The Denver Broncos have bumbled to a 2-0 record. They barely defeated the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders, two of the least talented, least promising teams in the NFL. These victories have inspired great trepidation among Broncos fans. In other words, the entire state is worried.
Safety Nick Ferguson offers no apologies. He’s not worried. He’s encouraged.
The Broncos, he said before Wednesday’s practice, are learning how to handle adversity. Their run defense has been questionable. Their youthful quarterback, Jay Cutler, has been erratic, at times resembling the worst side of the not-so dearly departed Jake Plummer.
Ferguson just smiles. The Broncos have hardly been perfect, but they do, he points out, possess a perfect record.
“I keep hearing, ‘Well, they could have easily lost,’” Ferguson says. “Yes, that’s true, but no matter what adversity hit, we never gave up. We drove the length of the field. We made stops. We did what we had to do to win games. Those are the things people need to start looking at.
“Of course, we don’t want to be in those situations all the time, but it’s always a positive when you pull one out “
Ferguson has a point, and I have a feeling the Broncos will deliver yet-another less-than-gorgeous victory Sunday against Jacksonville.
But the stumbling can’t continue. Remember, Peyton Manning and the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts are lurking in the Broncos’ near future.