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#pounditTuesday, March 2, 2021

Gary Kubiak broke up shouting match in Broncos’ locker room

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There was frustration in the Denver Broncos’ locker room after the team’s loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, and that led to a shouting match that was broken up by head coach Gary Kubiak, according to a report.

NFL Media’s Mike Silver says that after the Broncos’ 16-3 loss to the Patriots, Kubiak gave his players a chance to speak. Offensive lineman Russell Okung elected to speak, and his comments didn’t sit very well.

Here’s Silver’s report:

Veteran left tackle Russell Okung, who signed with the Broncos last March, stepped forward to speak, and cornerback Aqib Talib strongly objected. According to several witnesses, that set off a spirited shouting match between the team’s defensive backs and offensive linemen — one which Kubiak had to diffuse before it turned ugly.

The dispute was categorized as a typical offense vs. defense issue. The Broncos’ defensive players apparently felt they did well to hold the 12-2 Patriots to just 16 points and were frustrated that the offense was unable to score more than three points.

This has been an ongoing issue with the Broncos, who won a Super Bowl last season on the strength of their stellar defense. This season they’re not getting enough offensive production to win as many games as they’d like. They’re now 8-6 and face games at Kansas City and home vs. Oakland to end the season as they seek a wild card berth.


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