Who says there is no drama in Denver this year? Roster Drams abounds. The man with a nickname of “Doom” now seems to have a double meaning. It was supposed to be meant for opposing quarterbacks. Now it also refers to the 2010 season, and Pat Bowlen’s bank account. (Shelling out roughly $15 million for a sideline cheerleader certainly can’t help in a down economy.) The biggest playmaker on the team is essentially done for the year quickly dimming the hopes of an already unsettled year for your Denver faithful.
Though, I never really thought that this was going to be an exceptionally great year, I still wanted to see the Broncos make big plays on Sundays. Without Dumervile, a starting running back, an All-Pro left tackle, plus a rookie offensive line for the first four games, Denver will have an excellent chance to go 0-4. I am not saying I like it, but how else can you see a team doing well with its stars on the sidelines. Had this been 1998, and John Elway, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe, and Gary Zimmerman been out for the first month everyone would agree. If not going 0-4 definitely going 2-4. In the first six games Denver plays three against the Colts, Ravens, and Jets. The other three include two way games at the Jaguars and Titans. The lone “gimme” game is in week 2 against the Seahawks who now have a healthy Matt Hasselbeck, and a new Left Tackle in Russell Okung. So yes the reality is a very doom and gloom situation. However, this keeps from delaying the inevitable start of the Tim Tebow era.
With the all of issues going on with the team many people thought with his big new contract that they would get at least 10-17 quarterback fumble causing moments of adulation in games. Now the cloud of uncertainty is as large as the real thunder storms that have been blowing in on Dove Valley the last couple of days. It would seem as the towel could be thrown in before the first pre-season game, but hold on Denver, there is light at the end of the tunnel filled with converted Brandon Marshall jerseys.
The hope of the future is what will bring a joy for 2010. That’s right! “Tebow Time” is coming to a stadium near you. Even though everyone has discussed the possibilities at nausea that Tim Tebow will be starting sooner than later is becoming more and more of a reality as the other big name talents get carted off the practice field. I doubt anyone, but the absolute epitome of homerism fans, believed that this was Denver’s year. So the expectations were to see how the team would develop for the future anyway. Everybody knows that this is Kyle Orton’s last year in Denver (even Kyle Orton). So looking to the future is where my heart will be geared for 2010. If the Orton lead Dumervile-less Broncos charge out the gate that would be great, but I think it would be wise to tame the 13-3 hopes, and enjoy the development of the young talent. Hopefully Tebow and company will be able to give a good show through the pre-season and beyond. Nothing is hopeless.