Finally, it is time for games that count.
The draft, the organized team activities, minicamps, training camp and preseason games are behind us.
It is time for the Broncos to embark on the 2012 season. All the speculation and anticipation now turn into the reality of what transpires over the next 16 games, and perhaps more.
Broncos fans should be giddy with excitement. Week 1 is here. That means the Pittsburgh Steelers will be at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday night. Forget about dipping the big toe into the pool to check out the water. The Broncos get to jump right into the season.
And what a year it should be.
Regardless of whom any team drafts, signs in free agency or trades for, I have to remind myself at the beginning of every season to expect the unexpected.
The Broncos are coming off a playoff appearance in 2011. As I look at their roster, I cannot help but think how much better they are. I see improvement in every position group. I see a rock solid coaching staff that puts a premium on preparation, attention to detail and discipline.
None of that guarantees any more wins than last year, but it definitely puts the Broncos in position to have a better record and go further than they did a season ago.
As I look at the Broncos schedule, it looks difficult, especially early. But that assessment is based on either how their opponents were last year or how good (or not-so-good) those opponents have traditionally been, at least in the recent past.
Broncos head coach John Fox knows better.
“You win those things (NFL games) between the lines and each year you’ve got a different personality as a football team,” Fox said on Monday. “We’re definitely different than we were a year ago but they all present the same challenges. It’s who plays best on that given day and it won’t be any different than any season.”
I don’t pretend to know how many games the Broncos will win this season. If they stay healthy and play well, I think it could be a special year.
I know this, I’m looking forward to a fun year. It has been a long time since I’ve been this excited about a Broncos season.
It’s time to buckle up and see where this ride takes us.
How do you think the Broncos’ season will go? Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.