The anger that many of us in Broncos Country felt after the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs had not exactly subsided when Ian St. Clair and I sat down to record the MHR Radio Podcast (Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify) to preview the upcoming game against the Colts. While tempered by the trade of Emmanuel Sanders, there was still an undercurrent of frustration.
The frustration is one that has been building over time. Think about the last 3-plus seasons of football at Mile High Stadium. I doubt you find many happy memories. Then to watch the horrendous display against a wounded rival... you get where my head is at.
Then I had to think of something to write about. I usually enjoy sitting down and thinking about what we went over in the podcast, and it hit me, I can’t think of anything I enjoyed about the last two shows. We have been through a lot, and as fans, we aren’t really used to the losing. And now all I can really do is shrug my shoulders.
However, one thing struck me as Ian and I discussed the franchise, and all the news surrounding the Broncos. The ride has come to an end. When we discussed our players to watch on offense and defense I went nostalgic on defense.
The departure of Sanders made me think of the possible moves ahead of Denver. Older veterans with expiring contracts will probably find themselves on the trading block, as well. I think about Chris Harris Jr. and Derek Wolfe, anchors on a defense that will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time.
I chose them as my players to watch because every time they suit up for the Broncos it could be the last. I told Ian on the show, enjoy watching them now, because it could all be over before you know it. And sure, reports are that Harris may not get traded, and maybe the market isn’t great for Wolfe. I don’t know.
What I do know is that the Broncos are in desperate need of draft capital. I also know that to rebuild, sometimes you have to tear down. CHJ and Wolfe are the last remnants of an era that passed us by before we knew it. Enjoy them while you can Broncos Country. You never know when that breaking news banner will pop up again on MHR.