Denver has had one gritty, wild season filled with obstacles, great play, poor play, QB controversy, and a whole lot of winning. Let's talk about that last thing a bit.
I sure hope that our Broncos have enjoyed their day off and are appreciating the fact that they get to play next week for the AFC crown. I know that I appreciate it. I've been watching the Broncos for decades and it is an absolute joy to look around at the NFL and see that this team is not the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, or Jacksonville Jaguars.
The downside to so much success for so long is that I think as a fan base we can take it for granted. Even now look around at MHR (a pretty darn good representation of Broncos Country in general I think) and you will find a whole lot of whining and moaning about our QB, drops, lack of dominance, lackluster coaching, and "Super Bowl or bust" mentality. C'mon people! We are one of 4 teams that get to play for the chance to play for a ring. That's a really big friggin deal!
This team went from 4 - 12 to Tebow time to an amazing run of dominance in the AFC to where we are today. There are teams out there that would figuratively kill to have the success we've had over the past four years (hi there KC!). If you are one of the worry-worts of Broncos Country, kick back a beer and think a bit about what a great ride we've had.
- 7 straight wins to start the season with our dominant defense front an center
- 2 losses against mediocre teams that showed some serious problems with Manning
- 3 wins with our young backup QB including a game of the ages at home vs New England
- 2 more losses in close games
- 2 close tight wins to wrap up the season with the return of Manning
- 1 division round win against a team who was one of our loses earlier this season for sweet revenge
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