So I’m going through my ritual of scouring the web for any post game Denver Broncos news I can find.
As a Bronco fan trapped in the prison state of Arizona, getting choice news can be something of a pain, so, like a chocolate junky in search of a snickers bar I spend hours looking for even the most obscure Broncos references.
It’s true that technology has made this a simpler task in recent years. Even games that are not televised here can be located online via live video or, in a pinch, audio streams if you’re clever. The streams are not always the best, but since I refuse to buy into the overly expensive package at that dish place I learned to live with it.
Anyway, I am going through sites when I noticed a trend that disturbs me.
The national media has started to show respect for the Denver Broncos.
I know I have whined about the lack of love being shown the Broncos. I have been frustrated at the bias the word monkeys have shown. But now that even Pete Pricso is on the bandwagon I must admit that I enjoyed watching them squirm each time the Broncos won.
Well, at least I have Jamie Dukes and Tom Waddle. They can always be counted on to roll their eyes when the Broncos are mentioned.
On the other hand!
Each week we are treated to a new “reason” the Broncos will fail. Going into the Dallas game we were told that it was the beginning of a stretch of games that would prove or expose us. We won that game and suddenly Dallas was not really all that good, so proof would have to wait.
Next, we were told that New England was simply on another level, and there was no way that Harry McHooder could beat Billdemort. We won, and suddenly everyone was questioning whether Tom Brady was okay. Denver, they said, was for real but the worst undefeated team in the league, and until we faced a team that had it together we were still a maybe.
Enter San Diego.
The consensus reason we were supposed to lose that game was a stretch. The Broncos expended too much energy against the Cowboys and too much emotion against the Patriots. The Broncos were primed for a San Diego ambush.
You can rest assured that a week from tomorrow, when the hype for week eight games begins, the common opinion will be that Denver will get beat in Baltimore because the Ravens are coming off a bye and will be angry. With two weeks to prepare the Ravens will be dangerous.
Never mind that we will be coming off of a bye as well. Unlike the Ravens our bye will not be one of preparation, but one that kills the moment our undefeated start created.
Write it down.
“I know you're out there. I can feel you now..I know that you're afraid..You're afraid of us, you’re afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin...”
And it begins at 6-0.
As you go through the bye week, waiting for the next chapter of this story to begin, you may find yourself staring at your computer screen looking for hidden messages or gawking at the bare shoulders of plastic Goth girls, looking for the one with the white rabbit tattoo on her shoulder. If so, do not be alarmed.
The time has come for you to swallow the orange pill.
After the Shanahan program was deleted for outliving its purpose, and the renegade glamour boy sub-routine was banished to the Windy city Recycle bin, I was uncertain as to our future. Logic dictated that our schedule, personnel, new Coaching staff, new system and new QB amounted to a frustrating transition season.
All of us, even the most ardent and kool-aid drunken Denver Broncos fans have surprised that we are undefeated going into the bye.
If you are not, I commend you for your impressive, and possibly dangerous, myopia.
I myself, while always approaching it with the idea that I would reserve judgment on McDaniels until his system proved itself either way, did not expect more than seven wins. I am also guilty of stating that Orton was not the long term answer. I even called him a hack. More than once.
I’m overjoyed that we are undefeated and looking stronger than any Broncos team since the Super bowl years. But if anyone would have told me that we would get to this point with Kyle “Neo” Orton under center I would have attempted to slap them out of their insanity.
And thats from someone who was HAPPY to see Glamor boy traded.
Shows what I know.
Maybe it’s just me, but if you look at the offensive stats from last night they do not really stand out as spectacular.
Orton was 20/29 for 249 yards and 2 TD’s. We had 101 yards rushing, 19 first downs and a time of possession right around 30.5. Not bad, not spectacular.
That is until you take into account the fact that the Broncos barely touched the ball in the first 25 minutes thanks to Eddie Royals returns.
Changes the perspective a bit, does it not?
AFC West Stuff
It was good to see the Raidettes and Cheips get wins on Sunday. I do not think they will mean much in the long run as both teams are too far gone. But I have to admit that I am getting annoyed at the weakness of this Division. I would like to see them both put it together and start playing better.
While watching our foes suffer can be fun, I think that the AFC west title means much more when the division is running at full strength.
There is no division in this league that has the same kind of fan base the AFC West can boast when things are going well. And no better rivalries in the NFL. I find it less than satisfying that even a trip to Narrowhead does not frighten me.
Bring on the bye week!