With the return of Pete Carroll to the NFL coaching ranks, much was made over the summer debating whether or not he can make the leap back after coaching the USC Trojans. If you asked the members of the San Francisco 49ers this week, they might suggest that so far, it hasn’t been a problem for him. After destroying SF 31-6, Seattle is off to a good start. Considering that the first play of the game was a sack of Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle quickly settled in and made the plays when they needed to on both offense and defense. Denver fans will note the pattern that was fast to show itself - SF moved the ball well down the field, but couldn’t punch it into the end zone. San Fran played a mistake-ridden game, and Seattle had less, but managed to rack up a few of their own, starting with the first play of the game. Matt Hasselbeck threw an INT when Nate Clement, SF CB, jumped a route and brought in the ball.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The injury outlook is somewhat better than it was yesterday, as only Ryan Harris and Darcel McBath are listed as out. Chris Kuper again missed practice yet is listed as questionable, along with Wes Woodyard who was limited in practice. Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas both practiced and are listed as probable, so it seems a safe bet we’ll see DT’s NFL debut on Sunday. Fortunately, the Broncos are facing a Sea Chickens team with an O-Line that’s been disrupted just as much by injury. So, if Denver can find that missing pass rush, it could be a long day for both QBs. Meanwhile, Laurence Maroney spoke with reporters for the first time since being traded.
Our first quiz was a big hit, and since we can publish seven of these each month, I’m going to give you a Friday edition this week as well. This one will be a bit tougher than the last quiz, so I’m giving you 12 minutes to agonize. In the Broncos’ history, 47 different players have had 100-yard receiving games. How many can you name? Just like last time, click straight through to Sporcle below, and then post your scores and discuss names in the comments. Frankly, I’ll be impressed by anyone who comes up with more than half of the names. As always, no peeking or cheating!
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Can you name the players who have had 100-yard receiving games as Broncos?
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, the Broncos are not exactly getting back to health just yet. Missing from practice yesterday due to injuries were Ryan Harris, Chris Kuper, Laurence Maroney, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard. Jamal Williams missed practice but not due to injury, while Eddie Royal was limited and Demaryius Thomas again was a full participant. According to Jeff Legwold, Ryan Harris will not play on Sunday, while there is a chance Kuper will.
Fat Man blogger TJ “The Dude” Johnson posts The Dude’s Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions about the state of the Denver Broncos. Got a titillating question? Put a dollar bill into the Dude’s G-String and he might answer your question—after bowling practice.
TJ, I’m glad to see you back answering questions about the Broncos! Where have you been all summer? I’ve been carrying this question for a few weeks. Now tell me - Brady Quinn has the looks that kill, but do you think he’ll be with the Broncos next year after his mediocre preseason?
—Linda, South Bend, Indiana
The DP is reporting that Shay Shay’s accuser withdrew her complaint, and that an announcement from CBS Sports is coming later in the day. Glad to hear it…
It’s said that an NFL game frequently comes down to just a few plays that direct the outcome of the game. In this case, the culprits weren’t all that hard to find. Coaches often follow up quickly by pointing out that on any given play, it’s possible for someone to step up and make one of those plays - you can blame the victims of the plays for the outcome of the game. That’s true too - you can’t expect that only those few plays that stand out are going to be the only things that could have happened. But all too often, they seem to the fans to be the hooks that the game was hung on, the standards that led to the win or the loss. In this case, it’s easy to see which ones stood out.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Laurence Maroney passed his physical and is officially a Bronco. Unfortunately, several important players did not practice yesterday - Chris Kuper, Ryan Harris (no surprise there), Eddie Royal, Wesley Woodyard and Darcel McBath (still). Quite clearly, the offensive line is in rough enough shape as it is, and if Kuper were to join Harris on the sideline on Sunday, the Broncos will have to throw often and quickly. On the bright side, Demaryius Thomas was a full practice participant, so at least Kyle Orton will have more people to make those hurried throws to…
I don’t know about you, but I’m always hungry for useless knowledge - especially when it pertains to the Denver Broncos. Since you’ve all got pretty fat Broncos IQs, I figure it’d be fun to test your acumen every once in a while. Here’s the first one - can you name every Broncos QB who has thrown for 300 yards or more in a regular-season or playoff game? You’ll have five minutes to enter your guesses. I’ve even allowed for a few misspellings, although if you fail to get the top guy you will be immediately banned from Broncos fanhood for life. Enter your score in the comments, and no cheating!
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Can you name the Denver Broncos QBs with 300-yard passing games?
In case you missed it, the Broncos traded a 2011 fourth-round pick to New England in exchange for RB Laurence Maroney and a 2011 sixth-round choice. A thigh injury apparently kept Maroney out of the Pats’ opener. Although he has been a decent player and scored 9 touchdowns in 2009, Maroney failed to live up to expectations in New England. Before you get too excited about the guy, it is important to keep in mind that Bill Belichick was
apparently so anxious willing to get rid of trade the RB that he took for just perhaps 55 or 60 points of draft value in exchange for the former first-rounder.
Brandon Stokley was released yesterday after agreeing to an injury settlement. In three seasons with Denver, Slot Machine had 108 catches for 1,490 yards, 12 TDs and one of the most memorable plays of 2009 and in Broncos history. Best wishes, Stokes!