Sometimes one can only shake one’s head and think of the better times that lie ahead. So it is with the Broncos’ 2010 season.
It is what it is. And it is not what we thought it would be.
For those of us who thought it would be better, this season has been more than disappointing.
For those who thought it would be a tough year, this season has, unfortunately, likely exceeded expectations.
I remember back in training camp, when hope is always high for football fans, thinking the Broncos could have a pretty good year.
I remember the countdown to the regular season and believing the Broncos might have some tough times early but would get better as the season progressed.
Then I remember the slide that began after a 2-2 start, a slide that has yet to stop. After the loss to the Jets, I thought they would recover and be 4-4 at the bye. That didn’t happen.
I remember writing at that time that expectations for a good season had turned to a hope the Broncos would simply play well.
The roller coaster continued with a huge win over the Chiefs on November 14th. While glad they played so well, I kept my expectations and excitement in check, knowing there was plenty of work to do.
Sometime during the current four-game losing streak, my emotions went from cautiously optimistic to frustrated to fed up and finally, now, to resignation that this is simply a year to forget.
The emotional cycle is complete. It is what it is. The Broncos are what they are.
But I don’t believe they will stay like this. Not for one minute do I believe that.
They know they have work to do to restore the organization to what has been a very tough year both on and off the field. I commend COO Joe Ellis for acknowledging that in his press conference on Tuesday, December 7 after the team relieved Josh McDaniels of his coaching duties.
I can’t help but think as low as things are now, there are better days ahead. The organization is poised to begin a journey down a new path, one I hope and believe will lead to much better times.
Yes, I look for the bright side of things. I always seem drawn to trying to find the positive in a situation, regardless how bleak it appears. Call that a fault if you want. Call it being naïve or a homer. Criticize it all you want. It doesn’t matter much to me because it won’t be changing any time soon.
The fact is that sometimes one simply has to go through some adversity before experiencing the good times. Sometimes the only option is to go through the storm and there is no way around it.
For now, I will watch the final three games of a forgetful season fade into the record book, hoping that this chapter collects plenty of dust and never gets revisited again.
This, too, shall pass. The Broncos will get through this and I believe brighter days are ahead. And when the good times get here again, they’ll be that much more enjoyable knowing the place from which the Broncos came.
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