Oh, the many frustrations of this season as a Denver Bronco.
We had another loss, another frustrating loss, against a team we feel like we could beat. That seems to be the story of the season. We come off a great game and then play poorly.
We have been extremely inconsistent. It’s frustrating missing the playoffs this year. It’s one of the many drawbacks of our inconsistency and the constant change that we’ve had especially as a defense. One of the most unfortunate things about having a season like this is the casualties we have around here as far as players are concerned. It’s just the way the business is if your team isn’t producing. Generally, someone has to pay the price. Sometimes coaches get cut, sometimes players get cut. Fan support thins. So there’s a lot of prices being paid around here right now.
A lot of players are getting cut. We’ve had it throughout the course of the season especially on defense. It’s been a revolving door it seems like with players in and out and in and out. Now it’s Tuesday which is normally the cut-and-sign day around the league. I came up here to work out and bumping into a couple of my teammates — I guess now ex-teammates — who now are free agents is a sad part of the business, but it is a business.
I guess feeling bad for them doesn’t do much. Producing on the field probably would’ve kept more people around so that is our only recourse, to try to play better and save our own jobs and the ones of the people around us. I think that there’s enough pride on this team that we’re going to play hard for the rest of the season despite the fact that there’s no playoffs to chase. There’s still a lot of pride on this team and in this community to put out a decent product, one that we can be proud of and one that the fans can respect.
Not looking too far ahead into the future, we have San Diego this week, but this offseason’s going to be a very interesting one around the Broncos facility, especially in the secondary where I’ve grown to be pretty close to all the guys. We’re a really close group in the secondary. There’s a lot of free agents in the secondary this offseason, so it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with those guys. I hope most of us can stay around. I’m one of those free agents, although I’m restricted. I think Hamza Abdullah and Karl Paymah are also. Nick Ferguson is also a free agent. There’s a few guys whose contracts will be expiring. Some of us will be restricted, so hopefully the Broncos will keep us around. Others will be free to go on to other teams. Nick is going to be a ‘free’ free agent. There’s always speculation around John every year about whether or not he’s going to return since he’s been playing so long. Along with the rest of the team, it’ll be interesting to see especially in the secondary what comes of the offseason.
In the offseason, I think one of the really important things for this team is to make sure our leaders assert themselves and develop a hard-working, no-excuse culture of production throughout the offseason that will carry over to the next season. I think that should be one of the main goals for the captains and the leaders of this team during this offseason. Hopefully we can build some continuity and camaraderie with our team going into the next year and these next couple games are a way for us to start that process.
The last time we played the Chargers it didn’t turn out quite well. We were disappointed with how we played. While we are not the team we had hoped we would be right now, we’re still a lot better than we were then, so we’re looking forward to the opportunity to play them at their place on Christmas Eve and display some of our improvements. It is a Monday night game for the world to see. Like I said before, the pride this team and organization has will show through this Monday I expect.
It’s kind of a short blog this week. Not much to talk about. You just end up beating a dead horse with the frustrations that the Broncos have. I think that it’s getting more and more difficult to focus on the positives but there definitely are some.
I think we’ve found some stars on this team throughout the course of this season especially with Brandon Marshall and Elvis Dumervil and I think Jay Cutler has come into his own and he’s somebody that we can trust this team to. I think going into our next season and several years to come we have a leg up on a lot of teams, because one of the most difficult things to find is a quarterback that you can trust to make plays when you need them to be made, and I think we found that in Cutler. We found a tough receiver who will make plays in Marshall and we found a great defensive end, a game-changing defensive player I think in Elvis Dumervil. There are some silver linings. We had almost a first-year offensive line with all the young guys stepping in. They’ve done well as well as our rookie defensive linemen.
I hope you enjoy your holiday week. All ready!