Broncos pass-rusher Shelby Harris: ‘every year is not guaranteed in this league’

Oct 18, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Denver Broncos nose tackle Shelby Harris (96) against Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle John Wetzel (73) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

For many Broncos players, the bye week provides an opportunity to clear their heads and spend time with family. Chris Harris Jr. emphasized the importance of clearing your head just a couple days ago. Shelby Harris also shared this sentiment with Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7.

“I’m just going to take the bye week and I’m just going to just clear my head. You know, there’s nothing really you can do to change the first half of the season,” Harris explained. “I’m going to go home and relax, lay down, drink a glass of wine, and hang out with my pregnant wife… Now is just a time to relax and be with your family.”

Even though Harris is planning to take it easy during the week off, he recognized there is room for improvement on the field. The Broncos are the 20th ranked defense in the league and have given up eight touchdowns of 20 yards or more through Week 9. In his eyes, the Broncos’ defense can be better over the final seven games of the season by doing one specific thing: “Limit big plays, through the run and through the pass,” Harris said. “It’s as simple as everyone being on the same page and doing their job.”

Harris remains optimistic, and doesn’t think the playoffs are out of the question for the Broncos just yet. But he also described the motivation to finish the year strong even if the Broncos continue to struggle, and how players have to produce every week regardless of records and standings. “You’ve still got to fight for next year, right?” Harris noted. “That’s what keeps me going – every year is not guaranteed in this league.”

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