The Broncos are not a house, nor locker room divided.
Not regarding the presidential election, anyway.
Head coach Gary Kubiak made sure of that Wednesday in his team meeting. The coach told his players: Some of you are disappointed with the results. Some of you are happy. It’s about coming together to beat the New Orleans Saints.
Count injured defensive end Derek Wolfe among those pleased Donald Trump will be our next president. Others were disappointed Hillary Clinton was defeated.
“Just like the rest of the country,’’ Wolfe said. “To be honest, both of our choices, they weren’t ideal choices, right? At the end of the day you have to figure out policies and what’s best for America. I think the path we were going on wasn’t the right path. So we had to take a chance and make a switch.’’
Yes, the divisive presidential elections did incite disagreements among Broncos.
“It gets pretty intense but at the end of the day we’re all teammates, we love each other,’’ Wolfe said. “Everybody is entitled to their opinion that’s the beauty of living in America. Everybody’s allowed to say and have their own opinion about anything they want to have an opinion about.
“You’ve got guys from all walks of life in this locker room. If we can get over it then I think the rest of America should suck it up.’’
For NFL players like Wolfe, who will gross $12.43 million this year but be lucky to see about $7 million of it after deductions, taxes were a factor.
“But at the end of the day who’s going to take those tax dollars and put them to good use,’’ he said. “That’s also a factor. Because I think everybody should pay their fair share. I’m already giving half. You want to take more?’’
Wolfe was fired up Tuesday, saying let’s make America great again. Around the Broncos’ UCHealth Training Center headquarters, America would be better if the Broncos can start stopping the run.
It won’t be easy this Sunday at New Orleans without Wolfe, who is the team’s best run-stopping defensive lineman but will be out two to six weeks with a fractured right elbow.
He said the maximum he’ll be out is four weeks, even though it takes six weeks for fractures to heal.
“Yeah, but they’re not me,’’ Wolfe said. “It don’t have to be healed, it just has to not hurt.’’