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  • Why We Failed

    We can't pin this on any one person but Denver failed to achieve it's goal for the year. First you had the lockout which didn't affect every team. Those who had the system in place, Coaches, Quarterback and other players wasn't affected that much but teams that were in transistion with new coaches and new players, the lack of a solid training camp hurt. Jacksonville, Carolinas and several other teams are included in that bunch along with Denver. We had a new coach and a Quarterback battle. Before the season started, it was announced that Orton was to be traded and the competition for the Quarterback position was between Tebow and Quinn. It looked like Tebow was going to start then all of a sudden, Orton was back and was to be the starter. After we strarted out 1-4, someone made the decision again to trade Orton and start Tebow. Fox, McCoy and company came up with patchwork offensive schemes so Tebow could play. That limited the number of plays that could be called because Tim and the Offense were not used to each other. The Defense at times clicked on all cylindars and kept the game within reach and Tim and his offense were able to pull off a miraculas win but when the Offense starts out good the Defense sputters. When the Defense is working, the Offense struggles. Things really got bad when the opponents had Tim and the offensive plays figured out since we were so predictable. All they had to do was cover the receivers well, shut down the run and keep Tebow scrambling.
    Hopefully, the Front Office and the Coaches commit to Tim, build the offense around him and spend a lot of times improving his passing skills. If they are not going to commit to Tim, they need to decide early what they are going to do otherwise we will have a repeat of 2011.

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    If you want to call your GOAL winning the Superbowl, then yeah, we and 30 other teams failed. If your goal was IMPROVING your team, your Offense, your defense, your winning total, winning the DIVISION!!!!, winning a playoff game, repairing the DAMAGE that a CLUELESS head coach did to your team in only 1 year, if that was your GOAL, then yep, I would say you acheived it!!!!!!:thumb:
    sigpicoh YEAH?

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    • #3
      We over achieved this year, big time. I don't understand why we wouldn't want to repeat that? We won the AFC West and quieted all the doubters when we kicked Pittsburgh out in the first round. I'd call this season a successful one, with all our injuries we suffered we did a GREAT job.


      BTW, we cut Orton weeks later, not when Tebow got his first of the year. Cut him, didn't trade him.
      Mile High Manning Fivehead Bandwagon Member #12

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      • #4
        Maybe you are right. Our goal should be to win games. The by-product of winning games would be a chance at the Superbowl. We won some good ones and lost some we should have had. Given the circumstances, I'd say we had a good year. We did get a playoff game an won it. Now we need to take it to the next level.

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        • #5
          They didn't fail...........
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          • #6
            Most people did not predict this team to have a winning season, nor make the playoffs or win its division.

            I do not get where the failure is, as a season as a whole, this team was ahead of everybody's schedule including the front office.

            Failure was not the answer to this season, failure only comes if we do not build for the next season.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Axemaster View Post
              If you want to call your GOAL winning the Superbowl, then yeah, we and 30 other teams failed. If your goal was IMPROVING your team, your Offense, your defense, your winning total, winning the DIVISION!!!!, winning a playoff game, repairing the DAMAGE that a CLUELESS head coach did to your team in only 1 year, if that was your GOAL, then yep, I would say you acheived it!!!!!!:thumb:
              The Broncos haven't had a winning season since 2006 with Plummer under center. Since then it's been mostly 8-8. They went 8-8 AGAIN this year. Denver tripped backwards into the playoffs because every other team in the piss-poor AFC West somehow managed to be even worse. It was "a perfect storm" of crappiness.

              The Broncos still have a LONG road ahead of them before they are a legitimate team again...
              "That's a crap question."
              - Kyle Orton

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              • #8
                Whether this season was a failure or a success depends on the individual. For me personally it was a tremendous success. At this point in time Denver is a team with less talent than most. This team showed that playing with heart and passion and never giving up on your teammates can sometimes overcome sheer talent. Tebows mantra "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard." seemed to transfer to the entire team. If this can carry forward into future seasons and maybe add a little consistency to the team overall, then the increase of talent through FA and the draft can make this team a dynasty. That is my optimistic look. The pessimist will say it was a fluke. I can't wait to see what happens next. GO BRONCOS

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                • #9
                  Elway has even said they exceeded expectations. They started believing in themselves and their potential. Success does not always follow a linear path.

                  I don't view the season as a failure at all.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SM19
                    I blame Brady Quinn.
                    No it's obviously Kyle Orton's fault. Denver started losing AFTER he was released from the team and became KC's starter.

                    WAKE UP! CONNECT THE DOTS, PEOPLE!!!

                    "That's a crap question."
                    - Kyle Orton

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                    • #11
                      Coaching, inconsistent players,
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by neckbeard View Post
                        The Broncos haven't had a winning season since 2006 with Plummer under center. Since then it's been mostly 8-8. They went 8-8 AGAIN this year. Denver tripped backwards into the playoffs because every other team in the piss-poor AFC West somehow managed to be even worse. It was "a perfect storm" of crappiness.

                        The Broncos still have a LONG road ahead of them before they are a legitimate team again...
                        They aren't a "legitimate team" yet they knocked off the defending AFC West Champs.. Have fun believing that bud.
                        Fightin' Texas Aggie c/o '16

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by neckbeard View Post
                          The Broncos haven't had a winning season since 2006 with Plummer under center. Since then it's been mostly 8-8. They went 8-8 AGAIN this year. Denver tripped backwards into the playoffs because every other team in the piss-poor AFC West somehow managed to be even worse. It was "a perfect storm" of crappiness.

                          The Broncos still have a LONG road ahead of them before they are a legitimate team again...
                          I think maybe you mean Legitimate team to challenge for the Superbowl. If you mean a legitimate NFL franchise, then you have a strangely twisted view.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by neckbeard View Post
                            No it's obviously Kyle Orton's fault. Denver started losing AFTER he was released from the team and became KC's starter.

                            WAKE UP! CONNECT THE DOTS, PEOPLE!!!

                            Uh! What do you mean Denver started losing AFTER they let Orton go?:paper: With Orton we were 1-4 yet we finish the season 8-8. That's not winning but it's not losing either. After Orton we were 7-4 if my math is correct.

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                            • #15
                              You have to remember we picked SECOND in the draft when Fox came in.

                              He has turned us into an 8-8 team and one which has made big strides. I think we are as we looked. An 8-8 which shouldn't have been enough to win the division but the playoff experience helps the young guys, and the way we stepped up (in front of a FANTASTIC crowd) to beat Pitts was brilliant.

                              Our O was young with a first year starting QB learning the ropes. We have the second youngest OL and a young receiving group, We need to get someone to help McGahee as well.

                              The D was ranked 20th, which was an accurate reading IMO. We were not the awful D of years past and added some good pieces last off-season, but we were not ready to beat Brady on the road, and there's no shame in that.

                              I think we made great strides and another 2-3 off-seasons could make us a consistent playoff team.

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