Denver Broncos’ Search For Identity Proving Costly
What was going on with the Denver Broncos last week? Forget about the 18-17 loss to the Houston Texans because it is a meaningless preseason game. The entire week showed that the Broncos still have the Seattle Seahawks in their head.
Who is this team? Peyton Manning does not go off the way he did all week. First, he tells the world that Denver’s starting offense was beat down by the Texans in a stupid practice. Manning then proceeds to get a taunting penalty after throwing a touchdown pass because he is upset with a reasonable hit D. J. Swearinger put on Wes Welker.
The fact of the matter is that Manning should have never thrown that pass to Welker. There is no reason for either player to even be in the game at that point. What was John Fox trying to prove? It was just a preseason game against a team that will most likely not be in contention for the playoffs.
Denver is clearly trying to prove a point that they are not soft. John Elway took care of that during the offseason by signing notable free agents to boost their defense. The only thing the Broncos are proving is that they cannot get over 43-8.
Changing who you are and how you go about your business will not get you a Super Bowl. It clearly seems that Manning and Fox are using this preseason to send out the message that this is a different team than it was a season ago.
Unfortunately for Broncos fans, this has resulted in yet another concussion for Welker, his third since November of 2013. On top of that, Denver still has to address the return game because Jordan Norwood was lost for the season due to an ACL tear. The kicking game will also be a concern because apparently drinking a few beers at home results in a four-game suspension for Matt Prater.
The Broncos need to focus more on their team and problems rather than trying to show a tough-guy image to the NFL.
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