Well here we go again, just five days and a hand-full of hours away from another official closing of "La-La-Land-of-Pre-Season-Feel-Goods" and the opening of a brand new season. Fear not, you that have taken up residence in the Land, the gate to The Land will remain open--but, I'll just warn you, the 'Pre-Season-Feel-Goods' can end rather suddenly. Should that happen, our '13-3 Baby!' bubble suddenley burst, and you find yourself outside of the Land, look for this path:
What a wild ride we've had this season (pre-season that is) but in a way it is indeed a unique season unto itself. Its no wonder that Football has become such a successful phenom, no other sport initiates such intense emotion months before anything really counts. No other sport creates such deep anticipations, likes, dislikes, and endless prognostications as the NFL--you just gotta love it!! And no other sport has ever gathered a better group of Fans than all you MHR Bronco Fans. I love all you friends. I would really like to thank the number of really great Posters that joined the 'keep it positive' ranks but also had great analytical minds. Their were so many of you that I dare not mention any names lest I forget one. I have really enjoyed all your posts and the often creative humor that came out during the tough times of this funny season that is pre-season.
Its funny, I was really excited at the beginning of last season, but I am even more excited with this season. Last year I knew we had a dynamic offense, yet, in the back of my mind I still had questions about our defense. My concerns played out to the dark side as we held the faiders scoreless for three quarters, phyllis and company for almost two quarters, New Orleans for one quarter, then KC for about five minutes. Somewhere during that run I decided not to vent the negative tendencies I share with myself--but the writing was on the wall--our defense had a single plan to address every team. I don't think talent was as much an issue as the rotten 'bend-but-don't-break' scheme, lack of direction, and the inability to adjust during games just killed us last year. This year I really think our defense may just shock the MSM with the dramatic change. I love attack defenses.
This year is going to be fun, really fun. Even with the much tougher schedule we will make the playoffs. I'm not Joe Namath, thus not into guarantees, but I have a gut feeling we have the MSM and other teams right where we need them to be. No-one is expecting us to be in the picture--no team (at least right away) has any idea how to game-plan us. How can they? Look at some of the changes in our defense--how much film do they have for the likes of McBean, Fields, and Peterson working together--not to mention the changes as they meld as one line. Any film they have on Dawkins strikes fear, film on Bailey says don't throw it there, and what about our strange new linebacking corp? Each of them nothing short of small DL'men with great speed. What about Goodman and Hill? Combined with Bailey and Dawkins we now have two great and two very sound players. What a vast vast improvement from our secondary last year. I hated our safety play last year.
What about Mike Nolan? Had a rough time as a Head Coach--but got that Head Coaching job because he is a great defensive coordinator. What about this funny new defense? What about 3-4? Can any of you say, "Orange Crush?" I like it....a lot....this is going to be a fun year. Let's watch them meld as a team, as Hillis, Royal, Stokley, Scheffler and Moreno get the credit for our early wins. Then let's watch this strange new defense win games for us. This is going to be a fun season!
Let me share with you a friend:
If any of you get frustrated with faider trolls this year use this:
Let's hope for a bunch of these:
And hits like this:
Its funny, the last few years I felt much better at the end of the funny season that is Pre-Season than I did January 1st.
This year will be different!!
We will make the Playoffs!!!
Super Bowl...Here we come!!! ...............until we don't....
for a while anyway....