Unbelievable. Phenomenal. Mind-boggling.
Pick your word, pick your phrase and it probably applies to what the Broncos pulled off Sunday against the Chargers.
A look at some of the key parts of the Broncos win over the Chargers:
First, there was THE DECISION. What kind of coach decides to go for two points with the game on the line like that? A coach who knows his team, a coach who has confidence in his team and most importantly to me, a coach who isn’t afraid to fail. What a great call. I loved it. I absolutely loved it.
Say whatever you want, the fact is that Mike Shanahan got this one right. He had the fortitude to go for it and it paid off.
Second, there was THE FUMBLE. We all know Jay Cutler fumbled the ball. Even Jay Cutler knows he fumbled the ball. But the official called an incomplete pass. That’s what he saw and that’s why he blew the whistle immediately.
For the Chargers to call referee Ed Hochuli to account misses the point. The fact is that every team knows there will be situations like this that come up. If that’s the case, then why isn’t there a more clearly defined rule about what constitutes a pass attempt and what constitutes a fumble? Why does everyone expect officials watching an incredibly fast game to get every call right?
The answer is the officials aren’t expected to get every call right. That is why there is instant replay. If replay can’t fix a situation to make it right, then perhaps the rule needs to be changed so that it can.
Third, there is THE QUARTERBACK. Jay Cutler’s performance was flat-out amazing. He was able to move the offense seemingly at will against a very good defense. He made the plays when he had to. If there had been any question about his ability to become an elite quarterback in the NFL, Sunday’s game should wipe away those doubts.
Not only did Cutler make the plays, he was calm throughout and seemed to enjoy the process. There were times down the stretch when he was smiling, as if to indicate how much fun he was having with the game on the line. You can’t teach that stuff. However you want to define “it,” Cutler has it, and plenty of it.
Fourth, there is THE WIDE RECEIVER. Eighteen catches for Brandon Marshall. Are you serious?! In training camp it was clear that no one on the Broncos could cover him (perhaps Champ can from time-to-time) but I’m starting to think there isn’t anyone in the NFL who can cover him. Time will tell but wow, he can play.
And just when you think Eddie Royal has disappeared, he makes the two catches at the end that put the Broncos over the top.
Fifth, there is PERSPECTIVE. Virtually every player said something to the effect that it’s only one game and there is a long way to go. They need to be saying that because it’s true. It is great to be 2-0 but the Broncos also started 2-0 in 2007. Enough said.
That brings us to THE BOTTOM LINE. The Broncos defeated the Chargers. Did they get some fortunate calls? Yes. Did they survive a below average defensive performance? Yes. Did they get away with one? One could possibly make the case. But none of it matters. The Broncos are 2-0.
Bring on the Saints.
What were your thoughts on the game against the Chargers? Feel free to share.
Enjoy the week and thanks for reading.