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Tag:Denver Broncos
Posted on: October 29, 2008 3:25 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2008 10:29 pm
 

Defensive Concerns in Week 9

News out of Denver suggests that there may be more turmoil on the defensive side than we all thought. That's bad news considering all of the defensive woes we already know about. Recent statements made by players such as D.J. Williams and Nate Webster hint toward the fact that there is mass confusion amongst this unit (again). Williams made an interesting statement after the embarrassing loss to NE that seemed to sum it all up. This defense lacks an identity. Perhaps it's due to the constant switches in defensive schemes. Are these guys a 3-4 defense or 4-3? If DJ doesn't know that's a scary thought considering he's a defensive captain and leads the team in tackles.  

The crafty Dolphins are coming into Mile High this week feeling confident after they upset the up-and coming Bills. With their Wildcat formations and spread offensive alignments, they can really get going and Denver's defense could be in for a long day. Running backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown have been headaches for opposing teams while Chad Pennington's game management has been solid enough to lead the team to a respectable 3-4 record.

Physically the Broncos match up well with most of their speed coming from the linebackers and small defensive ends. The spotlight will be on CB's Dre Bly who has struggled all year and Karl Paymah who is filling in for an injured Champ Bailey. Rookie corner Jack Williams could see an increase in playing time specifically in Nickle and Dime packages and could provide a spark in the pass defense. Williams is a ball hawk who reminds me of another undersized but tenacious Williams, the late great Darrent Williams (R.I.P 27). Another key matchup will be Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil going up against the 1st overall pick in the 2008 draft, rookie LT Jake Long. I'll save the Broncos safety play for another post but that's also a major concern.

Offensively, the Broncos have to get it together. Rookie RB Ryan Torain is looking to make his NFL debut and coming off an elbow injury that has sidelined him since training camp, Denver hopes that he will ignite this once potent offensive attack. The key to success for the Broncos will be ball protection and time of possesion. If they turn the ball over early, I don't expect them to bounce back since they have not proven they could do so in games against KC, Jacksonville, and NE. Look for Brandon Marshall to have a big game if Brandon Stokely is back in the lineup.

Denver tends to have success coming off the bye week. If they can continue that trend there is no reason why they shouldn't beat a team that won 1 game in 2007. Having said that, if the Broncos lose this game. We all know what to expect the rest of the year. Hopefully they can turn in around and create some momentum heading down the stretch with a win. The question is which Broncos team will show up this week or better yet, will they show up at all?

-  ALL Day

 

  

  

Posted on: October 16, 2008 6:57 pm
 

Primetime for Broncos

Are you ready for some football???? I know I am. As everyone should know by now we have the MNF game coming up against New England up in Foxborough. This was a game that I had circled and highlighted furiosly with a neon green marker. The color green was symbolic and it signafied the good old fashion greenbacks. Cash money, dinero if you will. If you are a betting man, this would've been your game. The game itself has actually lost a bit of it's luster with Tom Brady went down with a season ending knee injury in week 1.  

It's too bad because The Broncos own a 9-2 record against the mighty Patriots since 1992. Being one of the few teams to have success against the Pats, Denver owns a 5-0 record against the spread and are 4-1 straight up since 1992. This game had upset written all over it. Ahh what could've been....

Now the tides have turned and Denver will enter this game as a 3-point favorite rather than the 14-point underdogs they opened the season as at the beginning of the year. I might be the only one who actually wished Tom Brady was playing simply because I feel the Broncos would win this game regardless.  

Denver plays well on Monday nights and I don't expect that to change this week. Despite concerns defensively and with injuries to key players Selvin Young, Tony Scheffler, and Eddie Royal, I think the Broncos will get back on track with a win. If history teaches us anything, it's that the Broncos flat out own New England.

 ALL Day's projection: Broncos 37 Pats 14. Top Performers: Jay Cutler 22-34, 325 yards, 3 TDs, Eddie Royal 4 rec, 86yards, 1 TD. Brandon Marshall 10 Rec, 141 yards, and 2 TDs . 

- ALL Day

    

Posted on: October 13, 2008 5:04 pm
 

Broncoholic's Monday Hangover Report

We all know the story. The Broncos beat themselves with uncostly offensive turnovers and the defense couldn't make a stop when it had to. Pass interference call or not, the defense simply failed to execute . Who's to blame? Is it Bob Slowik for continually switching the defensive scheme from a 4-3 to a 3-4 back to a 4-3? Maybe. Is it the fact that the Broncos give up a league leading 72% completion percetage? Uh-huh. How about those safeties? Are Marlon McCree and Marquand Manual effective? These are all questions that I'm asking myself. Oh and throw in a question regarding Dre Bly's cover skills. If you ask me, it's all of the above. Panic button is in the "ON" position.

As for the offense, the turnovers were all due to ball control and fundamentals. They need to go back to the basics and practive tucking the ball high and tight. Treat it like your girl, hold her close and don't let go. Or whatever will get these guys to protect the rock.

Also, am I the only one who thinks Jay Cutler is telegraphing his passes to Brandon Marshall? Again, he missed the TE (in this case Daniel Graham) who was wide open down the seam in the 3rd quarter. He needs to focus on looking off the safeties and corners before he commits to a WR.

3 Things I like: Nate Webster's nasty hit on Fred Taylor, Michael Pittman's rushing performance, and Glenn Martinez' punt return abilities.

-   ALL Day 

Posted on: October 11, 2008 12:33 am
Edited on: October 11, 2008 12:46 am
 

Parking the Jags

I always imagined what Maurice Jones Drew (MJD) would've looked like wearing the Orange and Blue. In fact, living in Los Angeles and being apart of the Bruin alumni not directly just a party crasher I was a huge MJD fan. I saw him return about 10 kicks between the 2005 and 2006 college season.  He was a wrecking ball blocker who had game breaking potential every time he touched the ball. He was overshadowed by another So-Cal runner who played at USC. Some argue that MJD was the better football player. I personally don't argue with that statement.

I remember the 06' draft vividly. It was a roller coaster of emotion full of barley and hops. Who are the Broncos going to pick, are they going defensive or offensive? Oh yeah, they went offensive. Despite being shocked that we just selected a QB in the first round, I was keeping my eye on MJD. I knew the Broncos picked 61st in the second round. There my boy was, still on the board! Could it be?????? Pick 58, 59, 60..............

Ticker: Round 2 Jacksonville Jags select Maurice Jones Drew from UCLA. Nooooooo!!!!! 

Fast forward to 2008. The Broncos picked Tony Scheffler with the 61st pick and that turned out pretty good. Except he's out this week ironically against MJD's Jags. The Broncos got a few good players in the 06' draft. Real good, Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall good. MJD turned out to be pretty darn good too.

When the Broncos face the Jags this week at Mile High they need only to focus on 1 objective... Stop the run! MJD and Fred Taylor are going to get the ball a lot. The Broncos defense must maintain pressure up front and on the edges to contain these dangerous backs. Jacksonville is coming into this game with an offensive line that has been riddled with injuries. LB play will be key, and also mixing up the coverages by throwing a few blitzes will spark the opportunity for turnovers.

Denver's offense will move the ball on the Jags pass defense who ranks 26th in the league. I also like the Andre Hall and Michael Pittman combination that should provide power and speed. Denver will be without Scheffler and potentially Royal.

ALL Day's pick:  Broncos offense comes alive in this game and I expect the defense to perform well enough to get the job done.

Broncos 31 Jags 24

Posted on: October 7, 2008 8:20 pm
 

On the Verge of 400

The Broncos next win will be their 400th.... Out of the teams that came over from the old AFL only the Oakland Raiders have more wins than the Broncos.

It's been a long time since the days of the vertical striped socks and the second-hand bumble bee uni's. The Broncos are one of the most successful franchises in the NFL and 400 wins proves that point.

Let's hope number 400 comes this week against Jacksonville!

 

- ALL Day  

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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
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) 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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