Denver Broncos: They Are Who We Thought They Are!!!

JosephContributor INovember 23, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 09:  Head coach Josh McDaniels talks with quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos as they face the Pittsburgh Steelers on during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 9, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Steelers defeated the Broncos 28-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It’s time to break the silence! It’s time to get off the proverbial fence and take a stand. Personally, I’m standing right where I stood before the season began: The Denver Broncos are a bad team!

There, I said it, and I’m glad I finally got that off my chest. Now hold up, before you begin to spew your uninformed and blindly loyal vitriol, just pause and take a look at the facts. After all, the facts don’t lie.


For the first six weeks of the 2009 NFL season we held our collective breathe and dared to hope that we’d been wrong about the Broncos.

Maybe Orton was a better fit for the Broncos than Cutler (only in fantasyland, and I don’t mean fantasy football). Maybe this rookie coach did know what he was doing after all. Maybe all the off-season antics and melodrama in Denver would ultimately work out for the best.

Why, some of us even reneged on our commitment to hold out on buying season tickets, and proudly began sporting our “Superbowl Bound” powder-blue hoodies.


For the first six weeks of the 2009 NFL season, even the talking heads were fooled into thinking that the Broncos were a good team, and we shot up to number four in their weekly power rankings.

In the first six weeks we’d thrown a ridiculously good 1 interception to 9 passing touchdowns, and that was on a “hail Mary” pass. Our red zone efficiency was 47.4%, and we’d scored 133 points with only 66 points scored against our sizzling and stiflingly good defense.


Then reality struck! Isn’t it a bummer how reality can sometimes be such a party pooper!? Suddenly the scenario begins to bear an eerily familiar resemblance to last seasons tank-job, or nose-dive, or melt-down or whatever other colorful euphemisms you can come up with.

Having won the first six games of the season, even though it was largely due to their overwhelming defense, Kyle Orton began to suspect that he might be as good as Cutler on steroids… and then his alter-ego showed up.


I don’t know what they did or whom they offended during the bye-week, but whatever or whoever it is, they need to go and apologize so that they can get their mojo back.

Since coming off the bye-week they’ve dropped four straight games in the most embarrassing of ways. To compare their first six weeks to their last four is to define the very meaning of the word schizophrenia.

In their last four outings the Denver Donkeys… I mean Broncos have thrown 5 interceptions to 2 passing touchdowns. Their red zone efficiency has dropped to a woeful 16.7%, and they’ve scored a total of 37 points while giving up 117.


I told you the facts don’t lie, and by my calculations these facts add up to: The Denver Broncos are a bad team! They are who we thought they are.

Sadly the football ‘gods’ don’t have a more promising future in store for us, as we play the New York football Giants, the Indianapolis Colts, the Philadelphia Eagles and a resurgent Kansas City Chiefs who just beat the Superbowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers (whom, incidentally, we lost to in Denver by a score of 28-10).


So, I guess it’s beginning to look like we might be watching the playoffs on TV again this year as there doesn’t look to be any games that might involve the Denver Broncos.

But all is not lost, as you can take the money you would have spent on post-season tickets and purchase that new 52” LCD TV that Best Buy has on sale for Christmas.

At least, if nothing else, you’re guaranteed to enjoy watching the Superbowl which, incidentally, won’t be showcasing our beloved Broncos. Just my two cents!