After speaking at a conference in Fort Collins recently, Hall of Famer Terrell Davis sat down with The Coloradoan's Kelly Lyell for a wide-ranging interview covering everything from his experiences as an entrepreneur to how earning MVP honors in Super Bowl XXXII changed his life, and much more.
And naturally, that included his thoughts on the biggest change to Broncos Country in several years: the trade for Russell Wilson.
"He's already brought it," Davis said of the impact Wilson could have. "It's really just the excitement. Listen, we've seen the man; we know what he can do. We know leadership-wise, he's one of the best in the game. We know from a playing standpoint, he's one of the best in the game. We know that he's really, really good at making teammates feel like they're special.
"What he's done this offseason, taking people down to his house, working out and really building that chemistry, that's important. That's important for the culture of the locker room. We have a quarterback that doesn't just go to work, puts his pads on, walks out and leaves and then everybody else is doing their own thing."
Another big move, of course, was the hiring of Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett, who has inspired a culture change in his five months on the job.
"Now, it's all great, and we'll see what happens," Davis said. "You've got to play games, you've got to win. But so far, I do like the energy. I like when a coach comes in and shows that he's enthusiastic, excited about the season. Players feed off that, so we'll see what happens Game 1."
For more of Davis' thoughts, including his thoughts on how he'd fare playing in today's game, check out the full interview on The Coloradoan’s site.
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Who's the one player the Broncos couldn't afford to lose, aside from their starting quarterback? That's the question CBS Sports' Cody Benjamin has posed for each team, and his pick for Denver — tackle Garett Bolles — is an interesting one.
"Russell Wilson's supporting cast is relatively deep at the skill spots, and Randy Gregory's addition off the edge should take some pressure off Bradley Chubb, but the last thing Denver wants to do is give its new star QB shoddy protection," Benjamin wrote. "Losing Bolles would be a big blow, considering the former first-rounder has settled in as a Pro Bowl-caliber blind-side starter."