The Dude’s Mail Revue: Ankle bracelets, Atwater’s greatest hits, and the Halloween frights

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Fat Man blogger TJ "The Dude" Johnson posts The Dude's Mail Revue on Thursdays, in which he takes your questions about the state of the Denver Broncos. Got a titillating question? Put a dollar bill into the Dude's G-String and he might answer your question--after bowling practice.

Hahahahaha, TJ. Last weekend was the greatest single weekend of my life. They removed my electronic ankle bracelet on Saturday, and then on Sunday, my Raiders lit up the Donks for 59 points. Me and my girl just ate so much pizza we let our guts hang out and didn't leave the couch. Who'd want to? You could go another 50 years and not see that again. The Broncos will never live that loss down. You guys are lucky Tom Cable held back in the 4th quarter or we would have been talking the all-time record. Do me a favor and tell us how good we look from the bottom of the division after we catch the Chiefs in a few weeks. See you later, sucker! --Raider Mike, Oak-Town, California

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Knowshon, not again!!! Lard 10-28-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Brian Dawkins and Andre’ Goodman were full participants in practice yesterday. As noted yesterday, Robert Ayers, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard have already been declared out for Sunday’s game and will not make the trip. Also not practicing yesterday were Perrish Cox, Eddie Royal and Kevin Vickerson. Cox is apparently still dealing with the effects of his concussion, so it would be surprising to see him in London. It’s been a couple of weeks since Knowshon Moreno has been injured, so he reportedly grabbed his right hamstring at the end of yesterday’s practice for good measure…

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Three Broncos defenders ruled out for Sunday

Josh McDaniels has announced that Robert Ayers, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard will not play on Sunday in London versus the 49ers and will not travel with the team. Eddie Royal, Kevin Vickerson and Perrish Cox are also questionable for the game and it is currently unknown whether they will make the trip. See Jeff Legwold’s article in the DP for more.

Huge Decision of the past year-and-a-half: Denver Broncos

At this time each week we usually analyze a coaching decision from the previous game—from a statistical point of view.  After a blowout like this however, stats simply won’t do much good.  There were no critical 4th-down calls, no punt vs. field goal options to weigh over in one’s mind. 

So I won’t bore you with more probability equations.  You’re off the hook this week—let’s call it an early Halloween treat.

Instead, we’ll look at the alternatives to Josh McDaniels.  No, not going forward, but looking back.

You’ve heard—as we predicted immediately after last week’s game in our Gut Reactions—that thousands would jump on the fact that since opening 6-0, Josh McDaniels is 4-13.  That’s fine.  It’s an easy stat to jump on; it trends nicely; it makes a great sound bite.  It’s almost as good as saying, “he traded our Pro Bowl quarterback and receiver.” 

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Dawkins, Goodman practice Lard 10-27-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There’s some good news on the injury front, as Brian Dawkins and Andre’ Goodman returned to practice yesterday. Robert Ayers, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard did not practice and are unlikely to make the trip to London tomorrow. Also not practicing yesterday were Eddie Royal, Kevin Vickerson and Perrish Cox. The Broncos brought back Le Kevin Smith, who had been cut following the preseason. Meanwhile, LB Diyral Briggs was claimed by the Packers after the Broncos waived him with intent to return him to the practice squad. Instead, the Broncos re-signed TE Riar Geer, who they had released just hours earlier, to the practice squad.

UPDATE 8:07AM ET The 49ers have announced that Troy Smith will start at QB on Sunday.

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Where We Were, Part 1


Catastrophic football games have several results, including the following:

1) Fans boo
2) Fans blame the coach
3) Fans and media speculate that the coach has “lost his team” or “lost his players” and place him on the “hot seat”
4) Fans wish for the old coach or a new QB
5) Writers pander, blog traffic increases

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Broncos bring back DE Le Kevin Smith

The Broncos have re-signed DE Le Kevin Smith, who had played for Denver in 2009 and been cut following the 2010 preseason.

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The Stats That Don’t Lie - Week 7: London Calling!

The Broncos are going to London; their fans are just going barmy.

I’m not going to lie to you.  This week’s version of the Stats That Don’t Lie aren’t cracking.  In fact, they are quite beastly.

In what seems like a bad horror movie marathon, these stats just keep cutting deeper and deeper.

This week, in an attempt to keep you gobsmacked, I not only compared the Broncos to the league average in each category, I decided to give you their ranking as well.  I wanted you to see just how bad it’s become.

So without further delay, let’s get to the stats, which are always on the job and never stop to take a mick.

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Day off, Briggs waived Lard 10-26-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Why so happy? Well, the Broncos didn’t give up 59 points yesterday. Plus, I’m not a Cowboys fan. 1-5 with SB aspirations and our quarterback is done for the year? Yes, things could be worse for Broncos fans. Obviously, I agree with the readers who have pointed out the shock value of those opening minutes Sunday, the three plays that virtually decided the game, and with TJ’s column on momentum. I have never seen anything like that happen to the Broncos before, not even close. Yet, they’ve got to be able to stop the run. We knew last week the Raiders would run the ball, and once they got up 21-0 they didn’t even need to pass the ball. Is it hard to stop the run without several of your best defensive players? Absolutely. But after a fine performance against the Jets’ vaunted rushing attack, there are no excuses for the very same personnel allowing 328 yards on the ground. Robert Ayers is still at least a few weeks away from returning, and it doesn’t sound like Brian Dawkins will be back this week, either. So the guys who are actually playing have to come up with a little bit more, because we’re looking at Frank Gore this Sunday.

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Things could be worse…

Clearly, today is not a good day to be a Broncos fan. But you knew that. We’re all licking our wounds, catching heat from our friends and colleagues. In fact, I even had to get down on my knee and proclaim to a guy I work with that he was right and I was wrong, with an audience of 30 or more watching. That was the bet, and he took the Raiders while I of course took the Broncos. Didn’t work out so well for me, and there are cellphone pics to prove it. Beat that, Favruh!

But really, things could be much, much worse for you (and us) as Broncos fans. Let’s consider some of the ways…

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