We all need to keep a level head.
I have been a reader of MHR for a long time. I was around with Let Plummer Play and the rest of the "ancients". I remember when MHR Radio first became popular. I was a reader when Fan Posts and Shots struggled to have any quality discussions.
Thus, it is evident that I have seen the majority of all the larger debates on this site. I proposed it might be time for Shanahan to go a year prior to his firing. I read all of the content on the Shanahan firing and McDaniels firing. I had some stubborn viewpoints during the Cutler saga and even received a warning from Guru for it.
I will be honest and say that I am not a good writer. Nor could I provide the content and analysis that some of you do. However, I have been around this site a very long time and I love it. I want everyone to keep a level head and do not point too many fingers.
This team has flaws. I emphasize team. Once again, this is a team game. Brandon Marshall was not going to drop back into coverage and intercept a pass. Tony Scheffler was not going to provide a dominant pass rush. The defense was not adequate today.
I will be honest and say that the offense is not that of a title contending team. The o-line was bad to say the least. Kyle Orton can be very effective if he is provided with enough help. Orton is not going to walk out there with 10 minutes left, rally the troops, and have a Manning or Brady esque comeback.
Playcalling is atrocious. Lets look at it from McDaniels viewpoint. Patriot WRs or Broncos Wrs? Whose O-line would you rather have? An argument can be made for both sides. Marshall and Royal could become just as good as Moss and Royal. Cassel earned himself a fat contract in McDaniels' system.
Special Teams? Oh boy. I'm not going to get into that.
My point in all of this is to keep a level head. The Denver Broncos are a team and have team issues to sort out. Do not blame this season on one person or a particular aspect of the team. The entire team needs to figure out why they play up and play down to competition. Josh McDaniels need to improve. The defense needs to improve. The offense needs to improve. Special teams need to improve. The TEAM does.
Do not call for McDaniels head. Don't blame Orton for it all. Even if we had beastly O-linemen, the defense and special teams would not have taken us far in the playoffs.
The 2009 Denver Broncos went 8-8 and were putrid at home against division rivals. The Broncos started 6-0 and missed the playoffs! This team has definate room to improve.
In conclusion, I advise everyone to say positive and look forward to improvement. Stay away from "collapse" talk. Let the team respond. This off-season may just set the tone for the next half dozen years. Enjoy this great site!
Here is to improvement!