Disbanding the Denver Broncos
Some of the most irrational, unrealistic people I know (or hear at least) are football fans. Now, I too am a football fan, and in the past have fit the mold of being unrealistic well–though in recent years my immense maturity has tempered this characteristic (nah na nah na boo boo other football people! (like I said, I’m mature)). Since I live in Denver, and one of my guilty pleasures is listening to sports talk radio when I drive around, the following will be about Denver Broncos fans, but I’m sure the same type of things are being said in other places. Before giving you a sampling of the stuff I’ve heard since the end of the season, here are some of the facts about this year’s Denver Broncos and NFL football in general.
- Most people, including talk show hosts in the area, expected the Broncos to go 6-10 at best. They finished 8-8.
- There are a large number of games each year decided by one score or less. This year the Broncos had 5 (they were 3-2 in these games), so theoretically they could quite easily have been two games better or three games worse. In football games that are this close, it only takes one or two big plays to swing the game one way or the other. This to say, most teams in the NFL are not far from being quite a bit better or worse than their final record.
- When a new coach comes in he usually brings a new system and new coaches with him, so it’s a bit ridiculous to think that his coaching potential is laid bare after one year.
- You can’t be good every year. Just ask the Titans who finished 8-8 after being 13-3 just a year ago. Or ask the Super Bowl champions from last year, the Steelers, who missed the playoffs this year.
- It is true that the Broncos imploded at the end of the season. It’s also true they started out 6-0.
With that, here is a sampling of the things I have heard from Denver Broncos fans since the end of this season.
- Josh McDaniels, the first-year head coach, should be fired because he is obviously too arrogant to learn from his mistakes.
- Kyle Orton, the quarterback, clearly can’t be a successful NFL quarterback. (Statistically he’s in the middle of the pack, ahead of two of the twelve quarterbacks in the playoffs.)
- The Broncos need to just scrap it all and start over. The owner, coaches, and players all have no idea what they’re doing.
- The Broncos defense needs to get better (which NFL team doesn’t want that to happen?).
- The Broncos offense needs to get better.
- And my favorite, from a woman who called into the Jim Rome show. She had packed up ALL of her Broncos gear in boxes and was preparing to go and leave it in front of the door to the Broncos training facility with a note expressing her intense anger at the whole organization. She had decided she could not longer be a Broncos fan because she was so disgusted with the whole team. (How do you conjure that kind of anger over a sport that is supposed to be for entertainment?) She was so upset that after a few sentences she could hardly speak.
Well, I guess we’ll just see how the Broncos do next year–if they don’t disband the team for being the worst in the history of the world.