SO SALTY: Broncos Trolling The Raiders On Saturday Was Embarrassing
The AFC West sent two teams to the playoffs this season, and the 9-7 Denver Broncos were not one of them.
The Kansas City Chiefs won the division as well as the number 2-seed to secure themselves a first-round bye, while the Oakland Raiders slipped to the number five seed after losing starting quarterback Derek Carr to a broken fibula in Week 16.
So it may surprise you to learn that despite losing five of their last eight games to finish third place in their division and miss the playoffs, the Super Bowl 50 Champions played the ultimate sore-loser card by trolling the Raiders after they lost their playoff game against the Houston Texans:
First, Broncos linebacker Brandon "Not That Brandon Marshall" Marshall began antagonizing the Raiders fans on Twitter with this tweet.
Did he really just remind everyone that he was home sitting on his couch while the Raiders were ACTUALLY PLAYING FOOTBALL?!
In the immortal words of Sebastian Maniscalco, "aren't you embarrassed?"
Marshall followed that up with another tweet mocking the Raiders fans for being emotional, failing to recognize the irony; particularly after he had just baited them into an emotional reaction.
Then the Broncos own official account went and tweeted this gem:
This is ridiculous. First of all, the whole "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" thing only goes so far. Especially when the reason you're so salty is because the Raiders beat you in your own division to make the playoffs.
Secondly, that applause GIF is creepy as all hell. Of the millions of applause GIFs on the internet, the Broncos social media account chose a fictional murderous psycho who hangs out obsessively with a pre-teen prostitute. I have a feeling that whoever posted that has never seen "Taxi Driver."
Seriously though, this reaction by the Broncos is so lame it crosses over into embarrassing. Entitlement isn't cute when you're sitting at home gaining weight on your La-Z-Boy while two teams in your division play in the postseason.
Plus the Raiders started their third-string quarterback in that game, and were also without 2016 Pro Bowl offensive tackle Donald Penn. Meanwhile the Broncos had a healthy* starting quarterback all year and couldn't win more than nine games.
Maybe if the Broncos spend less time this off-season taunting teams that are better than them, and more time on finding a quarterback as good as Derek Carr, they'll be applauding their own team next January.
*A reader has taken issue with the fact that this seemingly insinuates that Trevor Siemian was healthy all year, when in reality, he struggled with a shoulder injury that kept him out of two games and part of a third; and finished the season having started 14 of the team's 16 games.
It should be noted that many playoff quarterbacks also played some, most or all of their season while battling injury, including Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Alex Smith and Matt Stafford.
Other quarterbacks who are known to have battled injuries this season include: Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, Joe Flacco, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton and Sam Bradford, and franchise quarterbacks Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill and Derek Carr, who all suffered season-ending injuries in December.
Being hurt and missing some time, or playing through injury, is a baseline for all NFL players at this point. So for some one to take issue with my use of the phrase "healthy" in regards to a QB who played 13 full games for his team including the entire final month of the season - in comparison to an MVP contender who broke his leg right before the playoffs - is an exercise in nitpicking.
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