Denver Broncos: Don’t Panic Just Yet


Believe it or not Bronco fans, the sun came up today.

Based on the way people are reacting to the Denver Broncos 22-7 loss to the St. Louis Rams, you might get the sense that the sky is actually falling. I can assure you that the sky is not going anywhere, but what I can’t assure you is that every thing will be okay as the Broncos move toward their goal of  winning a Super Bowl. I might be overly optimistic, but I have a feeling that the Broncos will be alright.

I am not claiming that the Broncos don’t have their issues. They do, and they’ve been very apparent throughout the month of November. The Offensive line is a mess right now. After some major reshuffling it seems as if they will need to shuffle the line up quite a bit more. They need help, and suddenly the idea of signing Richie Incognito doesn’t sound so bad.

The Broncos have absolutely no faith in Brandon McManus. At this point, why even have a kicker on the roster. The failure to believe in McManus is not doing the Broncos any favors. At this point in the year, it makes you wonder why the Broncos even have a kicker on the roster if they aren’t going to use him. I understand that he hasn’t been able to make all the kicks that we would like him to make, but the only way to help him out of this slump is to let him kick. It’s a scary thought, but it has to be done. The offense is obviously in a funk right now and they need McManus to put points on the board to keep them above water.

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Run. The. Ball. The Broncos have absolutely no reason to stay away from the run. It’s fair to say that Peyton Manning hasn’t played his best football this month, and as much as we wish he was, he isn’t perfect. If my memory serves me right, this is the first time during the Peyton Manning era that Manning has played this poorly. I understand a few backs are banged up, but when Manning isn’t taking care of the ball we need someone to take it out of his hands. On a day where the defense played well enough to win the game, they needed someone else besides Manning to step up on offense and that didn’t happen.

Despite all of these issues, it’s not too late as long as their are games remaining on the schedule. The Broncos have probably lost their chance at home field advantage through the playoffs, but home field isn’t what guarantees a trip to the Super Bowl. For the first time in two and a half years the Broncos are faced with a little bit of adversity, and it’s how the Broncos respond to the adversity in the coming weeks that will show us if they have what it takes to win a Super Bowl.

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As much as we as fans would love to have a say in what goes on, we don’t. The  fact that we aren’t entirely sure what will happen each week is what makes sports fun to watch. As much as I would like the Broncos to go out and beat every team by 20 points I know that isn’t going to  happen. Thankfully, the Broncos are hitting a rough patch now and not in January when it really matters. The Broncos still have time to work these problems out, but the clock is ticking.

At the end of the day, the Broncos are still 7-3 and in first place in the AFC West. They are still in a good position to make the playoffs and there are still plenty of great football players on this team. It’s important for the Broncos to come out on Sunday and get after the Dolphins.