It’s a long season but it has been a great one so far for the Denver Broncos.
When Head Coach Josh McDaniels says we have not done anything so far, he is not just talking in coach-speak.
I once saw an interview with Joe Torre when he was managing the Yankees, in which a writer asked him if it was time to panic. And in one of the great answers, Joe said, “the problem is, what do I do after I panic? We have another game tomorrow.”
That is so true. There is always another game until the season is over, and it does not matter what sport it is, that is the same answer. There is plenty to get ready for, one week at a time. And if you are winning, it just means you have less to fix than if things have not gone well. But there are always plenty of things to fix, improve, make better, and on and on. Even in the most perfect of worlds, the other teams are watching you, watching tape, figuring out a way to take away what has been successful for you so far.
The present is temporary. While we are living it we have to work toward the future.
Whether you have a good record today or not, this is not the end of the season. There are no medals, ribbons or awards being given out at the six-week mark.
Remember earlier this baseball season when the Red Sox had beaten the Yankees eight straight games, and media and fans made so much of it? Nobody makes rings that say “we were really good for an early stretch of games.”
Hackneyed as it may be to repeat the mantra that this is a marathon, albeit a marathon in which the runners get to tackle each other, that is what it is. A full understanding of that is necessary to be able to look at the big picture and understand what is going on.
You have to plow forward, keep chopping wood. Enough clichés yet? Probably, but you get the idea.
Don’t fall in love with how you look in the mirror, remember that you got all dressed up to do a job.
The job is what matters, and doing the job is the only task at hand.
It’s been a great year, but it is full of single weeks. One single week of work is all we ever have, and the only legitimate place to put our focus.
This single week is all there is. Work toward it, watch it, enjoy it and then move forward. You can only eat a cow one steak at a time. Consumption of the entire cow is impossible.
Small bites, chew thoroughly, swallow carefully, drink a little water, and take the next bite. It’s the only way to attack a long season, and that’s what the Broncos are doing right now.