Sometimes there just isn’t much to say. After Monday night’s loss to the Chargers, I couldn’t do much except shrug my shoulders and say that 2007 has just not been the Broncos year. Profound, I know.
Signs pointed to this long before the loss to the Chargers. Signs pointed in that direction even before the Broncos officially fell out of playoff contention the Sunday after they lost to the Texans.
I’ll offer no excuses. The Broncos have been inconsistent much of the year and they simply haven’t played well enough to win. The standard they set and articulate at the beginning of every year is to make a run at the Super Bowl title. That’s not my message, it’s theirs.
We all know that in today’s NFL it is easier to say that than to do it. That’s no knock against the Broncos, it’s just a reflection on the relative strength of the league. The fact is that teams typically go through down years or even cycles. There was a time not that long ago that the Patriots weren’t too good.
For those who call themselves Broncos fans, the lean years have been few and far between since Mike Shanahan became head coach. I know, the naysayers will point to one playoff win since John Elway retired and use that as evidence that the Broncos need a new head coach. To that I say, “Come let us reason together.”
The bottom line is that the Broncos have been more than competitive in most years. Obviously this season has been an exception to that. But this marks just the second time in Coach Shanahan’s 13 seasons as head coach that the team will finish under .500. I’ll take that any time and anyone who wouldn’t should have his head examined.
Even when the Broncos win games, I hear the calls for Coach Shanahan to be replaced. I know that’s part of the territory and he does, too. But I must be honest and tell you how tired I am of that.
Not everything he does works out perfectly. Then again, I make plenty of mistakes on my job, as does everyone.
Do the Broncos have things to fix? Of course they do. And let’s hope they can do what is necessary to get a better result in 2008.
I guess what I’m getting at is the importance of perspective. While stumbling this year, the Broncos have given us quite a bit of good football over the last 10-15 years. Somewhere, somehow that should be acknowledged even in the midst of a frustrating season.
As always, thank you for reading. I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas.