Monday, February 02, 2009

The Donk in the Mirror

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Time to look in the mirror Bronco fans: this team is light years away from the Lombardi trophy. The Steelers showed us a regimented approach, a staunch defense, and veteran moxie. The damn schedule makers did us no favors this coming year, through in a young coach and his mismatched hodge podge staff and 6 wins might be lucky. A defense that is just plain putrid and whose best player may have just lapsed into the downside of his career. There’s no Big Ben at QB, rather a misguided young man who seemingly has no leadership or voice in the locker room. His top target is a typical wide receiver prima donna, the running game is stuck on stupid, and the offensive line is anchored by a 36 year old. Your 2nd tight end earns so much money he’s eating away at the salary cap, and your depth is non-existent. Your kicker can’t get it right on the chip shots and the rest of the special teams look like a high school team in all phases. And then there’s the AFC comp: the world champion Steelers. The Patriots and there two stud QBs and system. The Chargers have a gunslinger QB, the Chiefs hired the right guy from New England, there’s still that Manning guy in Indy, and that Ed Reed dude in Baltimore. Oh, and the league’s best record in Tennessee. That’s a long ladder to climb and a lot of teams to jump over.

Time to look in the mirror Bronco fans: this team isn’t as far off as we think from the promised land. That was the 9-7 Arizona Cardinals just a few minutes away from the championship. The Broncos purged one of the league’s youngest and brightest minds from the Belichick system and he surrounded himself with veteran coaches. The defense has identified their ills and will reshape the unit, including getting their best player back from injury. Jay Cutler enters his fourth year as one of the NFL’s brightest QBs, and he already has that swagger. At his disposal is one of the league’s best wideouts and young tight end, as well as a veteran OL and up-and-comer in Ryan Clady. The RB position will be stabilized and expect fresh legs with the bevy of backs to choose from. Our new special teams coach will pick and choose our best players and drill them into a fine unit on all the phases of special teams, and we have a kicker who can boom it from 50 plus yards. The AFC is shifting: New England will have the Brady v Cassel thing, the Chargers will be in flux with LT, Peyton and company will have a new staff, and Kansas City still lacks talent. Baltimore will have a 2nd year QB and lose Ray Lewis and can anyone expect Tennessee with Kerry Collins to have the best record? Suddenly, the top of the ladder doesn’t look so daunting.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, the truth probably lies somewhere in between. I think the keys for next year include whether Cutler buys into McD's system, if one of the many RBs can have a breakout type year and whether the Bronco D can transition from being horrible to merely mediocre. As it stands though, there are far too many unknown variables to give any kind of prediction on how things go next year. I haven't been this unsure of how good the Broncos will be for quite some time.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"merely mediocre" is a great term. A defense that fits that bill might have got them into the AFC Championship this year.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a Bronco fan .. but still love the blog

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