The 2009 National Football League season begins for the Denver Broncos on Sunday, September 13.
But for the orange-blooded fanatics who support the team, passion never rests and the interest is intense from the first stretching of training camp.
So for that reason alone the city is loaded with everything from angst to apoplexy to genuine concern. But that’s how it is with Bronco fans. The one thing everyone has to be cautioned about is that it is not only early in the marathon race that the NFL represents, but it has not started at all yet.
History is littered with examples showing that a team’s play during preseason often has no bearing on what it does when the season starts for keeps.
There are new players, and in this case an entirely new coaching staff as well, and that’s a lot to put together and get ready for the regular season. But the only goal is the regular season, and while everyone involved wants to win them all, you just have to focus on what it takes to get the team ready for the games that count.
Last year the Detroit Lions finished preseason with a 4-0 record, which made all their fans very happy for the month of August. But that was before the Lions went on to set the all-time pro football record with a 0-16 mark, completely obliterating any temporary—and artificial—happiness attached to that summer won—lost total.
When we are staring at the moment, let’s not lose track of the future.