Small changes, big results

Sometimes, just a few items need to change in order to alter the fortunes of a team. Oftentimes, we as fans don’t have a chance to see those things - they happen in practice, in the halftime locker room and off camera. But against the Chiefs yesterday, fans got to see the parts that counted - from the 35-0 start to the final gun, the Broncos showed that even with some of its key players still hobbled or out (including Elvis Dumervil, Robert Ayers and Andre' Goodman), they are a far better team than their record to date has shown. The simplest thing that changed was the return of Ryan Harris and the LG debut of Zane Beadles.

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Don’t Cry For Me, Kansas City

Usually I spend each Monday analyzing some aspect of the previous day's game--a formation, a player, or a play.

Yet, today I'm compelled to discuss something that has received a lot of attention over the past 16 hours.  Why did Todd Haley neglect the time-honored tradition of coaches shaking hands after yesterday's game?  There are likely many reasons (aside from getting out-coached), but the main one is that Haley didn't like the fact that the Broncos left their starters in the game for all 4 quarters.  As we learn from this article from Gregg Rosenthal at Pro Football Talk: 

Haley apparently was not pleased with how Josh McDaniels handled a big lead in Denver's 49-29 victory over the Chiefs.  The Broncos were still throwing plenty, max protecting, and blitzing on defense with a comfortable fourth-quarter lead.

Haley's response?  Instead of shaking McDaniels' hand after the game, the Chiefs' coach pointed his finger at him and turned his back.

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Broncos pull out 20-point win Lard 11-15-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Somehow, some way, the Broncos eked out 49 points yesterday in slipping past the Chefs of Kansas City yesterday. It was an incredible display by Denver's players, who managed to beat KC despite their coach having lost them weeks ago, and without the services of future Hall of Famers Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Peyton Hillis. In fact, the Broncos likely won just to spite their coach, who has made several of the worst trades in sports history over the past 21 months. While Kyle Orton threw four TD passes and Knowshon Moreno topped 100 yards rushing for the first time in their respective careers, Cutler clearly would have thrown at least five TDs and Hillis would have hit 100 yards with four broken limbs. Tim Tebow both passed and threw for a touchdown yesterday, but a less-arrogant coach would better utilize the young player en route to a far superior won/lost record </sarcasm (for now)>.

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Gut Reactions - Week 10, Broncos-Chiefs

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Two weeks is an eternity in the NFL.

It's time enough to get healthy; time enough to recommit to the running game; time enough--if you're Josh McDaniels--to regain the faith of an entire city, fan base, and organization. 

To say that Josh McDaniels was coaching for his very job is to overstate the importance of today's game.

To say that today's game was just another game, however, is to ignore the obvious.  Josh McDaniels--no, the entire Broncos organization--needed today's win. 

They needed the win so badly that McDaniels brought in none other than John Elway to give the Broncos a pep talk earlier in the week; despite the disappointing off-field actions of DJ Williams, everyone must have listened.

If today's game is what we'll get from an inspired Broncos team, I say bring in The Duke for the remaining 7 games.

Welcome back to the AFC West, Denver.

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Week 10 Open Thread

Enjoy the games, and Go Broncos!! Plus, some Week 10 humor courtesy of IAOFM friend Joe Howard. Thanks, Joe!

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The Jesus, The Generator and the Experts - Week 10

This week we saw both the Country Music and the Latin Grammy Awards.

If only we could only give Peter King an award for word count.

As we usually do, we ask our random number generator (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 Deep-Blue mind.

I use Kahlua and a proprietary mathematical formula. If that doesn’t work, I listen to Darrius Rucker and watch telenovelas until the picks come.

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Chefs Sunday in Denver Lard 11-14-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Lindsay Jones, any suspension that DJ Williams faces from the NFL in relation to his DUI arrest will not come until next season. This is clearly good news for the Broncos, especially with the continuing absence of Robert Ayers. As for the game, today is basically it for the 2010 Broncos. They can pull themselves within two games of the Chefs with a victory, although they'll remain in last place in the AFC West regardless. Of course, a victory today would also be the first one at home for Josh McDaniels' Broncos against a division rival...

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Broncos fine Williams, remove captaincy

The Broncos have released the following statement:

"The Denver Broncos are extremely disappointed in D.J. Williams' careless and irresponsible actions on Friday morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by the organization. The Broncos have levied the heaviest fines possible to him for conduct detrimental to the club under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement due to the disruption and resulting impact on the team. He will not start in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and has been stripped of his captaincy for the season. Any further possible discipline stemming from this incident will be determined by the league's policies and the legal system."

What leadership? Lard 11-13-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Well, so much for leadership, huh? All the talk of DJ Williams finding comfort in the familarity of a position and perhaps improving his play just went out the window. Oh, and he's a captain to boot. The speculation is that Williams will eventually face a 2- or 4-game suspension from the league, since this isn't his first rodeo. But that is not likely to come before there is a conviction or some sort of plea on his part. Way to go, DJ. All those millions and you can't get someone to drive you around when you've been overserved? No, you don't have to be a role model for kids or Broncos fans - not that you have any say in that matter. But you are most definitely paid to be one of the better Broncos as a player, and you wear the "C" on your jersey because you're expected to provide leadership and a good example for your teammates - especially the younger ones. Yet you've blown it again, just like the coverage on this debacle. Here's to hoping that if you do in fact suit up tomorrow, there's no longer a "C" there...

As previously announced, Robert Ayers and Andre' Goodman are out for tomorrow's game. Darcel McBath, Kevin Vickerson and Wesley Woodyard were again limited in practice and are listed as questionable.

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The Playbook Abides - KC’s goal line pick route

After looking at a lot of game tape on the Chiefs, one thing strikes you immediately about this team.

Charlie Weis is an excellent offensive coordinator.

After spending hours watching game film on the Chiefs, it was hard to discern many patterns--believe me, I looked.

In one game, Weis opened up out of the shotgun.  In the next he ran a lot of two-back sets and play action. Then the next game there was a lot of shifting and motion out of the backfield and with the tight ends. He runs out of power formations and the max-protection shotgun.  In short, Weis keeps his opponents off balance.

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