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Broncos, Briefly: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018


Perhaps as a sign of urgency to start the week, Harris said veteran nose tackle Domata Peko — the Broncos' most experienced player (13th year) — spoke to the entire defense.

Peko's message?

"We have to nip this in the bud before it gets to eight (consecutive) games (lost)," Harris said. "We have to find a way to come together and get it done. Peko talks when he needs to talk."

Barely 12 hours after they returned to Denver, Broncos players convened in the auditorium of their Dove Valley training facility early Monday for the usual address from their head coach. This one was bound to be uncomfortable. The sting of their 34-16 loss to the New York Jets was still fresh, along with the aired frustrations of some. So the discussion that followed centered on change.

"He came in and said, 'If anybody wants to talk or say something that will help us coach you guys and to help you guys play better, let me know,'" safety Will Parks recalled Vance Joseph saying in the meeting. "And a couple guys said things that everybody needed to hear. Another guy said things that was from his perspective. But as a team, you can take things a certain way so I think we got a lot accomplished today."

Coach Vance Joseph says changes are coming(Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press)

Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said he has no inkling of the changes in store, except that "we've got to play better, we've got to execute better as a defense, play with more awareness. They gave us a whole bunch of new looks in the run game that we've got to be prepared for in the future and try to clean up all of the mistakes."

Harris said he's still confident in Woods.

"Oh yeah, we just watched the game and I can honestly say he had probably one or two bad calls," Harris said. "The rest is just poor execution."

When DeMarcus is on the go, Facetime is his friend when he wants to talk to his kids, especially while on the practice floor. He wants to show his kids it's OK to be in uncomfortable situations.

"Just because it's comfortable doesn't mean it's the best thing for you. That's what I'm showing my kids right now. Dad didn't know how to do any dance, and he'll get out there and try as hard as he can and get uncomfortable, and hopefully you guys will do it too," he said.