The coaching change has been made. Everyone can now exhale. The season, however, rolls on. And there is a good amount of football left.
Among the drama surrounding the Broncos’ now-former head coach, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that there is still a quarter of the season left to play. That’s a lot of football. While the Broncos are mathematically out of the playoff chase, they still have an opportunity to show that they are professionals.
“We have four games to play,” Broncos’ Chief Operating Officer Joe Ellis said on Tuesday. “Our goal is to finish the year on a promising note and make our fans proud of our team. That’s what we intend to do. We appreciate their passion and support. I don’t think it’s ever been greater. Everyone in this building is intent on doing the best we can, starting with (interim head coach) Eric (Studesville), his support staff, his coaching staff and all the players. That’s…what our focus is going to be the next couple of weeks.”
Rest assured, the Broncos will be doing their due diligence on the coaching search. But for me, that is news for another day and the day to discuss that will come. There will be plenty of time to talk about the possible candidates, interviews with candidates and the person the Broncos ultimately hire.
For now, though, I want to see the Broncos play well. I understand they are out of the playoff race. I understand they won’t win the division.
I also understand that the true measure of one’s character comes during the tough times. Certainly times are tough for the Broncos.
The man charged with leading the Broncos through the final four games is interim head coach Eric Studesville, the Broncos’ running backs coach. Ellis said he is the right man in the right place at the right time. Now Studesville has to get the Broncos to do the right thing and finish the season the right way.
“We’re going to ask those players (and) coaches to give their greatest effort and to make their greatest commitment to the most important thing, which is us finishing the season in a positive way that’ll make Mr. Bowlen and the fans proud of the product we’re going to put on the field,” Studesville said.
That’s what I’m talking about. It has been awhile since anyone can say they’ve truly been proud of what they have seen from the Broncos. They’ve played well at times but let’s face, it has been a dismal season. Now, they can start to reverse what has been a tough trend.
“Right now, my number one focus for the fans is putting a product on the field they can be proud of,” Studesville said. “This is a fantastic football environment. Players love to play here; coaches love to coach here. The best thing I can do is get these players ready to go. Let’s put a great product out on the field they (the fans) can really be proud of and they want to get behind.”
Preach it, Coach. Better yet, play it.
If the Broncos make the fans proud, something they’ve had serious trouble doing recently, then they’ll also go a long way towards meeting the stark reality Ellis outlined.
“Mr. Bowlen recognizes, I recognize and everyone in our organization recognizes that we have a lot of work to do to restore the integrity of our organization and the trust the fans have in our organization. My standing here delivering those words won’t do that. What will do that is action. And that is what we intend to take.”
The team will have its chance to take action Sunday against the Cardinals.
There are four games left and I want to see the Broncos play good football and, perhaps more importantly, inspired football.
So please excuse me if I put the coaching talk on the back burner for right now. I’ll get to that in due time. Right now, I’m looking forward to watching a certain team wearing orange and blue play some ball.
I almost forgot what it was like to simply talk football.
Now that the coaching change has been made, what do you want to see from the Broncos this week and in the final four games?
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