The Future Of The Broncos

Brad JamesCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2008

The future is always an intriguing thing to me. With 2009 swiftly descending upon us, I guess that now is a good time for we Broncos fans to come to terms with what the future holds, especially since Mike Shanahan has been fired.

First of all, let me make something clear right now: I do not fault Pat Bowlen, he did what he felt he had to do for the betterment of the franchise and we'll see what comes out of it.

Rather than prophesize doom and gloom, I'm going to accentuate positives, such as Eddie Royal as pictured above.

Royal's stats (91 rec, 980 yards, 5 TD's) are a positive factor in moving forward as are the impressive credentials of fellow rookie Ryan Clady who has already asserted himself as the leader of an outstanding offensive line.

Obviously, everyone knows about the sordid defense which gave up 28 points a game and surrendered nearly 380 yards a contest.

Those areas must be corrected and as I've stated previously, Bill Cowher seems to be the right man for the job.

The only caveat is that Cowher will probably want authority as the general manager as well and that's precisely one of the reasons Shanahan was fired in the first place: too many hats.

The key factor with all the information readily available is that Cutler should have a fair amount of continuity from the previous era which saw him set a Broncos' single season record for passing yards with 4,526 on the season.

With all of this said, I leave it in the hands of Mr. Bowlen to make a wise decision.

Some of you may not know this, but the Broncos are sixth all-time in wins in NFL annals and Mr. Bowlen has played a major role in promulgating this sensational stat.

Good luck to him and may the Broncos' tradition of excellence ensue as the franchise enters a new era!