On NBC's Pro Football Talk today they are asking what is the worst Broncos moment since the last work stoppage.
I weighed in with this comment:
Losing the 2006 AFC Championship game at home to the Steelers. The Broncos were 8-0 at home that year, and had never lost an AFC Championship game at home in their history (3-0). Whoever won that game was going to beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. How different would Mike Shanahan’s resume be if he had 3 Super Bowl wins (and 1 without Elway)? Cutler probably would not have been drafted (Plummer as a SB winning qb is just fine, thank you). Win that game and Shanahan still is Broncos head coach today.
Other than that, McDaniels horrid player personnel decisions, such as trading a future #1 for Alphonso Smith, and then giving up on Smith 1 year later.
I didn't even mention the great playoff win against the Patriots the week before which made this Steeler loss especially hard to take. Pittsburgh came in with a starting rookie quarterback with a thumb injury - I was really shocked the Broncos lost this game. And it had long term implications that we Bronco fans are still feeling to this day.
I haven't been blogging much in the last few months but plan to start again as we enter the busy Fall sports season (hopefully the NFL and NBA get their labor problems solved!)