Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph responded to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas’ critical remarks this week about the team’s handling of his trade to the Houston Texans, saying that Thomas is “no longer a Bronco” and that both sides need to move on.
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Asked after Wednesday’s practice about Thomas’ comments, Joseph said he, Broncos general manager John Elway and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni have “great respect” for Thomas.
Joseph added, however, “I’m disappointed to read those things about how he recalls the conversations going.”
This post game interview response by @DemaryiusT may be telling of how Vance Joseph has let the Broncos locker room culture become worrisome with players & coaches blaming each other. This is even more evidence that the @Broncos need a true leader at head coach. #BroncosCountry pic.twitter.com/nTdJgJdEe4
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In the roughly 20-minute radio interview with former Broncos players Rod Smith and Ray Crockett, Thomas said it was “heartbreaking” that he was not a captain this season.
Joseph said Wednesday that Broncos players vote for the captains.
On his interactions with Thomas before the trade, Joseph said: “I think it’s a little frustration on his part, but I’m disappointed in how it came out, because I don’t recall it being discussed that way. And that’s OK.”
He said, he said. It’s over, Thomas should be happy he’s no longer on the Broncos, it sounds like a mess.