There comes a time in every team's life where restructuring must take place. Sure enough, it was time for the Broncos to do so.
With a new coach, a new quarterback core, and a mess of new faces, the Denver Broncos have a lot of team-building to look forward to. The 2010 season will depend on the chemistry of a team that's suffered through adversity, scandal, and turmoil, before their first season together has even begun.
Josh McDaniels heads a crew that Denver fans will need to study for the first time in a long while. Familiar faces are gone, including a certain franchise quarterback, and some may still be headed away.
A familiar term comes to mind; "Don't mess with success."
We've heard it time and time again, and yet we shouldn't jump on that train yet. We should remain unsettled, and unhappy with our team's position in this league, but also resilient. With any luck, change will be good this year.
The days of John Elway, Terrell Davis, and Rod Smith are gone (don't forget Rod only just left.) As Bronco fans, it must be accepted. The future of this team relies on a future nobody had predicted.
Mike Shanahan had been the victim of scrutiny for years after Elway's departure, however, steadfast in his ways, he did his best to make a championship team out of fourth and fifth round picks, and an offensive scheme that could topple giants. But with Gary Kubiak gone, and the wins diminishing, the tables had finally turned.
This last off-season would see the most change for the Broncos than with any other team in the NFL. It started as a new coach, a flurry of trades, and, eventually, the loss of a franchise player.
Does this spell the end for a franchise that has contended for years? Or is this just another chapter in the storied history of our Denver Broncos? Only time will tell, and it's moving slower than any of us are willing to accept.
New coaches bring new schemes, new talent, and new potential. New is good. Especially considering the Broncos inability to make an impact in the postseason (or the regular season for that matter,) during the last few years.
A team is not made by one player, but can be destroyed by one. One team, one goal. After all, the point is to win the Super Bowl, not your fantasy league.
From one Broncos fan to the rest: "Is it really that bad? We could still have Brian Griese..."