Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Too Early for Predictions

Jake Plummer wasted no time after the Denver Broncos win over the Oakland Raiders on Saturday. He put his AFC West Championship hat on backwards and wiped the sweat off his brow as he left the field after the last whistle. This is the team’s first title in seven years and Jake Plummer spoke conservatively of their playoff chances saying they need to get deep into the playoffs before they start celebrating or talking Super Bowl possibilities. Like many players in the NFL, he understands that at this point it is anyone’s game and there are way too many qualified ball clubs for making predictions right now

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Keep Your Fingers Crossed - Please

The Denver Broncos are one win away from the division title. The San Diego Chargers ended the Indianapolis Colts undefeated run in a shocking victory 26-17 on Sunday. We are already guaranteed a playoff spot and the division title is now within our grasp. If we win our next two games we will have a bye for the first week of the playoffs and that will allow us more of a chance to end up on top. If we only win one game, Cincinnati will need to lose at least one more game for us to secure the bye. Keep those fingers crossed Bronco fans.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Ravens Put up a Good Fight

The Denver Broncos offense had a below average game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, yet they were effective enough to secure the win. The Ravens defense proved they could dominate a team as good as the Broncos and almost pulled it off. But in a series of wild plays the Broncos sealed the Ravens fate. This is the first time in nine years that the Broncos have beat the Ravens in their home town Invesco Field and they didn’t give it up without a fight. But the Broncos defense shined at all the right moments and won 12-10. I was surprised by how physical the game became and at the Ravens ability to stop our running game.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Simple Mistakes Lead to Broncos Loss

There isn’t one thing we can blame for the Denver Broncos loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. We were matching each other score for score and playing a good offensive and defensive game. But a series of unfortunate events kept us four points from victory. In the first quarter Jake Plummer threw for an interception in the end zone and we didn’t score. In the fourth quarter we went for it on fourth and 1 and Mike Anderson came up short of the first down with two minutes left in the game. We didn’t score. These events were key mistakes that led to our downfall on Sunday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Denver Broncos Machine

The Denver Broncos played an outstanding game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. They were effective against the run and defensively dominated the game. The Cowboys put up a good fight and pushed the game into overtime. But Jason Elam was there to kick the winning field goal for the Broncos and we were victorious. The real stars of this game were Ron Dayne and Jake Plummer. It is funny that these two heroes can be skilled and talented on the field every Sunday, yet all the press goes to someone like Terrell Owens. I am proud of our players for building a great bond with each other and working like a well oiled machine this season.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

New York Jets Who?

The Denver Broncos blew out the New York Jets 27-0 on Sunday to extend their home winning streak to eight games. The injury heavy Jets lost two quarterbacks in one game against the Broncos. Turnovers and Denver’s running game plagued the Jets for four quarters. The Broncos managed to keep the Jets from getting into the end zone and succeeded in preventing them from crossing past the 29-yard line for the entire game. Kyle Johnson gave a beautiful performance and Mike Anderson went for three touchdowns. Jason Elam got to be the star of the game with two field goals and a host of extra points.

Overall this was a stellar performance against a team with a 2-7 record. Can the Denver Broncos dominate the Cowboys on Thursday with their record? It may be a tough game but if we focus on defense and the running game we may be able to break through and beat the Dallas Cowboys.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Turnovers Curse Raiders

Darrent Williams made the game winning TD with an interception and run of 80 yards. Champ Bailey has tried to drill into these Bronco players that forcing turnovers is of great importance and sits right up there with completing passes and blocking for the run. Well these players were all about their training to the tune of three interceptions and four sacks. Turning the tide against the Oakland Raiders took the Denver Broncos to 7-2 which is the best they have done in so many games since 1998. I’m so excited to see Jake Plummer, Ashley Lelie, and Mike Anderson against the Jets on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Don't Understand

The Broncos felt that Raylee Johnson and Trevor Pryce were not completely doing there job last season. The ended up bringing in the Browns defensive line, particularly Courtney Brown and Ebenezer Ekuban to rotate with Pryce and Johnson. Funny thing is that Brown and Ekuban were let go because of lack of production and injury. I don’t know if it was the smartest move signing these guys. The good thing is that both will be coming off of injuries soon to join the team in their late mandatory mini-camps this month.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Cover Corner

The secondary has been looking good now n’ days for the Denver Broncos. Of course, Champ Bailey still remains the most elite cover corner on the team and in the league. The great thing about Champ Bailey is that he is an all around athlete that can shut down almost any receiver, and his athletic ability allows him to be a great tackler as well. The only thing missing is another corner to complement him on the other side. The Broncos are hoping that corner is Lenny Walls.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Deep Threat

For the past four years the Broncos have had a secret weapon in Ashley Lelie. Lelie had a break out season in 2004 and became the biggest deep threat the Broncos have had in recent years. But Lelie said that towards the end of the season, defenses starting taking away the deep routes from him leaving him virtually none existent in the passing game. So Lelie has spent the off-season working on intermediate routes to improve his play.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Interesting

The latest acquisition for the Denver Broncos has been punter Todd Sauerbrun. The Broncos traded their punter Jason Baker along with a seventh-round draft pick to acquire Sauerbrun. I don’t know why the Broncos would trade for him though, the guy has been in trouble with the law in more ways than one. He is under investigation for steroids and has pleaded guilty for DWI.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

A Lengend in the Making

Making a stand and what some thought would be maybe his last season in the NFL; John Lynch made believers out of everyone. After undergoing neck surgery at the end of 2004 the Bucs released Lynch thinking he was done for.

Now Lynch a year later with the Broncos can still impose his presence on the field. I can still she the receivers hesitate as the cross the middle hoping that the hard hitting lynch is no where is site.

With 12 years of experience Lynch has a lot of knowledge under his belt that he uses to overcome his only flaw, his deep coverage. Most importantly though Lynch is a leader and every football team looks for leaders.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Lazy or Smart?

from Foxsports.com
The Broncos won't have a May minicamp. Or a June minicamp, either. Breaking from convention and tradition, the Broncos won't hold their three-day, mandatory minicamp until July 6-8, just three weeks before training camp opens.

Shanahan said that trying to shuttle in rookies after the draft was too hectic and he would prefer the later minicamp because he thinks the young players will retain more of what they learn.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Taking a Chance

Denver's draft was curious. The team needed an offensive playmaker but came away with a risky project in RB Maurice Clarett. It also took cornerbacks with its first three picks. Clarett was a major reach in the third round. He's the type of downhill runner the Broncos love, but his lack of speed and conditioning make him a huge gamble. Plus, he played just one season at Ohio State. The team would have been better off taking a big receiver.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

2005 Draft Preview: Offensive Line

By Andrew Mason, from DenverBroncos.com
A look at the Broncos' roster reveals key contributors at almost every position who arrived from other NFL teams.

There's a starting fullback drafted by Carolina. A starting quarterback who spent six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. A recent signee at tight end who's played for three teams in his NFL career. A weakside linebacker who spent a year in Tampa Bay and then returned. A pair of safeties acquired through various modes of free agency. A starting cornerback acquired in the NFL's first Pro Bowler-for-Pro Bowler swap in three decades. And, of course, there's a defensive line with four key imports from the Cleveland Browns.

And then you have the offensive line. The Broncos began 2004 brandishing five homegrown starters, five players who've never known any other professional colors but orange and blue. And even after Dan Neil moved to the inactive list and Cooper Carlisle took his place, there remained a quintet of career Broncos up front.

Of Denver's five starters, only George Foster was a first-round pick. The two guards -- Carlisle and Ben Hamilton -- were both fourth-round selections in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Center Tom Nalen arrived as a seventh-round pick in 1994, and tackle Matt Lepsis wasn't even drafted, joining as a rookie free agent right after the 1997 NFL Draft.

In an era where champions are as liable to be cobbled together through unrestricted free agency as with grooming players straight from the college ranks, the Broncos' offensive line stands as not only a throwback -- but as a testament to the notion that teaching and development of young players is still essential for building a winner.

It also helps the Broncos find their types of offensive linemen, though they cannot be placed into set categories. At 338 pounds, George Foster proved that one doesn't have to be a relatively small offensive lineman to fare well in Denver's scheme, as was commonly believed to be the case.

The offensive line is still smaller than the NFL average, but Foster meshed well quickly thanks to remarkable lightness on his feet for someone of his size and the ability to grasp the scheme after a rookie-year gestation period, most of which was spent ont the practice squad.

Denver's scheme is something that many rising rookie offensive linemen notice immediately as they watch games from afar, studying for the fast-approaching day when their NFL opportunity arises.

"They're not the biggest guys in the NFL," said Oregon's Adam Snyder. "A lot of people think that you have to be 380 pounds (and) 6-foot-7, but that's really not it at all. They're technicians. Everything they do is right, from the way that they move their feet, to the way that they place their hands and are able to pull outside of the line of scrimmage and really run with blocks. So you don't have to be this huge mammoth of a man."

Not mammoth -- just fluid, fleet of foot and precise.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Getting Defensive

Denver's rebuilt defensive line has a decidedly Cleveland hue to it. Four former Browns defensive linemen -- DEs Courtney Brown and Ebenezer Ekuban, along with DTs Gerard Warren and Michael Myers -- are expected to be major players in Denver's defense. Ekuban, who had a career-high eight sacks last season, and the oft-injured Brown, are an intriguing pair of bookends. Ekuban, a former first-round draft choice, could be a steal. He was obtained as part of a trade for RB Reuben Droughns. Ekuban is not as fast on the corner as Reggie Hayward, who departed Denver for Jacksonville early in free agency, but he's more rugged against the run and doesn't get lost in traffic. Brown, the first overall pick of the 2000 draft, has loads of talent, but hasn't come close to fulfilling his promise. The Broncos gave him a one-year, incentive-based contact. It was a wise move. If Brown can stay healthy, and come back from a major foot injury that wiped out most of his 2004 season, Denver could find an adequate replacement for DE Trevor Pryce, who is still seeking a trade. Brown can be a big, fast pass rusher the Broncos desperately need. Brown and Warren are expected to start, Ekuban should see a lot of playing time and Myers will compete with Mario Fatafehi and Monsanto Pope for playing time. The Cleveland quartet's transition will be made easier because former Browns defensive line coach Andre Patterson is now in Denver. Patterson was one of the major reasons Brown chose the Broncos over the Redskins, and Patterson is convinced Brown can reach his potential if given a new start. . . .

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

DE picks Denver over three teams

By Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com
Free agent defensive end Courtney Brown, sought avidly by four teams despite a career marred by injuries and a glaring lack of production, has reached a contract agreement in principle with the Denver Broncos.

Financial details of the one-year deal with options to increase to increase it to five, which is expected to be signed later this week, were not immediately available.

Released by the Cleveland Browns on March 14, the five-year veteran chose the Broncos' offer over proposals from Washington, Jacksonville and Seattle. The Browns had also indicated an interest in re-signing the former Penn State star to a deal more palatable than the $8 million he was owed under his original contract. That included a roster bonus of $2.5 million and base salary of $5.5 million for 2005.

It is believed Brown's decision came down to Denver and Washington. All of the contract proposals were reportedly in the same financial range, and laden with incentives, with the Broncos perhaps gaining a modest edge with a slightly superior bonus package.

Brown's agent, Marvin Demoff told the Gazette of Colorado Springs: "I think (Denver) had everything he was looking for. If he had a list of 10 things, they hit on all 10."

With the Broncos, who had put their pursuit of other free agent defensive linemen on hold while they awaited Brown's decision, he will be reunited with Andre Patterson, his position coach in Cleveland the past two seasons. Patterson has been very outspoken in his support of Brown, and publicly defended him against detractors who have pointed out the poor numbers he has posted in a star-crossed NFL tenure.

Denver will incorporate some 3-4 fronts into its defense this season and feels that Brown has the hybrid-type skills to be productive in that scheme.

But in five seasons, Brown has only 17 sacks and has never demonstrated the kind of upfield explosiveness Cleveland saw in him when it made him the first overall choice in the 2000 draft. Cleveland paid him approximately $27 million for five years and Brown missed 33 games with knee, ankle, neck, biceps and foot injuries.

Brown, 27, finished each of the last four seasons on injured reserve. He continues to rehabilitate from what is known as a Lis Franc sprain to his left foot, an injury from which only a few players have recovered and enjoyed productive careers.

Like the other teams with which he visited, the Broncos believe Brown will fully recover from the foot injury that limited him to just two games last season and perhaps reach the kind of productivity that has eluded him to this point in his career.

The Broncos lost their top pass-rusher, Reggie Hayward, to the Jacksonville Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent earlier this month. Denver has auditioned a number of defensive linemen and, in addition to Brown, demonstrated interest in end Marques Douglas of Baltimore, and tackles Ed Jasper of Atlanta and Cincinnati's Tony Williams. Even with the acquisition of Brown, the Broncos will almost certainly sign at least one more veteran defensive lineman.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Key Issues

from Foxsports.com
The Broncos are hoping that DE Marco Coleman comes back for his 13th NFL season. He proved last year that he still can be an impact player, specially against the run. Coleman is no longer an every-down player, but he provides quality depth and is a good situational player. . . .

The Broncos are toying with the idea of moving TE Dwayne Carswell to offensive tackle - again. They tried that experiment in 2004, but soon changed when it became apparent they needed depth at tight end, so they moved Carswell back to his normal position. Carswell never lost weight after bulking up to 290 pounds and that was part of the reason he wasnot every effective as a tight end. Carswell is clearly nearing the end of his career, but he might be able to make the roster as a back-up tight end. . . .

The Broncos are going to be faced with a major decision during free agency: whether or not to chase after DE Reggie Hayward and offer him big money to remain in Denver. Hayward led the team with 10.5 sacks and he's going to command a lot of attention and money. The Broncos lost Bertand Berry to Arizona last season and don't want to lose another pass rusher. But the Broncos also must ask themselves if Hayward is worth a major investment. While he's a good situational pass rusher, he's not particularly strong against the run.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Welcome to Mile High, Slowik

Bob Slowik has eight seasons of being a Defensive Coordinator under his belt. Not to shabby for the new secondary coach for the Denver Broncos.

Slowik was with the on the Cowboys staff in 1992, and help cultivate the defense for “America’s Team” during their three championship season in the 90’s. Soon after, he followed fellow assistant coach Dave Wannstedt to Chicago. Then he went to help the expansion Browns as DC in ’99, followed by a short tenure as assistant head coach for the Green Bay Packers.

Now he joins our Broncos, and this is actually a reunion of sorts for Shanahan and Slowik, since they coached under Charley Pell at the University of Florida for 2 years.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

History Repeats Itself

The atmosphere in Denver right now is defiantly not a mile high. It is hard to stomach a loss like that against the Colts especially two years in a row, and that is not to mention that they beat them the week before.

Plummer is a good QB but he is no Elway nor is he a Manning... It might be time for another QB. Well, I might be jumping to conclusions, so I will give Plummer the benefit of the doubt and blame it on the lack of the run game towards the end of the season.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Memory Lane

The worst thing you can do in any sporting event is dwell on the past. Learn from the past, yes. Move on from the past, yes. But never think once, that past in a precedent. The past is there for examples of what to do and what not to do.
"We don't talk about those things. We look at film, we get a game plan, and try to focus on what we need to do now; not what we have done in the past." - Head Coach Mike Shanahan
With that in mind, I know every one remembers the 31 point loss to the Colts last post-season. It was a tough loss. The kind that fuels the fire too burn hotter. Make no mistake my fellow Bronco fans. It is not revenge the Broncos will be seeking, it is a reckoning.