Good Morning, Broncos fans! I’m a little tired and my ears are still ringing from seeing Spoon last night, so this may not be one of the more smoothly flowing Lards. Is that yucky imagery? Sorry, haha. I’m going to borrow something from my favorite Mets blog, Amazin’ Avenue over at SBN. As you all know, athletes, coaches and especially announcers, tend to make comments that could be interpreted in a suggestive and hilarious (or gross depending upon your interpretation) manner. At AA they call it the “unintentionally sexual quote of the game,” and at least for now I’ll call it the “Big Fat Innuendo of the Day.” Clearly, this will not be a daily thing, as I don’t plan on searching out these instances. They just tend to um, pop up…
Good Morning, Broncos fans. Clearly, that was not the start we’d hoped for, as the schedule is about to get very scary after next week’s home opener versus Seattle. It wasn’t a horrible performance, but a familiar early-season Florida road trip dud. The kick coverage units made Tiquan Underwood look like Dante Hall or Devin Hester. Well, practically. Ryan McBean and Richard Quinn drew some serious McD rage as the former racked up two unnecessary face-mask penalties on Jacksonville’s game-winning drive, and the latter caused the Broncos to waste a timeout with 12:58 remaining in the game as he seemingly forgot the play call. David Garrard was the picture of efficiency, with 3 TDs on just 21 throws, while MJD had a solid 98 rushing yards against a poor Denver run D. Meanwhile, Kyle Orton looked pretty good but gave the Jags a bit too much time to reach him on all three of their sacks, and threw a few would-be interceptions. On the brightest of sides, Robert Ayers finally got off the schneid with his first NFL sack, Brandon Lloyd made several of his signature circus catches, and the Eddie Royal who can actually get open reappeared…
It’s never smart to overreact to an opening-day loss, but there are plenty of takeaways from today’s game. First, let’s start with the positives:
1. Eddie Royal. As advertised, he’s much stronger this year. And it was good to see how many yards he picked up after the catch. It’s clear that his move to the slot will pay dividends for Denver. Royal had 8 catches for 98 yards.
2. D. J. Williams. Williams was flying all over the field in both run and pass. Williams had 10 tackles today.
3. Kyle Orton. Although Orton took two sacks that he could have probably avoided by throwing the ball away, overall, Orton looked very mature in the pocket.
As I haven’t solved that DirecTV riddle yet, I personally won’t be around to contribute. Let’s just call this an experiment, as frankly we hadn’t discussed this option until Dennis brought it up (Thanks, DM!). If it’s a popular item, we’ll continue it. So, here goes - enjoy the game folks, and Go Broncos!!!!!
FWIW, Adam Schefter is reporting that TT will be the Broncos’ backup QB today as part of the 45-man game day roster and will actually play…
The Jags, once the team that broke the Broncos’ hearts in the playoffs (and stiffened their resolve, leading to two Super Bowl wins in a row) with an unexpected post-season victory, have tended to be mired in mediocrity, trying many ways to get better, but rarely succeeding. However, this is a road game for the Broncos, its opening week, and the Broncos are changing a couple of time zones. Why that’s as much of a factor as it has proven to be remains a bit of a mystery to me, but those who research that kind of thing have made the point on several occasions. The Broncos have to charge out of the gate. Yes, it’s early, but they need to put a couple of wins on the board if they are going to have a successful season.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ll stay awhile. Well, here it is, what we’ve all been waiting so anxiously for - to see if Tim Tebow comes up with precisely the stats that PK predicted for him! Okay, maybe that’s not why you’ll be tuning in - but whatever you’re excited about, we’re only a few hours away from kickoff. For my money, it’s time to really start seeing how the McXanderization of the Broncos’ roster fares - whether Jamal Williams can help plug up that gaping hole in our D-Line (with no youngster being groomed behind him), if Robert Ayers can make an impact and be a quality 3-down player, and if an O-Line with three new starters (at least today) can jell quickly enough to keep Kyle Orton alive. Then there’s Knowshon, Eddie, DT, Hunter…unfortunately the list goes on. Yes, there are uncertainties galore.
Fool Me Once. Shame On You.
Fool Me Twice. Shame On Me.
Fool me Thrice. Shame on the defensive coordinator.
Don “Wink” Martindale, here’s a stat you’ve not heard mentioned this week. The Jacksonville Jaguars ran the ball up the middle 250 times in 2009. That put them at #1 in the league in rushing attempts up the middle (the Broncos were 10th, with 135 attempts). On those 250 attempts, they averaged a very respectable 4.27 yards per attempt.
Ever wonder how good the so-called experts are at picking each week’s games in the NFL? Do you laugh when Peter King tries to predict the actual scores of games? Well The Dude thought it would be interesting to have a little statistical fun this season—at the expense of the experts.
I’m putting several of the so-called experts’ picks (along with those of Doug Lee and myself) up against some stellar competition:
The Denver offense is already confusing people and the year hasn’t even started yet. What’s going on with this? Posters from sites around the web have been weighing in on just what kind of team the Broncos have. Are they a power running team? They added some weight to the line, certainly, even if some of it comes in the form of rookies, each of whom will learn some lessons this year. Isn’t Denver built for ‘the spread’ (the idea being that there is only one, a belief that gets little support from coaches around the country)? Isn’t Denver a shotgun team? “Denver is looking to develop a power running game to make up for the passing game problems,” said one fan. Another simply wondered, “Denver’s offense is…....What?” It’s a good question.