In watching the tape of Sunday’s 24-17 loss at Jacksonville, Head Coach Josh McDaniels pinpointed several positives to build on.
Whether it was Kyle Orton’s five completions of at least 25 yards, the defense holding Pro Bowler Maurice Jones-Drew to less than 100 yards rushing and no touchdowns or Matt Prater’s 54-yard field goal, the Broncos did enough to battle the Jaguars into the game’s closing minute.
As the team looks to correct its opening game mistakes going forward, the head coach believes remaining upbeat about the performance is part of the key to getting better.
“Winning is a result of doing a lot of things right,” McDaniels said. “Yesterday we did some things right. We just didn’t do enough of them right. I think if we understand what we need to improve on, we can do that.”
Last season McDaniels felt the team let the pain of some losses linger through the second half of the season. He hopes the Broncos will be better equipped to handle that adversity in 2010.
That process started today at Dove Valley. McDaniels said the Broncos would work on fixing mistakes from the loss at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field before launching into preparations for the home opener Sunday against Seattle.
On Sunday, Orton said the matchup with the Seahawks — who started their season with a convincing home win against San Francisco – will be a great test to show his team has grown since 2009.
The quarterback said that chance to get back on track at home should give the team confidence. They’ve won 10 straight home openers — the league’s longest current streak.
“We’re coming back home,” Orton said. “We’ve got to establish home dominance and it’s a great chance for us this weekend.”
McDaniels said his message to the team has been to keep perspective on the loss. With 15 games left on the schedule, there’s still a lot of time to carve out this season’s legacy.
With a veteran locker room that features seven captains in Orton, Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Daniel Graham, Chris Kuper, D.J. Williams and Wesley Woodyard, McDaniels expressed confidence his team will be ready to push forward and bounce back this week.
Even at 0-1 on the young season, McDaniels said there are still plenty of reasons to feel good about the future.
“We did discuss handling adversity and understanding that not everything is going to be perfect all year long,” McDaniels said. “What matters is how we play and how effectively do the things we want to try to do to win. If we can do better, then I think we’ll get the result we’re looking for.”
- Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com