"Hopefully we can get back to that this week".
"Not everybody is going to agree with everything", Harris said.
The players clarified their protest for members of their fan base who felt they disrespected the US military and the flag by kneeling or linking arms during the anthem. "We have nothing but the deepest love and respect for those who protect our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans". Inequities still exist, and we have work to do in ALL forms of social justice.
With so many active-duty and retired members of the military in the Denver and Colorado Springs area - which includes Fort Carson, Buckley Air Force Base and the Air Force Academy - many Broncos players had made it clear after last Sunday's game that it was not a protest of the military.
"It starts with us".
One of the biggest questions this week around the National Football League is if teams and players will continue to demonstrate.
Broncos head coach Joseph Vance and general manager John Elway expressed that they preferred politics be separate from games following last week's fixture. He reiterated that their actions were not directed toward the military and said the decision to stand again was exclusively the players'.
"He is really week-to-week", coach Vance Joseph said after practice Friday. "We all went with it, so everybody stands". And that's what they've done.
This week, the leadership on the team got together to decide on a plan of action moving forward, and this is what they came up with.
Joseph said the "platform was not working" and the original intent and message behind the silent protests were lost amid the mass demonstrations through the NFL. Players discussed the issue and adopted this approach. How can you make true change with this toxic environment?