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View Poll Results: Given our current situation, how far is this team from a Superbowl?
1 year 9 6.12%
2 years 41 27.89%
3 years 61 41.50%
4 years 16 10.88%
5 or more years 20 13.61%
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:22 AM   #1
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Simple, straightforward question:

Given our current situation, how far is this team from a Superbowl?
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:26 AM   #2
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I'll go with 3 years.

1st year - Implement system, acquire most of the players needed for that system.

2nd year - Acquire more/better players. Players feeling more comfortable with system and better play as a result. Would like to see at least a wildcard spot.

3rd year - System should be fully implemented. I expect serious playoff contention.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:01 AM   #3
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Two years.

Why not. A little optimistic, but until I see reason not to be... I'll get behind the staff. McD has a great pedigree... Nolan has the experience to get the defense rolling and we already have a great offense in place.

Three might be more realistic given the need to see drafts play out, but what the heck.
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We're in serious rebuilding mode. The Ferrari isn't running; the entire drive train is being overhauled and it's taking on an off-the-frame restoration. This is gonna take time, guys. Rome wasn't built in a day. In the meantime, we're looking at contention for the division cellar, I'm afraid.
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:33 AM   #5
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If we sniff the playoff before Josh gets fired I'll be surprised ...
I hope I'm way off ... But i just have a bad feeling we are about to see how the other half live . I have made a post or two about the Broncos fans being spoiled since the 80s and i think it may have just caught up to us ..
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:10 AM   #6
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I voted 5+. I think Broncos will be a contender in 3 years but to win it all you need some luck injuries and need to catch some breaks. I think it will be 5+ years before broncos win the next SB. I do beleive that Cutler will win a SB with broncos when its all said and done.
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You don't fire a HOF coach and get better.... Things can only get worse.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:50 AM   #8
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3 years, it will take awhile for this staff to recover from the Defensive vaccuum Shanny left and a while to make this offense fully functional. I really hope we have coaches that will truly coach some of these guys (to include Jay). I'm glad the new staff has the cap room and draft picks at its disposal thats why I'm saying 3 years instead of 4-5, at least we won't see 41-7 blowouts on a national stage where Shanny has the balls to tell us how close we are to winning it all.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:57 AM   #9
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Shanahan got them turned around in three. It could been two.

I think we can be a contender in two. Three is probably more realistic though. You're really never more than a couple years away from contention these days. The fact that we have the OLine and QB established makes it that much easier.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:59 AM   #10
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We're in serious rebuilding mode. The Ferrari isn't running; the entire drive train is being overhauled and it's taking on an off-the-frame restoration. This is gonna take time, guys. Rome wasn't built in a day. In the meantime, we're looking at contention for the division cellar, I'm afraid.
What exactly are we rebuilding. The offense isn't broke. Defense - definete rebuilding mode. ST's? probably. I think we're from from serious rebuilding.
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2 years.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:10 AM   #13
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Some of you people with your doom and gloom are ridiculous. How many people thought Arizona was a Super Bowl contender not just before the season but during the season? Atlanta and Miami were in complete shambles last season and both rebuilt and made the playoffs. The situation isn't as dire as some of you think. If McD and staff can get the best out of this offense (in other words more efficiency and scoring to go along with the yardage) and field an average defense we can compete. McD lost the best QB in the league and managed very well with a nobody QB so you should have hope he can propel Cutler and this offense to the next level. The defense will be the hard part but there are a lot of upgrades available in FA and we'll need some luck in the draft (it is a fairly deep draft which helps). I think it's very possible that both our offense and defense will be better this coming season. Give these guys a chance before you write their obituary.

As far as the Super Bowl there is no way to guage that. The better question is how far is this team from competing for the Super Bowl and I think we're 2 years away from that.

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Old 02-23-2009, 07:15 AM   #14
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We're in serious rebuilding mode. The Ferrari isn't running; the entire drive train is being overhauled and it's taking on an off-the-frame restoration. This is gonna take time, guys. Rome wasn't built in a day. In the meantime, we're looking at contention for the division cellar, I'm afraid.
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I have yet to see you make a positive post. What's that all about debbie?

Serious rebuilding mode? I don't buy. "Serious rebuilding mode," to me at least, is having no units inside the top 20. We have the second-best offense in the league. We're halfway there.

As for the poll, I have three years.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:22 AM   #15
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Between 2-3. I say two, but I'm an optimist. If our new front office sucks, it will be more like four, if ever.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:27 AM   #16
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Its not like we're the Lions.

The offense is in place. Add an elite running back and that unit becomes dominant. The key to it is to keep it together.

Defensively there is obviously a lot to address - really on 3 plays IMO - DJ, Champ, Marcus Thomas. That leaves 8 to go - could definetely be done over 2 years making us ready year 3 for a real run
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:29 AM   #17
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5 Years, IMO.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:30 AM   #18
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Now that Stale-ahan is gone....2 years until this team is back in the AFCCG.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:30 AM   #19
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2-3 we should have enough talent to be a contender.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:32 AM   #20
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5 plus. But it would have been no different under Shanahan. At least now I know the decks have been cleared and the rebuild is in process, instead of every year going in a different direction with a different plug and play philosophy.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:55 AM   #21
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Could be 1 year, could be 40.

Some things are under control ... good ownership, a nice stadium, a great fanbase to keep the seats full and the franchise in place. Beyond that, it's mostly a matter of luck.

You can draft (or sign) players of the highest caliber, but one devastating injury here or there, and boom. Or you can have off-field issues (including even death, unfortunately). Or you can have one or more key players who suddenly want to break your bank or get into huge personality conflicts.

Everyone else is in a similar boat. Some teams will spiral; some will luck out. You might have a period of time when everything is going 85% to 95% great, but you have other teams in your division or conference where things are going even better. Or you may have a year with 65% success, but you wind up in the right place at the right time vis a vis your main competition.

This is part of what makes the NFL so much fun to watch.

So, yes. The Broncos could be in the super bowl next year. The offense gets a little better (especially with healthier RBs), the defense improves from 30th to top 12 (not impossible), and our injury situation turns out better than our main opponents come December and early January - - and it's certainly possible.

But you folks already know all of this.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:58 AM   #22
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In the current situation, I have no idea. There are absolutely no games to evaluate with personnel, scheme, and attitude. I have no idea what the personnel will be, so I have zero Idea what to expect from this team next year, let alone after that.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:59 AM   #23
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Good thread....

I'd like to see it sooner, but just like that "School House Rock" tune, "3 is a magic number"....
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Good thread....

I'd like to see it sooner, but just like that "School House Rock" tune, "3 is a magic number"....
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In the current situation, I have no idea. There are absolutely no games to evaluate with personnel, scheme, and attitude. I have no idea what the personnel will be, so I have zero Idea what to expect from this team next year, let alone after that.


It's just a gut check thread. I plan on one more after the draft, and then another one in August.
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