Being wrong never felt so good and I am here to eat a little crow. Last week, Rodney A and I were advocating some revolutionary adjustments to the offensive game plan. Rodney did a great write-up and there was some great discussion of those thoughts here. As it turns out, the Broncos didn't really need revolutionary. All they needed were some slight tweaks and some good execution. You tend to catch a lot of flak when you back putting Brady Quinn in the game, even if it is on a limited basis. There is good reason for that, as we all know. Tim Tebow has proven me wrong, like he has so many others time and again. I never stopped believing in you, Tim; I just thought you needed a little help to get you over the hump. I know the last three weeks had been a little rough on you, can you really blame me? You responded by showing me why I sit here and write blogs and why I don't coach in the NFL. Rodney and I had a good theory, and you sent it to hell in a hand-cart! Good for you and great for this Broncos team! I cannot speak for Rodney A, but I can say that I am done speculating about play calling and strategy for the rest of this season. I resolve to just enjoy the games (Notice, I said games?) from here on out. Thank you John Fox for not jerking the knee and sticking with what got this team here. Thank you Mike McCoy for the nice wrinkles that beat the legend, Dick LeBeau. And a big thank you to the team for executing and playing hard from the whistle to the gun! Here's to the demise of the WTF? Option! Here's to our team, playing deeper into January than anyone could have ever imagined!
Rodney and a lot of others here are fond of saying that when information changes, so should opinions. I am a firm believer in this mind set. That game yesterday was full of new information. We saw Tim Tebow's best day as a passer by far and we saw Demaryius Thomas step up in a big way. That game changed my opinion; we don't need Quinn to pinch pass for Tebow when our receivers can get open. Elway said Timmy just needed to pull the trigger, and he responded in resounding fashion. The magic is back and I hope this team can make yet another improbable run. We didn't need to throw the proverbial kitchen sink at Pittsburgh like many of us thought we would. All we needed to do was throw our bigger Receiver at their smaller CBs and the rest is history. The Broncos didn't need to reinvent the wheel, they just had to ride what had got them there in the first place. I think we all understood that the drops we had seen recently in the passing game were big; we didn't realize just how big. Against the Steelers, our guys caught more of those passes than they dropped and it made the difference. The defense played well, the line blocked well, and our receivers caught more than they dropped. Our QB passed and ran the ball with determination. The offense was stingy, only giving up one turnover. It was the same recipe that got this team in the Playoffs, but there seemed to be something more there. They played like they were the veteran Playoff team and not the young upstarts. They went out and took it from the defending AFC Champions. Whatever happens from here on out, nobody can take that away from this team! We never imagined that as a possibility when we were sitting at 1-4. How is that for progress?
The Broncos advanced in the Playoffs when no one gave them a chance. Like the Broncos of the 1980's, they are once again the disrespected underdogs. I like it, it reminds me of why I became a Broncos fan in the first place. Once again, no one is giving this team a chance against those dirty cheaters up in Boston. Great! There is no place this team would rather be than counted out and left for dead. Like TNT, the Denver Broncos know drama. Keep counting them out and they'll keep suprising you, or should I say shock?
We're getting a New England team that will have the focal point of a great deal of Denver Broncos angst on the sideline. I call that fuel for the fire, but I am sure it will be downplayed. Josh McDaniels has some inside information, but that is no need to fear this team. The Broncos have seen these guys before and taken their best shot in a game that might have been just a little bit bigger than the players we put on the field that day. This will not happen on Saturday. The Broncos are no longer the red headed stepchildren of the Playoffs. They have proven that they belong here to themselves and to us hardcore fans. Saturday, they will prove it all over again not because they have to, just because they want to. Lookout Patsies, the Broncos are coming!