Love Them Or Hate Them: Denver Broncos Are NFL's Most Polarizing Team

Reid BrooksAnalyst IJune 15, 2010

DENVER - JANUARY 03: A Broncos fan holds a sign expressing his sentiments about head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos as the Broncos were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on January 3, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Because of all the focus on conference realignment, I have found myself neglecting Denver Broncos football (obviously unintentional). Aside from Elvis Dumervil putting his name on the dotted line, it really doesn't look like I skipped out on too much.

I mean, signing a cream of the crop defensive all star off of hold out status would have been the news of the off season for most teams. For the Denver Broncos, its nothing more than a drop in the breaking news bucket. Dumervil's situation as way under the radar for most folks.

And that highlights the main point of this article. Whether intentional or not, the Denver Broncos have managed to take over the seat as the most polarizing team in the NFL.

Everyone has an opinion on this particular team. Some fans love them. Some fans hate them.

Most people outside of the organization who are not from the state of Florida think the team is doomed to mediocrity.

If the past two off seasons have been Pat Bowlen's attempt at engaging in a "who can be crazier" competition with Al Davis, the Denver Broncos have somehow managed to beat the Oakland Raiders.

It started with the firing of coaching legend Mike Shanahan, which many die hard fans agreed with. Shanahan had just whatever it was that had carried him to so much earlier success (*clearing throat ... John Elway).

Too many eight win seasons with defensive inadequacies were hindering the success of "Shanahanigans."

Then the Denver Broncos made the shocking hire of former New England Patriots offensive wunderkind, Josh McDaniels. And suddenly we had the Jay Cutler fiasco.

Shortly thereafter Brandon Marshall was playing kickball during practice, and Kyle Orton was trimming his neckbeard to support his new persona as a (good?) quarterback.

Elvis Dumervil became awesome and the defense went from one of the worst of all time to one of the best in the NFL.

6-0 turned into 0-6 and then back into 8-8 as the season fell apart, just like it had so many times under Shanahan.

Cue off season number two...

Seeya Marshall. Hello Tebow.

No team in the NFL has done so much crazy stuff in the past year and a half. Because of that, mentioning the Denver Broncos anywhere elicits some sort of reaction.

Most of the time, outside of Denver, the reaction I get is hysterical laughter followed by the the word: Tebow.

If you had told me in December of 2008 that Tim Tebow would become my quarterback, I wouldn't have believed it. I couldn't have believed it. Not as an assessment of his quality (he recently got an endorsement from Champ Bailey, who is one of the few people around I still like) but as an assessment of probability.

Things have gotten absolutely nuts.

I played a game of Madden 07 a couple of days ago, which incidentally was the last time the Broncos were a really good team in the game. Three of the players from that team are still on the roster.

The turnover in Denver has been nothing short of incredible.

I have made it known very loudly that I am not the biggest fan of the team's current direction. Then again, I don't consider myself to be fair weather. I can prove that by saying I am a USC graduate who has written passionate defenses of the current team from the recent, ridiculously overblown sanctions. My college is going to be a nonentity for at least the next four years, but I'm not jumping ship.

With the Broncos, I am getting a little antsy.

So really, for once, I just want to hear from everybody out there. All of you guys who have read my stuff for awhile now and given me your input, I really want to hear how you feel about the direction of the team.

Leave your thoughts below and I'll try to get back to you on them. If you say you're not sure how you feel about this team, I'll call you a liar. Everyone out there has an opinion on these Denver Broncos.


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