The general consensus in the Denver Broncos locker room is to remember the past, but don’t live in it. That’s especially true for the Broncos offense who has turned the ball over 7 times in the last two games.
Tim Tebow was responsible for 5 of those turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble), but John Fox cautions that you can’t put it all on Tebow.
“I don’t know that you can pin that all on Tim,” Fox said. “In fact I know you can’t. He had one of them two weeks ago. He was involved in the four (in Buffalo), but they weren’t all on him.”
It takes pass protection, receivers who are able to get open and receivers who are able to catch the ball. That’s the catch.
In fact, Eric Decker has been in the Denver spotlight when talking about dropped passes.
“This last month has been a tougher one for myself whether it’s drops or missed opportunities or things I haven’t done well,” Decker said. “I’ve got to find a way to get out there and make the big plays, and come up with the football once it’s in the air.”
Between Tebow’s mistakes and Decker’s errors, they have keen insight into how to move forward and benefit from their own mistakes.
“You can’t dwell on the past or be upset or frustrated with how things have gone,” Decker said. “You need to move forward and you’ve got to learn from it and try to use it as motivation.”
Then there’s that whole remembering the past, but not living in it philosophy to help the process.
“I don’t know if you want to just let everything go,” Tebow said. “I think you need to let it eat at you a little bit because I think that can make you better as a player.”
If the Broncos turnover streak is over and they make it into post season play then consider the New England and Buffalo games as a painful, but beneficial growth spurt.
After all, not all growing can be done under the protective umbrella of a six game winning streak.