Last year it seemed that the Broncos just couldn't catch a break. After busting through the gate at 6-0, the Broncos choked their way to a .500 season, missing the playoffs yet again.
Although many began the season with high hopes and feelings of Optimism and excitement after the drafting of Tim Tebow, those hopes quickly evaporated as injury after injury was reported from training camp. As much as I'd love to sit here and complain about our injury-plagued Denver Broncos, I'm not going to.
Instead, I'm going to point out that the Denver Broncos of 2010 don't really look too different than the choke artists of 2009. Specifically, I was saddened to see the offense take themselves out of drives with stupid penalties and even dumber mental errors.
Last year it seemed like anytime we finally managed to fight our way into the red zone in a tough game we would instantly be caught holding, backing us up 10 yards. Then, usually the VERY NEXT PLAY would involve Kyle Orton getting sacked- and of course the loss would take us just out of field goal range.
I tried to start the year with positive thoughts, but when that happened again in the first half, I went off. Had I owned a chihuahua I can assure you that I would have punted it. Denver has beefed up the offense, the defense, the special teams, the training staff, the coaching staff (Martindale has at least 40 lbs on Nolan...and the tye-dye shirt?), and I'm sure the dude that drives the bus to and from the hotel is fatter.
What we haven't seemed to do is beef up our mental prowess. Mental mistakes absolutely murdered us last year, and we're again on pace to continue the assault on ourselves. On a happier note, I was glad to see the Titans destroy the hopeless Raiders. I know every preseason article had the Raider fans chalking this one up as a W, so it felt pretty good.
Denver however did not look completely lost or hopeless. We moved the ball. Royal looked sharp. Knowshon looked like a first round running back. Orton protected the ball as usual, save for the last play of the game. Our run defense continued to struggle. Our pass defense looked solid.
Our offensive line looked pathetic at times, though Orton looked fairly swift when forced to run. The defensive line needs help. Somebody needs to step it up and get to that quarterback, but who? Elvis, unfortunately has left the building.