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Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis started today’s Week 7 NFL clash against the LA Chargers absolutely beaming,Authentic Golden Tate III Jersey, but by the end of the game his team suffered an embarrassing 21-0 loss.
So shattering is any defeat in the NFL,Authentic Haloti Ngata Jersey, the Australian’s star teammate and outside line-backer Von Miller – who moved to second on Denver’s all-time sack list in this game – described it as “the end of the world”.
But Gotsis – from Melbourne and in his second year in the NFL – could walk away with his head held high.
It was the Broncos’ offence which struggled for penetration in the absence of a handful of injured attacking weapons,womens Eric Ebron Jersey, including wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
That put quarterback Trevor Siemian (25 completions from 35 attempts,womens Greg Robinson Jersey, 207 yards and no touchdowns) in too many third and long situations.
Gotsis was solid in an underwhelming team performance – the Broncos’ second-straight defeat left them with a 3-3 record and second in the AFC West standings.
The 25-year-old finished with one tackle and one tackle assist,womens Ricky Wagner Jersey, earning himself plenty of snaps in a defensive unit which was let down by the Broncos’ uninspiring offence.
Gotsis and his fellow defenders absorbed plenty of early Chargers offensive pressure,womens Darren Fells Jersey, and he was part of a formidable goal-line defensive wall which kept out the hosts early in the contest at the StubHub Centre in Los Angeles.
The Broncos’ defensive line celebrated that with gusto,womens Anthony Zettel Jersey, but the team found itself in trouble soon afterwards.
“We got the ball back at the one-yard line and we were in a hole early,” Gotsis told News Corp.
A shanked punt from Denver’s Riley Dixon led to Chargers receiver Travis Benjamin running 65 yards for the opening touchdown of the afternoon soon afterwards.
The Chargers’ next two touchdowns were from short passes from quarterback Philip Rivers to Austin Ekeler and Benjamin.
Gotsis and his fellow defenders – led by Todd Davis (seven tackles and three assisted tackles against LA), Brandon Marshall (three tackles and four assisted tackles) and Miller (five tackles and two sacks) – are muscling up in a team which is struggling to score.
“I think the defence played well. (But in offence) we’re not blocking well. Offensive-line wise we’ve run the ball well up until two weeks ago,” Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said.
who weighs in at 130kg,The giant Gotsis, said it was everyone’s job to improve and halt the Broncos’ two-game skid.
“We can’t go out there and not execute on all aspects,” he said.womens Haloti Ngata Jersey,
“Defence we had a few busted plays and offence we couldn’t get things going.
“It’s a team game at the end of the day,womens Golden Tate III Jersey,so it’s on everyone to go back to work and get things right.”
adding nine kilograms of muscle to his hulking frame,Authentic Eric Ebron Jersey,Gotsis himself was heavy at work during the pre-season,Authentic Greg Robinson Jersey, while shrugging off a knee injury and impressing coaching staff.
“I knew I had to work very hard coming off my injury and how I played last year – I held myself to a lot of expectations,Authentic Ricky Wagner Jersey,” he said.
“I still don’t think I’ve lived up to them but I’ve got to keep working.
“It’s an everyday process. I can’t be satisfied.
“It (knee) feels good and it’s probably the best I’ve felt since I’ve been in the league health wise.
“So I’ve just got to keep improving my game,Authentic Darren Fells Jersey, and stay together with my brothers.
“Next week (away to the 5-2 Kansas City Chiefs) is a very important one for us now.”Authentic Miles Killebrew Jersey,”
Gotsis only first started playing American football at 13,Authentic T.J. Lang Jersey,A former Aussie rules player,womens T.J. Lang Jersey, while attending Kew High School.
Despite today’s defeat, he was still pinching himself at how far he’s come as a gridiron player in such a short time.
“I had a mate I went to high school with come to watch me play (against the Chargers) on one of the world’s biggest stages,Authentic Anthony Zettel Jersey, Gotsis said.
“It’s pretty surreal when you think about it like that. I’m enjoying the moment and wouldn’t want to be on another team other than these guys.
“We want to get this thing back on the winning track and keep rolling.”
Joseph admitted his team was better than its 3-3 record after the loss to Los Angeles, but reserved some praise for Gotsis.
absolutely,womens Miles Killebrew Jersey,“He’s working hard and he’s getting better and better each week. He’s played good football for us,” Joseph said.
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