Sunday's game against the Chargers was tough to watch: Kyle Orton sidelined, Chris Simms' fumble, Knowshon Moreno's fumble, Josh McDaniels' onside kick at 13-3, skirmish encited by Brandon Marshall, etc, etc.
I think that it is important to say that these are all mistakes that the Broncos can learn a lot from and flourish.
It also must be said that this season has a lot of pressure surrounding it and that the 6 win start can not be tarnished by the recent skid of losses.
So what did the Broncos learn? This is what I suggest:
1) If Chris Simms had NOT started, then Broncos Fans and Coaches wouldn't have seen that WONDERFUL rushing attack leading up to Simms' fumble. This is a good thing. Josh McDaniels leans towards a passing offense because of his history with Matt Cassel and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots'.
I trust in the play calling ability of McDaniels but he could definitely take a second and assess the state of the National Football League. EVERYONE has turned into a "West Coast" pass happy offense. Why not take a moment and capitalize on that and consider how well the Broncos offensive line blocked for Moreno and Correll Buckhalter last Sunday. Believe it. Mike Shanahan saw something there and just couldn't figure it out after Terrell Davis retired.
2) The Denver defense is still very solid. Brian Dawkins brings with him the "Bend but don't break" philosophy that I always thought was a Philadelphia Eagles thing. It's NOT. It's Dawkins leadership. The Chargers were held to field goals for the most part and the defensive line faught hard and well.
Now, here's my vision: 3rd and 10, Antonio Gates lined up on the left by himself in single coverage by Andre Goodman or Champ Bailey. D.J. Williams has the microphone in his helmet. Why does he not audible someone to double the inevitable toss and catch from Phillip Rivers? That's the sort of thing Troy Polamalu would've seen and Dan Fouts mentioned immediately during the game.
Anyways, I think there's a lot of positive spirit still luminating the Broncos team. Maybe they'll focus and beat the New York Giants on Thanksgiving? I hope so.
Oh ya, and McDaniels can not continue to ignore Brandon Stokley. Peyton Manning would NEVER!