Sunday, February 13, 2005

Key Issues

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.