Do Not Hide Broncos Fans

Mike Klis of the Denver Post does a weekly mailbag feature. This morning, Walter Friend of Colorado Springs wrote in saying this:

“First of all, with the defense broken and the offense fine, Josh McDaniels runs off the Pro Bowl quarterback .Then McDaniels stockpiles running backs through free agency. We give him a B-plus for that. Brian Dawkins is a good move; give him an A for that. Then it’s draft weekend. Glaring need: D-line. So McDaniels … drafts six out of 10 on offense! And zero on D-line. Yes, he got some good players. Knowshon Moreno will be good right away. But what’s the plan for defensive line? I cancelled my season tickets.”

This gentleman makes some valid points  until he spewed out that he cancelled his season tickets. I hope he cancelled them on account of this country’s economy rather than the team. Just because your head coach of 14 years gets fired, your young Pro Bowl QB gets shipped to Chicago, and your team drafts more offense than defense after being ranked at the bottom of the defensive standings does not mean you should hide your head as a Broncos fan. Now is the time for fans to stand up and be proud. Do you think a Packers fan or Raiders fan is going to do it for us? No.

What kind of fan trades in his/her tickets when he/she doesn’t like what the team is doing? Not one that has orange and blue running through their blood. Look at the Lions. You would think that they would have 13-14 season ticket holders left on their list. Combine the Lions 0-16 season with Detroit’s horrible economy and you would think Ford Field would look like Kansas during a bomb scare. Yet, they still have a 2-year wait list for season ticket holders, and they even have season ticket holders that commute from Chicago to see their team play.

Now is not the time to hide our heads, fans. And Walter Friend, you’re not a Friend of mine until you stand up and be proud of your team despite the major roster overhaul.

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  • Clayton

    Personally, I’m not that unhappy Cutler’s gone. It provided us a way to gain some players we need. Yes, are D-line was a major concern. However, I appreciate McDaniels approach for going after players who are not only talented, but better yet, guys with desire in their hearts and character. Yes character – remember those days? I believe by accumulating players with similar high octane drive, they will all play with one another and with one goal in mind (to be the very best) and make for exciting plays and overall cohesivness between them! In fact, I bet all three units play with that type of enthusiam for each of the other units! How would that be to watch.

    And the bottom line is, when drafting, you aren’t going to get everyone you want. However, if you target areas (like McDaniels di) and you draft the best potential player still on the board when your turns comes around (like McDaniels did), that’s all you can do. I’ve seen Shanahan pass up outstanding players that might have really helped us in order to draft players to simply make a statement.

    Prime example: because his running “system” is so outstanding he passed on the opportunity to draft Steven Jackson who ultimately went to the Rams. Are you kidding, just because you have a great running “system” you pass on Jackson. We wouldn’t have even needed a Defense if we had drafted Jackson. He would have ran all over the reast fo the AFC West and gotten us at least the Division Title!

    But what do I know – I’m just a passionate fan who loves my team! It’s a dream for me to even come see one live game, which I’ve never been able to. Although now at the age of 43 and permanently disabled, I have the time and hope to actually catch a game here in the near future. But get rid of your tickets because your upset at how the new coach drafted? Good God, remember the stunts Mike Ditka used to pull when drafting – Ricky Williams and the draft was done??? Best available player maybe, but give up the rest of your choices. PLEASE!
    Shanahan wouldn’t have ever done that – even if he had drafted Steven Jackson (which I’m not sure if I mentioned it but, HE DIDN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) LOL!

    Clayton in Las Vegas
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  • Eric

    I agree with you – I wouldn’t give up season tickets (if I had them) based on what’s happened so far, now matter how disappointed I am.

    That said, football tickets are like everything else in the football business. It’s about money. That fan gets to spend (or not spend) his money however he likes, and we have to respect that. It’s his money, therefore his decision is not wrong.