Flash-forward: 2009 AFC West draft review
Denver collected a lot of high draft picks, but they did a poor job when it came time to turn those cards in for players…It was a lot of effort for not a lot of value.
Denver has one starter on defense, a running back that could contribute something if healthy, and a depth player at safety…In the 2009 NFL Draft, apparently getting anyone to fill a roster spot is a noteworthy accomplishment. This was not a good draft by any means.
The Broncos' performance in the 2009 Draft (the first by Josh McDaniels) was immediately panned by football analysts far and wide, and it didn't take long for Alphonso Smith to become a favorite target of the McDoofus Sux crowd. Over time, it has grown impossible for even this McDaniels apologist to suggest Denver fared well four Aprils ago. But the overarching theme to Scott Kacsmar's thorough examination of the 2009 Draft is that a lot of teams flopped.
To that end, Knowshon Moreno, who hasn't lived up to even his critics' expectations, actually has a higher CarAV (15) than twelve other first-rounders; Robert Ayers is right behind him at 14. Surprisingly, among the AFCW teams, Denver's picks have played in the most NFL games and amassed the highest CarAV.
For Demaryius Thomas, the Arrival of Peyton Manning Means it’s Time to Run Routes Again
On having to run more routes with Manning at quarterback:
“You’re gonna have to run the whole route tree now. The comebacks, the slants, the posts, the ins. And I didn’t have to do that much when I was my first couple of years in the league.”
For those who don't remember what it looks like:
In a move sure to help Broncos fans miss fewer great endings and Denver kickoffs, the NFL announced it will push back all 4:15pm ET kickoffs to 4:25pm ET.
According to the league's research, over the past three seasons, doubleheaders forced TV networks to switch away from 66 games that were still ongoing. The NFL says this 10-minute shift would have prevented 51 of those Heidi-style preemptions.
Although this was likely not a problem for Broncos fans in the Mountain West viewing area, those of us who live elsewhere have all experienced the agony of waiting for some Jaguars/Titans snoozer to conclude while we miss Denver's opening possession or two. Sometimes, of course, this serves to save us from even worse pain, ala the 59-14 drubbing by the Raiders in 2010, when many of us were spared Oakland's first two scores.
Updated 12:24pm ET
Good Morning, Broncos fans! This will thankfully be taking place past my own bedtime, but for those of you who will stay up to watch the second half of the Week 1 MNF doubleheader, you'll be stuck listening to Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer calling the Chargers/Raiders game for the Worldwide Leader. If anyone out there doesn't know why this is one of the worst events in the history of the world, here's a thoughtful melange of reaction from around the web to help clarify things:
Drew Magary: Berman truly believes he's an NFL institution, and that means you're going to spend the whole evening being reminded of it. He's gonna make it painfully aware to you that he's doing a game for the very first time, at long last. He's gonna say THEHHHHHH RAYDEEZZZZZZ 900 times.
KSK: Naturally, we can expect large quantities of CARSON “DON’T CALL ME ROBERT” PALMER DROPS BACK AND ZZZZZIIIPPPP PICKED OFF BY ERIC “WEDDLE WE GO NOW” AND WHOOOOOOOP AND WHOOOOOOPP AND HE. MAY. GO. ALL. THE. WAY. THEYRENOTGONNAGETHIM until our brains extrude through our ears. And with Dilfer’s self-serious act as the chaser, the mute button shall be our only recourse.
John Elway turns 52 today. Happy Birthday, John - and Thank You.
Quoth the draftniks, Evermore: You will always draft the largest man on the board. It will lead to riches and wins.
Draftniks sometimes lie.
There’s Edgar Allen Poe, and then there’s Dontari Poe - one could write brilliantly, the other is simply huge. At 6-3 and 346 pounds, Kansas City’s future at nose guard may be tied to Poe’s ability to play the two-gap nose position. Poe is without question a huge man with surprising athletic talent. The question that’s going to have to be answered is whether he fits the slot for which he’s been chosen.
Dontari Poe looks every inch and every pound the ‘monster in the middle’ kind of nose guard that odd-front teams all over the NFL are looking for. Head coach Romeo Crennel is drooling over his chances of turning around the team’s fortunes. There was a lot more than Poe to KC’s draft, but despite all the clamoring about him and his potential, there’s something that people aren’t talking about.
Broncos May Renovate Stadium Thanks To Manning
Of the Broncos’ 130 total suites, the team tries to lease 115 each season, leaving 15 to sell on a game-by-game basis. Last season, the Broncos left more than five additional suites unleased because they couldn’t find anyone willing to buy the leases, which cost an average of $115,000 per season.
But the Broncos are so confident that they will be able to sell suite leases for the upcoming season that they are planning to convert two 32-person party suites, which are sold on a game-by game basis for $15,000, into six to eight mini suites, which they would lease on a seasonal basis for $60,000. The renovations would allow the team to generate an extra $276,000 of revenue per season from the same amount of square feet in their stadium, according to Ryan Barefoot, the Broncos’ senior director of premium seating.
In related news, the team announced today that single-game tickets will go on sale July 23.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Player safety and the bounty scandal/investigation/suspensions continue to be the main topic of NFL discussion.
Starting with the Saints, Drew Brees says his team's coaches have not spoken out much against the bounty sanctions because they fear further punishment from the league. Brees is also working to promote concussion testing for youth athletes and is confident he'll have a new contract in the coming weeks.
New Orleans teammate Remi Ayodele said through his agent he "doesn't recall hearing" the "give me my money" statement during the 2009 NFC title game, for what that's worth.
As for player safety, Mike Freeman hears there was no mention of CTE at the rookie symposium, while Alex Marvez details the theory that strengthening the neck muscles of football players would aid in concussion prevention. Over at PFW, Kevin Fishbain kicks off a series about the technology of helmets by stressing that they can only really function to protect the skull, not to stave off concussions.
Happy Tuesday, friends. I’ve rarely done this over the years, but I am a little short on time today, with packing, and my final month-end close ever at my soon-to-be-former employer going on. I’m going to do Part 2.5 of the Bartlett Defense series today, rather than move to Part 3, which will be lengthy and complex. I’ll probably write most of that in the car on Sunday, on my way to Florida, and I’ll release it next Tuesday.
Today I want to focus on responding to an excellent Facebook comment that we received, regarding Part 2. If you haven’t read Part 2, you should, and you should probably start at Part 1 if you haven’t seen that. The comment comes from John Randall, who seems to really know his stuff. His points are excellent, and in fact, I have thought of approaches to all of it. Since his comment is so good, I am just going to let it guide me in the direction of explaining how I plan to deal with some real issues that go with trying a new approach.
Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe turns 44 today, which also happens to be the retired number of fellow Broncos HOFer Floyd Little. Happy Birthday, Shay!