Living in San Diego now (up north, in Carlsbad), I've had a classic opportunity to follow and spy on the Chargers. Milling around the town, lounging on the beach, watching the newspapers and the tube analysis, as well as breaking down the games, I had a year-long chance to get a little insight into the team. I wanted to share with you some of the things that I've seen over that time. The Bolts are a walking contradiction, just as they are every year, of late. They're starting slow, they have seemed unmotivated and they're been fighting injuries. They are going to be playing for their season, though. It's a great Monday night matchup, and I'm going to enjoy it.
"You like the freaky stuff, huh? That's cool. The Stats that Don´t Lie can be naughty, too. Real, freaky naughty."
Now that week 5 is over, we can be sure of three things:
Happy Tuesday, friends, and welcome to another edition of Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations. Is anybody else feeling like they could get used to feeling like this on a Tuesday? It's great to be 5-0, isn't it? Maybe Mark Kiszla is right, and we should all join him in welcoming Kyle Orton to Denver, since MHR is clearly bringing up the rear, there. Y'all know how skeptical I have been. Despite our ongoing skepticism, and community-wide propensity for all things negative, we press on. Ready..... BEGIN!!!!
For those of you who don't live in the Denver area, Vonnie Holliday gave one hell of an interview today on 104.3 The Fan. You can access it here.
The interview has the normal junk questions like "How does it feel to be 5-0?" However, Holliday also gives some very insightful answers about the game and how the Broncos make adjustments at halftime. Again, it's not your normal "We just decided to play harder and make more plays" answer that most players give.
Forgive me for saying this, but those new uniforms today gave a whole new meaning to 'Winning Ugly'. But, by the end of the game, somehow they were looking beautiful. Win the Broncos did, their first win in overtime, and it was dependent on two more Kyle Orton drives late in the game. What a great win for Josh McDaniels, his first over his former mentor and friend, Bill Belichick! What a wonderful, exciting ending for a storybook week. That's the Broncos 4th come-from-behind victory. It's the second where the Broncos were down by two scores, a situation that many assured us that Kyle Orton couldn't handle. It's 5-0, and that's all that really matters.
This week I took a play-by-play look at two players MHR members had been asking about since week 2, Daniel Graham and Kenny Peterson. Both of these guys have been flying largely under the radar, but really shouldn't. Graham is probably the most versatile guy on the team (even more so than Peyton Hillis), and Peterson was a surprise starter in the mind of many. He has largely been ignored as a integral cog of this defense. I am glad to finally give these two bad asses their due.
Hello again, friends. Welcome to Lighting Up The Scoreboard. I hope you enjoy it, and your feedback, as always, is appreciated. I finally remembered to turn up the volume on the voice track, and found time to put together some music that I like okay, for the beginning.
McDaniels and the Broncos
Growing up in Canton, Ohio as the son of the high school coach is an invitation to a tough adolescence. Josh McDaniels didn't mind the added scrutiny. After all, he would later be the quarterback of the McKinley High School team anyway, as his brother, Ben, would after him. The scrutiny just went with the territory. Even at that age, it rarely seemed to bother him.
People out there will never understand the pressure Josh was under his whole high school career," said Jack Rose, who coached against the McDaniels' McKinley High School while coaching Massillon Washington High School. "The people of McKinley were tough to play for. I'm going to tell you right now, that Cutler guy never went through what Josh McDaniels went through in high school. He was really a good player, had a great winning record at McKinley, and people were always (complaining) about him. It toughened him. It made him stronger for what he's facing today. How he handled it back then, it's not surprising how he handled what's been going on out there now.
Tough is one thing; death threats are another. When Josh and his younger brother Ben took the bus to school, there was a time when police cruisers had to follow the bus. Thom McDaniels had received a death threat and one that had mentioned kidnapping this sons. It didn't stop Thom, it didn't stop his boys, and life went on. Signs were planted on the lawn of the McDanielses' large, A-framed house, making more threats. Nothing changed. The family went about its business. In his typically understated way, Josh referred back to those days this year.
"Tis a happy thing to be a father onto many sons..." Shakespeare, King Henry the VI, Part III
It's the week that some of us have been waiting for: the week when the Denver Broncos will wrestle with the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have a relationship and a friendship; the roots of both go deep. They are far more than mentor and disciple. They are currently professional equals, and their teams will meet on a level playing field and fight for victory in a single contest. It's a great story, and a great opportunity for the Broncos. Many will be the discussion of each team's strengths and weaknesses, and that's as it should be. I wanted to know something a little deeper.
I love to study football; its history, its systems, coaching, scouting, formations and schemes, film breakdowns and stories. I love to know where the players come from, what has driven them, why they traveled the road that they have. And I've been just as interested in its coaches. for those that know me, I also promise to keep this one substantially shorter than Winston Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples.
The Broncos have done everything that we as fans could ask of them, going 4-0 to begin the 2009 season. Despite much argumentation in the media and on the fan sites, the Broncos did exactly what Josh McDaniels said that they would do: They focused on winning. It's the only goal, the only end to which they work and it happens when your coaches prepare the players better than the other team's coaches prepares theirs. I'm putting most of our success to the people at the top - acquiring the right players, teaching them properly and putting them in position to win the games before the opening kickoff ever occurs.