KUSA — Before he donned a hard hat, Joe Ellis delivered soothing words of encouragement for his slumping Denver Broncos.
The team’s chief executive officer and president held an informal press conference with local media at a Habitat for Humanity event Thursday in Sheridan.
There were a couple state-of-the-Broncos’ questions including whether he had confidence head coach Vance Joseph could get the team turned around from its current three-game losing streak.
“They know the deal,’’ Ellis said. “They experienced last year (an eight-game losing streak) and they know what needs to be done to fix it and move forward and try to improve and get better and play some good football for the remaining 11 games. We’re all pulling for (Joseph) and supporting him and we’ll see where this goes.’’
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Snapping the losing streak won’t be easy Sunday as the Broncos will host the 5-0 Los Angeles Rams who boast the NFL’s No. 1 offense. Ellis was asked if he was concerned about his team spiraling downhill.
“I’m not concerned about spiraling downhill,’’ Ellis said. “I’m looking forward to us bouncing back this weekend. That’s where our focus is. I believe we’ll be ready for the Rams on Sunday. A very good football team, a big challenge for us, but a lot of football left to be played. Five games in. Obviously disappointed with the last three weeks because we set high standards for ourselves.
“Last week was very disappointing, but you move forward from it. You’ve got no choice. I think our players, our coaches and all of our football staff understand that.’’
And with that, Ellis put on his hard hat, picked up some power tools and went to work with approximately 40 other CEOs in the area in the CEO Build event.