Broncos captain Alex Glenn has taken to Instagram to give an emotional reply to critics who have given up on his side.
Arguably the biggest club in the competition sunk to a shocking new low on Saturday, falling 30-12 to the lowly Titans to chalk up their fifth straight loss.
They were booed off at half-time by the small crowd at Suncorp Stadium and have become a regular target for criticism from ex-players, commentators and fans. The latest complaint from pundits was the reaction from Broncos players in the immediate aftermath to their latest loss, with some grinning and giggling after full-time.
The backlash on social media since Saturday has been particularly savage, leading to Glenn’s post asking for empathy in a tough situation.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about us but don’t ever think we are happy with losing,” the post begins.
“You think your (sic) hurting watching us lose 5 game’s (sic) in a row? Try turning up every single day, working your ass off to prepare well and things still don’t go our way on the night, then have to deal with the criticism left right and centre from the media, spectators & fans.
“We get it we ain’t playing well but we ain’t quitting on nothing.
“Before you be quick to judge and take your anger out over social media put yourself in the other persons (sic) shoes and think about people’s mental state and the impact it could possibly have on those you want to share your thoughts with.”
Glenn’s post also denounces bullying and thanks the Broncos fans who are continuing to be supportive despite their team’s below-par performances.
The post prompted supportive responses from two players from rival NRL clubs, who themselves have been targets for personal criticism this season.
Sharks playmaker Shaun Johnson has copped plenty of scrutiny despite leading the NRL’s assist count this season, while Dragons half Corey Norman had a difficult week, where his effort and value was questioned, at the height of the Dragons’ recent crisis.
Both sent short replies, with Johnson posting three clapping hands emojis, while Norman wrote a two-worded response; “well said”.
Bulldogs enforcer Dylan Napa also chimed in, with “factz (sic) bro”.
Glenn’s statement follows just one day after his club released a statement offering coach Anthony Seibold its full support.
Speaking on Wide World of Sports’ The Final Whistle, Phil Gould said the Broncos needed to stick with Seibold for at least another 12 months to justify the massive call they made to move on from Wayne Bennett.
“They needed a change or they believed they needed a change,” Gould said.
“They needed a younger, more academic, more scientific type coach to inspire their players and build a new generation of footballers.
“Now when you go down that development pathway it can take a couple of years to get going and it certainly can come against you. They’ve had some injuries to key players … my concern is the team that’s playing out there at the moment just doesn’t look like it gels at all, it really doesn’t know what it’s doing in attack or defence and they’re pretty easy picking at the moment.
“But as far as the long-term mentality of the Broncos, I don’t think that was going to be swayed by results this season, I think they’re going down that path and they’ll be hoping they can get everyone on the field.”
Gallen highlights Seibold’s biggest flaw
Paul Gallen agreed that there was no quick fix to get the Broncos back in the top eight hunt, short of an instant shot of star power in the form of David Fifita’s return from injury.
“I don’t think there’s a quick fix for them, no,” Gallen told The Final Whistle.
“I’ve said all year if they can persevere with the coach, if they can persevere with the team for another year or two then they’ll come good but how much pain do they want to take in the meantime?”
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