“Git ‘R Done.”
I can’t even say that those are three words. At best, it’s two-and-a-half, and one of them isn’t even spelled correctly. But somehow, they ring appropriate after the Broncos took a vital first step towards the playoffs with Sunday’s win.
They were the first words I noticed upon landing at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport on Saturday. (And by the way, is there a cooler name for an airport?) One of the buses had the phrase brandished on its front with a novelty license plate. I found it a tad odd that the bus company would go for such personalization, but who am I to judge?
Still, all psuedo/wanna-be-Southern comedy aside (because Larry the Cable Guy is actually from Nebraska; you can look it up), I couldn’t help but think that was the simple theme of the weekend — getting it done.
Mission accomplished. The four-game losing streak had culled the Broncos’ 2006 campaign down to its most threadbare but essential goal — to win, by any means permissible within the rules. That meant going deep in the first three minutes, moving a cornerback-turned-safety back to his original position, providing a liberal dose of pass-rushing to an opposing rookie quarterback and being unafraid to turn to lesser-used players in crucial situations.
Mike Bell getting the majority of carries at tailback? It worked for two touchdowns.
Karl Paymah seeing copious playing time as the third cornerback? He merely led the Broncos in tackles and didn’t yield the big play that Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin have made their habit in recent weeks.
David Kircus filling in on punt returns? He provided an early spark with a 16-yard sprint on his first return.
Quincy Morgan back on kickoff returns? All he did was give the Broncos their longest such runback in nearly three years.
Steve Cargile playing in his first NFL regular-season game? Four special-teams tackles later, he’d shown why he received the coach’s call.
A collection of skill-position players around Jay Cutler that on some plays included Kircus and rookies Brandon Marshall and Bell, with a strong dose of Nate Jackson at tight end along with rookie Tony Scheffler? Using those backups helped the Broncos rest veterans like Javon Walker, Stephen Alexander and Rod Smith, while they continued moving the football all the while.
“Javon’s shoulder (was) banged up a little bit (and) my calf cramped up a little bit, so we have no problem letting those guys in the game and going out there and doing what they can do,” Smith said. “They get paid to go out there and go to work.”
All that, and a win, too.
Now that how you “git ‘r’ done.”