KUSA - Team chemistry can't be bought and it can't be forced. It can, however, be fostered in hopes that it grows.
The Broncos have been working together both on and off the field during the off season since mid-April. To everyone's delight, the players are "clicking."
"We come in and we always hang out with each other, whether it's going out or just being at the house," says defensive end Malik Jackson. "So I think this is the best time for it and I think we've gelled a lot since we got here. Even when the new guys came in, they just meshed right in with us. So I don't think we missed a beat. I think everybody trusts each other on and off the field and I think we're a great team."
No matter what the program has been called the last few weeks (mini camp, OTA, Phase 1, etc), the bonding time the Broncos have spent together is priceless, and it sure makes a coach's life a whole lot easier.
"Back when I first came in the league, guys had off-season jobs," says head coach John Fox. "They worked at banks and real estate companies and all those things. The game has progressed, they're getting paid a lot more. They don't need second jobs. So they can put everything into this profession."
"All of these days that we're getting right now are very important for us," adds defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. "I think the guys are taking full advantage of it. This happens to be a mandatory camp but our guys have been here 100 percent anyway. So it's the time of year when you pay the dues and kind of go through the grind a bit, quietly. In this offseason time, you can make a lot of gains."
Broncos mini camp wrapped up on Thursday. Next week they will be back to OTA's, then off until training camp begins in July.
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