The adverse times in our lives are just as important as the good. Adverse moments stretch us, maybe to an extent where the good moments can’t. When times are good, naturally we get complacent.
The Broncos had not trailed all season until Colorado State came to The Blue this past Saturday. The team was stretched in a way they haven’t experienced all season.
Two years ago, the 2014 Fiesta Bowl team had arguably one of the most dreadful losses in program history to Air Force. Five interceptions were thrown and the team ended with seven total turnovers in the contest.
All looked dim. Many were calling for quarterback Grant Hedrick’s job to be replaced with Ryan Finley. Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and coach Bryan Harsin stuck to their senior quarterback. At the time, a not so popular decision to Bronco Nation.
In the remaining five of the nine games played after that loss, the Broncos scored 50+ points and defeated a Top 10 team in Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl. Their third Fiesta Bowl victory.
Directing back to Saturday evening, you have botched special teams assignments that led the Rams to march down the field and score numerous times. Putting the Broncos back on their heels.
It’s better to expose the kinks and weaknesses in your team mid-way through the season, rather then the end; and to work on the fundamentals that can be overlooked by both coaches and fans.
Should the Broncos special teams unit perform better? Yes. I don’t think there is higher expectations of that group than Coach Harsin.
This Bronco team can’t grow and mend into the team they want to be unless adverse moments come their way. It’s a matter of how they respond to those moments that show the true character and grit.
If history does indeed repeat itself, the improvements will come in due time.
Just look at that 2014 Fiesta Bowl team.