Denver Broncos Fanzone: Interview with Chris Rasch-Chabot

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 31: Fans of the Denver Broncos cheer before a game between the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason NFL game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 31, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 31: Fans of the Denver Broncos cheer before a game between the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason NFL game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 31, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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The Denver Broncos Fanzone interviews are back. Bringing back a good friend, I talk to Christine Rasch-Chabot and get her takes on the Broncos and the game.

Finally. After an entire offseason that seemed to take forever, Denver Broncos football is back. Monday, we will get to see the team take the field against the Los Angeles Chargers.

There seems to be a lot that happened between January 1st, 2017 and right now. We saw Gary Kubiak retire, Vance Joseph come in, and a lot afterwards. But there is one thing that is true. The Denver Broncos look ready to compete for the Lombardi Trophy this season.

Can the Denver Broncos make it four Lombardi Trophy’s in Dove Valley? It will be interesting to see. But for now, I bring back the Denver Broncos Fanzone interviews.

These interviews have been really fun for me to have. It has allowed me to interact with fans from all over the world. As a writer and fan, I enjoy hearing opinions from all over and having conversations about all things Broncos and football.

This year will feature quite a few fresh faces. However, for this week, I bring back a great friend of mine as I will for a few games this year.

Christine Rasch-Chabot was someone that I interviewed back during the Super Bowl 50 season when the Broncos were in Patriots week for Week 12. I have had the pleasure to meet Christine since that time and we have developed a great friendship.

I got to sit down and talk to Chris and get her takes on the state of the Denver Broncos and the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

We have been without the Denver Broncos since January. From the last game of the 2016 season up until now, is there a move that the Denver Broncos made that you were excited about? Any that had you scratching your head?

I was really excited for the addition of Domata Peko. He is a veteran who is incredibly durable, who has the ability to help Denver’s defense perform like they did in 2015. I am also intrigued by the possibility of Jamaal Charles’ contributions if he can stay healthy.

Like many Broncos fans, I was surprised and sad to see the Broncos release T.J. Ward. Losing someone who has been such an integral part of the team’s success over the last few years is difficult, but it also points to the Broncos’ confidence in their depth and young talent. So it’s not all bad.

Trevor Siemian has been named the starting quarterback for the second year in a row. Do you believe he can improve from his first year, which I believe was solid considering what he had to work with?

Yes. I think Trevor Siemian has everything he needs to develop into a very good quarterback, and I hope that this is the year he finds his stride. Broncos Country has never given that much slack to any quarterback that is not John Elway. Even Peyton Manning had his ups and downs with this sometimes fickle fanbase. That kind of pressure has to be a big mental hurdle for a young quarterback to overcome, but it looks like Siemian is gaining confidence. It also seems like the team really supports him, which is a great sign that he has a real opportunity for success this year.

Is there one player on the Denver Broncos roster that you are most excited to see this season? Why this player?

I really missed seeing Aqib Talib every Sunday. I love how he plays the game and now that he’s been named a captain for the first time in his career, I think he’s going to won that and perform at an even higher level. It will be really fun to watch.

The Denver Broncos open the 2017 campaign against the Los Angeles Chargers. What are your expectations for the first game of the year?

I expect to see Philip Rivers get touched a lot and sacked a few times. I also expect him to get flustered with the crowd noise, which I will passionately be contributing to. Because of those factors, I hope to see the defense force turnovers and get the offense positioned for some easier scoring opportunities. I think the Broncos will do what they need to get the win this week.

 With not a lot of expectations for this team, what do you believe is a reasonable win/loss record for the Denver Broncos in 2017? Do you believe they can get back to the playoffs?

After looking back through the schedule, I legitimately can see this team going 11-5. They can definitely get back into the playoffs if they focus on those ever-important AFC West games and stay healthy. A lot of people think this team isn’t capable of much, but that’s not the case. Success in the NFL isn’t cut and dried. Labeling the Broncos as the underdog is fine with me- it’s much more fun to watch them dominate when no one expects it.

Next: Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers Preview

Thank You Christine for taking the time out to talk to me about the Denver Broncos. Let us have fun this season! Go Broncos!