Even though the Broncos playoff chances in the 2011-12 season look slim, they still could still fight hard and show promise for the coming seasons.
The new leadership, new players and ridiculously difficult opponents should make this season fun to watch. Here are a number of reasons why this team is worth following.
The Raiders? The worst team over the past 5 years?
This team will come into Denver to open the season on Monday night. Oakland has a winning streak in Denver and should be favored heavily in this game. A lot of their fans will be out of jail and on parole at this point, so their fan base will be well represented.
Will Denver have the moxie to make a game out of this one?
Tim Tebow will compete with Kyle Orton for the starting spot.
Even if Orton is the more polished and ready for the spot, the Bronco front office should start Tebow. They have to see what they have got. Just by winning a game and leading the Broncos back from a 17 point deficit gives Bronco fans hope.
His scrambling ability and leadership is something that hasn't been witnessed in Denver since 1998. Even if there are some beat-downs and some learning to do on the job, Tebow will provide excitement.
A lot of people speculate that Denver could have done what Cleveland did in moving down for additional draft picks. I am one of them. However, if Von Miller turns out to be anything close to Derrick Thomas or any other linebacker great, he will definitely be worth the second overall pick.
Josh McDaniels imagined that Denver had the personnel to run a 3-4 defense. Obviously, this was not the case. Moving back to a 4-3 defense should show improvement in 2011.
Elvis Dumervil will return and with that half of Denver's pass rush capabilities. Heck, when you're the 32nd ranked defense in 2010, there is nowhere to go but up.
Bringing John Elway into the Broncos organization is speculated to be a PR move after a disastrous season.
This may be the case, but he will help Tebow grow into the potential franchise quarterback that this organization hasn't had since, well, Jay Cutler.
There could also be a few aces up his sleeve that will help this team win some games that they should lose. We will see.
In hiring Josh McDaniels, Pat Bowlen tried to accomplish the same feat he did when he first brought in Mike Shanahan. He tried to capture lightning in a bottle.
He failed. Miserably. Instead of bringing in another upstart, Bowlen brought in a veteran. Foxy is about as good of a potential head coach who was on the market at the end of the season.
He's been to the Big Game before and lead Carolina to a number of winning seasons. He has a lot of work ahead, but there is reason to believe that he is capable of getting the job done.
If you look at this offense, it's really not that bad. In fact, between the 20's, it's really good. Though they're efficient and explosive, it's the red zone where they fail. This should improve in 2011-12.
Ryan Clady has another year under his belt after his knee injury. The rookie offensive linemen have more experience working together as a unit.
Moreno proved that he can be a pretty explosive back when he has some run blocking. And Denver's receiving corps is among the best in the league. Perhaps later today Denver gets a tight end in the draft.
Assuming this unit stays relatively healthy, they should be more effective than last year.
Is it me, or does it seem like every year the Broncos face a ridiculous slate of opponents?
NYJ, New England and Chicago are at home. I'm guessing Cutler will act like a jerk before his game in Denver and during the game.
How fun would it be to beat Chicago? It should make for good times.
And finally, the worst coach, by far, in the history of this franchise is no longer calling the shots.
This guy single-handedly destroyed a team on the verge of greatness. The throwing away of draft picks, trading and cutting of good players, and acquisition of tired old free agents ruined this team.
His play calling was predictable. Everything about this guy sucks. Now he's gone and the Broncos can resume normal operations.