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Bronco Rob
11-18-2009, 03:12 AM
Broncos not fretting about potential repeat collapse


By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
Posted: 11/18/2009 01:00:00 AM MST


There was The Drive and about nine or 10 subsequent versions of Drive II.

There was the Immaculate Reception and Brandon Stokley's Immaculate Deflection.

There was The Collapse of 2008 that resulted in the Great Upheaval at Dove Valley. And forgive the local football followers if they are worried, even outraged, the Broncos could be on the brink of Collapse II, having lost three consecutive games after a 6-0 start.

Veteran safety Brian Dawkins understands the fright and nervousness. He was with the Eagles last season, not the Broncos, but he is familiar with how a city can emotionally attach itself to the local football team.

Dawkins doesn't necessarily agree with such consternation because he believes this year's Broncos will grow stronger from their recent travails.

"I have been through valleys like this before," he said. "Everyone who's been in this league a while has.

"We've taken on some adversity. If you can get through adversity, it will strengthen you. It will form a thicker bond. I know we'll be fine, because I completely believe in the guys we have in that locker room."

Yet, with the Broncos playing San Diego on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High for the AFC West lead, there are too many coincidences between what happened last year, and what is happening now, for Broncos fans not to be concerned.

Starting with the Chargers. With three weeks left in the 2008 season, the Broncos were 8-5 and leading the 5-8 Chargers by three games.

The Broncos lost three in a row. The Chargers won their last three and also claimed the tiebreaker, thereby winning the AFC West. The Broncos became the first team in NFL history to lose a three-game lead with three to play.

In the final game of those diametrically opposite streaks, the Chargers destroyed the Broncos 52-21. Two days later, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen fired coach Mike Shanahan. Nothing at the team's Dove Valley headquarters would ever be the same.

Until the Broncos reached their bye week. After whipping the Chargers 34-23 on Oct. 19, the Broncos were 6-0 with a 3 1/2-game lead on 2-3 San Diego in the AFC West.

Today the Broncos are 6-3, having lost three in a row. The Chargers are 6-3, having won four straight.

And here come the Bolts again, saltshakers in hand, ready to rub those fresh Broncos wounds.

"A lot of guys here went through it last year," said Stokley, a veteran Denver receiver. "I think we have the leadership on this team to not worry about what happened last year, but learn from it. And the guys who weren't here know that no NFL season is going to be perfect without any adversity or any kind of fall, or anything like that. If you think that's going to happen, you're in the wrong business. It's not all roses and candy. It's going to have its ups and downs. Especially nowadays where it's a fine line between teams with good records and teams with not-so-good records."

The Broncos have 24 players on this year's team who endured The Collapse, including Ryan McBean, who was on the practice squad. The returnees, and the 29 new players on the Broncos' 53-man roster, don't expect to live through Collapse II.

"It's just a different team altogether," said Chris Simms, who might be the Broncos' starting quarterback Sunday if Kyle Orton's ankle doesn't come around. "This is a different group of guys, different coaching staff."

There is a big difference between the two circumstances too. This year, the Broncos have time to correct their three-game skid.

"I've been here before in Philadelphia," running back Correll Buckhalter said. "We lost a bunch going into the bye and then we lost like two more after that, and then we got on fire. So I've been here. It's just a matter of rallying together."

Indeed, the 2006 Eagles lost three in a row going into a bye week, then two of three coming out. They then won five in a row, and one more in the NFC playoffs.

These Broncos took a six-game winning streak into their bye week and have a three-game skid coming out. Buckhalter said the key to stopping a funk is remaining consistent. Stay with the plan, and eventually things will turn around.

"It happens," he said. "Happens all the time. Happens to most good teams. It's a must that we continue to prepare like we've been preparing so we can catch on fire again."


http://www.denverpost.com/premium/broncos/ci_13811748

BlaK-Argentina
11-18-2009, 07:12 AM
Nice article. Losing three in a row leaves us feeling like we're never going to win another game though.

tsiguy96
11-18-2009, 07:15 AM
mcbean was not on our practice squad for "the collapse" as he calls it

spdirty
11-18-2009, 07:25 AM
Broncos not fretting about potential repeat collapse

Maybe they should.

Man-Goblin
11-18-2009, 07:33 AM
Kick the Chargers' asses and you essentially have a 2 game lead in the division. Just do that and all is rosy.

crawdad
11-18-2009, 07:44 AM
I want so bad to see Phyllis on the ground several times on Sunday! How about an early Christmas present, Phyllis goes out with mud on his face!

SonOfLe-loLang
11-18-2009, 08:18 AM
mcbean was not on our practice squad for "the collapse" as he calls it

yeah he was, wasnt he?

tsiguy96
11-18-2009, 08:31 AM
yeah he was, wasnt he?

im 80% sure he was on the steelers practice squad, who we signed him off...

lemme check.

edit: im 100% wrong. i dont remember hearing his name a single time last year, crazy.

Tombstone RJ
11-18-2009, 09:18 AM
This team has to stay confident and it has to get the running game going. The defense is what it is. Until the defensive line is it's strength, they will struggle, especially against the other teams running game.

I like the "can do" attitude of this team and the locker room leadership. However, the oline needs to take it upon themselves that they will dominate the LOS and they will run the ball effectively.

BigPlayShay
11-18-2009, 09:23 AM
im 80% sure he was on the steelers practice squad, who we signed him off...

lemme check.

edit: im 100% wrong. i dont remember hearing his name a single time last year, crazy.

http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.php?id=498&contentID=9062

A second-year defensive lineman who spent the entire 2008 regular season on Denver’s practice squad after competing in Pittsburgh’s training camp to begin the year.

lex
11-18-2009, 01:25 PM
When I saw the word "fretting" in the title, I knew it was Klis.

bowtown
11-18-2009, 01:38 PM
I'm not fretting about it anymore either. I've already accepted and have gotten over it.

Pick Six
11-18-2009, 01:42 PM
Unless we keep losing, it's not a repeat collapse. Leading the West by 3 games with 3 games to go is a collapse. We still have plenty of time to right the ship...

Chris
11-18-2009, 02:27 PM
im 80% sure he was on the steelers practice squad, who we signed him off...

lemme check.

edit: im 100% wrong. i dont remember hearing his name a single time last year, crazy.

I was 50% sure you might be wrong and 30% sure you might be right with 30% in between for a total of 110% which is the effort I expect the Broncos to give this Sunday.

supermanhr9
11-18-2009, 02:34 PM
Everything is gonna be alright,,,,,,,, according to Bob Marley at least

vancejohnson82
11-18-2009, 02:56 PM
didnt we all know that it would be close?

even up by 3 games taht early in the season this was bound to happen