Good morning, Broncos Country!
One weekend down and no players involved in an arrest or shooting.
That's a win for Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos. Yes, it's only one weekend and there are about five weeks before the start of training camp, but let's take small steps. For those who say "give it time," I've made the choice to remain hopeful and positive this becomes a trend.
It's the first step in what we should hope will be a boring summer.
There are plenty of rumors and speculation with the Von Miller contract garbage; we don't need to add players putting themselves in the news for all of the wrong reasons. And by the time the July 15 deadline rolls around, Miller will have a contract that pleases him, ensures the Broncos aren't in salary cap hell and we can all move on.
Again, until that happens, we don't need other nonsense piled on top of it.
What would help pass this boring phase is if John Elway extends Emmanuel Sanders before camp starts. That would be welcome news in Broncos Country. Lock up Brandon Marshall, Sanders and Miller this summer? And no one gets a mug shot in the process? Yes please.
The players should enjoy these weeks away from football. It allows them to clear their minds and bodies before the grind begins. Just as long as they don't do anything stupid that portrays their teammates, coaches, the organization, family and themselves in a negative light. We can include some members of the front office in this as well, but let's hope they learned from their mistakes.
Go on vacation.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Lift weights, if you so choose. Run, if you so choose. Study the playbook now and then, if you so choose. But avoid the head coach and general manager getting the dreaded phone call that shows them how much of a dumbass you are.
In other words, make smart decisions.
Contrary to popular belief and the reactionary media, this hasn't been a bad, terrible, atrocious offseason for Denver. Those who mention Brock Osweiler, Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan are countered with Chris Harris, Derek Wolfe, Paxton Lynch and Marshall. These are the same people who say this every year when Elway lets other teams overpay. Same song, different verse.
The Aqib Talib situation is just weird, but with no witnesses or cooperation, there isn't much to this story. The only factor is the length of time he will miss. Will he be ready by camp or closer to the regular season?
There is still the magic trick Kubiak is pulling on the media and fans by making them believe Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian are, indeed, neck-and-neck, and Lynch has no shot to start. David Blaine needs to chat with Kubiak on his sleight-of-hand mastery. If Siemian truly is neck-and-neck with Sanchez, there's no point of having Sanchez on the roster.
Regardless, the depth chart doesn't matter at this point in the season. It's fodder for bored fans and media.
But that's a topic for another day, and hopefully we can have it free from players who get arrested and/or shot.
If a player has a drug test in the near future, he should take the opposite approach of Josh Gordon and put the pipe down.
The NFL is now a yearlong business.
Breaks like this don't come along that often.
As he did with the Super Bowl 50 week, Kubiak has shown trust in his players to make the right decisions.
The Broncos should prove him right for doing so, just as they did in Santa Clara, Calif.
One week down, five to go.
They're on the right path.
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