This is post I have wanted to write for some time now. It isn’t about the Broncos but about one of my favorite communities – the Mile High Report.
As many others have noted before me, this community has become so positive towards everything the Broncos front office does, that criticism almost isn’t tolerated. This latest draft is typical of this. Many members of this site have spent a lot of posts and comments the past few days fervently justifying the trades and picks of EFX - even going so far as to tell critics, that we should all trust that the front office knows what it is doing until the opposite is proven (which obviously is not a healthy basis for debate on a fan site).
But of course it goes back further than that. I first noticed it, when Cutler was in his second season and struggling. I remember the endless number of posts littered with statistics showing that Cutler was in fact a franchise QB despite the lack of wins. That tune changed almost the instant he was traded. The exact same thing happened with McDaniels. McDaniels bashing was frowned upon for a long time, until he was sacked – then it instantly became common place. And every draft is the same: MHR is by and large in agreement before the draft about what and whom the Broncos should draft and why. And every year the team goes in a completely different direction and that direction is then instantly viewed as the right thing to do by the majority of the posters here.
The examples are numerous.
Now I might not appreciate this, or the fact that many discussions here quickly become so emotional, that rational debate about players and schemes has become almost nonexistent since Hosier Teacher left us. But what I really want to discuss with you today is why. Why is it that we so insist on always spinning everything the front office does in a positive direction? Why is blind trust in the front office almost a virtue around here?
I used to think that it was because we all are so emotionally tied to the team that we have to see it as a success – a kind of survival strategy. That the Broncos are such an important part of all of us, that we depend on the team’s well being for our own well being. But I am no longer sure that that alone can explain it. It seems to me to have gone beyond mere self preservation – it has almost become dogma.
I know this is a different kind of debate for MHR, but I would like to hear your opinions on why we have become as loyal to the front office as we have?