John Elway knows what it’s like to lose a Super Bowl all too well. He lost three as a player and now he’s lost one as a front office executive.
Despite the fact that he’s over 50 years of age, Elway is still as competitive as he was when he was a player. The Broncos’ post-season press conference got him really fired up, especially when John Fox was asked about the impending long offseason after such a horrid loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl. Elway interrupted.
“I want to say one thing. I kind of get the sense that these questions are, ‘How the hell are we going to overcome this?’ Right? The bottom line is, sure, it’s not even 48 hours away. It’s not even 48 hours away from the game. But I want to tell you this is that, right now, the focus is on what happened instead of how we got there, what we did this year (and) what we went through.
“The farther you get away from this, the less you concentrate on just that one game, and the more you look at the full season, and really what we did as a football team and really as an organization. And I’m very proud of that. …
“So the goal has not changed and will not change. We will use this as experience we went through (and) be disappointed that we didn’t play better. But the bottom line is, this organization — what Pat Bowlen wants from this organization — that has not changed. It will not change.”
Jaws drop, people in the room poop their pants, and no one says another word.
If people want to get an emotional response with one of their questions, they got one. Elway’s response to this question is extremely refreshing because it shows he is just as fired up about the loss as anyone else is. The wound is fresh, and this is a a raw response with a ton of truth.
Elway’s response to the question, or, interruption, is exactly what you want to hear as a fan. The Broncos are not going to stand by and let their championship window close. They are serious about winning a Super Bowl, and with Elway in charge, you have to figure they’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.