flacco you are it our starter and then extend his contract to next year. Really John then you draft a QB? Think about it John Elway wastes draft picks and I got news for you it ain't going to get any better and it is unfair to blame Flacco. I am a Bronco Country Fan for life and I am not drinking the Elway Koolaide it is time for him to go or ask for help from Mike Shannahan and Peyton Manning to fix this mess. He created it he alone the last four years and now he needs to fix it hold him accountable for his bad choices of players for our team. Think about it Denver John Elway has managed to ruin a Super Bowl winning team in just three years. That is a poor record and it is obvious why we are losing no talent, and he wants to trade the veterans give me a break. I may be a life long fan of the Denver Broncos but I am not stupid!