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Broncos fans less confident in team than same time last year

The old adage, “Fool me once” applies here for Broncos Country. I would say we’re cautiously optimistic, but reserving outright homerism.

We’re two preseason games into with the final one being played tonight, so I wanted to get one last preseason temperature check on Broncos Country. The results from this week’s survey kind of shocked me a bit. Normally, fans are in full homer-mode ahead of Week 1 and while 78% may seem like a decently high number, it’s actually not.

Even for a team that has suffered season after season of 10+ losses, confidence and hope usually surges back to the 90s in the offseason. For example, last year in mid-August the fan confidence survey stood at 96%. After getting burned by Nathaniel Hackett and Russell Wilson last year, it would seem most of us fans are holding back a bit heading into this season.

While I did vote that I was confident in the direction this team is headed, I wouldn’t say I’m banking on playoffs and competing for the AFC West. I am reserving my judgement there until I see this team play the Kansas City Chiefs. My confidence level is that Sean Payton will at least make this team a 9-8 team in a bad year. We’ll see if that confidence has been misplaced.

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