Originally Posted by Taco John
What you see as a devestating loss, I see as a step forward. At least this time our offense showed up to play some football. That was encouraging. This is how our past games would have been if our offense had shown up. Maybe still losses, but at least we'd have a shot at the end.
As far as this team being built to beat the Colts, that's a media creation. This team isn't geared for any particular team. It's an assembly of the best talent we could get in the situation we were in. Perhaps if Jake wasn't such a turnip in the last four playoff outings, Shanahan would have felt confident enough in him to forego drafting Cutler, and instead picking up a DE.
In any case, I think the results would have been different if we had Gerrard Warren tying guys up front, and freeing some rushers. That didn't happen, and whenever we sent a blitz, Peyton Manning would make us pay for it.
Peyton deserves a lot of credit. They've got one of the absolute worst defenses in the league, and they're still undefeated.
I still believe we've got a good defense. They're still the reason we've got 5 wins, and we haven't seen the last of their dominating style of play. We're not facing Peyton Manning every week.
I honestly don't understand your rosy outlook from this. I hate saying it, but we seem like a paper tiger all around. If we reach the playoffs again you can almost certaintly write it in that plummer will show up as his usual self making bone headed plays and the D-line will again be a no show allowing a ridiculous completion percentage because we have a bunch of scrubs that don't have the nuts to actually pressure the damn QB. Which is why Denver's been blown out the last 3 years in the playoff.