You have your Broncombama and he’s a failure.
You have your Denver Broncos, and as it regards their epic loss to the Baltimore Ravens, they’re failures as well. Why? It seemed to be a classic case of poor performance and the dreaded playing-not-to-lose syndrome (PNTLS) causing a team to lose. PNTLS causes winning teams to revert to the mean.
… Manning had to make a desperate move, because the Broncos had become a desperate bunch. The very things that turned them into the NFL’s hottest team were the things that disappeared Saturday night. There was no confidence, no risk-taking and definitely a shortage of options. The Broncos had become a team very similar to what they were with Tim Tebow under center, one hoping to find a miracle in the middle of mediocrity.
Yes, last season the Broncos had so few options and such little trust in Tim Tebow that the coaching staff kept him on the shortest and most predictable of all leashes and still, all he did was win, despite the PNTLS. This year, with plenty of Denver offensive upgrades, with the defense on the field far less, and with special teams making far more big plays (combined with the hard to believe ever-worsening of the AFC West), the regular season results were stunning. Meanwhile, on offense, some guys (like Eric Decker) performed far better this year than last, with fewer drops and more big plays.
Manning had an excellent regular season and yet I must ask: would Tim Tebow have made a worse decision/pass on the overtime interception than Manning made? Would Tim Tebow have suffered the ball security issues we saw with Peyton Manning?
Had Manning been playing in a 72 degree, hermetically sealed dome, the possibilities of such indignities would have lessened. But the Broncos lost to the Ravens in the Denver cold. And I believe next year, the Super Bowl will be played in the outdoors, at the Meadowlands.
For the Broncos, they lost at the divisional playoff level, just like last year, and nearly as bad, there are no longer any still-playing teams worth rooting for, only teams to root against.
(Note to the reader: please excuse any typos. I have a layer of ash on my keyboard and it’s difficult to type while wearing sackcloth.)