Patience is not a virtue in the NFL. It is an unknown. It’s not necessarily fair but it’s the way it is.
It is also true that in many cases, there is simply no substitute for time. And that’s where the Broncos find themselves three games into the season.
The Broncos have played well for a good portion of their last two games, both of which were losses. During the course of a season, a team cannot have a good year if it regularly does good things but still loses.
But the 2012 season is only three games old, far too soon to assume the Broncos have established a negative pattern that will continue. Do they have issues to figure out? Absolutely.
They have to play better at the beginning of games. They need to avoid falling behind early. They need to find a way to make key third down stops, especially late.
I think all of that and more will happen. Here are a few reasons why.
1 – THE BRONCOS HAVE GOOD TALENT. At some positions, it is really good talent. At other positions, it is young talent. But I don’t buy for a minute that this team lacks good players. On both sides of the ball, the Broncos have significantly better players than they had a year ago.
2 – THE BRONCOS ARE STILL COMING TOGETHER AS A TEAM. This takes time and there is usually no way around that, regardless of how good the players are. There are plenty of new faces on this roster and while I know people do not want to hear this (and some people will consider it an excuse), it often takes a lot of game reps for new teammates to develop chemistry, rhythm and unspoken communication.
3 – THE BRONCOS’ EARLY SCHEDULE IS A BEAST. Houston and Atlanta might be the two best teams in their respective conferences at this point. There is also a better than average chance that each of them will make a deep run in the playoffs this year. Yet, in each game the Broncos fought back and were one stop away from having an opportunity to win late.
I know, the Broncos lost those games. Even though the Broncos fell behind 20-0 to the Falcons and 21-5 to the Texans and didn’t play their best in either game, they nearly had the chance to win at the end. That means something. It might not mean anything at the end of the year. But we’re not at the end of the year yet.
Pittsburgh, while having some issues, is never a pushover. Same goes for New England and New Orleans, two teams looming in the coming weeks. The Broncos get to play some of the marquee teams in the NFL right out of the gate. That is never easy.
4 – THE AFC WEST DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A GREAT DIVISION. Right now, all the teams in the division have issues to straighten out. Early on, there is not a dominating team. The Raiders have been up and down. So have the Chargers. I’m still not convinced about the Chiefs, despite the fact that they were the chic dark horse pick before the season began.
I’m not down on the Broncos at all. They just need to stay positive, keep working hard and continue to focus on executing. It is hardly the time to write them off. It’s time to stay the course. There is a whole lot of football remaining to be played.
How concerned are you about the Broncos at this early point in the season? Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.