A mixed bag in the third preseason game

The Broncos fell to 0-3 in the preseason, losing to the Chicago Bears 27-17.  The starters played until midway through the third quarter, which is about what was expected.  Chris Kuper left the game with a "lower extremity injury" and didn't return, and he was eventually joined in the locker room by Kyle Orton ("upper extremity injury" AKA a cut right index finger).

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Tales of Mythology: The myths of the West Coast Offense

One concept that you hear being thrown around a lot by folks who know what they're saying, those who don't know any better or those who should is "They run a West Coast Offense, you know...", with the suggestion that this has a specific meaning that everyone should understand. My experience has been that this is only partly true. The term WCO has several meanings, depending on who is using it.

Even among those who agree on its derivation, there are extensive variations on the theme. Let's look at some uses of the term in modern times and then go over the things that Bill Walsh used to create his system. Finally, we'll talk about some modern examples that are considered WCOs and see how they match up.

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Lighting Up The Scoreboard: Broncos vs Bears - Preseason Week 3

So this is the first pass at the video edition of Lighting Up The Scoreboard, as promised.  I've been working on it every night since ST&NO went in the can on Monday evening, and I hope you like it.  If I hit the Mega tonight, I will hire voice talent, but for now, you're stuck with me and my nasal, born-and-raised-in-Connecticut sound.

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The Dude Abides: Curing your Cutler obsession, Part 3

(Note:  This is Part 3 in a 3 - Part Series to help you Overcome your Cutler Obsession and get back to Normal Bronco Living.  For Part 1, Click Here.  For Part 2, Click Here.  After Part 3, I will allow Jay Cutler to live in peace.)


"...when things are going good, quarterbacks get way too much of the credit, and when things aren't going good they get way too much of the blame."

--  Kyle Orton, 2009, before beginning his first season as QB with the Denver Broncos

You might think this post is about Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton.  To a certain extent, it is.  But probably not in the way you think.  And since we are trying to cure you of your Jay Cutler obsession, it's time to bury the hatchet (and not in your assistant's jaw, raider fans).  Time to let go. Jay Cutler will do what he is going to do.

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The Dude Abides: Curing your Cutler obsession, Part 2

(Note:  This is Part 2 in a 3-Part Series to help you Overcome your Cutler Obsession and get back to Normal Bronco Living.  For Part 1, Click Here.  After Part 3, I will allow Jay Cutler to live in peace.)

Jay Cutler was a Pro-Bowl quarterback in 2008; Kyle Orton, well, he can grow a neckbeard.

But who are we to discrimate against facial hair?  Besides, Raiderettes need love too.

And it's with that spirt that I give you 10 little-known statistics that should make you appreciate facial hair and help cure the hankerin' that you might still have for the little cuddly elf from Santa Claus, Indiana.  If not, just repeat after me, "Jay Cutler, yeah, he is not my favorite person right now."

On to the list!

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The value of leadership

Going into the 2009 season, the Denver Broncos are being written off by all but a very few media observers. The reasons for their disdain are not entirely specious - the Broncs have changed their head coach, offensive and defensive coordinators and schemes, replaced the defensive staff, starting quarterbacks, fired players wholesale (some of whom can't even get an audition with other teams, after a dreadful 2008), and turned over all of the position coaches save for offensive standouts Bobby Turner and Rick Dennison. The schedule, if you accept last season's rankings as valid, is nothing short of brutal. Their organization has had more drama than TNT.

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

Happy Tuesday, friends.  As I write this, I have to tell you that I feel a little strange, because I was pretty disengaged from football this weekend, much more so than I virtually ever am, between July and February. 

I mentioned last week that I'd be traveling to a pretty out-of-the-way part of New Hampshire, but it's 20 miles outside the capitol city of Concord, so it's not THAT out-of-the-way, right?  Turns out, you can't get decent cell signal even on the outskirts of Concord, so in Warner, where I was, there is literally No Service.  There's no cable or DirecTV where I was staying either, so by the time I got back to Cleveland around noon on Sunday, I had missed a lot of football that I normally would have seen.  I did see the game, up until Tony Scheffler's unfortunate fumble, live, Saturday night, and watched the whole game on Sunday afternoon, so there will be some thoughts forthcoming.    ST&NO will be a little lighter on other games than normal, but we'll have fun anyway.  Ready.... BEGIN!

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The Dude Abides: Curing your Cutler obsession, Part 1

(NOTE:  This is the first is a 3-Part Series To Cure you of your Jay Cutler Obsession)

Jay Cutler was a Pro-Bowl quarterback last year, in case you haven't heard.

And maybe you also heard that Kyle Orton, despite a winning percentage higher than Jeff Spicoli, isn't worth much more than an old Marcus Nash throwback jersey.

The evidence, if it's presented at all, usually rests on the following Cutler statistics:  4,526 yards passing, 25 touchdown passes, and  18 interceptions.  With these stats, Cutler beat out quarterbacks like Philip Rivers, Matt Cassel, Tyler Thigpen, and Chad Pennington.

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A word from David Bruton

I opened today's mail and found that one of the Denver Broncos has been reading our work again. It was a pleasure to receive an email from David Bruton, thanking me for the recent Tales on his career and requesting that I add a bit of information. I am glad to receive word from him, and I wanted to share his request with you.

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The Dude Abides: All I ever really wanted to know I learned from Raiders camp

Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Raider's camp. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the eye's of Tom Cable.

These are the things I learned...

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