This post poses the question - if we were going to lose anyway, was it better that we were blown out vs. losing in a close game? Painful as it was and is, I think it may have been better that we lost big, and therein may lie a silver lining. If we lose in a close one, maybe we do very little to address what we are now all acknowledging as fact - that our current roster is just not tough enough physically, and possibly mentally, to hang with the elite of the NFC. A secondary silver lining may be that we play the NFC West in our regular season this year. I think this forces us to act in free agency and the draft to equip ourselves to do well this next season playing arguably the best division in football. If we don't, we may put ourselves in a tough position come playoff time. If we do fair well, it should give us the measuring stick and confidence we need to make another run.
I know we all hope we're going to get a bunch of great players back next year from IR. Not to be negative, but Clady is coming back from a Lisfranc surgery, Vick from a dislocated hip, Miller and Harris from ACLs, Moore from a very bizarre syndrome, and Wolfe from God knows what. These aren't ankle sprains. As fans, we'll be kept guessing and will be the last to know how all of these men are progressing, but it seems like a fools errand to simply assume that we will get all back at the optimal time with everyone 100%. Going back to the original question, maybe it would have been easier to just go with the flow had we lost in a close one and hope for the best with all of our returning wounded.
John Elway is surely in need of some serious couch work as the horror of his 1st 3 Super Bowls were just replayed before his very eyes! He has shown greater emotion in his interviews since Sunday and comes across as even more determined to get Pat his Championship(s). I feel like this blow-out loss, especially based upon Elway's history, creates a very different scenario than had we been "in" the game. I think it will cause Elway and company to look at players with even greater scrutiny and be even more determined not to over-pay for any of our UFAs. I would also expect the FO to look for key playmakers in free agency that are tough, and have game changing ability. I know we do not have a lot of cap space, so a lot of tough decisions and sacrifices will have to be made. I expect us to let a lot of our free agents walk and play the "Super Bowl contender card" to those free agent we wish to sign.
It's going to be an interesting off-season. You couldn't have gotten me to say this a few days ago, but I now believe, if we were going to lose the game, we were better off going down in a ball of flames. As a consequence, we may ultimately be better equipped next season due to the fact that we were blown out! I hope their is a silver lining in this fact, and in my gut I believe there is. Please discuss. Go Broncos!