Here’s what Broncos team president Joe Ellis said about his level of frustration when he met with the media after Denver’s final game of the season.
"“There’s a lot of frustration and it boils over to anger, and I’ve witnessed it in the locker room after some losses this year,” Ellis said. “It carries over to when the players leave, and the staff and the coaches leave, and it carries over into the community. “I listen, I watch, and I read, and I know what’s going on, and all of that (fan anger) is justified. We have to do something to stop that, and there’s one thing you can do to stop that and that is win, and we got to win. We can’t go on this way and continue like this and have this frustration and lose all these games and expect our fans not to just say, ‘Enough is enough,’ in some fashion.”"
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You can read more quotes from Ellis in this Denver Post article from our good friend Kyle Newman (who is a pretty darn good Rockies writer as well).
Here’s the thing about those quotes: Ellis has a sense of his fans’ frustrations, and he also knows that the support of the fans ultimately is very important for his team, from a revenue and PR standpoint. He also knows what it will take to put a cap on that frustration, and that’s to turn things around and restore the Broncos to their winning ways. Certainly that’s easier said than done, and it’s still a question of if Denver can do it with Fangio at the helm and Lock under center.
Those things are debatable, but one thing that is not is that Denver’s leadership understands that winning matters to the community. Certainly a 16-game schedule causes more scrutiny and emphasis on every game, but Ellis left little to the imagination with his quotes. “We got to win” and “We can’t go on this way” have sent a message not only to the Broncos, but Denver fans as well, that losing won’t be tolerated.