Ever since John Elway paraded around Denver with his second Lombardi trophy, the Bronco faithful have followed this team blindly hoping to get another championship. Every year, we were told how good we would be...I remember in 2001 I was ecstatic to see that ESPN had us as the favorites to win it all. Of course, the dream went up in smokes.
The year after, I followed the team and heard of offseason signings, how great our draft was, and followed blindly again to another mediocre season.
Year after year, I watched my Broncos storm out of the gate only to fall on their faces. 9-7, 10-6, 10-6. First round exits from the playoffs. No championships still.
We finally seemed to be back to Championship form when the Jake Plummer-lead Broncos reached the AFC Championship game with a 13-3 record. But we were pummelled, and then our team was ripped to shreds. We would have to start over. Again.
After 3 years of rebuilding, high hopes, and more falling on our faces, Mr. Pat Bowlen has finally called this crazy ride to a hault. This crazy, 12-year spin to nowhere. Even though I'm sure many Bronco fans are in disarray, wondering what to think about what is coming next, one thing is finally a sure-thing.
It's going to be different. The 12 years of nothing are over. This year we can expect some of the same, high hopes, new free agency moves, following the team that many of us grew up with. But this year, the end result will be different. All or nothing is the new theme at Dove Valley. Whether the result be good or bad, we do have one thing to thank Josh McDaniels for. He is changing Broncos football as we know it. The same expectations, different approach, different results (whether good or bad). And the town, the team, all of Bronco Country can feel the excitement and the change. We're all paying attention, wondering what these crazy kids will do next.
Josh McDaniels is poking all of Denver with a stick. Whether he has breakfast ready or not is a mystery, but one thing is for sure. After 12 years of sleeping, the same ole' routine, the same ole' Broncos, we have woken up. We are alert, we are skeptical, excited, critical and we are ready for what's next.