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  1. Broncos QB Battle

    If you are going to draft a raw prospect like Lynch though you are committing to a 2-year development cycle. It might not work out but that was the price going in - a lot of fans just didn't want to hear it. Getting the 5th year option makes it a justifiable risk but there's still risk going in and we are seeing it. Sloter is earning more consideration long term but let's put the brakes on - vanilla 3rd string D aren't a good crucible to determine readiness. Sloter struggled vs our 2nd string D by all accounts. Anyways it's moot what we think - VJ going with 2 QB on 53-man as plan A. Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) 8/21/17, 9:42 PM Vance Joseph said he's carrying just 2 QBs on 53-man roster. Hopes Kyle Sloter stays around (practice squad). Chad Kelly hurt. #9sports
  2. Broncos QB Battle

    It's official. Sanity prevails. Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) 8/21/17, 8:23 PM Vance Joseph has told the players QB Trevor Siemian is starting. #Broncos
  3. NFL Nearing 5-year extension for Roger Goodell until 2024

    Given how unhappy Kraft and Goodell (and maybe Spanos) have been with their treatment by the league, it shows how united the rest of the ownership must be about the bottom line. While his tenure has had a lot of missteps it's always made tons of $ for the owners often at the expense of the NFLPA. It's no coincidence IMO the extension covers until 2024 - sends the NFLPA a message all roads go through Goodell as the owners' man even through the next CBA negotiations. While no doubt there will be other negotiators for the CBA, with issues like removing weed as a drug policy, the personal conduct policy decision making process, ThuNF, etc. - Goodell is the face the NFLPA deals with PR wise and pre-negotiations.
  4. As per Schefter: Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) Seems like going after Elliott and Brady isn't backfiring for him....yet. Maybe the ownership wants him in a secure place before lockout posturing for 2021?
  5. Broncos QB Battle

    Hopefully we end the debate for week 1 later today... Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) 8/20/17, 11:18 PM Vance Joseph presser at 115 pm tomorrow. It would be huuuge letdown if he didn't announce starting QB. #ItsTime #WeAllSawIt #9sports
  6. Broncos @ 49ers: Week 2 GDT

    Re: D-scheme let's remember the preseason is all about vanilla D schemes. I do think we play better with a more aggressive attack scheme than off coverage but we also rarely tip our hands in the PS. FWIW passive read and react off coverage was the main choice for opening drives while Phillips read the O and then adjusted. Hated that. But seeing it in PS doesn't worry me. Every team goes vanilla now. Since it was mentioned the 2015 AFCCG was an ode to creativity by Phillips using totally different coverage looks and attacking with pressure (but blitz not required) - with double-coverage on Gronk-Edelman. So man vs. zone isn't the issue as much as attacking vs passive. Great summary here - https://www.si.com/nfl/2016/01/28/blanket-coverage-wade-phillips-super-bowl-50 But yeah we are best with our D attacking the O - I just don't think in preseason we will see much of that given away so it's hard to evaluate what we have planned scheme-wise with Woods. Re: Bolles everyone knows I didn't like the value of going Bolles (take Reuben Foster, trade back to 28 <Elway confirmed an offer was made to Renck> and take Ramczyk, or trade up to 18 for Howard). And his pass pro deficiencies are clearly where he struggles. But as tough as this game was, this isn't unexpected. Hopefully Davidson and McCoy/Musgrave can gameplan more help early in the season for him. The problem is Watson isn't able to pass block on an island yet either. You can scheme for one T to get help it's tough to scheme help on both sides. But we have to give Bolles more help early this season - frankly having Barbre on the left side is a must. Please coaches, end the Garcia-with-1s altogether now. That unit needs as many reps together before Week 1 (except Paradis I get saving him). Re: ST I'd first echo what @AnAngryAmerican said - this is the tryout. Now once the spots are won it's definitely time to step up. No one can argue we are playing well there. That's fine if we are still getting the right guys in place. But we will have to be way better by Week 1. Hopefully next week we will see signs of progress.
  7. Broncos QB Battle

    The problem with that scenario is that Lynch will have had to shown a lot more progress by then, or our season will have to already be judged to be in the tank (or both obv). At week 5 (8 weeks from now) and only 4 games in the books it's hard to see that happening given how flat Lynch's learning curve has been. And unless we are 0-4 or 1-3 the season won't look in the tank. Midseason or 2018 seems like the best-case scenarios with him TBH - and worst-case is the light never comes on. I'm obviously not hoping for the latter and we all have to keep in mind this was always the possibility when he came out of the Memphis system. Right now Siemian needs as much time with the 1s as possible to gel with the OL so they know his tendencies for pass pro and so he can also develop reps with the RB/TE's and whoever wins the 3-4 WR spots. That's the top priority. Sloter has been a great story but I really don't see a plausible path to the 53-man roster. As well as he has played it's been vs. 2H preseason D's. Keep in mind that while QB overall is thin 4+ teams are deliberately tanking for next year's class. Sloter seems very safe for the PS and that's his best fit - also buys a year of service time if he spends 11 weeks there like it did for Siemian and Paradis. Besides Lynch's price alone means Elway will see the investment through at least another year with Lynch as the 2. Given the above barring injury that I think it's the Siemian show until our playoff hopes are done. With 4 out of our first 5 games at home and the @ game vs. BUF, we have to get off to a fast start to make the playoffs happen this year. 4-1 is the ideal (except for 5-0 obv) and Siemian at the helm gives us our best shot.
  8. Broncos QB Battle

    Sounds like VJ about to admit he sees what everyone else does: Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) 8/20/17, 7:22 AM #Broncos VJ, to me, revealed hand on QB when told me it's "about performance not potential" @DenverChannel
  9. Broncos QB Battle

    Yup - there's still time for him to get there long-term - but best-case midseason. Most likely is 2018 - needs a lot more time. And still no guarantees either. But the practices this week were the blip - not surprising given the body of work with the same struggles over and over. Elway and VJ gave both a week starting with 1st team - can call it now. Pretty easy call. Siemian doesn't have the same long-term ceiling but he's miles ahead to help us win now ahead of Lynch. Not even close.
  10. Broncos @ 49ers: Week 2 GDT

    FWIW it was a 4th but they will wait. He's a major pass game asset and cheap at worst. D-Henderson has flashed but keep in mind Booker did as well - rookie wall expected later. What Booker also brings besides versatility and pass game chops is ST big contributor in 2H and improved a lot in 2H pass blocking wise. JC so expensive to keep I don't see it TBH.
  11. Broncos @ 49ers: Week 2 GDT

    Ok saw the game through crappy online feed but a few thoughts: 1. Lynch still raw - like sushi raw. That 3rd and 6 not recognizing the run was there, really slow read progression and again bad accuracy on key throws. Main plus was his mobility, but physical tools are never the Q - just such little progress. Not surprising that the 2 strong practices were more a blip than a change given the bigger body of work. On the other hand Siemian showed well - that incompletion where he avoided the sack and the decisiveness in early reads really showed the difference If this is the earliest they can commit for Week 1 reg season pretty clear it's Siemian by a fair margin 2. Bolles really tough 1H Pass pro always going to be his weakness Hopefully he shows more progress at least his learning curve until today much faster. Did like what Barbre did compared to past LG work. Unit still needs more time to gel as a whole. 3. Nice runs by D-Henderson. Can't say I think we need JC with CJ, Booker and Henderson. Especially with the $ saved. That matters a ton. 4. Time to see how the backup DE do. Didn't see much but TBH terrible feed so harder to notice lol. 5. Praying for a clean sheet injury wise from now on. So far so good.
  12. Broncos QB Battle

    Since this is the main topic thread I'll post this here too, from yesterday's observation that Lynch has shown better the last 2 practices: ----------------- Our long-term future is just miles head if Lynch can figure it out...but going off 2 practices after all the issues he's had...I'll believe it's a real sign of progress when he can do it consistently, and in-game (and keep in mind, preseason the D's are as vanilla as they get scheme wise - which is why struggling in preseason is so bad, while excelling in it doesn't guarantee success - but let's face it, any success would be a welcome change). We've been down this road 2-3x before with Lynch's flashes of physical talent (last year from the gun, this season's OTA's) only to be crushed watching some in-game horror shows to get even remotely excited now. But, at least it's made it worth staying up and watching (if I wasn't travelling, anyways). While the 49ers beat reporters might be biased for their guys (and so the Betheard comment is completely taken with a grain of salt), their assessment of our situation, as with other outsiders, isn't tinged with hope projected onto the assessments like we are falling into - it's always a good double-check to see how the outsiders view the situation, so this should be fun to see their in-game commentary as well as our own. Either way though, it will make for some actual interest on Saturday. Sucks I won't be able to see it, on a plane doing the redeye - will have to record and view later on in the week, not even the next day unless I can find an online feed that will work with plane wifi (not holding my breath lol)....so I'm looking forward to some updates and in-depth eye-witness reports, guys!
  13. Musing From Broncos Training Camp

    Our long-term future is just miles head if Lynch can figure it out...but going off 2 practices after all the issues he's had...I'll believe it when he can do it consistently, and in-game (and keep in mind, preseason the D's are as vanilla as they get scheme wise - which is why struggling in preseason is so bad, while excelling in it doesn't guarantee success - but let's face it, any success would be a welcome change). We've been down this road 2-3x before with Lynch's flashes of physical talent (last year from the gun, this season's OTA's) only to be crushed watching some in-game horror shows to get even remotely excited now. But, at least it's made it worth staying up and watching (if I wasn't travelling, anyways). While the 49ers beat reporters might be biased for their guys (and so the Betheard comment is completely taken with a grain of salt), their assessment of our situation, as with other outsiders, isn't tinged with hope projected onto the assessments like we are falling into - it's always a good double-check to see how the outsiders view the situation, so this should be fun to see their in-game commentary as well as our own. Either way though, it will make for some actual interest on Saturday. Sucks I won't be able to see it, on a plane doing the redeye - will have to record and view later on in the week, not even the next day unless I can find an online feed that will work with plane wifi (not holding my breath lol)....so I'm looking forward to some updates and in-depth eye-witness reports, guys!
  14. Broncos QB Battle

    Wrong thread...
  15. Raiders CB Sean Smith charged with assault

    Given the Raiders' cap squeeze, if he wasn't going to start, this could actually be a blessing - any $ saved here goes to extend Mack & Cooper, rollover counts just as much as future saved $.
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