MY BOYS! I haven’t commented in quite awhile, but today I am letting loose. If Brandon McManus and the NFLPA do not want the Broncos to have in-person voluntary workouts, then they should have just left said that because this phase of OTAs is voluntary, we aren’t participating. Don’t treat the fans like a bunch of slack-jawed yokels. Don’t tell us that the quality of the product has never been better, when the Broncos clearly struggled last year from not having on-field work. They finished in last place. Their offense has been terrible for five straight seasons, and for parts of six and seven others. They led the NFL in turnovers at 32 and interceptions thrown at 23, three more than the second worst team, the Eagles. Denver was 28th in scoring offense. Drew Lock had 8 fumbles in 12.125 games played, etc. Whoever put the NFLPA’s tweet together for the Broncos did terrible due diligence for how the Broncos performed last season.
Instead, in an act of pretextual, performative puffery, McManus and the NFLPA made their announcement about health and safety. Players have been galivanting all over the world since the season ended. All Coloradoans have been eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations since April 2. In fact, I am getting my second vaccine shot in less than a week at a location about 15 minutes from Dove Valley. The Broncos train at UCHealth Center. UCHealth is one of the largest healthcare providers in Colorado and the Western United States. UCHealth could easily make arrangements to have all players fully vaccinated by the mid to end of May. Why have all students, who are not vaccinated, been back to in-person learning since April 5, including high schools and middle schools, in the Cherry Creek School District, which includes Dove Valley, if it is unsafe? Additionally, effective April 5, there has no longer been a face covering mandate in Arapahoe County for any outdoor activities, where the vast majority of on-field work can be held for mandatory OTAs and mini camps.
Practice does effect game outcomes. We saw that last year with how bad the Broncos’ offense was. I don’t think the 1,400 on-field repetitions that were lost for Drew Lock and a young offense can be easily dismissed. Does McManus, as the team’s NFLPA rep, really think that this statement reflects the best interests of the players he represents? “The players would like an all-virtual off-season like last year because we are still in a COVID pandemic.”
Thank you for indulging my long comment. Have a wonderful Wednesday. DNVRMY SALUTE!