As fans we all hope for the best and brace for the worst. We fear change, we love our team, we crave stability, heroes. As people we hear the "experts" who we might discredit aloud but who we allow to sway our opinions. Our opinions are swayed very easily when change comes in like a storm and we are desperately trying to understand. We say that we need to be realistic, we allow ourselves to doubt, to see the "flaws" that it seems everyone else sees...
I for one can tell you the truth, I have loved our defense every damn year. Mobley, Wilson and Gold. Deltha O'Neal, what was that tall guys name? He played CB at some point? You get the idea. I thought, the talent was great. I loved the talent last year, except at safety. Oh yeah, Lenny Walls... okay maybe not Lenny Walls.
The thing about it all is, people talk so much about how good this guy is or that guy. Remember how the Chargers played before they drafted Rivers and Brees decided to trade his soul for talent? I swear that defense was nothing special and suddenly I start hearing they have the most talented roster especially on defense? It wasn't that different of a team but the media was falling over themselves with complements. They did get to be pretty good, never good enough but good.
The opposite has now happened in Denver, we changed, we play fantastic but no one seems to want to say it. This defense has given up 13 points. 3 of those points are because of a ST failure and 7 are because of an offensive failure (If we had that field goal it would have been a 9 point game which the defense could have continued to play aggressive with.) That leaves 3 points, 1.5 a game. As it stands 6.5 yard a game, 6 quarters shut down, no passing tds allowed, this is the best defense in the nfl statistically (at least.) On top of that our team has a scoring ratio of 3-1 (39F-13A), no other team has even a 2-1 ratio.
It's sure to get tougher but are we a wreck? No. Can we start to raise expectations? Hell yeah! We have to stop buying into the crap, we can be a playoff team, we can win the Super Bowl. We can do it all, we can win, now. The real kool-aid is the media garbage that says we can't. 13-3 is more realistic than that.