Broncos Coach Vance Joseph Responds To Demaryius Thomas’ Scathing Criticism

It only took a few days after he was traded to the Houston Texans for Demaryius Thomas to start throwing verbal jabs at his former Denver Broncos team.

But head coach Vance Joseph has heard enough from his former Pro Bowl wide receiver, and wants the five-time Pro Bowler to move on with his career.

"I'm disappointed to read those things about how he recalls the conversations going," Joseph said, via ESPN's Jeff Legwold. "He's got to move on. We've got to move on. He's no longer a Bronco...But as far as reading that stuff, I'm disappointed it was presented that way, I really am."

Speaking on 760 AM earlier this week, Thomas said the circumstances surrounding his trade to Houston "hurts," and he is "empty still." Thomas was disappointed when he heard that coaches blamed him for the team's shortcomings on offense.

"I heard they were saying that Vance was saying something, and (team president John) Elway was saying something," Thomas said. "I did so much for this organization and never had nothing bad to say about anybody...For you all to say that I was one of the reasons that the offense wasn't going, and say this and that, man, that hurt."

The 30-year-old Thomas notched 1,000-yard seasons five straight years from 2012 to '16. He was part of an organization that won five straight AFC West division titles, two AFC Championships plus Super Bowl 50.

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Thomas is undoubtedly one of the greatest Broncos of all-time, but his long-rumored departure ended on an extremely sour note, and he wants the world to know about how hard it was for him to endure.

But the Broncos are headed to a third straight non-playoff season, and Elway decided it was time to trade away a player who's production was declining significantly. Thomas helped his Texans escape Denver with a 19-17 win on Sunday, and his new team (now 6-3) has the AFC South division on cruise control.

Thomas' departure was definitely the best for both sides. He joins a title contender with a top-tier quarterback in Deshaun Watson, while the Broncos clear out expensive salary and get to rebuild.

It's just disappointing that his storied tenure in the Mile High City ended like this.


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