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Raiders Record Book Day is Wake-up Call

Posted by The Minkster on October 25, 2010

That is the most embarrassing display of Broncos football I’ve ever seen, and that’s because I wasn’t even a zygote when Denver set the team record for defensive futility after being blasted by 59 points in 1963.  If you haven’t heard, the only other shellacking like that was at the hands of the KC Chiefs at DU’s Hilltop Stadium with final scoreboard reading 59-7 in favor of the bad buys.  It wasn’t just that the Broncos didn’t show up on Sunday, but that it was handed down by the 2-4 Jason Campbell led Raiders!  Really?!  The guys cashing Bowlen signed paychecks better be doing a whole lot of soul-searching on that long plane ride to London or they might be looking for jobs in the new collective bargaining agreement adjusted NFL next year. 

Josh McDaniels

On a wild ride with McKid

I do have to say that McKid did step up and take full responsiblity for looking like he trotted out the Duke University football team onto Mile High turf.  Not that he could deflect much responsibility, but he didn’t use the media to berate any players or fellow coaches.  I’m guessing he won’t have to educate the team on what exactly “hated rivalry” means and inspire his team to get up for Raiders week come mid-December.  The Shanny payback inspiration is gone, but hopefully McKid has found his own reason to hate Raider Nation.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I just have to put in a small plug for Joshy and his new orange and blue toy.  It’s too easy to pick on a guy that looks like he can still fit into his high school prom tux and borrows his dad’s car to take his wife out to Sonic on Friday night dates.  That’s because I wish someone had enough faith in me and given me the opportunity at that age to soar like an eagle or crash and burn like a bad Jackass stunt.  Aren’t we all hard on the kid because there is just a tinge of jealousy coloring our orange sunglasses? 

There will be growing pains, but I see great potential for this team and its Doogie Howser leader.  McKid really isn’t any worse than the mediocrity that had come to describe Shanny’s post-Elway teams.  And, his start is like another Bronco head coach that ended up being pretty good – Dan Reeves (4 Super Bowl appearances as a head coach).  McKid’s record is 10-13 to this point with more than half the 2010 season left and the AFC West still up for grabs.  Dan was 12-13 in his first two seasons as the youngest head coach (37) in the NFL then took the Broncos to the playoffs the next year as a wild card team.  Let’s give Josh a break and see where this joy ride takes us.  If this team has any pride at all I’d hate to be the 49ers this weekend.  We shall soon find out the character of the 2010 Broncos.

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Need a Job? Broncos Are Hiring!

Posted by The Minkster on January 18, 2010

Here we go again!

For most fans that follow the Broncos it wasn’t a big surprise that two former coaches, now in charge of other NFL teams, decided the time was right for raiding McKid’s cookie jar. After a post bye week implosion and the understandable heated reactions of a thirty something first year head coach, it didn’t take much for Shanny and Kube to lure key staff members away from Dove Valley.

Long-time Bronco and highly respected running backs coach Bobby Turner took a promotion to assistant head coach in Washington is rejoining his old boss Coach Shanahan. Offensive line coach Rick Dennison took his oft imitated and highly effective zone blocking scheme to the Houston Texans. The Oilers Part Deux have been attempting to execute on zone blocking over the last two years and now have the guru in place in an attempt to get Kubiak a contract extension next year.

Now defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has resigned!  He was the first hire of the McDaniels era and engineered an amazing defensive turnaround by switching from a base 4-3 D to a sack happy 3-4. With several head defensive jobs available he will probably land somewhere quickly. With the next D coordinator hire it will be the Broncos 5th in as many years.

Rumors are already flying that McKid will hire another ex-Pat and bring in 60-year-old Dan Pees who will not seek a new contract after his current Boston obligation expires at the end of this month. New England has allowed an average of less than 20 points in regular season games during Pees fours years as defensive coordinator. The Pats had a few meltdown games, most notably against the Ravens in the first round of this year’s playoffs. Overall he is considered a solid football guy.

Fans can’t really blame McDaniels for trying to bring as many chowder heads as possible. There’s no doubt he is overwhelmed in his first full year as the head guy of one of the best multi-million dollar NFL franchises in the league. He can’t afford to waste energy convincing people the Belichick way is the right way, so bringing in a bunch of guys that will not only coach in that mold but players that will preach it in the locker room seems like a smart move. Expect more major player changes (especially in the O line – hey how about a trade with the Skins), and possibly a few more coaching moves in this off-season. If you thought last year was crazy and a roller coaster ride, then save your money on Elitch’s passes because here comes another wild ride!

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Broncos on the Cusp

Posted by The Minkster on December 15, 2009

What a 2009!

It’s been one heck of a ride this year for Broncos fans, which actually began on New Year’s Eve 2008 with the firing of Mike Shanahan!  Mr. Toad has nothing on Bowlen and the Broncos.  Denver fans were stunned when Shanny was let go, but not too many cried over it after the 2008 Broncos became the first NFL team ever to blow a three game lead with three games left since the league started divisional play in 1967.  Then came the surprise hiring of Josh McDaniels as the youngest head coach ever to take the helm of the 50-year-old franchise.  This was followed by a four-month long media feeding frenzy.

The young brash coach wanted to clean house and get the type of players on the roster that he was used to working with in New England.  Having connections to the Patriots, McKid knew there might be an opportunity to bring Matt Cassel (who he knew could run his offense) to Denver and opened talks with the Patriots.  Of course we all know what happened when Baby Jay caught wind of this.  What I want to know is why a QB that has never had a winning season or taken his team to the playoffs was making personnel decisions with Shanny AND labeled a franchise quarterback?  Remember this quote after his coach was canned:

“I was talking to Mike yesterday about personnel moves,” he said in an interview on KCNC-TV in Denver. “I’m as shocked as anybody else. I think it’s the wrong move.”

Hmmm, wonder why neither one of them is no longer with the organization.  Of course, the whole Jaygate fiasco put crazy ideas into Baby TO’s head and he started throwing tantrums in hopes of being traded and subsequently getting mo’ money.  Not only did sitting out put him waaaay behind in learning McKid’s complex new offense, but didn’t give Orton the reps needed to get timing down with the team’s #1 receiver.

Finally B-Marsh joins the team because he can’t afford to sit out, get fined, pay fat attorney fees and pay for an engagement ring on his measly salary.  Pre-season starts and Bronco Nation gets a look at their new team, literally.  There were only 24 players remaining on the roster from the 2008 squad, a totally revamped 3-4 defense led by the fiery veteran Brian Dawkins, and a new quarterback with an average resume managing a New England style offense.  McDaniels was trying to put together a team and still working kinks out during the four meaningless August games, so there were times when it looked like Mullen HS could beat these guys and the boobirds let them know it.

The first real test was at Cincinnati against a future playoff contender and it seemed the Immaculate Deflection gave the Island of Misfit Players some confidence and swagger.  Although fans and media types weren’t giving Santa Josh any kudos it kick started the Broncos on a 6-0 run and soon the bandwagon overflowing.  Then along comes the big bad bye week and a 0-4 stretch characterized by really bad football.  Denver has righted the ship, but fans are never sure which streaky team will show up from week to week.  The boys in blue and orange, and for a couple of weeks brown vertical stripped socks, are still in the playoff hunt.  I’m sure the next three weeks will keep us on the edge of our collective seats, but I don’t see this Bronco team losing the last three games and getting knocked out of the playoffs.  I wonder if Jay will call Bowlen for playoff tickets?

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Way To Go Plaxico!

Posted by The Minkster on August 20, 2009

Cheers!

Cheers!

Can I just tell you how much I love Plaxico, Vick, Favre and the Raiders’ coaching staff!?  If it wasn’t for the screw-ups and divas all over the NFL the Broncos constant preseason drama would be the lead NFL story on ESPN every night.  As it is, only the local media are constantly covering the daily happenings in Broncoland.

When it comes down to it, the Broncos are in pretty good shape and should be interesting to watch this year.  The boys in orange and blue have two solid experienced QB’s, a young coach that is considered one of the brightest offensive minds in the league, a bevy of good running backs and receivers, one of the best O lines in the NFL and an improved D (just because they really can’t get much worse).  The only real issue isn’t who starts at QB (if the Donks are winning Miles could be under center and no one would care), but if the team can keep whiny Baby TO from being a distraction.

Mike and John after SB win

Mike and John after SB win

Unlike Shanny who played with the media like a cat toys with a mouse, McKid is all work and no say.  He has a ton of pressure to win during his first year with 42 new roster additions and a complete revamp of the offense, defense and special teams, so he wants to stay focused on turning the team into a winner.  Let’s not forget that Mikey was 8-8 in his first year at the helm of the Broncos and had John Elway as his field general. 

There really isn’t that much drama at Dove Valley, it’s that there is only so much a sports reporter can write about the clean-cut Rockies staying in the playoff hunt into late August.  So, Bronco fans raise a glass to the crazy happenings in the NFC and Raiderville.  Savor the suspense of waiting until September 13 to see what Bowlen’s new toy is like just as you would anticipate Santa’s arrival on Christmas morning.

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