Second year Denver Broncos safety, Will Parks, violated confidentiality by posting three practice clips to Snap Chat. It featured four plays during the first week of practice. Based on the few second clips, and on reports on what players did last week, it involved both rotations of offenses and their misses. These plays were from official practice film. He either shared them directly from the film room or he filmed the plays from his official team pad with the practice film on it.
One assumes Parks wanted to share his prowess as a safety in breaking up or pressuring the offenses. However, players may not divulge anything from Dove Valley. This mean no sharing from the playbook, film room, meetings, conversations, etc. It doesn’t matter what is occurring or when.
The Broncos have several choices since this was a violation of his signed contract and if they wanted, per the CBA, could terminate him if they determine his behavior adversely affected or reflected poorly on the club. This is not a small error.
They can also find him a week’s salary and/or suspend him up to four weeks for behavior detrimental to the team. John Elway can decide how much or little he wants to punish.
In addition, he broke the trust of his fellow players and coaches. He made the franchise look bad. He shared plays with the other 31 teams. He put himself before his team.
Antonio Brown only shared a celebratory video and the result was this:
“I’ll be bluntly honest here,” Tomlin said at his weekly news conference. “It was foolish of him to do that. It was selfish for him to do that, and it was inconsiderate of him to do that. Not only is it a violation of our policy, it’s a violation of league policy – both of which he knows. There are consequences to be dealt with from his perspective.
“We will punish him. We won’t punish us. And we will do that swiftly, and we will do so internally.”
“I think that’s why often times you see great players move around from team to team,” Tomlin said. “I definitely don’t want that to be his story. I’m sure he doesn’t want that to be his story, so he has to address these things that have put him and us, in time to time, in settings as such where it needs to be addressed.”
Ben Roethlisberger told The Cook and Poni Show on 93.7 The Fan, ” “That’s a sacred place where things are said and hugs and tears, and it’s kind of a special place. So a little disappointed with AB for that. Coach talks and then I talk, and you just don’t want everyone to know what’s going on in there with the family. And also, I wish AB would have been listening to Coach and myself instead of being on the other side of the locker room filming.”
This was minor compared to sharing practice film. It makes the franchise look bad. It makes Vance Joseph and Joe Woods look bad. The same for the DB group. When players violate the sanctity of the team, it makes it appear there is no leadership.
Not to mention, it brings back images of Josh McDaniels, only this time, it’s as if we spied on ourselves and shared it with 31 foes. It doesn’t matter who was doing what or where or when. When players enter Dove Valley, they enter a cone of silence. Vegas rules.
I hope Parks addresses this publicly and, IN HiS OWN WORDS, apologizes to everyone and acts ashamed and contrite. Because I don’t care how good you are, that action isn’t one you want on your team.
The NFL is a brotherhood, a special bond that only those who play can share and earning back a broken trust will be tough sledding. The only silver lining is this will be used as learning tool not only in Englewood, but across every team in the NFL. Unfortunately, it’s the Broncos in the spotlight.