Because John Elway ‘doesn’t believe in Super Bowl windows. He believes in Super Bowl front porches.’
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, O’Broncos Country!
Perusing the interwebs for something interesting to talk about with you all this morning, I came across an All22 post stating the Broncos’ "window for a championship has closed."
Given that my relatively new MHR sig line highlights a fabulous quote/observation from KRONK-00 stating the opposite - "TYJE doesn't believe in Super Bowl windows; he believes in Super Bowl front porches." - I feel somewhat obligated to challenge this obvious fake news.
"TYJE doesn’t believe in Super Bowl windows. He believes in Super Bowl porches." - KRONK-00
The argument that the window has closed is not without merit.
After all, there are some glaring needs for this team to fill in order to be in championship form - a seasoned quarterback, a reliable left tackle (reliable for our offense, not the opposing defense), a consistent running game and a run-stuffing defense. And losing a veteran leader in DeMarcus Ware after losing fellow veteran leader Peyton Manning, leaves a void in the locker room, no doubt. Plus, the Broncos’ AFC West opponents closed the performance on them last year, making the division a four-way competition.
But there’s a reason I gravitated to this analogy of a porch rather than a window when describing John Elway’s vision for his Broncos. A window indicates a finite time in which an opening is available. A porch says, "Welcome. Please stay a while."
And that’s exactly what Elway intends to do with his team. Sometimes that stay is a quick "hello, just dropping something off" kind of visit. Sometimes it’s a "let’s have a drink and talk a while" sort. But either way, it’s always there for frequent visits.
Currently the Broncos may not appear to be "in the championship window" given some of their challenges. They are still in search of the QB competitor they need - whether that’s a tested veteran like Tony Romo (perhaps?) or it’s major development from Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian. And they still need an explosive running game which will thrive behind an offensive line that can operate more like a border wall for the QB rather than a gateway to him. It remains to be seen how much of these problems can be fixed this year.
But the good news is Elway has fortified his defensive line in free agency with 600 extra pounds of run-stomping flesh while also securing a top-notch offensive lineman. It seems likely, too, that the GM is also gearing up for some kind of trade deal to get a left tackle. And RomoWatch is still a thing.
Despite losing a key leader in DeMarcus Ware, and possibly losing Vance Walker and Dekoda Watson to other teams, the Broncos’ defense will mostly be just a younger version of its elite self with guys like Shane Ray, Justin Simmons, Will Parks and Shaq Barrett ready to step into bigger roles and show off the strides they’ve made since being rookies.
Just met our two new D linemen! They gone be a lot of help . Keep them off me! Lol— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) March 13, 2017
Are these promising enough to provide a glimmer of hope for an opening in the Super Bowl window?
That remains to be seen, but this offseason should be a reminder that the former Broncos quarterback has built a big porch, and his vision goes way beyond one season or two.
Big porches, after all, usually include a lot of big windows.
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