Well hello there, friends.
I've been away for a while... a long while. It's been a crazy past year or so for me, but then again, you could say the same for our Denver Broncos. The last time I was actively posting here, I believe it was during the Eric Studesville interim head coaching era... So yeah, it's been awhile. This post isn't to say that I expect some kind of ooh and ahh response from anyone, because I don't. I'm just dipping my toes back into the warm, orange waters here at MHR. I've missed you guys, and I've missed the Sundays that are dedicated to open threads and screaming at the TV. After watching last night's game and following the news of our beloved team, I couldn't help but stop in and say a few things.
First of all, how about that? Did anyone else forget what it felt like to not be nervous as hell for 3 quarters until the quarterback decided to flip his switch? Not saying that Tebow's a bad player or a bad guy, because I've been a Tebow supporter (not Tebow obsessor) for a couple years now. I just need to get off my chest how nice it was seeing our quarterback actually be relevant in the first 45 minutes of a game. The differential in the T.O.P. for the third quarter has got to be some kind of record, but it didn't matter. For the 30-something seconds our offense had the ball, they came out with 6 on the board and that's awesome to see.
Next up, I don't care what anyone says about it, there's no way this defense is weaker at any position. I am a little bit off-put by how easy it was for Roethlisberger to thread some passes to Heath Miller up the middle, but give that Steelers team some credit. The Ben-Heath connection has been one of more underrated combos in recent memory, and the short passes should be taken as an indirect compliment. They made a lot of short passes yesterday, and I think a large part of that was due to our defense's ability to apply significant pressure within a few seconds of every snap. The game film will be more telling as to whether the short routes were by proactive or reactive, but my eyes observed a Steelers passing game that wasn't getting any chance to get comfortable outside of those short routes. Overall, I will say two things about the defense, and I'm incredibly relieved and at peace with both of them:
1. This team does not need DJ Williams. At all. Cut the losses, and let this loser walk away now before he has the slightest chance to interrupt or even ruin a very real chemistry on that defense.
2. Every player that lines up on the line on any given down has the ability to make a massive play. Whether tackles, ends or down linebackers, every single guy on that L.O.S. can cause all kinds of havoc. That has to be alarming for any offense to think about.
Last major thing on the docket for my brief reintroduction is my favorite and in my opinion, the most relevant point to talk about.
Mile High is back.
I can't put it into words enough, and that's good because no words can quantify what I saw last night on the TV. That home crowd created an atmosphere that was downright electric. I felt it in my skin and I watched the game from a TV where I live in Houston. That electricity has been missing from the stadium for over a decade. I haven't felt that eyes-glued-to-the-TV-with-a-giggly-smile feeling in a LONG time. I came to work today with my head held high, because after watching the Texans dismantle the Dolphins, I would have caught hell if our Broncos didn't do the same or better to the Steelers. That's really my point though. I'm not happy about another team's mistakes anymore. I'm not happy about another team's shortcomings. I'm flat out excited for my team and what they accomplished.
It's a damn fine day to be a Broncos fan. We should all be very proud of our team, from the top to the bottom. These players, coaches and staff have put together something that is evidently special. No one can deny the sense that this group of guys will be special in ways we haven't seen since --dare I say-- the John Elway era. I don't know if our guys will make it to the big dance this year, but for the first time in a really long time, I don't care about what happens in January. I'm more excited about what we're going to see next week. That's a feeling worth sharing.
It's nice to be back, my friends, and I'm looking forward to reading what everyone else contributes to the best sports community on the internet. The sun is always shining in Broncos Country, but today it shined a little bit brighter and warmer. Looks like it might stay brighter and warmer for a while too.
Global warming may not be so bad after all.