I don’t care how it happened, against whom it happened or any of the circumstances around the fact that it happened.
I am simply glad the Broncos experienced that winning feeling again.
After five straight losses and nine losses in the ten previous games, the Broncos just needed to win a game. And they did. Let me take a moment to exhale.
Ahhhhh. Nice. It’s good to remember what a Broncos’ win feels like. I had nearly forgotten what a Broncos win felt like, even if at least some of the players had not.
“No, not at all, just missed it” Lloyd told 850 KOA when asked if he forgot what it was like to win. “It was definitely a feeling I was longing for. The appetite for winning is insatiable. You’re never satisfied no matter how much you win and losing definitely takes a lot of steam out of the team. It’s good that we got character guys on this team, guys who are willing to fight when it seems like there is nothing to be fighting for. It was a lot of fun to be out there today.”
I don’t think it would be a stretch to say it was a lot of fun for Broncos Country to watch what happened against Houston, particularly in the second half. Seeing one’s team come back from a 17-0 halftime deficit has a way of brightening up one’s day.
The win was good to see for many different reasons. Some of the significant ones include:
1 – THE FUTURE PERSONNEL FOCUS. I saw enough from Tim Tebow to be completely comfortable with him or Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback next season. Because of that, I believe the Broncos can confidently move forward with the number one priority being to build the defense. Close behind as the number two priority is to fortify the offensive line.
Tebow and Orton have shown me that they are good enough to be quarterbacks who could get the Broncos into the playoffs. While neither might be considered elite at this point in time, they are good enough to get the job done if the defense and the running game improve.
2 – THE BRONCOS HAVE SOME TALENTED PLAYERS. I’m not going to sugarcoat the fact the Broncos need a serious personnel upgrade at more than one position. That is clear. At the same time, it is often easy to think a team no good players when a season goes south.
I was encouraged to see some guys make some plays, especially in big situations. Clearly Tim Tebow did that. Brandon Lloyd continued to do that. Justin Bannan did that. And there were others, too.
3 – IT IS NEAT TO SEE A GOOD MAN SUCCEED. Interim head coach Eric Studesville has stepped into a difficult situation and handled it with the class of a true professional. His focused yet friendly personality has been exactly what the organization needed after nearly two years of upheaval.
By all accounts, Coach Studesville is showing himself to be a darn good coach, too. I root for people like him. He has been businesslike yet outgoing, intense yet approachable, and throughout the last month, positive to the core.
I don’t know what the chance is he will be the Broncos’ next head coach. The common thought seems to be that the organization will go in another direction. If that’s the case, I sure hope there is a place for him on the new staff if he wants to remain with the Broncos.
I hope the win over the Texans was a first step in the Broncos organization going in another direction from the one we have seen in 2010. If it is, the organization and its fans may not soon forget that winning feeling.
Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. I wish you and your family all the best in 2011.