- Jeff Legwold, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Broncos defeated the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game following the 2013 season and the two teams have met in each of the last four regular seasons -- all Patriots wins -- and they are scheduled to play in the coming season on Nov. 29 in Denver.
So, there’s plenty of recent history there to be sure, plenty of hard feelings all around. So, Wednesday’s release of the Wells report, that offered it was “more probable than not" the Patriots doctored footballs in last year’s AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts and that quarterback Tom Brady likely knew it was being done, did make the rounds inside the Broncos’ suburban Denver complex.
But while several players privately offered emotional reactions to the report’s release, publicly they were more measured.
“I don’t even want to talk about that, that’s last year, this is a new year, if they want to deflate balls, let them deflate balls,’’ said defensive end Derek Wolfe, who was quoted in the Denver Post following the Broncos’ playoff loss to the Colts in January that he hated the Patriots. “At the end of the day we’ve got to go out there and play football. That’s what it comes down to, it’s just a bunch of guys out there running into each other at the end of the day.
“I don’t care,’’ Wolfe continued. “I can’t change it. If I say something it’s not going to change the outcome of the Super Bowl that just happened, right? It doesn’t really matter. What, are they going to take it away from them? It’s not going to affect me at all, it’s not going to put any more money in my pocket, it’s not going to give me a ring."
The Broncos are currently in Phase 2 of their offseason program, meaning players are working some with their position coaches as they go through drills.
“I don’t even know what you’re talking about,’’ said defensive end Malik Jackson, when asked about the Wells report. “ … For me to give you any insight would be lying or wrong, I don’t know nothing about it.’’
The Broncos play the Patriots so deep into the schedule -- Week 12 -- that any discipline Brady and/or coach Bill Belichick migh face in the wake of the Wells report would likely be long concluded by the time the two teams play just after Thanksgiving.