Tag:Champ Bailey
Posted on: October 23, 2008 6:19 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2008 6:45 pm

Injuries Mount as the Smoke Clears

After this past week's debacle on national television, the Broncos limp into a much needed bye week this week. Several key Broncos were injured in the 41-14 drubbing they took from New England. OLB Boss Bailey is out for the year and will require microfracture surgery to repair his knee and most noteably Champ Bailey's is out an entire month with a torn right groin. The elder Bailey is the catalyst of the Broncos defense and his injury couldn't come at a worse time for this struggling unit.  

Veteran CB Karl Paymah will take the place of Champ Bailey while linebacker Jamie Winborn will likely replace Boss on the outside. For a defense that ranks dead last in points allowed and yards per game allowed, the Broncos defense will be tested and tested often in the second half of the season. QB's that face Denver will be licking their chops once they stare into the depleted secondary that's missing #24. This is a major concern considering the fact that I cannot recall 1 pass defended by Dre Bly or anyone else in Denver's secondary who's name is not Champ.

Again the Broncos must shift their focus to the basic football fundamentals tackling, pass coverage, and ball security rather than heading into the bye week stress free. Although the Orange and Blue are first in the AFC West, they are far from being the team they need to be down the stretch. Denver must hope for a San Diego loss in order to remain in control of their own fate.

Below I've listed 5 question marks as well 5 things I liked about this years team:

5 Question Marks

1) Can the defense stop somebody, anybody?? Denver is on track to be one of the worst teams (statistically) in history.

2) Will rookie RB Ryan Torain take the pressure of Jay Cutler and make an immediate impact in Denver's running attack?

3) Can the Broncos stay healthy down the stretch or will injuries to Champ and Boss Bailey be too much to overcome?

4) Which team will show up in the second half of the year? The one who averaged 38 ppg after 3 games or the one who averaged 13 ppg in the past 3 games? that's a two part question....

5) Can this team play a complete game on all sides of the ball? Oh yeah and NOT turn the ball over.

5 Things I Like:

1) I like the youth movement of the Broncos. This team is young and has a lot of bright spots for the future.

2) Offensive line play. With the exception of the loss to the Pats the offensive line gave up 2 sacks all year. Ryan Clady is the real deal.

3) Eddie Royal. Need I say more?

4) The return of the orange alternate jerseys. White and Blue have become the predominant color.

5) The addition of Michael Pittman. He's been a team-first player that has produced since given the starting nod.

Well Bronco fans hope your are all coping without a game this week. Here's to a Charger's loss!

- ALL Day




Category: NFL
Posted on: October 6, 2008 12:39 pm

Back in the Saddle

The Broncos played defense???? To quote the late great Harry Caray, "Holy Cow!" In yesterday's 16-13 slugfest with the Bucs, the Broncos defense outshined Tampa Bay's and helped Denver move 2 games ahead of San Diego for the AFC West lead. Coming into this game, the Broncos were virtually ranked dead last in all defensive categories. They must have jumped on some of these message boards or read my last blog because they finally answered the call and proved they aren't the perennial doormat we all thought they were. Right? Well, not so fast.......

Denver's defense looked solid against a team led by Brian Griese. But don't get too excited Broncoholics. For the most part, Griese didn't throw the ball deep so the Broncos stacked the box and eventually stopped the run. They limited the amount of huge gains on the ground, caused 4 sacks and knocked Griese out of the game. I still have some concern about the pass coverage.. Dre Bly is suspect, period. Champ Bailey, is well Champ Bailey so he wasn't tested once yesterday. Other than that, I was happy that the Broncos defense finally stood up for themselves.

On the offensive side of the ball the Broncos high powered offense was held to only 16 points most of which came via the leg of the "Praternator." He's already kicked 4 50+ yarders this year...Elam who? Jay Cutler had a solid day going 23-34 for 227 and 1 TD. Brandon Marshall was shut down but not shut out. He simply is a beast at blocking. I was also glad to see Tony Scheffler and Brandon Stokely get in the mix. Michael Pittman was a great free agent acquisition and is fitting in nicely.  

All in all, I was happy that the Broncos didn't score loads of points and won the defensive battle at the end of the day. Finally, a growing trend I do not like, is the Bronco's LBs celebrating after every single tackle namely Nate Webster. Please keep your helmet on and focus on stopping teams on 3rd down. 

Thanks for reading - ALL Day

Posted on: October 2, 2008 2:39 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2008 3:39 pm

Week 5: Buc' ing the Trend

It's no secret that the Denver Defense is nowhere to be found on Sundays. I heard Chris Collinsworth say this week that Denver had the "worst defense in history." Despite being a die-hard Bronco fan, I couldn't help but agree - to a certain extent. I mean, the Broncos defense flat out stinks. They can't stop the run, can't sack the QB, and they can't cause turnovers let alone tackle. With the exception of Champ Bailey who is fierce in run support and D.J. Williams who leads the league in tackles (34), the Broncos simply don't have enough impact players up front and on the ends to cause problems for opposing teams. Elvis Dumervil has been hampered by a broken finger and Dewayne Robertson hasn't proved that his balky knee isn't a concern. Going into week 5 this trend has to stop if the Broncos want to make a serious play for the AFC West. Tampa Bay comes to Mile High this week fresh off of a victory over Green Bay. Not only do the Bucs come into Invesco with a 3-1 record, they're doing it with a familiar face behind center, Brian Griese and a stout defense that could cause Cutler some problems. Getting back to Griese, he has posted a 3-0 record since taking over for the injured Jeff Garcia but he has struggled with interceptions as he has done for most of his career. Michael Pittman will also be playing his former team but he's happy to be in Denver now (http://www.rockymountainnews.com/ne
) and you can imagine emotions might be riding high with both Griese and Pittman looking to take it to their former teams. 

Denver will win if: 

1) They win the turnover battle - Denver had 4 turnovers against K.C. that cost them the game. They simply cannot turn the ball over on offense and rely on their defense to make plays.  

2) Score loads of points and keep pressure on: If Denver strikes early and often, Denver can put up huge numbers. Look for Denver to go for the throat in the first 3 plays to get Cutler and company in a rhythm. The Broncos also need a strong 3rd quarter if they want to win.   

3) Defense, please stand up: Let the critics fuel the fire, step the F up, and hit someone in the mouth already!! Pressure on Griese will be key.   - My prediction - Broncos 38 - Bucs 24      - All Day

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