For the first time in his NFL career, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris didn’t make the NFL playoffs this season. The All-Pro joined The Jim Rome Show on Super Bowl Radio Row in Houston on Friday and said he wasn’t enjoying the extra time off, especially considering the New England Patriots were preparing for Super Bowl LI, a team his defense has gotten the best of lately.
“It’s sickening, man, just to watch these teams that you know you can play with,” Harris said. “We know that we [can] play [Tom] Brady, play that type of defense versus him. It just sucks to not be able to have a chance and be able to be in the tournament.”
After the Broncos’ regular season finale, head coach Gary Kubiak made a surprise announcement saying he was retiring. General Manager John Elway hired Vance Joseph to replace Kubiak. Harris Jr. is excited about Joseph and talked about the new coach’s biggest challenge, the teams’ locker room.
“I think it’s going to be a great fit for us,” Harris Jr. said of Joseph. “I think Elway was looking for somebody who was going to be able to handle our locker room, handle the different personalities that we have. We are a tough group to be able to come in and just be able to handle.”
When asked why the locker room seemed so tough to handle, the 27-year-old said, “We’re an established group. We’ve won a Super Bowl. We’re intelligent, so we question the coach. You know what I mean, ‘Is this the smart way to do things?’
“So we challenge coaches, we challenge them to be on their stuff and be able to show us new information be able to teach us and make us better.”
Harris Jr. said Kubiak had a good understanding of the locker room.
“He definitely had a great frame work for our team. He understood just let guys be who they are, but at the end of the day, Kub just wanted us to take care of our business on the field and he treated us like men,” Harris Jr. said. “That’s one thing we loved about Kub, because he always took care of us. He made sure the vets and the guys playing tons of snaps got their rest and was able to play.”