Broncos fans, a lot of things surrounding the Broncos in the past few years have just flat worn me out. I'm a die-hard fan of the Orange & Blue. However, that does not leave me immune to tiresome feelings regarding certain aspects of my team. Join after the jump to find out what I'm tired of.
1. I'm tired of Broncos "fans" demonizing Pat Bowlen. I don't understand it, I don't agree with it, and frankly, it's just flat-out wrong. Pat Bowlen has been one of the best owners in all of sports over the past 25 years, and that hasn't changed. It hasn't changed since he was voted as #1 by ESPN a few years back. Let me see if I can set the record straight: PAT BOWLEN HAS NOT CHANGED ONE BIT! He burns to win, and he's willing to support his team in whatever way that he feels is necessary to do so. The beauty of it, though, is that he doesn't cross the line that Al Davis, Jerry Jones, and Dan Snyder are so often on the wrong side of. He lets the football people be football people, and he handles his own side of things. Pat Bowlen has been great for this community, and he will continue to be such. Give the man the respect that he deserves.
2. I'm tired of fans pining for Mike Shanahan. I love Shanahan as much as the next guy. I will always be a fan of his, and I will always be grateful to him, as we all should be, for what he brought to this city. He's gone, though, and he ain't comin' back, as Rockies broadcaster Jeff Kingery would say. It was not a mistake to fire him.
3. I'm tired of "fans" boldly predicting that the Broncos don't have a chance to win more than 4 games this season. You know what? They may not win more than 4 games this season. I know this, though - come week 17, whether the team is 15-0 or 0-15, I'll still be watching. I hope that those of you that don't like Josh McDaniels will understand that it is still OK to hope for good things from this team. Like it or not, he's here. Why not have a little optimism? It's never quite as bad as it seems, that I can promise you. If McDaniels flames out after a couple of years, then guess what - we'll get a new coach. Personally, I hope that Mr. Bowlen never has to hire another coach, because that would mean that we have the best guy in the business right here in Denver, and we are having sustained success. Love the changes or hate them, it's still OK to be a fan of the team. If you have a legitimate reason for predicting 4-12, then I have no problems with your prediction. "Jay Cutler...", "McIdiot...", and "Pat Bowlen is Al Davis..." are not legitimate reasons.
4. I'm tired of the offseason.
5. Finally, I'm tired of supporting and trying to defend players that don't appreciate the support or are simply in-defensible. That was my biggest beef with the Shanahan years since the turn of the millenium. We have been force-fed Dale Carter, Daryl Gardener, Maurice Clarett, Ashley Lelie, Travis Henry, Jay Cutler, and Brandon Marshall, and we've all defended them to the hilt. The first five speak for themselves. Cutler, though I don't believe that he's quite the villain that he's made out to be, turned out to be a villain. We all defended him against Chargers fans that came up with every insult in the book, and we all turned out to be wrong. Frankly, I don't appreciate that. Marshall, whom I have been a big supporter of, saying that he's gotten an undeserved bad rap, is once again making me look bad, and he's making a liar out of himself. I'm through trying to explain and defend the Broncos players that have problems because, you know what? I don't have to.
I will always be a Broncos fan, but from here on out, I simply refuse to support a guy that doesn't appreciate it or deserve it. As far as I'm concerned, Brandon Marshall can go, and I could not possibly care less whether or not we get so much as five used Oakland Raiders practice jerseys for him. If he wants to change, then I'll support him, but until then, I won't. I don't have to. I love Jay Cutler the football player, but the way that he did the fans here, especially when he went to Chicago and said that the "fans in Chicago are more knowledgeable", ended all of my support for him. Kyle Orton may only be 1/100 the quarterback that Jay Cutler is, but Orton is happy to be here and excited to be a Bronco. If he gives his all to this team and this community, then he is 100X the QB that Cutler is in my mind because he is easy and fun to support. I would much rather support a team that goes 0-16, but is full of high character players than to suppport a team with characters like what the Dallas Cowboys have. I'm tired, and I need some rest.