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Published on 11/24/2009 at Tue Nov 24 10:00.
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Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos paces the sideline as he leads his team against the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos paces the sideline as he leads his team against the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

In his rookie season, Head Coach Josh McDaniels has the Broncos standing precipitously close to an edge over which they haven’t tumbled in nearly two decades.

Denver has four days to regroup after its fourth straight loss to prevent a fifth, a losing streak McDaniels’ most recent predecessor never experienced. In 14 seasons as Broncos coach, Mike Shanahan, never lost five straight games.

The last time the Denver Broncos suffered such a mid-season five-game slide was with Dan Reeves at the helm, way, way back in 1990. Wade Phillips also technically surrendered five straight games as Broncos coach from 1993-1994, although his losing streak took place across those two seasons.

“I’m done feeling the loss. I’m sick of it,” Kyle Orton said, echoing the sentiments of Broncos faithful everywhere. “It’s been a long time since we’ve won, so let’s get back on the field and win a game. That’s all we are talking about from here on out is just winning.”

If there’s anything to be gleaned from this Broncos free fall, it’s that losing breeds frustration breeds more losing. Mental errors compound, turn into penalties and botched plays, and the athletes take themselves out of games.

“It is very difficult to pull a team out of a nosedive like the one they’re in right now,” Broncos great John Elway said, “especially if you’ve never been through it.” [CBS4 Denver]

Getting the Broncos back into the mental sharpness they displayed in the first six games, despite the mounting frustrations, is the first real test of McDaniels’ coaching mettle, and he is as aware of it as anyone.

“Until we find a solution to be able to play a 60-minute game a lot cleaner than we have the last few weeks here, we are going to continue to struggle,” McDaniels said. “That is going to continue to be our challenge going into the New York Giants.”

In other words, enough worrying about playoff races, division titles, and Weeks 1-6. It’s time for the Broncos to stop paying lip service to the One Game at a Time mantra and actually act according to that principle. It’s time to play a complete game of football.

“We’ve got to do things well, early in the game so we can stay balanced and do the things that got us success in the beginning of the season,” McDaniels said. “Obviously in the last four weeks we haven’t done that.”

The excitement has officially vanished from the 2009 season’s hot start, the luster blurred. Now McDaniels is at risk of a historic blemish. Can the Broncos gut out a win?

  • d_e_e

    Damn right they can, dont even question it. Everyone is off the band wagon, I find myself alone…. whats that though… I see a ray of hope .. it started last night … Houston lost to Tennessee, this Thrusday the Broncos win, this sunday San Diego loses to the Chiefs , Pittsburgh loses to Baltimore , and San Fran beats the Jags ,

    7-4 baby believe it. This Thursday is the last stop , anyone that wants to get on the Bronco Bus get on, who ever wants to get off can get off , I called 10 wins and they will get to 10. Enough talking , is it Thursday yet?

  • LJ

    Its time to pack this team in and shut them down. Family has been a season ticket holder since '73, but we don't think there's any need to pay for them next year. I knew this was gonna happen after starting out with some LUCKY wins this year. The 'true' broncos are here now and going nowhere. too bad.

  • d_e_e

    Sounds like you've packed it up and shut it down as a fan, its alright though just dont come back after the win on thursday night until next offseason.

  • Andpark

    I liked the fire Marshall showed and I think we take this anger and do something constructive with it. NYG went to overtime, have to travel, just snapped a losing streak of their own, underestimating us. We get back on track after Thurs. night!

    We win and not only are we still in the wildcard chase but I think KC has a great shot of beating down SD. Fingers crossed..

  • d_e_e

    No doubt playing in San Diego will be tough for Kansas City, but I think with Jamal Charles running like he is and Cassell coming around a bit it should be at least close. Also the X Factor is Chris Chambers , this will be a revenge game for him and he's gone up San Diego's secondary and knows them well.

    San Diego destroyed the chiefs last time they played them, this could be payback….

  • scott

    Bronco fans do not be so hard on your team. they have a good young head coach and some great draft spots for next year and some great players on the team already.
    In the NFL you have to learn as you know, to win and learn how to lose as well.
    A 16 game season there is a of football to go! there is no crying
    We need you guys as bad as you need us charger fans
    You bronco fans and us charger fans will not accept losers, true.
    So come on bring it on and never give up!! (win or lose never let them see you sweat)
    You are not Raider or Chefs fans