Demaryius Thomas: We Didn’t Show Up (At The Super Bowl)


Denver Broncos All-Pro wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas, spoke with the media yesterday, following Organized Team Activities. He had a few interesting things to say, one of which touches on the Broncos’ performance in the Super Bowl.

‘”I worked hard enough … to say I’m one of the best in the game. So just doing that, and not winning the game is the main part for me, because all I want to do is win. Not coming up with the win, that’s the main part that really hurts.

It was tough. I didn’t even know about the record until later that night, or whatever. My main focus was on the game, because we went out and we didn’t show up at all. Hopefully we can put ourselves in the same situation and try to go out and play better, because I think we’re capable as a team of putting up more than eight points a game and not letting anybody score that many points on us, especially in that game.”

Bey Bey’s performance was one of the bright spots for the Broncos on February 2nd. He set a new Super Bowl record for receptions with 13. The previous record was 11. He finished the game with 118 yards receiving and 1 TD, going against the ferocious secondary of the Legion of Boom.

There’s no question that Bey Bey is one of the NFL’s elite receivers. His rapport and chemistry with Peyton Manning is only going to continue to improve. And that should scare every defensive coordinator in the NFL. On the topic of Manning, Thomas said this:

“I think he’s picked up where he left off last year. I know I had a pass today that I dropped. I really don’t drop a lot. But it came up on me quicker than usual. So I feel like he’s getting stronger still. He’s just amazed me with some of the things that you see every day on the field.”

The entire Denver Broncos organization is on a mission to atone for their inexplicable performance in Super Bowl XLVIII. Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, John Elway, made that very apparent in how he approached both free agency, and the draft.

The influx of new blood will pay dividends. DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward were 3 of the most coveted players in free agency. The NFL’s top closer, John Elway, brought them to Denver.

1st round pick, Bradley Roby, will help to shore up a secondary that ranked 27th in pass defense in 2013. The Broncos’ defense in 2014 will look very different than it did in 2013. Of the team’s projected starting defense, only 4 players, Terrance Knighton, Danny Trevathan, Sylvester Williams, and Nate Irving, started in the Super Bowl, and this time, Irving won’t be the Sam linebacker, but rather, the Mike.

Some of that turnover is due to players leaving via free agency. A lot of it was due to injury. Just getting guys like Von Miller, Chris Harris, Jr, Rahim Moore and Derek Wolfe back will impact the Broncos’ fortunes in a big way this year.

Is it September yet?