It feels good to finally be on the right track as a football team. Obviously we’ve got a long way to go this season and we’ve had some rough times, but I’m really proud of this team and the strides we’ve made.
One of the most exciting things about us starting to win and play well is less and less negative blog responses and I imagine there will be a lot of people jumping on the Broncos bandwagon on the blog and a lot less haters, which is fine by me. I’d like to officially welcome everybody back to Broncos Country, and those that never left Broncos Country, thanks for supporting us.
Like I said, our team is still not as good as it can be and it’s not as good as it’s going to be because we’re still going to work hard and I know with the leadership we have on this team there will be no complacency. We’ve only had a two-game winning streak, but fortunately that was enough to get us back into first place of our division and be able to control our own destiny which is important.
As far as the playoffs are concerned, last night’s game I think was really a reflection on the character this team has. The past couple weeks have been a look at what we thought this team was going to be coming into the season and we’re starting to become. Still, clearly there are a lot of things we need to work on offensively and defensively.
Our special teams are finally since I’ve been here, probably the first time since I’ve been here, our special teams are headed in the right direction. We still are not perfect yet obviously and never will be but we still have some areas we need to clean up on the special teams. I think overall we had pretty good coverage and scored our first special teams touchdown this season, which is great, and Glenn Martinez’s first touchdown ever in the history of his life, which is pretty cool also.
Lots of young guys stepping up is great. Glenn was one of those guys and Andre Hall. On defense there’s been kind of a large infusion of youth and talent with our young defensive linemen and players like Hamza Abdullah just stepping up and making plays when it’s needed.
Vince Young is a very impressive player — a great athlete. Despite the fact that we knew he was a good running quarterback, he still found ways to run the ball and make plays. I think Vince Young and the Titans deserve a lot of credit. They have a very good football team, which makes the win even more sweet, and it was on Monday night. It’s always fun to play on Monday night.
Thanksgiving’s approaching. It’s one of the best holidays, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is great. It gives you an excuse to eat a bunch of food and sit around with family. This is my first Thanksgiving since I’ve been a Bronco because we’ve been playing on Thanksgiving for the last couple of years. I’m really excited about actually getting to have Thanksgiving with my family. Throughout college it was hard because we always had a game and I never had time to go home and see my family during Thanksgiving, so this is my first legitimate Thanksgiving in quite some time. I’m excited about that and of course all the food. One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is playing games with your family, board games and things like that, because I’m better then them and I get to win. I enjoy winning and dominating my family at board games.
Mr. Jay Cutler, our quarterback, had a tremendous game. I also think it was cool that he was matched up with Vince Young. I don’t think he had more yards than Vince but he definitely outplayed him with scoring and managing his team since they came out the first year and Vince was like the first quarterback taken. Jay didn’t go ’til the teens of the first round. We got the good end of that deal.
I never get all my holiday shopping done early, but most of it’s already done. I buy everything that I want for myself and anything I can’t buy that I want, nobody else can buy for me.
I got to catch up with some old friends of mine before and after the game. It’s always better talking to your old friends who are currently on other NFL teams after you win. I went to college with Randy Starks, one of their defensive lineman. Vinny Fuller and Eric King are guys on their team who I grew up with. We grew up in the same area and they’re both defensive backs just like myself, so it’s good to see them. And Keith Bulluck is a friend of mine from the Harvard Business School that is offered through the NFL Players Association, so it was fun to see them and talk to them.
Before the draft, the year I came out, the Titans had me in for a visit, so I met all their coaches and a lot of the staff there. They ended up selecting Adam Jones, better known as Pacman, and they drafted Reynaldo Hill also before the Broncos drafted me in the third round. It was extra sweet to see all those guys and see all the coaches that I met.
As I alerted everybody before, the Blogmaster has retired from mastering Domonique Foxworth’s blog and he moved on to doing something for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so we’re all proud of him for moving up in the world, but he will be missed.
I’m pretty busy normally on Tuesdays on a day off, and since we have a short week I’m going to be even more busy. I have the radio show tonight and I think I’m going to cancel this week’s writing class. We’ve had some pretty good writing classes recently. They’re kind of up and down though, because the kids are in school and don’t always feel like doing a ton of writing. It’s always quality writing, but it’s not always a lot. Sometimes it’s hard for them to focus and stuff, so I think the week off from writing class might be good and it’ll give me some extra time to do my radio show and prepare for the coming game.
I also have some sort of shop with the Broncos thing, or shop with a Bronco, that Dick’s Sporting Goods approached the Broncos about. That will be nice during the holiday season.
Thanks everybody. All ready!