The Denver Broncos will travel to “Jerry’s World” this week to play the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. Even though it’s just the first preseason game, fans of both the Broncos and the Cowboys will have keen interest in the game, and for good reason.
“This is the first time where we really evaluate talent,” Jerry Jones said. “You can evaluate one way in practice, but when it’s game time, players fall into their roles, and you get a better sense of who they are.”
Jones was in Canton last weekend, his fourth visit to the historic city in five years. Jones has seen the enshrinement of Troy Aikman, Rayfield Wright, Michael Irvin, Bob Hayes, Emmitt, and now Deion Sanders since 2006.
The Broncos most recent inductions were Floyd Little last year and John Elway in 2004.
These are undoubtedly two of the most storied franchises in the NFL. However, recent success has eluded them as their most recent Super Bowl wins occurred in the 90’s.
Dallas and Denver were hotbeds for winning in the 90’s. No one wanted to go to the Big D or to the Mile High City to play.
Now, these are two teams trying to return to their glory days.
Will Tony Romo be a quarterback that can take his team to a Super Bowl? Will the Broncos ever find a quarterback that can compare to John Elway? Will the flashy characters on the Boys’ roster tame their egos and play a team game? Will the Broncos’ defense ever return to its Orange Crush ways?
These are now the questions that plague these teams, and we’ll begin to uncover some answers in week 1 of preseason.
Greatness is uncovered in a team’s ability to get through the difficult times and turn it into glory. Dallas and Denver have done it before. Can they persevere again?