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Denver Broncos Resolutions for 2019

Vance Joseph was fired as Broncos head coach mere hours after ending the 2018 season.
Vance Joseph was fired as Broncos head coach mere hours after ending the 2018 season. YouTube

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click to enlarge Another resolution: Appreciate Mahomes's athleticism despite him being with KC. Also, eat more hot wings. - YOUTUBE
Another resolution: Appreciate Mahomes's athleticism despite him being with KC. Also, eat more hot wings.
4. But Don’t Stop Looking
The next great QB will come through the draft, and when they do, we need to be ready. Like we just said, picking tenth probably means that we won’t have a shot at the next perfect arm, but then again, Patrick Mahomes was the tenth pick overall back in 2017, so never say never. In any case, we can’t lock ourselves into some new “Maybe this is the guy” gamble season after season. We have to be patient and watch for the next Mahomes, the next Wentz, the next Goff, the next Brees — guys around whom teams coalesced and excelled. Once we land one, give them time. Not even Elway was Elway when he started out.

click to enlarge Lindsay: proof that there is still Broncos magic. - YOUTUBE
Lindsay: proof that there is still Broncos magic.
5. Keep Phillip Lindsay Happy
Lindsay isn’t just a great running back, a solid talent and a fantastic football success story. He’s an inspiration and a Colorado native, too. The Broncos need to keep that kid on the team. He’s a franchise player, and he needs to be treated as such. That wrist will heal, and he has a lot of play and passion left in him. Don’t even think about trading off that talent — he’s a Bronco, through and through.

click to enlarge Former Bronco CB Aqib Talib proved to be tough to replace after his 2018 trade. - YOUTUBE
Former Bronco CB Aqib Talib proved to be tough to replace after his 2018 trade.
6. Sign Some New Corners
No offense to Bradley Roby, but he needs to head on to his next assignment right along with his current head coach. Man to man, Roby just gets outclassed — and outrun — far too often. Chris Harris Jr., once he heals, needs some support at corner. It’s a tough role to fill, for sure, but the Broncos should pour some attention into filling those positions and filling them well, if they want to see significant improvement overall.

click to enlarge Here's hoping there are more reasons for Elway to smile in 2019. - YOUTUBE
Here's hoping there are more reasons for Elway to smile in 2019.
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7. Let Elway Be Elway
John Elway can still run this team, as long as Joe Ellis stays out of anything that has to do with coaches or players. (Ellis may well be the main blocker on bringing back Mike Shanahan.) Broncos fans want to see Elway lead the team into a season that feels like a very long and happy version of The Drive. Not too much to ask, right? Go, Broncos.
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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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