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The 2019 Broncos are a tough nut to crack

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This time of year it is always hot to talk about prognostication of teams, but the Denver Broncos and who they will be is still shrouded in mystery.

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I almost hate to link any real season preview from ESPN, but I did anyway because it is interesting at least to talk about and / or laugh at.

What is this Denver Broncos team going to look like?

We honestly have no clue...just a bunch of guesses.

Sifting through the training camp / preseason moves, discussion, and quotes I can tell you this team is being retooled into something better. There are just too many moves, too many question marks, and too much insight from our new head coach for me to think anything other than that he’s trying to make a very nice chicken salad and doesn’t quite have the right ingredients if you catch my drift.

I do believe in this team. I do believe there is untapped talent on it as well (that was a big theme we wrote about the past two years covering the Broncos). But whether it was the inept coaching or past ineptness from the front office in drafting, holes are there and need to be filled.

I’m excited to see this team at least be competitive this year. I don’t feel like they were last year at all. 8 wins? 9 wins? 10 wins? Maybe a playoff appearance. Sure...I’ll take any of that because at least the team will be headed in the right direction.

Your Denver Broncos News

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