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  1. GDT Week 3: DEN @ BAL

    The business problems this franchise has are affecting what the team can do on the field. Let me explain. The franchise needs an influx of cash that can only come about by finding a name-rights partner for the stadium. That is hard for a couple of reasons, a corporation is only going to shell out big bucks if the team is successful on the field because that brings about more prime-time and nationally televised games. When we're the fourth regional on CBS, the only people watching are our fans and fans of the team we're playing (limited exposure) and our fans all refer to the stadium as "Mile High" anyway. The last decade-plus the NFL has begun to be marketed the way the NBA is, around star players (or, better said, star QBs). The only team that moves the needle ratings wise as a team is Dallas; they could 3-13 and would still get the max number of prime time games allowed by the league and Fox's "America's Game of the Week," for at least half the weeks they're not in prime time. It was judged that the best way to get the team to a somewhat competitive level, i.e. be a 9-7 or better team that has playoff hopes through Christmas, maybe sneaks into a Wild Card game and from there who knows what can happen. With the core of in-their-prime veterans - Von, Harris, Wolfe, DT, Sanders - you sign someone like Keenum and hope he replicates what he did last year on (what our FO viewed) as a similar roster. Much as maybe Elway wanted to take one of the QBs at the top fo the draft this year, and given the time we spent scouting all of them it was not a smokescreen, he had to get an instant-impact player who helps the team win now, not one who sits on the bench and learns for a year or two. We need to be competitive in the division and in the AFC now so the team can get the influx of funds it needs. Unfortunately this has become a hubris for the team because if there was a time to do a tear-down and rebuild with a new coach and a rookie QB last year was a golden opportunity given that we had a high draft pick and there four or five first-round worthy QB prospects. But we couldn't afford to fire Vance and his staff and pay a new staff. This era of the team reminds of the early-2000s. We still have a lot of talented vets in or just past their primes but since HOF QB retired we're trying to band-aid the position, only difference is that instead of Brian Griese and Jake Plummer it's been Trevor Siemian and Case Keenum. Yet it's even harder to win now without an elite QB than it was then given how pass-centric the league has become. After this year Elway is going to need to go to Joe Ellis and explain that the team is going to need a full tear down and rebuild with a new coach and a young roster that is going to take it's lumps; one step back to take two steps forward. Continuing on the same path we are is going to do exactly what I said it would when we signed Keenum - better than a laughing stock but, at best, a fringe wild card contender, exactly what we were from 1999-2008 (2005 being the exception).
  2. GDT Week 3: DEN @ BAL

    Much as I love to throw shade CU's way, I do think the Lindsay ejection was BS. That being said, if a face of the league type player in Clay Matthews can get BS flagged the way he has the last three weeks, an un-drafted rookie needs to learn to his place. If the league is going to go all pink panties on us (and then ask why ratings, attendance and merchandise sales are plummeting) the players need to learn to live within the rules. It's crap, but the NFL needs to decide if wants to be a football league or a flag football league because between this and everything else, I'm about done with the NFL.
  3. GDT Week 3: DEN @ BAL

    What else did we learn today? Vance still can't coach. I know the team's media mouthpieces and sycophants think Vance is a changed man but he's still out of his depth; his in-game management is atrocious and his team's preparedness and focus is worse than his in-game adjustments. The Meathead at LT is still a meathead. If only there had been some clue. The secondary is a joke. Of course when you get rid of a HOF DC and your best CB and replace the former with a Vance yes-man and the other with ... something ... I don't see how anyone could expect a drop off. Phillip Lindsay continues to make CU proud, in every CU way possible.
  4. GDT Week 3: DEN @ BAL

    I hate when we play in the morning because by the time I get home and get some time to post about the game, it feels like it was two weeks ago. Anyway, I said it when he was signed, I said it during camp, the preseason, the last two games, Case is just a guy. He's not a starting QB. I don't even know if, from an on-the-field perspective, he's better than what we had last year. Elway had to do something to throw a bone to the vets, the guys with rings, to get them to buy-in for this year. I guess Case was the best option. I loved and still love getting Chubb when he was there - and I think he has a long, successful, productive career in this league and may even retire as an all-time great Bronco - but we passed on Josh Rosen and Josh Allen (holy crap, did you see him today!?!?!?!?!?) for Chubb because we had Case and Elway didn't want to deal with another PR QB controversy. Well, we're going to have one now because everyone is already calling for Chad and we haven't even played a playoff team yet. This is why I can't fault Elway too much for the Lynch pick - even though everyone wants to put that swing and miss at the top of his GM resume - he took at a shot at a high-upside player at the most important position. But that didn't work out and we went with a journeyman game-manager who is looking more and more like the one-hit-wonder a lot of us thought and said he was. I'll take a GM who takes a shot - just like I'll take the coach who goes for the TD rather than punts and tries to play the field position game - 10 times out of 10, even if it blows up in their face. I'd rather have a chance to win it all than spend the next five or six years as a fringe Wild Card team.
  5. Broncos Forum Pick 'Em & Survivor, Week 3

    AAA's Week 3 Picks: NY Jets at Cleveland Denver at Baltimore New Orleans at Atlanta Cincinnati at Carolina NY Giants at Houston Tennessee at Jacksonville San Francisco at Kansas City Oakland at Miami Buffalo at Minnesota Indianapolis at Philadelphia Green Bay at Washington LA Chargers at LA Rams Chicago at Arizona Dallas at Seattle New England at Detroit Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay Survivor: Minnesota (LA Rams)
  6. Week 3: NY Jets at Cleveland Denver at Baltimore New Orleans at Atlanta Cincinnati at Carolina NY Giants at Houston Tennessee at Jacksonville San Francisco at Kansas City Oakland at Miami Buffalo at Minnesota Indianapolis at Philadelphia Green Bay at Washington LA Chargers at LA Rams Chicago at Arizona Dallas at Seattle New England at Detroit Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay Survivor:
  7. GDT Week 2: OAK @ DEN

    Okay so I haven't had time to read through the whole thread and reply to all your reactions to the game. I will. But I want to start with the overall thoughts and feelings I have on this team as a whole. I'm waiting for this group to show me something that gives me a confidence boost that we can win games against, you know, good teams. The Raiders and, strange as it sounds to say, the Seahawks, are pretty hapless teams right now. Both are in major transition periods and we needed some breaks to get wins against both. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about 2-0 and I do LOVE the heart, fire and moxie with which the team plays. Those don't show up in the box score but the team is well-stocked in those areas, it's a kicking-and-screaming group and we know that is important to Elway. Case's intangibles remain his greatest attribute, his physical short-comings are what they are. That being said he needs to be careful working within the system; I think Musgrave has actually done a pretty good job in both games exploiting match-ups and putting the offense in positions to be successful and making necessary adjustments. Case, who is a smart guy and a savvy player with a chip on his shoulder (and I love that about him), needs to know he has to work within the system. I know he wants to live up to his contract and be thought of as a franchise QB. But someone needs to take him aside and basically just say, "Bro, you're not Aaron Rodgers, and that's okay." Our secondary is not quite garbage but it's closer to garbage than it is the famed No Fly Zone. Who would have thought that getting rid of a Hall of Fame CB and a Hall of Fame defensive coordinator would have such an effect. I still have little faith in Vance. I don't really know how anyone can have any faith in him. Phillip Lindsay has been getting a ton of hype locally - the CU and Denver South HS connections no doubt play a huge part in that with the local media - but take away his 53-yard run today and his YPC drops to a very pedestrian 4.15. I hope Vance and Sullivan and the rest of the staff don't start trying to use him as an every-down back because he won't hold up for 16+ games. He brings a unique skill set to the table but he's a niche player, and that's fine because all great teams have niche players (look at New England the last 18 years) so I hope the staff will recognize that and deploy him the right way to make the most of what he can do, which is substantial. We will get a much better feel of what this team is - I still say we're a .500ish team - the next two weeks with an early game on the East Coast next week and then a date with the Chiefs (who look incredible) on MNF the week after.
  8. Broncos Forum Pick 'Em & Survivor, Week 2

    AAA's Week 2 Picks: Baltimore at Cincinnati Oakland at Denver Carolina at Atlanta L.A. Chargers at Buffalo Minnesota at Green Bay Cleveland at New Orleans Miami at N.Y. Jets Kansas City at Pittsburgh Philadelphia at Tampa Bay Houston at Tennessee Indianapolis at Washington Arizona at L.A. Rams Detroit at San Francisco New England at Jacksonville N.Y. Giants at Dallas Seattle at Chicago Survivor: L.A. Rams
  9. Okay, I will run this again this year if there is adequate participation. Copy and paste the schedule and highlight your pick for the winner of each game in bold. Week 2: Baltimore at Cincinnati Oakland at Denver Carolina at Atlanta L.A. Chargers at Buffalo Minnesota at Green Bay Cleveland at New Orleans Miami at N.Y. Jets Kansas City at Pittsburgh Philadelphia at Tampa Bay Houston at Tennessee Indianapolis at Washington Arizona at L.A. Rams Detroit at San Francisco New England at Jacksonville N.Y. Giants at Dallas Seattle at Chicago Survivor:
  10. Random Thoughts

    I can get one started for week 2.
  11. 2018 53-Man Roster Projections and Discussion

    If memory serves, it was DT and CJ on offense and Von and Talib on defense. I could be wrong.
  12. 2018 53-Man Roster Projections and Discussion

    I haven't heard. I know they're working on it, Elway said as much and it's been leaked out all over the place. I'm sure it's one of those things that's been put on the back-burner until we got done with camp and roster cuts and all that stuff. I'd expect to hear it's a done deal before Halloween.
  13. Broncos Forum Unofficial Fantasy League

    Sounds like you got a pretty good one. We're hoping for the same. And I've heard about how much s*** you have to bring for the baby when you go anywhere lol.
  14. 2018 53-Man Roster Projections and Discussion

    Team captains were announced today. Case and Paradis named as offensive captains, Von and Todd David defensive captains and McManus and Jano as ST captains.
  15. Broncos Forum Unofficial Fantasy League

    Guys I wish I could I've just got 4 leagues already, a full time job, another job and a pregnant gf I just can't devote more time to fantasy, much as I would love to.
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