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  1. 2018 OTA's

    Finally a bit of football again. Here's a couple of articles from the Bronco's website. Great time of year. We're undefeated and look like worldbeaters. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Rookie-class-maturity-on-field-skill-already-impressing-veterans/f697ed45-acd1-4668-b327-dba8d28f5617 http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-OTA-Day-1-observations/8537059e-2e37-42e1-9248-759aaae1c751
  2. 2018 OTA's

    I agree, I've turned into a bit of a fan of his. He'd be great in the base D and pairing he and Cravens in a sub package would provide far better RB/TE coverage from the LB group than we've had for years.
  3. 2018 OTA's

    I've got the same question about half a dozen of our rookies that have seen snaps with the 1st team. Are they that good or are our veterans that bad? In keeping with my spring optimism I'll go with the former.
  4. 2018 OTA's

    I sort of agree, but I took away a bit more than that. Most significant to me is our offensive strategy. I think we'll see much more of a WC offense this year. First time in a decade. Seems we'll be incorporating RB's and TE's a lot more in the passing game. Also, we're finally incorporating plays to slow and punish a blitzing team, something we've been lacking. The second thing I think I think is that Paxton's heading for 3rd string. Same story, some great splash plays but still can't complete passes on a consistent basis. As one reporter put it, he misses open receivers that an NFL QB can't miss. Anyway, for the most part you're right.
  5. 2018 OTA's

    Good point. Lots of positive press has been coming out about our 3 rookie RB's. Tough cuts with that group.
  6. 2018 OTA's

    John Diarse is making an impression also. I noticed we've got 13 WR's in camp. With DT, Manny and our two picks virtually assured of spots that leaves 9 players fighting for two jobs. Pretty bad time to be nursing a hamstring.
  7. 2018 OTA's

    Interesting WR development. With DT and Sanders sitting out both our rookies moved to the first team. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-didnt-miss-a-beat-with-Sutton-Hamilton-running-with-first-team-offense/e75ab394-5982-4f2d-949c-422192ee0009
  8. The Best Super Bowl Victory & Why?

    That surprises me a bit jst. I'd of thought 97 would have been your choice. It's mine without a doubt. It was the best balanced team we'd ever had, we'd been knocking on the door forever, and we were 10+ point underdogs to the Mighty Packers. No way could our undersized OL deal with Gilbert Brown and associates. Brett Favre was going to carve our D apart. You remember the pregame press. Then we played the game. We ran the ball down their throats, stuffed the run, and basically out-physicalled (I don't think that's really a word) the Packers. We beat 'em, wore out there D and pummeled 'em in the IOL, mugged their WR's pounded Favre and won our first Lombardi. For me bud, it'll never get better than that. Had TD not missed the entire 2nd quarter with a migraine I don't think the game would have been close. The monkey was finally off Elways and Denvers back.
  9. 2018 OTA's

    Well, that's not really true. We did finish both the 2012 and 2013 seasons at 13-3. I don't think you can say they "turned us around", better to say they were the final piece.
  10. I thought I’d open this up for post draft player and roster analysis so I don’t have to look in so many different threads for player info. A bit more detail than a roster projection. Chubb’s a great place to start. We’ve had a lot of discussion regarding “need vs BPA”. In Chubbs case, he fits both categories perfectly. Hard to argue he wasn’t BPA. A guy that size with LB metrics is pretty awesome. He should be exciting to watch develop as a defensive force. As far as need, he guarantees a quality pass rush for 5 years now. With Von’s cap hit escalating to $25 million next year signing Ray or Shaq to an extension seems like a pipe dream. Having Chubb on a rookie deal really minimizes the effect of Von’s cap hit. All in all a great pick. I’ll add some more when I get some time. Feel free to chime in.
  11. 2018 OTA's

    Wow. That's quite an OL staff. A little to early to read much into it but I've never heard of a team, already two deep on the OL staff adding a third with the resume Mudd brings. Lots of time for individual work.
  12. He just always seems to take the right first step. Instinct, film study, whatever it is it's a great asset for an ILB. Playing a short zone I think he'll be fine. He gets to his spot fast. Anyway, glad I'm not the only one.
  13. So, I'm curious if any of you have watched Jewell much? I finally got to watch some of him and was very impressed. Things that stuck out: very sure, technically sound tackler. You don't get away from him. Great lateral quickness and short area burst. He won't win a 40 but he doesn't have to. Excellent play recognition, never takes a bad step. Anyway, seems we got a steal but I'd sure like other opinions.
  14. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    Outside of Meck, the others listed were charter members of the original Orange Crush. Also, they were as good as I've seen at their positions. East and West coast bias were in their heyday and Denver got no recognition. Nobody even knew who Billy Thompson was until we went to the SB in 1977. At 31 they finally realized he was 1st team all pro. He'd been playing at that level for half a dozen years at that time. IMO best SS we've ever had.
  15. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    I understand your point but it can get out of hand pretty quick. Louis Wright (20) Gradishar (53) Billy Thompson (36) Mecklenberg (77) ........................................
  16. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    I agree with you. They still do that after the roster thins down I think except for the WR's. I guess I don't mind so much that many of ours are in the teens.
  17. Does Suttons game resemble Marshalls at all? He's still up there with Eddie Mac as my favorite Bronco "big body" WR's.
  18. Broncos decline Shane Ray's Option

    No, more like he takes the physical, Dr. says "does it hurt when you do this", you do that and scream in pain, the DR. says okay, you failed the physical. Something more like that.
  19. Broncos decline Shane Ray's Option

    Do you or anyone have any details regarding the March date physicals? I'm curious if a player can in any way influence it.
  20. Broncos decline Shane Ray's Option

    That's something that given their cap situation I don't think they can risk, regardless of how unlikely it is. They just got bit with that with Watson. I just keep in mind Vons $25 million number next year. We have no cap slack at all! None! An injured Rays cap hit of $9+ million would be devastating.
  21. Broncos decline Shane Ray's Option

    So, the flip side of the coin is that Ray, in a contract year and healthy, plays lights out and gets his double digit sacks and is a disruptive force. he'll get plenty of opportunity. Thats best for both parties. Denver gets a better comp pick and rays value goes way up as a FA.
  22. Well, I was sorta leaning towards 2017 but that was before I realized we'd drafted Aquaman to play on the OL. How can you not pick 2018 when you'll have a member of The Justice League on your OL. https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/04/broncos-selection-sam-jones-help-stabilize-offensive-line/
  23. Odds of going Worst to First

    I'm pretty sure that just under Bowlens ownership. We had season tickets from 63 on and didn't have a winning season until until 73, the year I left college and joined the work force. That was a rough stretch. The most wins we had in any season during that time was 5 and our average season was less than 4 wins. It was tough being a fan, especially since I went to school in North Dakota and everyone there was a Vikings fan.
  24. Are You Smarter Than the Front Office v.2018

    That doesn't bother me much. His explosion for a guy his size is mighty rare. 36" vertical and 121" broad jump. That's pretty crazy.
  25. Odds of going Worst to First

    This is usually my most optimistic time of year and this years no different. That optimism is based on over half a century of being a Broncos fan. There's plenty of time for reality to sink in but until the season starts I'm wearing rose colored glasses. We've made some good roster moves, positional upgrades, great draft and most importantly solid coaching changes. On offense we've really solidified some weak links. Our two rookies should go a long way to solidifying our 3rd and 4th WR spots. Freeman and our other two rookie RB's, should upgrade our RB rotation and hopefully Henderson gets some more touches. Our OL should be greatly improved. The coaching changes and additions are the primary reason for that. Our OL has been a disaster not only due to limited personnel but really poor coaching, trying to put square pegs into round holes. Moving Leary back to LG should pay immediate dividends, both a huge positional upgrade over Garcia but a great help for Bolles who I'm expecting a big jump from this year. A right side of Veldheer/McGovern adds the talent an mobility required on the right and is light years above what we had there last year. Now, if our new OL coaches can live up to their reputations our OL can actually be quite good. Still have depth concerns but those should sort themselves out during OTA's and TC. At QB, we've got an OC and staff that have spent the entire offseason developing a playbook and philosophy specifically to take advantage of the talents of the three QB's on our roster. There won't be any "open competition" bs in TC, a large distraction at best. For right now I'm typed out". This is mighty wordy for me. I might add something later, who knows. Bottom line, I think it's possible with the real serious challenge coming from the Chargers but as UK points out, they're amazing at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.