Here we go. Let the football season begin.
Broncos training camp started this weekend and the cacophony of opinions will undoubtedly follow shortly. We all think—actually, we all know– we have the answers for everything orange and blue.
I’m making a pact with myself this year. Call it a New Year’s resolution for the new football season: I resolve to enjoy each day of the season and remind myself that I’m just an interested observer whose opinions don’t really mean too much.
Ahhhhh. It feels good to exhale. The pressure is off.
Don’t get me wrong, I love passionate fans. I love being one, if the truth be told. But too often, I become caught up in the emotion, the overanalyzation, the nitpicking, the “what if’s,” the “if only’s” and everything in between and beyond.
I simply cannot handle it this season. I’m shooting for a simpler and more relaxing approach.
Players, coaches and people within the Broncos organization probably can’t afford to adopt my Football Resolution. There’s too much at stake in the what-else-have-you-done-for-me lately world of the National Football League.
But I’m not a player, coach or member of the organization. There’s the overstatement of training camp.
With that preamble complete, I offer a couple of observations from the first weekend of camp.
- I really enjoyed the first practices more with my Football Resolution in place. I could just watch new tight end Daniel Graham and imagine how much he’ll help this offense. This guy is impressive. He’s a big, strong presence and he is unbelievably athletic. He doesn’t run, he glides. I can easily see quarterback Jay Cutler developing a connection with him, especially when the Broncos need to convert a crucial third down late in a game.
- As much as Graham caught my eye, I truly believe that running back Travis Henry will prove to be the single most important offseason addition. Provided he stays healthy, Henry should take pressure off of quarterback Jay Cutler. Talk about being able to convert crucial third downs. The possibilities for Henry seem endless.
Feel free to offer your thoughts. I’ll respond to as many of you as I can.