Let’s get the bandwagon started now. The Denver Broncos are going to go 19-0 and win the Super Bowl without a fight.
Ok, well obviously I haven’t gotten enough sleep after that game Monday night.
But, we looked great against the Raiders. And was it just me, or did it almost feel like we were playing at home, until we looked up in the stands and saw that either Halloween had come early or there really are crazy people that dress up in silver and black, if for no other reason than to cheer for the dreadful Raiders.
Enough about the Raiders. They are irrelevant in the AFC West, atleast this season.
But the Broncos have a chance this weekend to go to 2-0, which would be a much more positive start than our 2-0 start of 2007. Why? Well, we would have built a 2 game lead against our only true contenders in the division, the Chargers. Oh, and did I mention that Shawn Merriman will be out for the year with an injury that 4 doctors recommended he have fixed weeks ago?
And who do we have to thank for such a memorable season, if we indeed play up to our potential? Pat Bowlen. Without him as our owner, we fire Shanahan this past offseason, and scramble to find a replacement, only to realize there isn’t a coach of his caliber available.
Remember when the Chargers got rid of Marty and came up with Norv Turner. He was a retread that had a losing record as an NFL coach, and then was thrust into the duty of replacing a coach that led the team to a 14-2 season.
Do you remember the 2005 Steelers, I surely do. They were the team that knocked us off our path to glory.
Bill Cowher coached that team. And if you remember even before that, Cowher had suffered through losing seasons and threats against his job security by outsiders. However, once he lit that victory cigar, was there any doubt the Steelers had made the right decision to retain his services? Absolutely not. It took foresight and business knowledge for Mr. Rooney to make that decision, amongst a majority of fans having the desire to have Cowher fired.
Mr. Pat Bowlen has given Mr. Shanahan a chance to work with the quarterback he traded up to get. He won’t admit it, but he saw a lot of John Elway in Jay Cutler. Both went to great academic colleges, both had losing records in college and carried their teams on their back. But, both also had the “it” factor that every quarterback must have. Oh and having a cannon arm, leadership, and field vision don’t hurt either.
It’s early in the season, but the makings are in place for Mr. Bowlen and Mr. Shanahan to light up that cigar and share stories of what would have happened had they listened to the media and fans.