I talked about this many weeks ago and many in the Denver area responded with their own hot takes about how I was wrong. But, let’s face it, the Colorado Rockies have a much brighter near-term future than the Denver Broncos.
Oh I know, I know. I have heard it more times than I care to count (especially after this article). Denver is a Broncos town! This is football country! This is a town that bleeds orange! I get it. You don’t have to remind me of that. I hear it every time I turn on local sports radio and see it every time I’m at a Colorado Rockies game. There is always at least one orange jersey or cap representing the team that plays at … well … whatever the stadium just off Interstate 25 is called now.
For those of you die-hard Broncos fans reading this and feeling your blood pressure already rise, take a deep breath. I’m not saying anyone has to choose one team over the other or one fan base can’t cheer for the other one. My point is simply this: If you look at where the Broncos and Rockies franchises are at the current moment, it’s clear that there is one that has a solid base for the future and one that is scrambling to find where it is going for the rest of the season.
The Rockies are coming off back-to-back postseason berths and are already in a position to once again battle for the National League West title with a solid young rotation (led by Denver native Kyle Freeland) and one of the best left sides of the infield in the game with Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado. Meanwhile, the Broncos are coming off their fourth consecutive loss and the once-vaunted defense was once again gashed early and often in Sunday’s home loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
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Where are the Broncos heading? Is Vance Joseph soon to be fired? Where will the franchise go next? Do they have a leader at their main skill position (quarterback)? These are questions that aren’t being asked at 20th and Blake.
As we head deeper into the baseball offseason and deeper into the NFL season as well, let’s take an honest evaluation of where things stand between the two franchises. “What’s next” means two completely different things for the Rockies and Broncos.
If you need a bright spot in this already dismal Broncos season, take a deep breath. Five months from now, pitchers and catchers will have already reported to spring training.