Happy training camp month!
In just a little over two weeks the men who will ultimately comprise the 2019 Denver Broncos will report to training camp. After disappointing seasons following the 2015 Super Bowl, Denver enters 2019 without the drama of year’s past, improved personnel, and a new coaching staff with a refreshing get-to-work mentality that emphasizes accountability.
Don’t look now (and not to jinx Denver or anything), but it would appear that the Broncos have made it through the offseason without any of the boneheaded slip-ups that downtime traditionally brings. Nobody tripped over a dog in Terrell Davis’ driveway, nobody got stabbed by their girlfriend, nobody slipped on a fast food wrapper, putting their hand through an entertainment center, no flying beer mugs at strip club bartenders, and, at least that we know, no arrests.
Kareem Jackson, Bryce Callahan, and Joe Flacco headline the Broncos 2019 free agent class. Combined with draftees Noah Fant, Dalton Risner, and Dre’Mont Jones, Denver added folks that it hopes can contribute immediately. Beyond 2019? The building blocks of the future lie within the draft acquisition of quarterback Drew Lock. Could the end of musical chairs at the quarterback position be at an end? Watching these new Broncos is going to be a ton of fun.
Of all the improvements made during the 2019 offseason, none will have a more substantial impact than the hiring of Vic Fangio and his staff. Gone is the empty rhetoric of “great practices” replaced with emphasis on details to avoid “death by inches”. Throughout OTAs and mini-camps, accountability, effort, and focus have emerged as defining principles that will guide Fangio’s Broncos this season. While most talk surrounding past Broncos teams in July is usually optimistic, it needs to be said that the buzz this season feels a little different. Fangio’s no-nonsense approach to football is one that I wouldn’t want to mess with and I’m sure that the players feel that even more so.
In just over two weeks, the Broncos will walk out onto pristine practice fields and begin training camp. The failures of previous seasons will melt away under the promise of the beating July heat. What does 2019 hold for the Denver Broncos? Half the fun of football is finding out. The other half? Doing something amazing when you finally do know.
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