Denver Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway has tossed himself into the crowd of people he said had gotten "a little bit soft'' during the team's current six-game losing streak.

Elway's comments Tuesday came after he had four days to consider what he had said. He received public criticism for the comments, including from notable players in the Broncos' locker room such as linebacker Brandon Marshall and cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

"I was talking about everybody in the organization. ... Sometimes success will make you soft and you won't pay attention to some of the details that you need to pay attention to," Elway said in an interview with Orange and Blue 760. "And I'd put myself first in line there."

Elway added: "I knew before I said it that some guys weren't gonna like it."

Speaking after an event Friday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Elway first made the comments that reverberated throughout the organization. The Broncos are 3-7 and in last place in the AFC West.