Most NFL coaches and players say they don’t pay attention to media reports. They don’t – or at least they say they don’t – read newspaper reports or watch TV reports or cruise the internet seeking reports.
Derek Wolfe, the 305-pound anchor of the Broncos defensive line, is not typical. He complained Friday about a radio report that questioned the might of the Bronco defense. He said he planned to prove the report wrong.
Yes, Wolfe said, he pays attention – close attention - to media reports.
“You know why?” he asked, before answering his own question. “Because I’m going to hold you guys accountable just like you hold me accountable. You guys are going to say something, it’s going to be true and you’re going to hear it from us and not from somebody else.
“If you have a question about me or my teammates, you ask me or my teammates and we’ll answer it. Don’t get it from somebody else and just get Twitter fingers and start tweeting it out.”
A few members of the media horde at Friday’s practice laughed as Wolfe talked about his expectations for the media.
Wolfe did not laugh and did not crack a smile. He’s serious about his work as a media critic.
In other news from Mr. Wolfe:
* He said he gained 20 pounds in the offseason. Anchoring the middle of the defense, he said, was difficult at 285 pounds. He feels more comfortable at 305.
*He said he plans to combine for “30 to 40” sacks this season with friend and teammate Von Miller. “That’s reaching high,” Wolfe said, “but if you’re not reaching high there’s nowhere to go.”