Okay...so it's clear at this point that nobody at MHR wants to talk about it! I understand, all of the hope and optimism of the offseason could come crashing down and reality will be forced upon us in a three hour period. It may be only preseason, but this weekends game against Dallas is extremely important.
At this time last year, there was a major buzz surrounding the Broncos. We had made some huge (pun only partially intended) offseason acquisitions; and, at the time, it was popular opinion that those additions very well could be the final pieces of the championship puzzle.
Then came the preseason game against Dallas. I don't need to relate what happened in that game...I know we all remember it. In short, we were dominated! Physically, mentally, athletically, strategically...we were dominated on every level. "This isn't indicative of the quality of our team", we told ourselves. The coaches and players argued that Dallas had unfairly game planned that game. Jim Bates said that the defense looked nothing like the defense we would see in the regular season. The Broncos were demoralized and panicking (and complaining incessantly)!!!
As we all now know, that game turned out to be extremely indicative of the season that followed it. Our defense was horrendous. We were out played on every level and it followed us into the season. The Broncos know the impact that game had on the team last year...and they will be looking to ensure a different result. This will be an early test of just how good this team really is. Yes, I know several of our starters won't be playing. However, this game will tell us if we have the attitude and the will necessary to be a legitimate contender. It doesn't matter if we win or lose...but it does matter how we play the game.
We need to look good this weekend...No more excuses!!!