The Denver Broncos made an eye-opening decision on Monday to release veteran running back Melvin Gordon after three seasons with the organization. He opened up about the situation on Wednesday and got brutally honest about his relationship with the Broncos coaching staff.
Gordon took part in an interview with Mike Klis of 9News in Denver, where he revealed that he believes that he was a “scapegoat” for Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett and the rest of the Broncos coaching staff.
“There were times I felt like I was a scapegoat,” said Gordon. But respectably speaking, I hope I did save them some time. Because Hack’s [Nathaniel Hackett] a good dude. That staff, they’re great dudes. They just weren’t great for me. But I respect those guys. It was hard there for me. But I respect that organization. They gave me a chance to keep playing my dream.”
It seems like it was just never a good fit between Hackett and Gordon, which the veteran running back detailed in a message to his teammates.
“For the guys’ sake, I hope the coaches do stay around, because it’s hard to get your foot in with other coaches,” Gordon added. “I’m a prime example. Whether you’re a great player, a good player, an average player, you don’t always fit right with the staff they bring in, and that brings problems. You see the situation I’m in, and I don’t wish that on any player. So I hope they make it work for the guys’ sake.”
There has been a ton of criticism toward Hackett thus far this year, and it appears this is the latest of a number of issues that are piling up around him.
Regardless, Melvin Gordon will look to rebuild his career elsewhere. It is currently unclear exactly where Gordon will land, but he did add that he is potentially looking at a team looking at a playoff birth.
“We’re trying to figure out which situation is the best,” said Gordon. “There’s a couple teams, at this point they’re setting up for the playoffs, and I’m trying to figure that out.”