The Broncos’ 16-15 win over the Raiders was anything but pretty, but it was sweet nonetheless.
There were plenty of expletives, but this time in celebration rather than frustration.
"Way to finish the [expletive] season‼️"— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 30, 2019
Inside the locker room after we #BeatTheRaiders! pic.twitter.com/MCIxNF36q1
And that energy from the locker room carried over to Broncos Twitter where players expressed a lot of love for teammates, their coaches and the fans - a rather amazing sight for a team finishing 7-9.
I was Destined for this Life... This is my Destiny I Love you Denver❗️ Rookie Year in the ✔️ pic.twitter.com/BhBDpqOn7M— Dalton Risner (@Dalton_Risner66) December 30, 2019
Also, Dalton Risner said this:
Dalton Risner on ending the Raiders’ season:— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) December 30, 2019
“It felt great. I’m so glad they’re headed home and not going to the playoffs. I can’t stand the Raiders.”
Dalton Risner: “I think Drew Lock is gonna kick a lot of ass next year”— Phil Milani (@philmilani) December 30, 2019
And that sentiment seems to be popular - even if for different reasons.
My quarterback is better than yours‼️ #broncos https://t.co/My6gqmB85G— Davontae Harris (@wichkid) December 30, 2019
Von Miller on Drew Lock: “To infinity and beyond. He’s a relentless competitor and I’m excited about where his game is about to go”— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) December 30, 2019
Chris Harris Jr. on Drew Lock: “We’ve been waiting for that ... I love him, man. If I’m here or not, I’m always going to cheer for Drew.”— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) December 30, 2019
Of course, the real talk on Twitter started the second Shelby Harris batted down Derek Carr’s pass attempting to win the game.
SHELBY!!!!!— Derek Wolfe (@Derek_Wolfe95) December 30, 2019
Let’s go boys!!!!!!!! @ShelbyHarris93 with a huge batted ball! Way to finish the season off right boys!!!!— Adam Gotsis (@gotsis96) December 30, 2019
In fact, Adam Gotsis was practically the Broncos’ own Twitter play-by-play throughout the game.
@I_CU_boy I see you Pitbull! Keep running that thing my dawg!!!— Adam Gotsis (@gotsis96) December 30, 2019
That boy @PhillyWill11— Adam Gotsis (@gotsis96) December 30, 2019
And Bradley Chubb, another injured starter relegated to watching the game from the sidelines, was not to be left out of the Twitter action.
only un-drafted player with b2b 1k seasons! @I_CU_boy you a legend bro! congrats fam— Bradley Chubb (@astronaut) December 30, 2019
Of course the sad reality of the final game of the season is that the Broncos have a number of defensive starters hitting free agency, and that was not lost on them - especially Chris Harris Jr.
Thank You Broncos Country for everything. It’s incredible what we’ve accomplished. Undrafted and 9 years later...Love y’all !!!!!— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) December 30, 2019
For Justin Simmons and Will Parks - two safeties who have bonded since being drafted the same year - it was surreal to think of being on different teams next year.
.@PhillyWill11 and @jsimms1119 played against each other in the 2013 Independence Bowl, then were both drafted in the Broncos' class of 2016. They've been inseparable since, and now face free agency together.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) December 30, 2019
After the game today, they exchanged jerseys and said this: pic.twitter.com/0Z569fHsZ0
But having the prospect of a future franchise quarterback definitely makes the idea of staying in Denver a much more enticing deal - as Derek Wolfe noted.
Derek Wolfe said the Broncos having a QB will play into his free agency decision.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) December 30, 2019
“That’s huge. We all believe in Drew.”
And now Broncos Country feels a lot like Will Parks:
THIS YEAR WAS A GOOD ONE MAN. BAD AND GOOD THIS HAS BEEN AN AMAZING FREAKING YEAR. SOMETHING SPECIAL IS ON THE RISE. LETS GOOOOOOOOOO. pic.twitter.com/ixNW9wlSbz— William (@PhillyWill11) December 30, 2019