We spend a lot of our time analyzing the Denver Broncos and why they have won three games in a row, and why they are a huge favorite to win the AFC West. Obviously the focus has been on Peyton Manning and his MVP type play through the first half of the season. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about how well the defense is playing and the role they have had in the current three-game winning streak. There have been other reasons for the Broncos recent success and those have been touched on as well, but there’s something else going on at Dove Valley that has gone largely unnoticed.
There are a lot of teams with talent; many of those teams have more talent than the Broncos. However talent is not always enough to win in the NFL; just ask the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles. All three of those teams have had a lot of talent over the past few seasons, but none of them can put it together. Why? The Broncos have something that none of those teams have, chemistry. That sounds corny, I know but the Broncos are playing for one another and the “stars” do not act like “stars.” Manning is the Broncos biggest “star” and he is also the hardest worker on the team. When the best players are also the hardest workers is when unity is built.
No one is talking about their stats or their numbers; everyone is talking about winning the next game. Don’t get me wrong, every player wants to be the guy that gets the ball or makes the big play but winning is the first priority. As great as Von Miller has been this season, he is quick point out that his success is directly related to the work that Elvis Dumervil is doing on the other side. Miller’s attitude is indicative of the Broncos approach. It is a team that generally likes one another and they are all pulling in the same direction.
The best example comes from Manning himself when Trindon Holliday was returning that kickoff versus the Cincinnati Bengals for a touchdown. As Holliday was sprinting towards the end zone, Manning was running down the sidelines pumping his fist. The Broncos have talent but they have that unity as a team that cannot be faked. It’s either there or it’s not. Special teams and special seasons happen when talent and unity come together.
The Denver Broncos have a lot of very good players starting with Manning and Miller, but the Eagles have a lot of good players too and they can’t win a game to save their lives. There’s no doubt that winning helps with unity and chemistry, but the Broncos are proving that if a team plays for one another than all things are possible.
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