It’s time to make a confession.
I really didn’t have any expectations for how I thought the Broncos would play in their preseason opener against Dallas last week.
Of course, I was hoping they would play well. In many ways, I thought they did.
Head coach John Fox did, too.
“We played very physical. We played fast. (We) probably didn’t play as precise as I’d like. There were too many penalties, a couple of them costly in the red area that we’ve got to clean up. All in all, I kind of liked the way we went about our business. I thought we made some strides. I wasn’t really pleased with the result there at the end but those are things you kind of fight in the preseason. We’re looking for big improvement for our home opener this week.”
I liked the way the Broncos went about their business, too.
Look, we all know this is preseason. While the games don’t count in the standings, they are still important for a team like the Broncos, who are getting used to a new head coach, another new defensive coordinator and trying to turn things around after several years of subpar football.
A few things stood out for me in the game against Dallas.
1 – I HAD GREAT COMFORT IN SEEING JOHN FOX ON THE SIDELINE. I know he might not have been the flashiest hire but he has brought a professional, steady, non-nonsense approach to the Broncos and all of that came through on Thursday night. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: He is the right coach at the right time for the Broncos. The way the Broncos played against the Cowboys confirmed that to me.
The Broncos came out and represented themselves well in the game against Dallas. I love the fact that Coach Fox has said he wants to win preseason games. While the Broncos fell short in that regard, their approach reflected their new coach. I believe that will serve them well moving forward.
2 – THE BRONCOS DEFFENSE COULD VERY WELL BE BETTER THAN A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IT WILL BE. Again, it was one preseason game but I still liked the way the Broncos played on defense for a lot of the game. I know, the first team D was only on the field for a short time. I know, things got a little out of hand in the fourth quarter. But I saw some real toughness, some passion and some pass rush, all of which have been lacking in the recent past.
3 – FOR THE FIRST PRESEASON GAME, THE BRONCOS DID SOME REALLY GOOD THINGS. In the preseason, this is about the best one can hope for. It is so hard to get a true feel for where a team stands but I liked the way the Broncos moved the ball. I liked the way the defense held Dallas down for three quarters. I liked the intensity Denver brought to the field. All of this is to say nothing of some of the fine individual performances that certain players turned in. Other than allowing Dallas to drive down and score late in the game, I thought it was a really good effort in many areas for the Broncos.
I’m not ready to say the Broncos are back. They’ll have to show that during the regular season. But I do believe they showed that at least they’re on the right track after one preseason game.
What do you want to see in preseason game number two against Buffalo this weekend? Thanks for reading and posting your thoughts.