Here I sit, awaiting to board my plane back home. It's odd, because every time I'm here, Denver feels a lot like home as well. Browns fans are passionate about their team, like Broncos fans. There are a lot of Ohioans out here as well. It makes it easy to want to come back and do this again next year, perhaps as a family vacation.
I was thinking about what I saw, and the reaction I received from it. Let me thank each and every one of you for your kind words, and a special thanks to everyone who gave their take on Training Camp as well. This is a community, and your input is greatly appreciated. I was able to get access because of you, and your voice is heard loud and clear in Denver, trust me.
Some of you may think I spun an extremely positive picture of the Broncos. Some others may think I am blind, or that I am drunk on the Broncos Kool-Aid. Let me assure you I am not. You do deserve an explanation, however, as to why I see things the way I do. In the few minutes I have, I hope to help you better understand.First things first - the Broncos have issues; in some cases, big issues. There are question marks all over the front seven. There are also question marks at quarterback. Nothing I saw these past few days leads me to believe any of those questions are close to being answered.
There is a lot of work to do.
That said, I am a huge proponent of thinking beyond the problems and looking for solutions. Really, that's what Josh McDaniels' primary responsibility is. Solve the problems. I came to Denver not to watch this player or that player, but to watch the coach, and by extension, his staff, to see how they were going to solve the problems.
I tell people who work for me all the time, "Don't bring me problems, bring me solutions". People who focus on what's wrong are negative. People who focus on how to make it right are positive. I'm not pointing fingers at anyone, nor am I looking for you to.
We are ALL passionate Broncos fans. We ALL want what's best for the team.
To that end, I came to Dove Valley in hopes of lending credence to those who support Josh McDaniels, and to try an bolster the confidence of those who are still unsure. I am hoping I have done that.
It doesn't mean that all the problems are solved or questions answered. What it does mean is that I have seen, with my own eyes, a group of coaches, players, and staff looking for solutions and trying something different than has been the norm in Denver, for better or worse.
As we move towards the regular season, I ask all Broncos fans to once again come together. Come together in support of the team we are all so passionate about and come together to support the changes Josh McDaniels is trying to incorporate. It is amazing the power that positive energy possesses. Maybe if we all give a little, something magical can happen in Denver.
I can verify one thing - it won't be for lack of trying, or lack of looking for solutions.