The Denver Broncos are building again. If you are a lifelong fan, you take pride in the fact that the organization refuses to put a loser on the field.
John Elway wants to win, not just now, but always. Winning is the only thing that matters. That is why Gary Kubiak is the head coach, and not John Fox. That is why Brock Osweiler had to take a seat during the San Diego game. That is why the Denver Broncos are the best franchise in the NFL.
When the free agency season began there was a lot of loss for Denver. Defensive studs like Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan signed big contracts in new places. The Miami Dolphins tried to grab CJ Anderson, but Elway made sure he stayed in Denver. The biggest change will be a quarterback. Osweiler felt slighted by Denver, and is now a Houston Texan.
Good riddance? Probably, but it looked bad. The guy who was supposed to take the reins from Peyton Manning splits for a big contract, and the quarterback position looks uncertain to say the least. Did that stop Elway? Ask Russell Okung.
The big fear with having no real quarterback to speak of is how attractive the Broncos look to other free agents. Apparently, that did not bother Okung, who must have been convinced that Denver is built to win now. I’m guessing Okung was given a little insight into Elway and Kubiak’s plan for the next season, and I am willing to go out on a limb and say Mark Sanchez was not a big part of that.
What are we learning? The Denver Broncos are an organization that likes to win. There is no such thing as win now, or build for the future. It is all about sustained success, and has been since Pat Bowlen became the owner. The tradition will continue. John Elway is a proven winner. Free agents see it, and so will the rest of the league come opening day.