A football coach that I respect a great deal (and someone who has forgotten more football than I’ll ever dream of knowing) once told me that football is the greatest team sport.
The Denver Broncos are proving to be a perfect example of just how true that is.
The Broncos’ overtime win over the Chargers on Sunday proved to be another example of how well they are playing together as a team. When they need a play on defense, somebody makes one. When they need a big play on offense, someone steps up to provide it. When it’s time for the special teams to come through, someone does just that.
Go ahead and give Tim Tebow all the credit if you want, but running back Willis McGahee says there are many reasons the Broncos are 5-1 the last six weeks.
“It’s a team thing,” McGahee said in the locker room after the game. “He can’t do it without the offense and we can’t do it without the defense, either. I congratulate him for being 5-1 but there are 52 other players who played their hearts out on that football field. It’s absolutely a beautiful thing and I am happy for him. You can’t do without everyone else on the team.”
Certainly Tebow is a big part of the Broncos playing so well. The energy and clutch play he has brought to the field over the last six weeks cannot and should not be minimized. Yes, he is learning on the job but he is also winning. That is impressive.
Just as importantly, the Broncos’ defense continues to shine. Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller are proving to be a dynamic and dominating pass rush duo. For the last several years, Broncos fans have been yearning to see a better pass rush. Now, the Broncos are delivering that and it is paying huge dividends. Ask quarterbacks like Matt Moore, Carson Palmer, Matt Cassel and Philip Rivers how they feel after they face the Broncos defense.
Let’s not forget special teams, either. Kicker Matt Prater consistently comes up big when the moment demands. Punter Britton Colquitt is regularly flipping the field and is showing he has a knack for punts that check up deep in opponents territory. And both the punt and kickoff coverage and return teams have regularly contributed, too.
“By winning today, the camaraderie has really grown and the trust is there, “ wide receiver Eric Decker said. “That’s what football teams need. You obviously don’t have to be the most talented team, but you’re going to be a good football team because you believe in everybody. That’s what really comes out of our defense that put us in position to win games.”
As a group, the Broncos are simply doing what they have to do to win. When that starts happening, the possibilities are endless.
“Whatever it takes. That is our motto right now, “McGahee said. “We will continue to do it.”
If they do that, I won’t put any limits on what can happen over the final five games…and potentially more.
What are your thoughts as the Broncos head to Minnesota this Sunday? Can they keep rolling?
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