Tales from the SunnySide: Le Kevin Smith

The Denver Broncos are officially looking for leadership.

With the acquisition of former New England Patriot Le Kevin (pronounced leh KEE vin) Smith, the Broncos have once more gone for a player who was a leader during his collegiate career. Playing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Smith teamed with Titus Adams over his last two seasons there to a top-level pair of defensive tackles on a 4-3 line. Smith himself contributed a stellar swim move and 6 sacks to a defensive line that accounted for a total of 50 sacks, the best in the USA, over Smith's senior year in college (2005). NFLDraftScout.com referred to him as the 'high energy leader' of that line. This importation continues a pattern that has carried over since the first of the Josh McDaniels/Brian Xanders free-agent signings was confirmed. Character matters. So does intellect. And, after the bend-and-break defenses of the past few seasons, physical and mental toughness are now flat-out requirements.

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to another edition of ST&NO, this time with actual football to talk about.  We'll start with some thoughts about Friday night's game, we'll reflect briefly on Jay Cutler's Chicago debut, and we'll move into some other topics also.  Get excited, because it's going to be a lot of fun.  Ready.... BEGIN!!!

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The Dude Abides: Who won the Bailey-Portis trade? (and why Daniel Snyder doesn’t care)

I've read that it's hard to know who got better end of the deal in the Champ Bailey - Clinton Portis trade.  

If you reside in Oakland and your friends know you as Raider (insert your first name here), it might indeed appear that you can't really know if the Broncos got the better end of this trade.  Of course, if you live in Oakland, it's possible that you are struggling to complete the 8th grade.

The truth is that one can measure almost anything, if one establishes up front what is to be measured.

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The Dude Abides: Still rockin’ with Neckbeard

Friends, Romans, Broncomaniacs, lend me your tears.

Now, shut up and stop crying.  There’s no crying in football.

So Kyle Orton threw three picks.  So what?  If you want to dump your Orton jersey now, send them all to me.  I’ll send them as Christmas gifts to all the Chicago fans that will be wishing they still had some love from the neckbeard come December.

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The future of the running game

While perusing the sports archives of the Gazette the other day, I came across this article on the Denver rushing attack. The information wasn't really new - (Doug) and I came to much the same conclusions early this year in our Divining The McDaniels Way 4-part series and in other articles - but the point of the article was that Denver will almost certainly use some form of a committee system at running back. Josh McDaniels has said as much several times, so this isn't big news; but there is a growing stream in the collective football consciousness about this hot-button issue. As we move forward, will  the measure of a running back be established any longer only by the individual’s gross yardage per year? Or will we begin to see the team rushing totals as more important than that of the individual?

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The Dude Abides: The truth about Kyle “NeckBeard” Orton

Ask Kyle Orton to shave if you’d like, but, please, stop booing him.

There’s really no good reason for this kind of Raider behavior.  You don’t live in Oakland after all, so don’t trash your QB, wander the streets drunk with firearms, and dress up like a Halloween drag queen on Sundays, all while saying, "I’m just a passionate fan."

Remember, Bronco fans are smarter (and more literate) than this.  And they watch game tape.

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to another edition of ST&NO.  As I started writing this, it was the Saturday of HOF weekend, and I live an hour north of Canton.  I went down last year to see Gary Zimmerman get inducted, with MattR and his friend, but, alas, I didn't attend this year.  It rained most of the day, anyway, and Adam Schefter tweeted about it every 3.4 seconds, so it was almost like being there.

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First 2009 Denver Broncos depth chart

Now that the initial depth chart for the Broncos has been released, it's easy to forget that head coach Josh McDaniels has already pointed out that it's not of any major interest. It's essentially a snapshot of a few moments in camp and tells us only who was where on a certain day. With that disclaimer out of the way, we can now get on to the real task of over-analyzing, jumping to conclusions and cross referencing the information.

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Tales from the SunnySide: David Bruton

When we glance through the summer's roster for the Denver Broncos, there is a palpable sensation that pulls at our thoughts; a pattern of character, respect and leadership that has influenced the way the team changed itself in the draft and in free agency. The powerful vehemence that Brian Dawkins exudes, the mature humility of Andra Davis, the intellect of Tom Brandstater, the maturity personified by Knowshon  Moreno; these men are perhaps the best-known among our newer acquisitions.

But since the first interview I saw with him, there has been something about David Bruton that has piqued my interest. Perhaps it's the implied contradiction between the manners of his his soft-spoken Midwestern drawl and the inherent violence, controlled as it may be, of his chosen profession. Perhaps it's the open way he talks of his love for his son Jaden, who will turn 4 on November 9, 2005. this year. The Broncos will be playing a Monday Night Football game against the Steelers . Whatever it might be, there is something about David Bruton that draws me to him - and to his story.

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

It's been awhile since I have written an ST&NO, as we spent about a month in the tremendously boring part of the football year.  As training camp is now underway, it seems that it is time to start a new season for the column.  I didn't really hit my stride with it until the beginning of the 2009 reloading season, so it will be fun doing it during the regular season.

I'm really fired up for the 2009 season, and I hope every member of this community also is.  I see a lot of reason to be positive, regardless of what people erroneously think of me and my proclivities for Kool-Aid.  If I were a Raiders fan, I'd feel negative about the upcoming season, but I am a Broncos fan, so I do the other thing.  Welcome to the new season, friends.  Let's make it a great one.  Ready.... BEGIN!!!

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