Love, Love, Love, Love, Love, Love, Love, Love, Love
There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time -
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
- Lennon / McCartney (The Beatles) "All You Need Is Love"
It’s hard to start a football article thinking about the loss of John Lennon that happened thirty years ago this past week. It’s harder still to recognize the shock, the raw thoughts and emotions, along with a greater understanding of how the events surrounding John Lennon’s murder went down. It’s still just as sad to learn of exactly how the world was rocked by the announcement on Monday Night Football after all these years.
Personally, I remember the absolute shock and horror surrounding his loss as I saw the Patriots and the Miami Dolphins play that night. I went to bed incredibly sad that night, and on my way to a friend’s house the following day I found something rather symbolic of the events half a nation away. Down on the ground of a dirt road I was walking on that day was the shattered fragments of an old Beatles record. The only fragment that wasn’t shattered completely was the center of the record and very clearly on it I saw the name “Lennon”. I could only freeze in my tracks for a moment as a young teen and think a part of my own innocence was now gone.
Life rolls on and we all deal with life, death, and change. I think there is some satisfaction in the fact that now, some thirty years later, I can share these lyrics by Paul McCartney and John Lennon as something that is still relevant and that they will always have strong meaning for future generations.Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
It’s from those same powerful words that this article found it’s inspiration.
To The Front Office: There’s Nothing You Can Do That Can’t Be Done
As a guy who has followed football intently on all levels for roughly forty years I’ve worked hard to convey to current fans a wide variety of thoughts and opinions related to the greatest game on earth. Given the events of this past week at the Denver Broncos training facility with the termination of head coach Josh McDaniels something became quite obvious. There was a sense of relief that this experiment and gamble was over, and with it a new beginning has become possible.
If I were to tell the powers that be at Dove Valley and the coaches and football players’ on the current Denver Broncos roster just one thing, it would be that message from John Lennon and the Beatles. Yes this season is essentially over and the team will not make the playoffs, but this is a stepping stone to the future. It is where the new foundation is going to be built, and the players that are strong enough they will bring out that character to something better, because the Denver Broncos will get there.
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There will be a new head coach without the interim term in front of the title. The front office is retooling with a likelihood of John Elway being involved on some level and the Broncos considering a myriad of options to decentralize their executive team in order to support the real new coach and the team on the field. It’s a historical time in Denver because it’s something that hasn’t been done in recent memory with this football franchise.
Realistically the Broncos should realize that the sky is the limit and that it is a real team in the front office that they are building as well. As they build it, they should realize that it should be somewhat flexible in nature. Regardless of who fills which role, eventually things will change, but how the foundation is built is everything.
Simply, there’s nothing you can do that can’t be done—nothing at all. It is a blank canvas right now, anything is possible. Certainly bringing John Elway back into the fold is great for PR, but he is a solid football mind that still has much to offer. Other former players, coaches, and GM’s have been talked about in the local media, serving as one huge suggestion box. The reality is some of them would probably work out fine, and some of them might not. The point is that now is the time to realize the endless possibilities will make this franchise stronger for the long run.
So, the only appeal is one to not over-complicate the process.
The team needs an excellent, not a good or fair head coach, but an excellent head coach who is sharp and respected and is capable of taking over the team’s current scheme. As long as there is tight communication between the front office and the new head coach, it’s very possible to land a highly qualified coach to work within the new structure. In the front office there needs to be a new GM type who will not be afraid to make the radical changes and get the team back on track to where it once was. The GM should be someone open to working with others like John Elway, Pat Bowlen, Joe Ellis among others who would act as a true support team to putting a better product on the field.
About a month ago in a poll I submitted suggested the idea of an Elway/Jon Gruden team. It received over an 80% approval rating of over 500 votes. More recently another poll I put together showed Jon Gruden getting over a 60% approval rating from over another 500 responders over any other coach out there to become Josh McDaniels replacement. There have been some members of the media trying to shoot down Jon Gruden as a viable candidate, but I will simply say this: they don’t know what they are talking about and can only sparsely reinforce their point. I personally have little doubt, Jon Gruden is the right coach for the Denver Broncos right now.Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Moreover with John Elway on board in some capacity it looks like that original poll has both validity and momentum. Since John Elway will most likely be a buffer and executive with possible ownership in the Broncos, former Denver Bronco Mark Schlereth has been mentioned as a possible solid GM. Due to his chemistry with Elway and well rounded football mind he should be a viable candidate.
The only further suggestion is don’t stop at that point, there are other people who could still add value to the franchise and I don’t mind saying myself included. Some might scoff at the idea, but the fact is I have had the attention of football writers, local radio, and the franchise for a reason. It’s because I know what I’m talking about when it comes to the NFL, the Denver Broncos, and the CU Buffs for that matter. The reason is because I have lived it out on the CU side and have followed the Broncos for roughly 40 years, and I’ll just let that speak on its own.
So despite the recent news of scandal and upheaval, this proud franchise is fixable. It makes all the sense in the world. The focus should be to take pressure off of the Bowlen’s and share the burden of change organizationally into the future. So there is literally nothing you can do that can’t be done – just do it and embrace the change as it unfolds.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
To Coaches and Players: You Can Learn How to Play the Game – It’s Easy
Perhaps part of the overwhelming frustration for fans is the knowledge that there is talent on the Denver Broncos roster. This is a team that just needs to rally around itself and be prepared for anything because change is coming.
The team philosophies will change, and may even be changing with an improving run game. Regardless, the only way anyone survives the next wave of change in Dove Valley is to put their character to the test as a team. It’s the very thing Josh McDaniels was banking on, now is where the rubber meets the road. The team should remember the love of the game they have worked so hard to learn to play; at this point it should be easy.
To The Fans: Love Is All You Need
I’ve personally shared this once before, but a few years back I was at the Philadelphia Eagles game where Donovan McNaab and Terrell Owens came to town. I was shocked and amazed at how many Philladelphia fans there were at INVESCO Field at Mile High. On my way into the stadium I shared a friendly conversation and an eventual short exchange of trash talk with an Eagle fan, the one thing I told him as I grabbed my orange John Mobley #51 jersey was simply this:
“These are the colors of brotherly love!”
The Eagles fan smiled, laughed, and took it in stride as we parted on very good terms, but the point was made then based on the history of the local football franchise.
The Denver Broncos have some of the very best fans anywhere. The real reason the franchise reached the pinnacles that it has are simply the love the fans have had for the franchise. That love had been tested of late, but in the end what wound up being best for the Broncos was what transpired earlier this week with the dismissal of Josh McDaniels as head coach.
So the divide among fans should now be a moot point.
The fans should just know and trust this much, the Denver Broncos won’t stay down much longer and there are better days ahead for the franchise and the fans.
It might take a little old fashioned elbow grease to help propel the team back to being competitive like it was during the run of the Orange Crush era.
Certainly bringing back the Orange Crush look is becoming a distinct possibility because of the voice of fans of the team because your voice is being heard. The thing the team needs the rest of this season and into the future is the undying support of fans who embrace the direction of the team. Mr. Bowlen rolled the dice on a hot candidate in the coaching search and it didn’t work out, but give him credit for putting the team back on track by getting rid of coach McDaniels, someone he put a lot of faith and trust into.
The thing it should take to set things right?
Wear your orange and your blue and go a little crazy, don’t be afraid to have a little hope and faith invested in your team like they used to back in the day.
Broncos country you can do this.
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
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