Paul Klee: Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph opens minicamp as a boss, not a buddy. Progress! – Colorado Springs Gazette
ENGLEWOOD — It was an offsides penalty at 11:43 a.m. on a Tuesday in June. Despite our darnedest attempts to make a Broncos minicamp sound important, that’s all it was, nothing more.
Or was it?
Backup quarterback Paxton Lynch barked the call. Pass-rusher DeMarcus Walker jumped. Yellow penalty flags bounced across the turf.
“No! Get out of there!” the head coach disciplined the perpetrator.
Whoa! Who’s the guy wearing Vance Joseph’s whistle and sending guys to their room without dessert?
Dove Valley Country Club opened its doors last year. Is it closing up shop? In Joseph’s dumpster fire of a rookie season, anything short of burning down the building would earn a pat on the butt and “get ’em next time.” Accountability was something the Broncos flaunted on T-shirts and forget on Sundays.
“Players mature,” Joseph said after the Broncos opened mandatory workouts under bluebird skies at the UCHealth Training Center.
True, true. But when it comes to the 2018 Denver Broncos it’s not the players on the field I’m worried about. It’s the head coach on the sideline who has everything to prove. The Broncos haven’t suffered back-to-back losing seasons in over 40 years. Finally, it looked like someone told them.
To make 5-11 a distant memory, discipline must be Rule No. 1.
Sure, Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller has earned the right to play hooky from an OTA workout that an All-Pro pass-rusher simply doesn’t need. Same for Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. But the veterans on the roster have yet to buy in to the Vance Joseph era. Listen closely, and when Sanders made it crystal clear he has no interest in catching passes from the slot (“If the ball is not coming there, I don’t want to be there. Point blank, period,” he said) and Miller said he’s able to tell the rookies “what’s