It is pretty clear that Sunday’s loss to the Chargers put a huge damper on what the Broncos had hoped to accomplish in the 2010 season.
We all know anything can happen. We know the Broncos have not been mathematically eliminated from anything. And even though they have not been able to string together a run of wins, that possibility, however small, still exists.
I don’t know what the final six games hold for the Broncos. Perhaps they will put things together and play better than they have to this point. Perhaps things will continue on the path they are on.
Given where the Broncos currently stand, I hope to see a few things out of this team in the final six games.
1 – FINISHING STRONG. Yes, some wins would be nice. But I want to see this team play hard to the end. It has been a tough year. I can only hope the effort stays high. Head coach Josh McDaniels said they will continue to prepare hard as they have each week. I have no doubt about that. I hope the team turns in solid effort. When the situation has pretty much arrived to the point where playing for pride takes center stage, I can only hope the Broncos will do just that. I expect they will.
2 – UNITY. It’s too easy to bail out and do your own thing when times are tough. Let’s hope the Broncos don’t point fingers and don’t completely pack it in. Again, I don’t see that happening. There is a solid group of veterans on this team and many of them have, at various times, been on successful teams. Many of those veterans are talented players who don’t want things to go from disappointing to completely embarrassing.
3 – PASSION AND FUN. Let’s hope the Broncos simply don’t go through the motions. Everyone knows the situation they are in. Everyone knows they have a major uphill climb. But these guys have an opportunity to go out and play football for at least six more games. I want to see them leave everything out on the field. I want to see them fly around. I want to see them play with reckless abandon.
In saying these things, I don’t want to imply they haven’t been leaving everything out on the field or flying around or playing with reckless abandon. At times they have done all these things and more.
At the same time, that has not translated into wins. Regardless of the outcome, I want to see the Broncos play the right way, even though to this point, the season has not gone anywhere near the way they have wanted it to go.
I understand that in the bottom line world of the NFL, these types of things are not the same as winning. But the situation is what it is. This is where the Broncos find themselves. There will be a time to discuss why, how come, what next and all the rest. That time is not now.
Now is the time for the Broncos to finish the right way…and see where that puts them.
What are you looking to see from the team in the final six games? As always, thank you for reading and sharing.