The 2009 Broncos were never as good as the 6-0 record they started out with.
But they were never as bad as the 2-6 record they finished the year with.
In the end, though, their record reflected what they were - a .500 team.
And that's probably where they're headed again in 2010...if they survive the pre-season.
You may not believe it based on national media reports, but Tim Tebow is not the only new addition to the Denver Broncos this season. (And he won't even be starting!) And it's a good thing they've bolstered their ranks - because they have had a costly training camp.
Not only did the Broncos lose their defensive star, Elvis Dumervil, for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, but they lost two running backs almost simultaneously when both Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter went down running similar plays.
The Broncos have since signed Justin Fargas and LenDale White (who also was injured), but there's a reason these types of guys are available deep into training camp...and it's not very positive.
The injury list will only grow before the season opener if Tebow continues to dive headlong for the end zone in the waning seconds of preseason games...he was held out of Saturday's game for precautionary reasons after ending last week's game in such a fashion.
As I alluded to earlier, the Broncos shuffled their roster quite a bit this off-season, as Josh McDaniels puts his stamp on the team. Perhaps no move was more significant than the trade of Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins, in which McDaniels got rid of a player with whom he did not see eye to eye all of last season. That does mean, though, that Kyle Orton no longer has a primary receiving threat...a possible problem with so many injured running backs. The Broncos have plenty of options at receiver, but no one who stands out as a big number one guy. Their trade with the Dolphins wasn't just an exchange of players - it was an exchange of receiver identities, as they are now what Miami was at receiver.
The Broncos insist they won't hang their heads over the spate of injuries this pre-season. They shouldn't - it might only result in an epidemic of strained necks and more injuries, the way things are going.
2010 Prediction: 8-8, 2nd Place in AFC West