The Failure Was Total
“That’s the way the start of any Super Bowl is: It’s going to be loud,” said receiver Wes Welker, who was playing in his third Super Bowl. “The fans are going to be yelling. They don’t really know why they’re yelling—it’s just the start of the Super Bowl. We didn’t prepare very well for that, and it showed.”
This is an odd quote from Welker, who appears to be throwing the coaching staff under the bus. Did he have unvoiced concerns going into the game, or did he speak up and was ignored?
As always when a season ends, we're faced with a slew of questions. Today, the biggest one is What in the f#$% happened last night?
Not to be too self-aware here, but our regular readers might expect this to be a rant about John Fox's decision making.
Granted, I'm still just as baffled as I was last night by the decision to punt from the Seattle 39 while down 29-0 in the second half of a single-elimination football game.
One couldn't help but wonder whether Champ Bailey would have retired with a Broncos victory on Sunday night.
Well, he doesn't yet have the opportunity to walk away on top ala John Elway.
Of course, the next questions are whether he'll be back with the Broncos in 2014, and if so, where he'll be playing, and for how much money.
Following their embarrassing loss in SB 48, the Broncos will pick 31st in each round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
For the first time since we can recall, Denver heads into the offseason with a full complement of picks. In fact, the Broncos have not (yet) dealt away any of their future picks.
And after a 2013 Draft that provided very little impact in year one, perhaps they'll even use one of those picks to find a better option than Paris Lenon or Keith Brooking at middle linebacker?
There’s a lot of emotion swirling inside any Broncos fan right now. A loss like this one feels raw, exhausting, and most of all, personal.
After all, we’ve been with this team for 19 games now. We’ve watched them set records, only to fall well short in the biggest game of the year.
But let’s face it, today was never meant to be the Broncos’ day. We need to accept that fact. The first play of the game was a self-induced safety. The first play of the second half was something I can only describe as completely bizarre.
But even without such alien abductions, the Seahawks were the better team.
In a game that called to mind the franchise's first four trips to the big game, the Broncos' record-shattering offense opened with a safety, gave the ball away another four times, and mustered up just one late and meaningless touchdown.
The game also bore a resemblance to the 40-10 result of the teams' preseason meeting, when the Seahawks used turnovers and big plays to romp.
Inactives: Broncos - Quentin Jammer, Ronnie Hillman, Vinston Painter, Chris Kuper, Joel Dreessen, Zac Dysert, Sione Fua
Seahawks - WR Bryan Walters, RB Christine Michael, T Michael Bowie, T Caylin Hauptmann, TE Kellen Davis, DE Benson Mayowa, DT Jordan Hill
Happy Super Bowl Sunday, friends. I was going to kick it old-school, and do a Digesting the Seahawks article, but others have pretty much covered that ground by now.
Instead, I’m going to just get a little scattershot with it, and fire off some quick Super Bowl thoughts.
Follow me across the jump, and we’ll get it going.
Welcome to the Super Bowl, Denver. Today's limerick is a little different. That's because it's hard to be obscene when you're so damn giddy. So I went the inspirational route:
Who will put on this game their stamp
to complete the Broncos revamp?
Who will bring to this town
the Lombardi crown
so Pat can say THIS one's for Champ?
For one last time, this season: GO BRONCOS!
In an interview with IAOFM Patron Saint Tom Jackson on ESPN's SB pregame show, John Elway said he expects Peyton Manning will "break all of the [NFL's career passing] records."
What might Elway have meant?
Was it just a casual statement or throwaway line? Perhaps.