Posted Tue Oct 19th by Jon Heath
The 2-4 Denver Broncos could be pointing a lot of fingers and making a lot of excuses for last week’s loss and how the season has started. They’ve chosen not to.
Through the first five games of the season, the Broncos were unable to create any kind of running game. The Offensive line, however, didn’t turn around and point at Laurence Maroney, explaining to us that he dances for half an hour in the backfield then walks through the, in blocking terms, “hole.” Likewise, the Running backs weren’t complaining about the offensive line not holding their blocks long enough and creating holes to run through, and the coaches weren’t pointing out either one specifically. As a whole, the team knew everyone had to do a better job together.
The following week against the Jets, the Broncos had their best game on the ground, rushing for nearly 150 yards. As a whole, the team was better, the backs ran harder, the line seemed to know what was going on, and the Broncos got creative, giving an end-around to Wide Receiver Eddie Royal and by using Rookie Quarterback Tim Tebow in special situations. All factors led to a better running game, and it all started by manning up and not playing the blame game.
Similarly, the Broncos are not dwelling on a pass interference call, they are not going to release J.D. Walton, they aren’t mentioning that they’ve played the toughest schedule in the NFL through the first six games, and are not throwing the season in the bag.
“I have nothing to say [about the interference call],” Safety Renaldo Hill said. Hill went on to say he was just trying to keep his balance, and has moved on from the subject. Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd added, “Nothing was taken from us.”
If the Broncos are for real, and can really move on and put this weeks loss behind them, they have a legitimate chance at winning the division.
“I think a game like this is going to make or break our team,” said Denver Broncos Defensive End/Outside Linebacker Jarvis Moss. Jarvis also noted, “I think this team is every bit as good as we were at this time last year and even better.”
With an easier schedule down the road, what looks to be an improving running game, and an optimistic team, isn’t it time we the fans join the Broncos in growing up and stop complaining about the past and embrace the future? There’s ten games left, go get ‘em Broncos.