If practice performance is any indication, safety John Lynch believes the Broncos will be back on track by Sunday.
“You know what, we’ve had a real good week of practice,” he said Thursday. “Sometimes when you’re really struggling, you just go back to the basics, and I think that’s what we’ve done this week. I think we’re focused on effort and fundamentals, and that’s made for some real good practices.”
If the adage of playing like one practices is true, then Lynch’s assessment would seem to indicate the Broncos are working back up to speed.
“When you’re in the midst of a losing streak, I think the initial reaction is that everything is broke,” Lynch said. “That’s what the perception is out there. Then if you really study it, it’s just fundamental things, and those are what you work on. Part of the thing is getting the guys back and upbeat, believing that we can be the team that we set out to be.
“I think we’ve gotten that accomplished thus far this week; now we’ve just got to go do it in the game.”
Few Broncos knew what it was like to come to Dove Valley in the throes of a four-game losing streak; prior to this moment, the team hadn’t experienced such a skid since 1999, and only Tom Nalen, Matt Lepsis, Rod Smith, Al Wilson and Jason Elam were on the team’s roster back then.
For the vast majority of the team, such a skid was something foreign — at least for their careers as Broncos.
“It makes everything harder,” cornerback Darrent Williams said after Sunday’s game. “It makes practice harder; it makes going to meetings harder; coaches are harder on you because you’re losing, so it’s hard when you’re losing.”
But Williams, like his teammates, had to rise and get back to work.
“As a professional, you can never get too high or too low,” defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban said. “It’s our job to be focused. It’s our job to go out there and practice hard, whether we’re on a five-game winning streak or a five-game losing streak. It doesn’t matter.
“As a professional, you know that’s part of the game, and the only way to get out of this losing streak is to keep practicing hard.”
That part, the Broncos have done. Now it’s a matter of applying it to a Sunday afternoon revival.