In times like this, it is easy to think the sky is falling. It is easy to look at the big picture and see the Broncos’ season slipping away.
On the surface, things look bad. The Broncos are 2-4 and as we have discussed many times, that is the bottom line, which is all that really matters when the season is over.
But the season isn’t over, not by a long shot. There is a lot of football left to be played. Call me a homer if you want, but I’m just not going to dismiss the final ten games simply because the Broncos are off to rough start.
Yes, I am generally a positive and optimistic person. I will look for the silver lining. I will try to find rational reasons that suggest a possible positive outcome. I like to think I can take that approach without being ignorant or naïve to the reality of a situation.
So what is the most reasonable course of action? To me, it is to look at how the Broncos are playing and try to determine if the Broncos can realistically make something positive of the season after some early struggles.
I believe they can. Here are a few reasons why.
1 – THE SCHEDULE. Let’s face it, the Broncos have just completed a brutal four-game stretch of hosting the Colts, playing at the Titans and Ravens and hosting the Jets. Those are four of the best teams in the AFC. I never had any illusions that the Broncos are at the level of those teams yet, but they still managed a win over Tennessee and they played right with the Colts and Jets. They did this despite mounting injuries.
2 – THE SCHEDULE. On Monday, Broncos’ head coach Josh McDaniels correctly stated that there is no easy game in the NFL.
“They are all good teams,” McDaniels said. “There is no question about that. We will play another one this week in our division. Every game is that way I think. If you play really well and they play really well, it is probably going to be a close game. If you don’t play well, it really doesn’t matter who you are playing, they are going to have a chance to beat you.”
The fact is that the Broncos are entering a stretch of games in which the opponents are not as good as those in four-game stretch they just completed. The Raiders and 49ers are next. Then after the bye, the Broncos host the Chiefs, play at the Chargers and take on the Rams at Invesco Field at Mile High.
That is a five-game run of games that are completely winnable. Certainly there is no guarantee the Broncos will win any or all of them. The key is that the Broncos have to play consistently well.
3 – THE BRONCOS ARE PLAYING BETTER. After what I saw against the Jets, I’ll give the Broncos a pass for their poor performance against the Ravens. All NFL teams have those kind of games. The Broncos had one on the road against an excellent team. It happens. If it happens on a regular basis, then that constitutes a major problem. But that kind of game has been the exception, not the rule for the Broncos.
The way the Broncos responded with a quality performance against the Jets told me some things about their fortitude. They have what it takes to overcome the injuries. They have what it takes to play well against a good team. They have what it takes to be tough when it counts.
Now they need to have what it takes to finish off opponents and win games. I believe they have that.
Some people might point to the Broncos’ 4-12 record since they started out 6-0 last year and wonder how in the world the Broncos will turn this around.
Some might point to a struggling running game and pass rush, among other issues, and say the Broncos can’t consistently win this year.
And those who point to such things raise questions and issues that have merit. In the long run, those people may very well be right. I’m just not yet ready to wave the white flag and admit they are.
There is too much football left to be played.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree or is the 2-4 too disappointing to allow you to think things might get better for the Broncos? I always enjoy your posts and appreciate your sharing your thoughts.
Thanks for reading.