Good Morning, Broncos fans. If only last night's game could have been called on account of bad weather after the game's first nine minutes. But alas, there was no bad weather and we're not talking baseball here. Following a perfect opening touchdown drive and two defensive stops, it was the Broncos' special teams unit that let them down on a San Diego fake punt, and it was all downhill from there. In their nine meetings since Philip Rivers became the Dolts' starter in 2006, the Broncos have now been blown out six times in seven losses. This edition felt an awful lot like the previous ones, littered with plenty of Broncos penalties (8 of them for 56 yards), horrific third-down play (1-of-12 on offense, 7-of-14 on defense), poor special teams play (the fake punt, 9 Britton Colquitt punts for a gross 37.2-yard gross average), phantom tackling (just one sack, and a glaring Dawk whiff on Patrick Crayton's 40-yard catch-and-run TD), phantom blocking (63 rushing yards and 5 sacks), missed passes (bad throws by Kyle Orton, drops and misplays by his receivers) and a puzzling abundance of trick plays.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
Unless you forget to take the second. Then you simply fall on your ass.
Tonight the Broncos started fast. Once the Chargers adjusted, however (putting more guys in the box), Denver's excellent adventure turned bogus.
And we didn't even get a cameo from Keanu Reeves. Damn, dude.
What started as a fake punt quickly turned into a nightmare of missed tackles, blown assignments, penalties, dropped passes, and desperate gadget calls. In other words, outside of a few good weeks, more of the same.
Last week the Broncos were the ones who had two weeks to prepare for their opponent. This week, it was the Chargers who had the additional time. Honestly, though, they didn't need it, so I hope they spent at least half of that time prepping for the Colts.
Time didn't beat the Broncos. As we've seen again and again, the Broncos beat themselves.
Get your mock drafts ready.
Enjoy the game everyone, and Go Broncos!!!
7:54PM ET Also out for SD: S Steve Gregory, DL Travis Johnson, TE Kris Wilson
7:39PM ET Out for San Diego: WR Legedu Naanee, TE Antonio Gates, RB Ryan Mathews. K Kris Brown is the third QB.
7:17PM ET Out for Denver: LB Robert Ayers, RB Laurence Maroney, CB Andre' Goodman, DB Cassius Vaughn, OG Stanley Daniels, C Eric Olsen, LB David Veikune. Brady Quinn is again listed as the third quarterback
Sunday night and this morning I was watching one of the many SD Charger analysis shows, this one called Chargers Game Plan. Josh Lewin is the Chargers' radio guy, while Chris Chandler describes himself as an NFL analyst. They had a couple of players who had quotes or who stopped by. Their perspective was predictable, in many ways - they were talking about the Broncos team as it had been prior to the bye. That’s perfectly reasonable - they aren’t always up on the Denver Broncos' changes, and they showed minimal film from the KC game. They had a lot to say about what the matchups were, though, and that’s what drew my attention.
The Chargers’ faithful were very clear that in their opinion, they have a far superior defense. That’s understandable. Denver made a lot of changes in the last game, and it slammed the door on the KC running game. Sure, KC had to try to move to the passing game sooner than they wanted to, as they fell farther and farther behind, but their attempts at running were mostly met with immediate tackles and players flocking to the ball. They also talked about how the Broncos are vulnerable to the long pass, and that they were shocked that Brandon Lloyd was leading the league in receiving yards. They granted that Kyle Orton was being effective, but made it clear that he wasn’t capable of putting a game on his back. Nice to know - don’t tell Tennessee or Kansas City.
What a difference a year (or a bye week) can make...
He was just another 4th-round choice in the 2003 NFL draft. He grew up in Missouri and went to college up north a ways at the University of Illinois, after which he became a vagabond. San Francisco took a shot on him, and it really didn’t work out. Then it was a couple of years with Washington and just one with Chicago, who thought they’d seen enough of him. Where to next?
The story was always the same. He blew them away in training camp, and then blew key plays on the field, the stories said. He’d make a circus catch and follow it with a simple drop at a key moment. People talked about his attitude, his persona, about whether he was dedicated. You couldn’t trust him, was the bottom line of the message.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Broncos are in San Diego to face the Smurfs tonight, although as expected they will be without Andre' Goodman; Robert Ayers, Eddie Royal and Darcel McBath are listed as questionable. For San Diego, S Steve Gregory, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Legedu Naanee are listed as doubtful, while TE Antonio Gates, TE Kris Wilson and DE Travis Johnson are all questionable. Finally, LB Brandon Siler, K Nate Kaeding and WR Malcom Floyd are all probable for tonight. The Chefs got back on track yesterday with a convincing win over Arizona, while Jokeland got whipped in Pittsburgh. A win tonight for Denver would move them into a tie with San Diego and keep them within 2 games of the first-place Chefs.
Former Broncos running back Rob Lytle, who scored a touchdown for Denver as a rookie in Super Bowl XII, passed away last night at the age of 56 of a heart attack. Lytle was drafted by Denver in the 2nd round (45th overall) of the 1977 Draft after a standout career at Michigan, where he placed third in the 1976 Heisman Trophy voting behind Tony Dorsett and Ricky Bell. Lytle spent his entire 7-year career with the Broncos and ranks fifteenth on Denver's all-time career rushing list with 1,451 yards on 376 carries and also caught 61 passes for 562 yards, scoring 14 touchdowns in total. Our thoughts at IAOFM go out to the Lytle family.
Enjoy the games, and Go Broncos! Let's pull also for the Cardinals and Steelers.
I just found out from watching ESPN's Sunday Countdown that Mark Sanchez likes show tunes.
It's good to know the Jets are alive with the sound of music...
Here's a question. If the Random Number Generator ends up beating Peter King, will King shake its hand?
Or will he just eat a cheese coney with Roger Goodell?
As we usually do, we ask our RNG to makes its picks for the week’s NFL games. We then compare these picks to the so-called experts. To make things even more lively, I include my cat, Jesus Quintana, in on the picks, along with Doug Lee and myself (Doc Bear is too smart for this). The RNG is simply armed with the notion that 57% of the time, the home team is a winner in the NFL. Quintana picks between two quarters as I drop them to the floor. Doug Lee uses his obsessive-compulsive mind.
I use Kahlua and a proprietary mathematical formula. If that doesn’t work, I refuse to shake hands with myself until the picks come.
So let's see how things stand after Week 10.