The trade bringing quarterback Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos has seriously ramped up Broncomania talk in the Mile High City, even allowing for the high level always present among our fans.
Any time a quarterback is involved, everyone gets very excited, and in this case, the credential portfolio which Brady Quinn carries to the Broncos includes that of being the all time winningest quarterback at Notre Dame. While with the Irish, Quinn set 36 school records while playing for the coach who stands as one of the mentors in the career of Josh McDaniels.
The excitement is palpable, and of course that is without even including into the mix the fine season that Kyle Orton enjoyed in his first year here.
It is going to be very exciting for our fans, and very likely will bring an unrestrained number of stories from our press corps.
Once upon a time in our press room one of the writers was sitting there thinking, finally saying to no one in particular that he did not know what to write for the next day’s paper.
A veteran scribe at the next typing station heard this and stopped typing, leaned over to the rest of the room and said, “Let me tell you something. If you are not sure what to write, always write about the quarterback. And the next day, follow it up.”
In other words, there is no such thing as “regular” attention or news coverage when it comes to the quarterback position, and when it happens in Denver with the Broncos, where 2010 will be the 41st consecutive season of sellouts at home, the press would be crazy not to feed that excitement.
And they would also be wrong.
The right story, every day, is the big one. It is the one that the fans are talking about.
The Broncos have added four excellent players to the defense this offseason, virtually assuring an increase in talent, depth and competition for a unit that played well last year, but one has to be very naïve not to realize that the buzz starts under center.
The Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche are having excellent seasons and the Colorado Rockies are about to start a major league baseball campaign with legitimate high levels of expectations. The Broncos’ off-season conditioning program is now underway and that should be a footnote right now, but it is not.
The fan imagination races with the prospects of a highly competitive training camp involving a solid incumbent coming off a fine season, a number one draft choice with one of the finest college pedigrees produced in recent seasons, and second-year pro Tom Brandstater, who will be looking to show his own development after his rookie year.
You might as well embrace The Buzz, because when it starts this early in the off-season, there is no shutting it down.
For the players, there is a lot of hard work involved in preparing, studying, working out and just getting ready overall, but it is a big plus to be able to do that work in an environment of high excitement.
And that’s a great fact of life for Bronco fans building up to the NFL draft, which will add its own craziness to the mix in the upcoming month.