Today is February 14th.
Losing to the Baltimore Ravens hurt – it hurt bad. It’s not just the fact that they were spoiled on the scoreboard but the way the Broncos lost, the great season they had up until that point and the realization that it’s all over. It was painful.
Time and space were the only remedies, and it seemed to work. The event wasn’t forgotten, only more distant and less real. But football is now back, as the Broncos begin Phase I of their voluntary team workout and that loss begins to sting once more.
“It’s a motivating factor. I know that John Elway wants to sort of set kind of an attitude and an edge around here—maybe a little bit of an uncomfortable atmosphere—which I believe in,” Peyton Manning said Monday. “Last year was good, but it wasn’t great, and we’re looking for that great season and to finish off with a championship.”
Denver has made it perfectly clear, more so with their offseason actions and acquisitions what they most desire. Falling to the Ravens only accentuated that.
“When you lose at the end of the season, you want to find ways to get better, period. Whatever it takes,” said veteran corner Champ Bailey. “We’re always trying to find ways to improve our team.”
Bringing in the likes of Wes Welker, Louis Vasquez, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and others will do just that. It will give a team that had the Super Bowl was seemingly within reach last year, winning 13 games and earning the No. 1 seed in the AFC, an expectation to get there.
Today hurts but it also feels good, because there’s nothing they can do except move on and focus on the future.