Broncos remain humble as schedule gets tougher
September 29, 2009
ENGLEWOOD – Fans waiting for Josh McDaniels to say “I told you so” likely will be disappointed.
The Denver Broncos’ new coach answered his critics with a 3-0 start, and he’s disregarding all the accolades now coming his team’s way.
It’s the same approach he took in the offseason when he brushed off criticism that he was an arrogant, baby-faced know-it-all who didn’t know what he was doing by trading Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler.
Although notions of the Broncos’ chances this season are improving with each win, McDaniels is mindful that the meat of the schedule is coming up.
“What we have, how we’ve practiced, what we’ve assembled here and the way we go about our business has never changed. And we feel good about that,” McDaniels said Monday. “We’ve always had confidence regardless of anybody else’s opinion. I said yesterday it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks, all that matters is what we think.
“We still have a long way to go, a lot of work to do and a lot of improvements to make to be where we want to be. So, we know where we’re at. We’re glad we’re 30, but a lot of work to do still.”
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After beating Cincinnati, Cleveland and Oakland, things get decidedly tougher for Denver starting next week with the Dallas Cowboys. Then, it’s the Patriots, followed by a trip to San Diego, the prohibitive AFC West favorite.
After the Broncos’ bye, the next month includes visits from Pittsburgh, San Diego and the New York Giants and a trip to Baltimore.
And McDaniels knows there’s lots of room for improvement.
So what was his plan Monday to keep his team from getting overconfident after trouncing the Oakland Raiders 23-3?
“Just show them the film,” McDaniels said. “We’ve got a 50-play cutup that we’re going to watch during the squad meeting, and it’s not all bows and ribbons.”
One thing that stuck out from the Raiders game, McDaniels said, was shaky special teams play.
“We’re going to work on field goal protection Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and they’ll understand how important that is,” he said.
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