Bolles has a new perspective in pivotal season with Broncos

first_img August 20, 2020 Bolles said he knows this is a pivotal year, not only for his career but for the Broncos, who are out to avoid becoming the first team to miss the playoffs five straight seasons following a Super Bowl parade.“I knew coming into here I had to do whatever I can to be the man so this organization can trust me, the fans can trust me and we can get back to where we belong and that’s in the AFC championship, to the Super Bowl,” Bolles said. “And that’s our plan ever year. I know we have the quarterback and the receivers to do that, the defense to do that. And now it’s just up to me to protect Drew all that I can.”Bolles has big plans in Denver beyond 2020, too. He’s hoping to play well enough this year that the Broncos give him an extension even though they declined his fifth-year option this spring that would have been worth $11 million in 2021.“That was out of my control. I can’t dictate what Mr. Elway or those guys do, but what I can dictate is how I play on the football field,” Bolles said. “It’s all about me. That’s how I am this year. My zone is G.B. zone. I just want to focus on me, how I can get better,” Bolles said. “You can bring in Hall of Famer Joe Staley, Joe Thomas, it really doesn’t matter who I was competing against, I just have to get better with myself, I have to be the best version of me. And as long as I do that, I know where I can go and what I can do and what I’m capable of.”The Broncos have been waiting a long time for Bolles to reach his potential. They drafted him in the first round in 2017 knowing he was raw and penalty prone, and although he’s been dependable — starting all 48 games of his career — he’s also been flagged a whopping 46 times.This, however, marks the first time he’s had his same offensive line coach two years in a row in Mike Munchak, who says the continuity should be fruitful for Bolles in 2020.“That’s huge for me. Me and Coach Munchak have a really great relationship. We talk regularly during practice, before the game, after the game, just trying to get me better,” Bolles said. ”… I’m just looking forward to our relationship continuing to get better. I trust him, I believe in him, I know he believes in me and I’ve just got to do everything that I can to make him know that he can trust me.”Before settling down in December once the mobile Drew Lock took over at quarterback, Bolles’ propensity for penalties brought out the boo birds at home games. Bolles has a new perspective in pivotal season with Broncos Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Garett Bolles insists he never worried about the training camp battle he was slated to have with Elijah Wilkinson before Ja’Wuan James opted out of the 2020 season. Nor did he fret over the Broncos declining his fifth-year option.“I was just worrying about getting myself better,” Denver’s long embattled left tackle said Thursday. They were his first public comments since late last season, when his holding habit drew the ire of fans and caused GM John Elway to question whether he even understood what constituted a penalty in the NFL. Bolles said he spent his offseason reflecting. “Listen, our fans are some of the best fans in the country; they deserve some of the best football here in Denver,” Bolles said. “We have a tradition of winning and it’s unacceptable the way that I played and I take full responsibility for it.”He also used the catcalls to motivate him this offseason. “Nobody likes to get booed, and so I took that upon myself to get better,” Bolles said. “I do whatever I can, you know, I worked hard, I put on 20 extra pounds, I did whatever I could to make myself better, the best version of me, moving forward because I know this is a very important season not just for me but for my family. This organization is counting on me to be the best version of myself and I knew whatever I had to do this offseason to get myself ready I did.”Bolles said he’s now between 305 and 310 pounds.“I’m the strongest, the fastest I’ve ever been,” he said. “I think I’m physically stronger and mentally stronger as well.” ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Syracuse tops UConn, 79-76, in wild affair to stay undefeated

first_imgPARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije and Jim Boeheim walked down the lobby of the Atlantis Resort to a hero’s welcome. Cooney was still in uniform, two large ice bags taped to both of his knees. He waved to the roaring orange-clad fans roped off just inches away. Boeheim high-fived a security guard, whose other hand was occupied with a camera phone, documenting the moment.When the head coach sat down for his press conference, he could hardly be heard over the “Let’s go Orange” roars that permeated throughout the hallway.“It’s like an NCAA (Tournament) game,” Boeheim said.Renewing a Big East rivalry for the first time, Syracuse (5-0) took the lead over Connecticut (4-1) on the back of three-straight 3-pointers in the second half and muscled its way to a 79-76 win in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Syracuse fell down by 10 early and nearly gave up a 10-point lead late, but held on to defeat its first ranked opponent following a season where it had only two top-25 victories.Tyler Lydon scored 16 points and recorded 12 rebounds. Five players scored at least 13, and the Orange recorded 41 rebounds to UConn’s 33.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Both teams are getting up and down at the end, making plays, scoring baskets,” Cooney said. “Those are the type of games you want to play in.”First a long Lydon 3 swished through the net to tie the score at 44. He allowed himself a small celebration running up the court after clanking a fade-away two off the rim just moments before.On the next possession Malachi Richardson hit a 3 from the corner in front of the SU bench with a hand in his face. When SU got the ball back 23 seconds after that, it was a wide-open Gbinije that drained a 3 on the opposite end. UConn coach Kevin Ollie called a timeout and a much larger celebration ensued. It was a 50-47 lead that would only grow and never be given away.Not when Rodney Purvis hit three 3s in less than three minutes to cut the lead back to two. And not when Cooney lost track of the clock and had to shoot a 35-foot 3 with eight seconds left in the game.SU had sustained the first UConn punch. When Sterling Gibbs scored on an easy outlet layup off a Cooney miss, it gave him eight points in the first three minutes and the Huskies a six-point lead. But by the time he stood isolated in the corner of the court, hands at his hips after recording his fourth foul with in the second half, it was clear that Connecticut had no answer for how SU would fight back.“(Syracuse) played a great game in the second half,” Ollie said, “really took it to us offensively.”Cooney didn’t realize that the shot clock was about to expire. Only when there were two ticks left did he heave a miss off the side rim. Tyler Roberson, who had muscled on the glass for four offensive boards, skied up for his fifth and final one. The ball spent the last three seconds of the game in the hands of Richardson, who heaved it all the way down court.The finish was anti-climactic in its sudden end, but antithetical to a game in which no one ever seemed dead. As the clock ran out and Syracuse celebrated, a rivalry was reborn, and Syracuse picked up a season-defining win.After the fanfare of the press conference and after his players began to leave the makeshift locker room, Boeheim went back out to the concourse and sat alone on an armchair big enough to be a throne. There was no one around him, no one to high-five. Just a moment to soak in, if only temporarily.“It was a great game,” Boeheim said. “I can’t say enough for these guys. It was just a really good win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more