Broncos defeat Cincinnati

Wow.

It was everything we didn't really expect. After the victory against AZ, you had to be willing to consider that the defense has come light years since the wrenching dives of the last 5 games of 2008. Much as many on MHR has said, this is NOT the 2008 defense. Given the tools that Cincinnati has and the effectiveness that they can bring, the Broncos had to really step up to finalize this incredible, shocking victory. In the final analysis, they did. What a change from last season! We showed a dominating D, an offense that was out of kilter and out of rhythm and special teams that aren't special yet.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Mario Haggan

Question - Is Mario Haggan an ILB, an OLB or a coach? Answer - he sure is. And that explains a lot. It explains why the Broncos were glad to give him a contract extension on Wednesday and why he was also announced as a team captain on the same day.

He is a product of relative poverty, a man who knew that sports were a way upward in his life. Mario Marcell Haggan was born on March 3, 1980, in Clarksdale, Miss. He comes out of the Deep South, a man who went to college at Mississippi State following an All-American status while at Clarksdale High School. While there, he was named first-team all-state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game... Mario also led his team to the state Class 4A championship in 1997. As a senior, he recorded 158 tackles with three fumble recoveries. He also earned All-American status with USA Today. Even so, the offers to play in college didn't exactly roll in, but he found interest from a few. As is his way, Mario wanted to stay near home.

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The Dude Abides: Lebowski’s guide to the 2009 season

Bronco fans, our 2009 opponents are about to enter a world of pain, but rather than try and predict where the Broncos will finish this year (10-6), I thought I would instead invest some time developing a general guide to this 2009 Bronco Season...Lebowski style.

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

It's a regular season Football Tuesday, friends.  What could be better?  Welcome to another edition of ST&NO.  I didn't watch a lot of Week 4 preseason football this week, because, let's face it, most of those games feature very little play by regulars.  I did get into college football though, and I did put together some thoughts toward a season preview.  Without further ado, let's jump right into it.  Ready......... BEGIN!!!

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The once and future quarterback: The journey of Tom Brandstater

As the glow from Thursday's game starts to fade every so slightly, and the nervous anticipation of opening the 2009 season on the road in Cincinnati begins to build, it seems appropriate to take a few moments to look back at the path taken and the job done by rookie quarterback Tom Brandstater - his background, his performances and his development. I think that despite the widely differing opinions that folks have as to the path the Broncos have taken to get here, and the variance between our visions of the future, there are probably relatively few Denver fans who don't recognize that they have caught a glimpse of a team as it could be. The aggressive defense, the excellent TO ratio, the high caliber play from the first string and the third and the play of a rookie quarterback who seemed to play with ice in his veins and passion in his heart, who made passes at all levels, moved well and showed how quickly he picks up the new scheme rang in a harmonious chord. 

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The test of an organization

"The true test of an organization is not how it fares one year. It's building a competitive team year after year and competing for championships. It's what Indianapolis, New England and Pittsburgh have done. It's not one year of glory. We will see how Atlanta and Miami do this year. They started fast, but can they sustain success? That is the most difficult thing to do in this business." Anonymous Head Coach, August 2009

It may surprise the folks who adamantly believe that the people on staff of MHR are a monolithic whole and that all of us are a group of choate positivists, but that's really not the case. As a single example, I don't have any sense that the Broncos will be a team to beat in 2009. I don't even worry about whether we will reach .500 this season. We might, I hope that we do, but it isn't a concern to me. I think that there is a bigger issue.

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Sanity break

We interrupt the ongoing claims that Kyle Orton can't play football to bring you a different perspective. Sports Illustrated ran a sensible article today, courtesy of Jim Trotter. Here's a partial quote:

"Kyle Orton's biggest adjustment since his arrival in Denver five months ago in the Jay Cutler trade hasn't been to learn a playbook that's thicker than Paula Deen's Southern twang. No, the former Bear's biggest adjustment has been to ignore the stopwatch in his head each time he drops back to pass."

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

Happy Tuesday, friends.  Welcome to the creative process for ST&NO, which I now intend to lend some insight into.  If you didn't know, I am told exactly what to write by messengers of the Supreme Commander of La-La Land.  It happens subliminally, in the middle of the night, by visits from Fairies, because it almost feels to me like these are my own independent thoughts.  Once the season gets going, I generally wake up on Saturday, and watch some college football, and write for a while, then I watch a bunch of NFL football on Sunday (after another, longer, more intensive Fairy visit) and write a lot more.  Then, on Monday, I put the finishing touches on it, and it runs Tuesday morning.  Voila!  From the mind of the Supreme Commander, to the voices of the Fairies, to my ears, and then my fingers, to your eyes. It's like magic.

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The Dube Abides: It’s Raider limerick time!

In the spirit of demonstrating that Bronco fans are a cultured bunch, I present you a few Limericks....Raider Style.  

Feel free to make up your own.  I resisted the urge to do one about Jay Cutler.  The Raiders just make it too easy...

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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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