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Please, no Urban planning in Denver

Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 4:00 pm

Here's a suggestion for anyone interested in bringing Urban Meyer to Denver: Don't do it.

It doesn't matter that Meyer's former star pupil, Tim Tebow, is there because this is not about restoring the reputation of one man; it's about restoring the reputation of one franchise, and, sorry, but Meyer isn't the answer for Denver.

The reason: He's from the wrong side of the ball. Denver's problem isn't its offense; it's the Broncos' defense. Always has been.

The Broncos this  year have the 11th-ranked offense overall and the fourth-ranked passing game, yet they're 3-9 and won five of their last 22 starts. Look no farther than the defense for an explanation. There's simply not enough of it. Denver is 31st against the rush, 22nd against the pass and 27th overall. It's also tied for 29th in points allowed and dead last in takeaways.

Yet you're going to tell me you're OK with that and want to hire another offensive "genius" to straighten this team out? I don't think so.

The Broncos had one in Mike Shanahan, but he was 24-24 in his last three seasons and failed to take Denver to the playoffs during that time. One guess why. Uh-huh: Defense. The Broncos ranked 29th in 2008, 19th in 2007 and 14th in 2006. Worse, in 2008 and 2007 they allowed over 400 points in each season -- including a club-record 448 in 2008.

Of course, that doesn't seem to bother Meyer supporters who tell us that's he's the right choice because he's available, Tebow is here and, well, you can never have enough offense. Please. The Broncos fell into that trap when they hired Josh McDaniels, whom they envisioned as the next Shanahan. You see how well that went.

Yeah, I know, he won his first six games, but it wasn't McDaniels' brilliant offense that was responsible; it was Mike Nolan's defense. The Broncos allowed 66 points in those games -- an average of 11 per start. Then , they allowed an average of 25.8 points per game the rest of the way, losing eight of their last 10.

Draw your own conclusions. I've drawn mine, and Urban Meyer is not the right choice for Denver. Give me a defensive head coach who understands that you win when you stop Philip Rivers, not outscore him, and I'm interested. Which means I'm not interested in Urban Meyer.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 3:23 pm

Please, no Urban planning in Denver

I can see Meyer joining the Patriot nation, he has a very good relationship with Belichick.

Isn't the Patriots Offensive caller the QB coach at the moment and a specialized coach was not brought in to replace Daniels.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:42 am

Please, no Urban planning in Denver

It takes more than coaching. You need good front office support and a GM that knows personnel. The Broncos haven't drafted that well defensively. A new Coordinator on Defense will help more than a new head coach.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:23 am

Yes to Meyer!

As A Raider fan, I'd LOVE to see Meyer in Denver.  Play Tebow and bury the Broncos for 10 years! And can we send McDaniels to San Diego next?

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:40 pm

Please, no Urban planning in Denver

I honestly think that Urban would be a good fit for offensive coordinator for the Broncos.  I seriously would be so frustrated if they keep Orton and get rid of Tebow.  That's coming from an Ohio State fan, (who he beat badly in the title game).  Kubiak as head coach.  We need a strong defensive coord.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:09 pm

Please, no Urban planning in Denver

The problem with Dom Capers is that he's already been a head coach twice--with Carolina and Houston.  He took those two franchises to basic respectability then, in the fourth year, each team regressed.  Point is, after three years, the Broncos would need to look for a new coach again.  Please don't consider Dom Capers.  Maybe Rob Ryan, if he's got stones like his brother Rex.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:47 pm
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Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:09 pm

Please, no Urban planning in Denver

Denver certainly need a smart head coach and two very good co-ordinators for offense and defence.  Haley at KC has two very good helpers and they look a million times better than last year.  So Dom Capers to my mind would be a great DC but not head coach.  He has been there and done that.  People will point to Gruden and Cowher, but both of those guys may prefer a 49ers (easier ship to turn around).  I don;t think which side of the ball the had coach comes from as much as how well-rounded he is at how good at hiring better specialist coaches he is.  Its about results, not ego.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 6:45 pm

Please, no Urban planning in Denver

Denver will not claim meyer.  He is burned out from the losses and would bolt from the broncoes mid-season when the team had lost four games.  He literally can't stand losing, and when he didn't have tebow, mullen, and strong, he could not win at the college level.  Who would be foolish enough to think the ros would be any different?

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:59 pm

Please, no Urban planning in Denver

I agree with Judge here. If Bowlen was smart and not on the verge of slipping into Alzheimers as has been suspected, he would try to lure Dom Capers away from Green Bay or give the other Ryan brother a shot. How entertaining would it be to have both Ryan brothers as head coaches?

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