During the Denver Broncos practice today, August 12th, there was a load of awful news. The worst being, Danny Trevathan was carted off the field, but you can read about that here and read about the options to step in for him here.
The news I am talking about were the Broncos fighting among themselves. On three straight plays a scuffle broke out. The first was between Will Montgomery and Kevin Vickerson. On the next snap Brennan Clay got involved with Duke Ihenacho and Danny Trevathan.
The final fight was between Lerentee McCray and Paul Cornick. The last scuffle ended up getting most of the team involved. Eventually, the coaching staff broke it up and practice was called to a halt, so Coach John Fox could rip into the players.
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Now to many, this fighting seems like a bad thing. However, to myself it is not. I think it is great to be hearing about the scuffles in practice, for one specific reason. Attitude.
The Broncos wanted attitude when they went out to sign T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib. Well they got it and it showed in the win against the Seahawks last Thursday, August 7th. Again that attitude showed in practice today. Despite being teammates, they showed they are not going to take anything from anyone. They are grown, competitive men, so it is expected things get heated.
The fact they are willing to get into scuffles and take nothing from teammates is huge. It is the right attitude to have in the NFL today. It is an attitude the Seattle Seahawks have, and it shows up in their play. It is an attitude the Steel Curtain had, the Orange Crush, Purple People Eaters, the legendary Bears teams and so many more. Many of those teams were beast in the NFL during their time. Attitude is needed on both sides of the ball, but especially on defense.
Hearing that the attitude is showing now and not just in games, puts a smile on my face. It is a good thing to have.