So, this is what redemption is like?
Josh McDaniels found himself dancing around like a nerd who just got a date to the prom, and his Denver Broncos went to 5-0 after he beat his old boss. Pretty impressive.
Actually, that's impressive on it's own. Undefeated. Beating the old boss, and all in your first year as a head coach.
But what's even more impressive, is how he did it, and what led up to it. With all the media attention swarming around McDaniels and his operations over the Jay Cutler fiasco, this team looked destined for a nightmarish season.
The the trade happened, the Broncos landed Kyle Orton (who would compete with Chris Simms), and we had no resolution about this "new New England-style" offense that McDaniels was installing.
In fact, no one can be sure if he even was confident in it. However, looking at him parading around the field after Matt Prater's kick was good, you get the feeling he knew it all along.
He just hadn't felt it yet.
But this isn't luck. The week one spectacular tip-pass-and-run by Brandon Stokley-that, that might be luck. But these other four games and the way they played-out; it's not even close.
And the rest of the offseason, the solid drafting, the trades, the free agent signings, and the handling of the Brandon Marshall situation. It was all executed perfectly. Almost like it was all planned.
But now, look at where McDaniels and Marshall are. They're high-fiving and hugging on the sidelines. The star receiver in getting more involved with each passing week, which is making Kyle Orton look more and more like a reincarnation of a bearded, noodle-armed Tom Brady.
And despite not topping 30 points as an offense yet this season, it's hard to say there's really anything wrong with the way this team goes to work. Their running game is sublime. The blocking is solid, the quarterback position is well-coached, and until the Patriots game, Orton hadn't thrown a pick.
But how did we really get here? How is it, that entering week six, we're still discussing who will be the first team this Denver squad loses to?
Defense. It's all about the defense. And while the offense that moves the ball gets the glory, the quarterback who tosses for 300+ yards gets the pictures, and the receivers who catch the touchdowns go on the posters, it's the league's number one-ranked defense that should be getting most of the credit.
Denver has completely suffocated opponents, shutting down team's hefty rush offense, and only allowing four touchdowns through five games.
They have yet to give up more than 17 points. They have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. My friends, these Denver Broncos have yet to lose.
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