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Posted on: November 18, 2008 3:24 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2008 12:55 am
 

Broncos show some heart

Make no mistake about it, the Denver Broncos came out of Atlanta with a huge win on Sunday. Not only was it their 2nd consecutive road win but it also gave them a two game lead over AFC West rival San Diego. In two road games in which they were underdogs the Broncos instead came away with two wins, coming from behind in the fourth quarter in both contests. Good teams find a way to win on the road. The Broncos are a good team. While there are obvious concerns on both sides of the ball, you just can't be 6-4 winning tough games and not be a good team.

I think it has been downplayed just how injured this team is. I have never seen anything like this as long as I have been a Bronco fan. Just think about it the Broncos are missing all their running backs, all their starting linebackers including their pro bowler captain, their starting safety, their other pro bowler co-captain starting cornerback, and have had multiple injuries at tight end and wide receiver. That's a lot of freakin' injuries. If there has ever been a excuse for a team to lay down that's a pretty good one. Even at 100% the defense is one the poorer units in the league but on this day with a bunch of 2nd and 3rd stringer's, they played their best game of the year.

A nice story was Spencer Larsen making history by starting at fullback and middle linebacker. Not only was he effective but he might have been the player of the game on defense. He had 15 tackles and flat out played solid at both positions and on special teams. The defense actually forced a turnover that was capitalized by an unlikely player. Yes folks, Dre Bly actually made a play and it's about time. The Broncos brought the blitz on 3rd down and forced Matt Ryan to throw up a duck and Bly actually caught it, which is more that be said for Jamie Winborn, who dropped a ball right in his chest that would have iced the game late and would have been taken all the way for a touchdown. That was just one of a few mistakes by the defense which could have cost them the game. The Broncos jumped on a a 4th and 1 and Jarvis Moss jumped on a unsuccessful 3rd down play which would have forced a Falcon's punt. To the Broncos credit they overcame all those mistakes and made the plays when they had to.

Jay Cutler and the offense put up modest numbers but played a great game. The key? They didn't turn over the ball. Cutler managed the game pretty well other than a string of three and outs. Signed off the practice squad, P.J. Pope looked like a promising prospect. Hillis and Bell did enough on the ground to get the job done. A couple head sratchers. Why do you run Peyton Hillis every play until you have a 3rd and 1 at the goal line and then run Tatum Bell? That made no sense as Peyton is the power back. Also why when you are trying to run the clock out to finish the game do you call three straight pitch's to a known fumbler who hasn't played in three months? Man did that make me nervous, just run it up the freakin' gut.

The Broncos have won two games they weren't expected to win. I believe they will need one more of those to win the division. If the Broncos hold serve at home which they should and steal one of the three remaining road games they should be good. They will most likely be underdogs in all the road games. I think the they will need a two game lead heading to San Diego as they have not had a good track record there the last few years. I think the Jets game is their best shot.

Overcoming a lot of adversity and winning two on the road is big but they still have a lot of work to do. The good news is the Broncos should be getting some key players back in the next couple weeks. The future is looking pretty bright for the Broncos, at least a lot brighter than it did three weeks ago. The Broncos have dug deep and played from the heart and that's all you can ask from your football team.
Posted on: November 3, 2008 2:04 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2008 1:34 am
 

Something rotten in Broncos Country

After a brilliant start by the Denver Broncos they have since dropped 4 out of 5 in extremely embarrassing fashion. One can't help but realize that Broncos just might not be any good. It's a realization that had started hitting me midway through the debacle on Sunday. The way their playing right now, you just can't make any intelligent arguments on their behalf. Plainly said they are playing absolutely horrible.

What in the world is going on with Jay Cutler? He has looked nothing like the quarterback we saw the first three weeks. He looks awful. He has no enthusiasm out there. He doesn't look like he's having any fun or even wants to be there. His body language says it all. The last few weeks he has obviously had a huge turnover problem. Fumbles, picks and then he hangs his head head down and goes to the sideline. He just doesn't look right.

One can't help but notice that Brandon Marshall wasn't even thrown to until midway through the 3rd quarter. When a quarterback is struggling at the magnitude that Cutler is the best thing you can do is throw it to a wide receiver that is 6-4 and can make plays after the catch. While he has had some fumbles trying to do too much after the catch, when you throw it to Marshall good things will happen. Cutler has to look for him more often. He was one on one on plenty of occasions early in the game.

While the defense looked pretty decent on Sunday they are still chalked full of issues. Dre Bly, horrible, Karl Paymah, even worse. He let a no name wideout catch everything that came near him to the tune of 111 yards. We also have new injuries in the already horrible saftey position. The secondary is a massive concern, they just can't stop anything pass or run.

In recent weeks they certainly have not got ANY breaks from the officials. We all know about the pathetic calls in the Jacksonville game but the call against Marshall was equally ridiculous. He was called for a offensive pass interference call that negated a 77 yard touchdown that would have given the Broncos the LEAD in the second half. It was a huge call and certainly had a huge effect on the outcome of the game. If the Broncos lead 17-16 it's a different football game. You just don't make that call at that point of the game. A absolute awful call that changed the game. It seems they are continuing to pay for the Charger game. There has now been two games where it seems the Broncos have gotten blatantly jammed by the Zebra's. They are paying a hefty price for that break.

Now we move on the obvious glaring problem. Turnovers. ( Caution: these stats could make you cringe and possibly vomit in your really small office trash can) The Broncos are a mind blowing -11 in turnover ratio. You just can't be a playoff team with numbers like that. The worst, they have been outscored 60 to ZERO off turnovers in the last five games. The Broncos weak defense cannot create any turnovers and the offense is turning it over about four times a game. That's a massive problem and quite frankly they are lucky to be 4-4. If they can't figure out a way to protect the football, they are going nowhere.

While we are very fortunate that the Chargers are playing just as bad, the Broncos will not make the playoffs the way they are playing. They now face a short week and a two game road trip against some hot teams. Yes, injuries are a huge concern but that is just a part of the game and the Broncos have to stop making excuses and start trying to figure out how to win some football games.
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Posted on: October 15, 2008 5:10 pm
 

Concerned citizens for the release of Dre Bly

I know I'm not the only one. If your a Broncos fan and follow team you have to know what I'm talking about. How in God's name did this guy ever go to a pro bowl? This guy has been a colossal dissapointment. He is certainley not the same player he was in Detroit. How about the illegal contact penalty he committed on 3rd and 17? It was away from the play for God's sake. What is he thinking? That one cost us 7 points. Thanks Dre. Let's see he get's burned constantly, can't tackle, and committs massive penalties. It can't be just me who notices this.

The word in training camp was that Domonique Foxworth outplayed Dre Bly and deserved the starting #2 cornerback position. The Broncos decided they couldn't have a guy to whom they pay SO much money sitting on the bench or just playing dime and nickle. So instead of giving Foxworth the starting nod, they give it to Bly. Not because he earned the job but because of his salary. In then they TRADE Foxworth for a freakin' seventh round pick. Are you kidding me? I don't know about you but Domonique Foxworth is looking pretty darn good right now. Dre Bly is freakin' otrocious. He's gotta go.

Here's how it's gonna go down. (Broncos to potential suiters) "okay we'll give Dre Bly for a 2nd round draft pick." (Potential suiters) "Absolutley not, how about a used gatorade dispenser and two pairs of used shoulder pads"  (good condition). (Broncos) "SOLD". Maybe I'm just dreaming but I'd make that deal in a heartbeat. Please make him go away.

Posted on: October 9, 2008 1:14 pm
 

Week 6 Denver Broncos preview

  The Denver Broncos will play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. The Broncos are coming off a smash mouth win against the Bucs, The Jags are coming off a tough loss to the Steelers. One might say the Jaguars have had the Broncos number over the years. No Broncos fan can forget the Jaguars stunning 30-27 upset of the 1996 13-3 Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Many people believe the Broncos would have won 3 straight Super Bowls if it were not for that unfortunate loss to a up and coming 9-7 expansion team. Revenge however, was served the following year.

The Jags have won 3 out of 5 of the last meetings, including a dominating win at Invesco last year. They manhandled the Broncos on offense and were the first team to really expose the poor defense of last year's Broncos. The loss to Jacksonville last year was really the start of the wheels falling off for the 07' Broncos. The 2007 Jaguars did turn out to be the real deal though, mounting an impressive playoff run.

This year's Jaguars are not looking like that team. The Jags are off to a dissapointing 2-3 start. David Garrard has not looked like the same quarterback he was in 07'. He has only thrown for 3 touchdowns and has already been picked off 4 times, this guy is struggling. As we all know though, the Broncos have a habit of making average or struggling QB's look like pro bowler's some times. Let's hope that doesn't happen Sunday. The Jags are ranked 26th on offense and 21st on defense. All signs point toward a Broncos win.

The Broncos will come to this game a little banged up. TE Tony Sheffler and starting RB Selvin Young will not play due to groin injuries. Rookie WR Eddie Royal has a sprained ankle but it's looking like he's going to go. If not Darrel Jackson might be ready to fill in. Sheffler's injury is looking pretty serious and I don't think he will be back before the bye week. The Broncos are certainly lacking explosivness from the running game lately and I think Michael Pittman is going to start and get a majority of the carries along with Andre Hall. Good news is it's looking like rookie RB Ryan Torain will start practicing next week and could be ready by the Patriots game but most likely after the bye week. The Broncos are definetly going to be looking for him to add some power and speed to the run game.

This could be a another low scoring smash mouth game but I think the Broncos are going to open it a little more on offense. I think Brandon Marshall is going to have a huge game. The defense has a chance to get some turnovers this weeks against Garrard and his struggling offense. If they can avoid the letup game game they will be in good position heading in to a Monday Night matchup against the Patriots, whom the Broncos have absolutley owned over the last five years. Broncos 27 Jaguars 16.

Posted on: October 1, 2008 1:09 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2008 7:40 pm
 

Panic time in Denver? Almost

  The Denver Broncos lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday 33-19. It was a devastating loss to say the least. While some might argue that it might just be exactly what they need to turn things around, I respectfully disagree. It was a divisional game and anything can happen in the division and the Broncos do not have a good record in KC and blah blah blah blah. The game was a debacle on so many ways. I don't think you play that bad and take anything positive away from it.

The Broncos turned the ball over 4 times and still had a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter. That is a postive but that is because you are playing one of the three worst teams in the NFL. The obvious glaring problem? The defense of course. I think this is quite possibly the worst defense to ever put on a Broncos uniform. There is only two average to above average players on the defensive side. Champ Bailey and D.J. Williams. They simply don't have the talent but they also do not play as a team. Champ Bailey said that they didn't practice well all week and he didn't have a good feeling about the game. What does that mean? It means they have no idea what they are doing out there. The new defensive schemes are just not working and they are constantly looking confused.

Dre Bly is absolutley horrible. I hate to be so harsh but seriously how did he ever go to a pro bowl? He has a reputation of being a "gambler". If your a "gambler" doesn't that mean you sometimes win? He never wins. He gets burned on weekly basis, every game, every time. I don't remember the last time I saw him make a above average play, seriously. And what in name of Zeus' butthole is Dre Bly doing on Dwane Bowe? Why is our number two corner on thier number one wideout? Somebody please explain this to me. Is it some kind of crafty zone the Broncos are trying to pull? I would much rather see our number one corner and one the best corners in the league on the oppisitions number one wideout every week, hands down.

They can't rush the passer, they can't stop the run, they can't stop the pass, and they can't force turnovers. How much worse can it get than that? I have been trying to figure out what they can possibly do to vastly improve thier defense and I can't come up with much. They simply don't have the personnel. Everybody has said as long as the offense can put up 36 points a game they will be fine. Well we just saw what happens when we go on the road and get in a early hole.

Jay Cutler had an off day despite having pretty good numbers on paper, but his two interceptions were unacceptable. On both picks he was trying to force the ball to a well covered Brandon Marshall. He is obvoiusly looking for Marshall a little too much. He has a lot of weapons out there and needs to start looking for them more frequently. He has Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley, Tony Sheffler, and Daniel Graham to name a few. He has to look for them more often instead of trying to force the ball to Marshall. Marshall is monster at 6-4 but if the ball never gets to him it doesn't matter, as was the case with both picks on Sunday. The two fumbles, not much you can say about them they happen sometimes. The Marshall fumble was a result of the Broncos trying to be cute instead of just doing what works. The offense has to be better to carry the load for this horrendous defense. If the offense struggles the Broncos will lose every time, the D is that bad.

The Tampa Bay Bucs coming to town is a scary game. The Bucs bring a pretty good defense and a surprisingly good offense to Invesco field for a Sunday afternoon matchup. The most intriguing storyline is Brian Griese's return to Denver. You have to think Mike Shannahan is going to have the Broncos ready to play. He won't want to lose to the QB he let go after five dissapointing seasons with the Broncos. On the other hand, Griese will be looking for redemption. The Broncos are going to have to play lights out on offense to win this game. Hopefully the D can force some turnovers as they have definetley faced far more pontent offenses than this so far this season. This a huge game this week because if the Broncos happen to lose then it's 100% officially panic time in Denver. After a impressive 3-0 start and a mishap in K.C, this a huge game for both teams this early in the season.

On a lighter side if your wondering about my Avatar, I lost a bet with a rather mouthy Florida State fan as my Buffs laid an egg against the Seminoles. Thats a whole new blog though.

Posted on: September 24, 2008 8:09 pm
 

Denver Broncos observations heading into week 4

   The Denver Broncos are 3-0. Who would have thought that after looking at the schedule before the season? I am always known for being blinded by my homerness and even I did'nt predict that. 3-0 is a great place to be, especially with the division favorite basically 2.5 games back. It is so exciting to be this surprised in how well this team is playing. I personally expected for one more so so year until the offense really came together. I was pleasantly wrong. This offense is the real deal.

Overshadowed by the amount of points the Broncos have been throwing up is the play of the offensive line. The young line has been really solid. Did you know Jay Cutler has only been sacked once all year? I bet Ben Rothlisberger would love to say that after the brutal beating he took Sunday. Ouch. The run game is putting up decent numbers although there is definetley room for improvement. The O line has been creating some nice holes and some great protection for Cutler. I think their play has been a pleasant surprise.

Yes I know the defense is soft. There is talk about the Broncos implementing more of the 3-4 defense during games. It is especiall hard to face a defense that is switching from 4-3 to 3-4 in midgame. Hopefully that will help. While they having been taking a lot of flack from the media, no other team in league has faced offenses like San Diego and New Orleans much less back to back. So I expect their numbers to improve greatly.

Too bad about all pro center Tom Nalen being put on IR but if you live in Denver and follow the Broncs then you probably knew he wasn't going to play this year. It might be the end of his brilliant 15 year career. He is only the only player left from the back to back Super Bowl winning teams of the late 90's. Ahh, the glory days. His contract is up this year but hopefully he has a couple years left.

Heading to Kansas City this week has all the makings of a blowout but you never know with these divisional matchups. The Chiefs always play us hard especially at Arrowhead. The Broncos should be sitting pretty at 4-0 with a pretty tough Bucaneers team coming to town. Things are sure looking up for the Broncos. They are looking like a team thats going to make some noise in the playoffs. And who know with that offense? Maybe? It's a little early for that talk but I like where we are headed.

Posted on: September 17, 2008 1:19 pm
 

Denver Broncos on a roll, who saw this coming?

  Sure. The Denver Broncos were the beneficiaries of a botched call by the official at a crucial time of game against the San Diego Chargers. Did the Chargers get jammed? Sure they did. That does not change the fact that the Broncos are now 2-0, with both victories coming within the division. Lucky or not, they are in a great position early in the season. San Diego, the early division favorite is now 0-2, with a division loss to their only competition. The Broncos were not expected to be in this position this early in the season. They are also going to benefit from a very favorable schedule.

As for last week and the call in question that was definitley a fumble, one could argue that the Chargers did have two more chances to win the game. All they had to do was stop the Broncos from scoring twice in a row. If you can't stop a team throwing the ball two times in a row and successfully completing the pass in the endzone, you probably don't deserve to win the football game. At that point of the game the Chargers still controlled their own destiny.

The decision to go for two was a great call. With the combination of kicker with no experience and the fact the defense was getting blasted in the second half, made the choice an easier one. If you think about it he had a 50/50 chace of getting the ball in the overtime. If Denver did not win the coin toss the odds of them stopping the Chargers at that point were slim to none. With the offense on cruise control all game and Culer and his wideouts looking like pro bowlers, I think the decision was a lot easier then people made it out to be. A brilliant call nontheless. But what if they had failed the two point conversion? Yikes, let's not go there.

I don't think anybody including me ( a brutal homer ) saw this coming from the Broncos this year. Their offense is extremely explosive. I saw interesting fact that they are on pace to break the Patriots record for most points scored in a season. They are putting up some huge numbers. Brandon Marshall is emerging as one of the BEST wide recievers in the league, 18 receptions in one game, thats just plain stupid. The rookie Eddie Royal looks like a polished veteran out there. Questions remain on defense as usual but the Broncos are emerging as a break out team this year.

Category: NFL
Posted on: August 13, 2008 3:52 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2008 12:45 pm
 

Sports Appreciation Day

As another glorious NFL season is upon us, I thought I would share a story about the team I love. Being born and raised in Denver, Colorado you learn quickly that the Denver Broncos are king and the whole city is enamored with Broncos football. My family was no different. My grandfather first purchased our season tickets in the 1960's. The waiting list is now 28,000 strong and 15 years long.

I was brought up a die hard fan by the hands of my father. A burly man, my dad bled orange and blue and rarley ever missed a game. My grandfather passed away in 1980. Prior to that, my father and grandfather attended almost every game with various other members of the family including my grandmother and three aunts.

When my grandfather fell ill my father camped over night to get him a elevator pass so he could still attend games. My father then became the patriarch of the beloved season tickets. We would figure out who was going that week and we would all meet up at the great Mile High Stadium. We had four tickets, with my dad always sitting at the aisle.

My earliest memories of going to game on Sunday with my old man were of him having perhaps a few too many pops and screaming at then coach Dan Reeves at the top his lungs to " run it up the gut, Reeves ". The conserviative Reeves always had a tendicy to run quite more than the fans would prefer, especially with having a quarterback with a monstorous cannon of a arm by the name of John Elway. My dad hated Dan Reeves but he loved John Elway, as did the entire state of Colorado.

You have to understand, being a Broncos fan in the 80's and 90's was extremely painful. They had been blown out of four straight Super Bowls. They had always been known as the talented team who could never beat the NFC powerhouses of the time. I remember having a gigantic Super Bowl party as a child for the debacle againsts the Redskins. We had the whole house decorated, only to blow it again.

My father attended all but one of the Broncos six Super Bowls. He rarley ever had a ticket but he always got in. Then came the great season of 1997. The Broncos made it to the playoffs as a wild card and won there way to Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos were heavy 12 point underdogs coming in to the game against the defending champion Green Bay Packers. My dad flew down to San Diego and got himself in the game. January 25, 1998 was the greatest sports day in our lives. The Broncos finally did it. They upset the packers in dramatic fashion with John Elway scrambling for a run and diving head first in what would later be called " the helicopter ". Pure joy, I tell you what. The celebration lasted weeks, not days. They would win it again the next year to go back-to-back.

Having that sports bond with my father was great. My brother and I loved going to games with the "old man". My father unexpectedly passed away 3 years ago after a short bout with cancer at the age of 53. The memories I have of him and our football team are some of my strongest. As another season is upon us and I, now 28 am the holder of the beloved tickets, I attend the game every week sitting in my dad's aisle seat. I look forward to another great season of Denver Broncos football, and I can't wait wait until I can take my young daughter to the game and pass on the great family tradition that is Broncos Football. What a great game!

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