Three games decided by a total of eight points.
Yet you’d think Chicken Little has taken up residence in Denver.
No, I’m not deluding myself. I’m not kidding myself. I’m just exhaling a bit. If you’re distraught over the Broncos’ 1-2 start, try it. It’ll help.
Let me make one point perfectly clear: I don’t think the Broncos are a great team. Time might show they’re a below average team.
A reasonable discussion of their performance through three games, however, has to include the fact that they have been more than competitive each of those games. Even with multiple starters out on offense and defense, the Broncos were in position to get a win over Tennessee.
“It was a winnable game, just like all three of them have been” head coach John Fox said on Monday.
The issue? Making plays in the fourth quarter, when the stakes are highest.
“In the fourth quarter in both the first game and the most recent game, we didn’t make those plays. In the Cincinnati game, we did,” Fox said.
Therein lies the key.
The inability to consistently make plays in the fourth quarter has hurt the Broncos in their two losses. It was a huge reason they beat the Bengals.
Rest assured that Coach Fox has filed away some notes about what transpired in crunch time against the Titans. I asked Coach Fox if the Broncos had the players to come up big when the situation called for it.
“I’m still figuring out this team,” he said. We’ve only had three regular season games. The thing that does take a while to figure out is the personalities of each player, what their strengths and weaknesses are, what you can do as an offense or a defense. So those are the area that we’re still learning. There have been a lot of pluses. Learning how to finish and having the right guys out there that know how to finish are key in this league to winning those close games.”
The Broncos have to find out who they have that can consistently come through when the game is on the line. There is no denying that this has not exactly been a strength of the Broncos in recent seasons.
But given their position as a team trying to claw its way up from the depths, there could very well be more close games on the horizon.
If this team identifies the players who can get it done in critical situations, then Chicken Little will have just been passing through.
If they can’t, then perhaps that fowl little guy will have indeed found a home in the Mile High City.
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