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Old 07-14-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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Young Leaders Promising Change
July 14th, 2009 - 1:26pm by Gray Caldwell



Editor’s Note: Broncos Ring of Famer Karl Mecklenburg will occasionally write a guest blog for DenverBroncos.com. In his first entry, he discusses the idea of change, both with the Broncos and the country as a whole.


Once a year when he felt our team had reached a plateau, right before he sent us off to run wind sprints Dan Reeves would drawl, “Men, ya eitha gittin betta or ya gitten worse, ya cain’t stay the same.”

Dan said a lot of things, some of which I’m still trying to figure out, but he was right about this. Change is inevitable, and through planning and effort change can be positive. The young cry out for change, impatient in their zeal to hurry the inevitable. The old fear change, forgetting the opportunity that they found in their early years hidden in the challenges of change.


We’re in the middle of it now, with high unemployment, bank failures and bailout plans, with a new coach, quarterback and system for the Broncos. In the recent election, both presidential candidates insisted that they were the candidate of change. They actually agreed on something and neither one was lying. The United States and the Broncos will look very different in four years.

Wiill we adapt and change in the next four years as a football team and as a country? Remember, “ya eitha gittin betta or ya gitten worse, ya cain’t stay the same.” Change scares us even though we know there’s opportunity in it. We think of past mistakes, knowing that every time we make a new decision a mistake is possible. We must also remember past successes as new blood and a refocused energy is applied to the age old problems of teamwork, blocking and tackling on the field, and the much more challenging problems the federal government faces.

I say give the new leaders a chance to lead. Both Josh McDaniels and President Obama have daunting tasks ahead of them. Both are young in age and young in experience, but both seem to understand the true value and power of teamwork. If they can consistently and clearly lead their teams by putting team success above any personal concerns, individual team members will buy into the team vision and anything is possible. Both men have made some early decisions which rankled the established and made some supporters question them, but that is the price of change.

When Dan Reeves coached us to three AFC championships in four years he didn’t have the best system, and we weren’t the most talented. We were the best team. We believed in each other and put the team’s passion to win first. It could happen again.

-Karl Mecklenburg


http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denver...mising-change/
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:23 PM   #2
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Lord. I hope not.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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Well, duh. It's an obvious comparison.
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Dan said a lot of things, some of which Iím still trying to figure out.
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Really, a great piece. Did not realize Karl was so erudite. Has a good vision of the larger picture.

Great post. Thanks.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:34 PM   #6
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So the team's going down the crapper then. Well at least we know.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:41 PM   #8
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Give them both a chance. Yes.

Hold them accountable for their actions from Day 1? Yes.
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So the team's going down the crapper then. Well at least we know.
Both America and the Broncos were going down the crapper before they were taken over by their new leaders.

(Not wanting to turn this into a political debate, I'm not even American but it was plain as day things were going south in the US just as they were in the rest of the world before Obama came in to power).

Not sure either Obama or McDaniels are the solution, but both deserve a chance.
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Really, a great piece. Did not realize Karl was so erudite. Has a good vision of the larger picture.

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Both America and the Broncos were going down the crapper before they were taken over by their new leaders.

(Not wanting to turn this into a political debate, I'm not even American but it was plain as day things were going south in the US just as they were in the rest of the world before Obama came in to power).

Not sure either Obama or McDaniels are the solution, but both deserve a chance.
Now that's a good post. Kudos to you, sir. Well done.
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The only thing Karl failed to mention was that Reeves had Elway for three AFC titles in four years. McD has Kyle Orton. BIG DIFFERENCE.
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Can I still like McDaniels?
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Interesting that both Mecklenburg and Rod have put out some positive PR on McDaniels the last couple days. I wonder if Pat is calling in favors to try and drum up support for the new regime...
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Interesting that both Mecklenburg and Rod have put out some positive PR on McDaniels the last couple days. I wonder if Pat is calling in favors to try and drum up support for the new regime...
If he did it was a good idea.
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As much as I support both; the comparison is totally inflated and surface-level at best. Give me a break. I don't even want to put McD in the same sentence as Obama.
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As much as I support both; the comparison is totally inflated and surface-level at best. Give me a break. I don't even want to put McD in the same sentence as Obama.
i think it was intended to be an "on the surface" comparison. similar situations, except in obamas case, a much grander scale.
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I still think my comparision of the Stalin purges of the 1930's is more apt to the turnover this offseason than a comparison to Obama.
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I still think my comparision of the Stalin purges of the 1930's is more apt to the turnover this offseason than a comparison to Obama.
let it go.
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let it go.
Not until McStalin earns it with the 20+ new faces he turned over this season.

Last year I mocked KFC for doing the same thing as we are going through this year. I can't laugh at Herm last year then say McStalin is doing the right thing this year.
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Not until McStalin earns it with the 20+ new faces he turned over this season.

Last year I mocked KFC for doing the same thing as we are going through this year. I can't laugh at Herm last year then say McStalin is doing the right thing this year.
you think this team didnt NEED a ton of new faces, particularly on defense and special teams? we had a ton of draft picks this year too, and considering theree is 30% minimum turnover on every nfl roster every year, whats the big deal with mcdaniels doing the same thing on a team that needed a lot of help?
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Karl took to many helmet to helmet hits.
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