I know you’ve seen the commercials, and it’s almost funny how kids pick up on these sayings that have been around longer than me and you both. The commercialization of them that makes them bigger than life.
It’s TRUE, this is OUR HOUSE and it’s important to win at home for the city, the fans and the home team. You create a dominance and you create a mystique that has it’s own life and advantage.
We have a distinct advantage here in the Mile High City and I’ll reminisce. We’re a MILE high.Therefore, the opponent — no matter how good a shape he is in — is at a distinct disadvantage. MILE HIGH, less oxygen.
We use to use it to our advantage. Our objective all game was to knock guys to the ground, cut block, chop block, blind side, whatever. If you have big guys getting off the ground the entire game, eventually you start to wear them down in this altitude. Guess what?, it worked….probably partially responsible for our wrap as chop blocker. Anyway, it was inside the tackle box (mostly), which was legal. And if you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying was an old saying. Odd but true. Until you got a penalty, then you knew what you could get away with.
Advantage Denver. Advantage HOME TEAM. Mile High Stadium mystique? No strategy…to win. Like Chess, but after a while guys started worrying about getting cut and that slows a guy down a 1/2 step (nano-second) which is sometimes the difference between winning and losing.
I don’t know about you, but what a great game to watch this weekend. That was a fan’s game. Hasselbeck was our best player early, and not taking anything away from the defense, but he was awful. To our credit, we took full advantage. No real need to recap much, the statistics tell it all. I liked the offensive line play, and thetwo new guys played together really well. That’s something we need a lot of.
I was talking to some folks around town, and something was said that caught my attention. A LONGTIME Bronco fan in my office comes up and says, “Hey Mark, when I look through the program I hardly recognize anyone’s name anymore.” That made sense. There’s been a lot of turnover and new faces, and Head Coach Josh McDaniels is molding the team of the future that he wants here to win with.
Orton was flawless, and I liked what I saw on defense. The key will be consistency and no injuries. The thing that bothered me most was Goodman and Champ being injured. I watched some of the Colts Giants game, and if we’re missing those two it could make for a long day. Heal up fellas.