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Will History Repeat Itself? It May Be Happenning!

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..................................................1965 - 1967 DENVER BRONCOS ALTERNATE LOGO

To begin, it's worth a couple of minutes to take a quick look at The Table of the Denver Broncos seasons. Glancing through history in this particular format allows for a quick comparison of what we can divide into three main groups. 1) The early years (rough times), 2) The 6 Super Bowl, and numerous play off years, & 3) The mediocre years of recent history.

Why is this important? For New Bronco Fans it gives a synopsis of how the Broncos struggled for most of the first 16 years,and the format displays an impressive visual difference between the three. For the Old Fan it never hurts to recall how it all began, and by comparing those early years to the lean years of late, it has helped me to appreciate those fans who stuck with the team from the beginning!

Lets check out some memories and then talk about how we think that history may already be starting to repeat itself.

THE LOOK OF THE 1960 - 61 BRONCOS

Head Coach...........................1st Yr...#Yrs....W.......L.......T......*Notes of interest: (Playing Career Notes)

Frank Joseph Filchock............1960.......02......07......20......01.....*I was 8 yrs old. Okay, NOT interesting! (2-time Pro Bowler)

............1962 - 1967..........................1962..............................1962 - 1965..............................Home Uniform

(clicking the date under the logo will take you to its source.)

Head Coach...........................1st Yr...#Yrs....W.......L.......T......*Notes of interest: (Playing Career Notes)

Jack T. Faulkner......................1962......02*.....09......22.....01.....*Coached 2 years and 4 games,

Coach of the Year: 1962

..............1966....................................1967.......................................1966....................................1967

Head Coach...........................1st Yr...#Yrs....W.......L.......T......*Notes of interest: (Playing Career Notes)

Mac Curtis Speedie...............1964.........03*....06......19......01.....*64 & 66 partial years (2-time Pro Bowler & 3-time First-Team All-Pro)

Ray Malavasi..........................1966........01*....04......08......00......*Full name: Raymondo Giuseppi Giovanni Baptiste Malavasi.

...........1968 - 1992..........................1968 - 1974...............................1968 - 1972..........................1969 - 1972

Head Coach...........................1st Yr...#Yrs....W.......L.......T......*Notes of interest:

Louis Henry Saban...................1967.....05*.....20......42.....03......*Coached 4 years and 9 games

Jerome Anthony Smith..............1971.....01*.....02......03.....00......*Interim coach for 5 games

John R. Ralston........................1972.....05.......34......33.....03......*Final season record 9/5/0

..........1968 - 1996...........................1968 - 1992...........................1975 - 1996..............................1978 - 1979

Head Coach...........................1st Yr...#Yrs....W.......L.......T......*Notes of interest:

Robert N. Miller........................1977.......04.....40......22.....00......*1978,16 games. Div Champ: 2, Conf Champs: 1, Lost the Super Bowl. Coach of the Year: 1977

.................1984................................1985 - 1990............................1985 - 1990........................1975 - 1996

Head Coach...........................1st Yr...#Yrs....W.......L.......T......*Notes of interest:

Daniel Edward Reeves..............1981......12.....110.....73......01.....*Div Champs: 5, Conf Champs: 3, Lost 3 Super Bowls.

Harold Wade Phillips................1993.......02.....16......16......00.....*Absolutely boring.

.........1997 - Pres..................................2000................................2001 - 2010.....................Alternates 2003 - 2007

Head Coach...........................1st Yr...#Yrs....W.......L.......T......*Notes of interest:

Michael Edward Shanahan........1995......14....138......86.....00.....*Made playoffs 7 times, Div Champs: 4, Conf Champs: 2, 2 SB wins.

.................2009.................................1997 - Pres............................1997 - Pres

Head Coach...........................1st Yr...#Yrs....W.......L.......T......*Notes of interest:

Josh McDaniels.......................2009.......02.....11.......17.....00.....*This coach was to inexperienced and insecure to be an HC at this time.

Eric Studesville........................2010.......00.....01.......02.....00.....*Interim coach for 3 games.

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...........................................................................2011 - Pres

Head Coach...........................1st Yr...#Yrs....W.......L.......T......*Notes of interest:

John Fox...................................2011.....01.....08......06......00.....*2 games yet to play. 33 years of coaching experience.

One thing that I noticed is that the first Head Coach to last double digit years in Denver (Dan Reeves,12 yrs) was followed by a coach that only lasted two years. Next another double digit tenure followed (Mike Shanahan's 14 years), and when it ended our next coaching change lasted two years. That means it's time for another long coaching tenure!

It just seems like we may have another group of coaches in here that could also hit double digits. Okay, I know that it's just coincidence, but I'm just hoping it's more than that! We've only had real success when we've had a system in place for an extended period, and that is usually the case all across the NFL as a whole.

The "other coincidence" is John Elway and Tim Tebow. What? Did I hear someone screaming BLASPHEMY! That's right, I used both names in the same sentence, and it is naive to think that they should not be compared. They MUST be compared.

The comparison I want to make is that they are both WINNERS with the IT factor. That fire and passion,along with great talent is a must for any QB in order to get a team to a Super Bowl. But that one player just won't do it. Our history lesson showed us what John Elway did for Dan Reeves and Mike Shanahan's careers, but it also took an "Orange Crush" Defense and some pretty good runners to get it done.

I'm watching the pieces coming together and with John Elway in the front office, I know that we have a man there that knows what it took to win those back to back Super Bowls. I have a sneaking suspicion that we are about to see ten to fifteen great years of winning football come back to Denver!

John Elway joined the Broncos in 1983 and we made the playoffs that year, the next, missed 85 and went to his first Superbowl in 1986! NOW! Why can we not improve on that with Tim at QB? We all know that there still are some players in key spots that we need before we can reach an elite level, but I for one feel like we can certainly manage to do that during the next three drafts.

CBSSports.com wire report:

In an interview with the Associated Press, Elway gave his strongest indication yet that he believes Tebow can morph from a scrambling quarterback into a pocket passer, which suggests he won't be spending a high draft pick on another QB in April.

"Tim Tebow's not going anywhere," Elway said. "I mean, he's going to be a Bronco and we're going to do everything we can and hopefully he's that guy."

Elway brought back a winning attitude, and his management style, in which he seeks input from those around him, has changed the culture at Dove Valley from the autocratic regimes of McDaniels and, before him, Mike Shanahan.

"I think that if you look at where we were a year ago at this time, it was probably the lowest point in Pat's ownership," Elway said, referring to owner Pat Bowlen. "One of the things that we thought was everybody needed kind of a little bit of football rehab. I mean, you're 6-22, there's a negative feeling about football. That's why John [Fox] was a perfect fit for us, because of his enthusiasm, his energy."

"I've always felt the more input you have, the more discussions you have on certain things, the chances are you're going to make the right decisions," Elway said. "And I think the culture now is it's not only teamwork downstairs but it's teamwork upstairs, too."

To the surprise of many, Elway, the greatest offensive player in franchise history, believed the blueprint for winning again was to focus on defense. Trying to outpace everyone just wasn't going to work, he said.

"And then I also thought, having gone to the games, that we had lost a lot of the home-field advantage, and I remember that when I played here, we had a great home-field advantage. But it was usually because we were so good on defense."

"The best way for Tim to develop was to be good on the defensive side and take our time with him on the offensive side," Elway said. "And that wouldn't dump all the pressure on him and say, `Here you go, in your second year you need to go out and score 35 points a game.'

In John's 15 years as the Denver Broncos QB, he only missed the play offs 6 times! I feel it coming again fellow fans! What do you think?

What are the pieces we still need, and how long do you think it will take to get them all together?

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