Divining the McDaniels Way, Part 4: Propensities and conclusions

This series is the outcome of a month-long collaboration between (Doug) and (Emmett). In general, (Doug) covered the stats and Doc handled most of the writing and analysis. We hope that it sheds light on some of the questions that have arisen as to just what, exactly, Josh McDaniels has been doing with the New England offense over the past four years. It also looks at Jay Cutler's time as the primary starter in Denver over the past two years to establish where the two Patriots and Broncos do and do not match up. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and hope that you will take just as much pleasure in reading it. Hopefully it will answer some  of your questions about what to expect of the 2009 Broncos, and we look forward to your comments and critiques. Many thanks to our esteemed colleagues styg50 and hoosierteacher for their input, and to Zappa for his invaluable aid in managing the code and the templates.

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

Happy Monday.  That is a picture of a happy guy, right there.  If I were Kyle Orton, I'd be happy too.  To go from a talent-poor offensive team like Chicago, with a conservative approach, to a talent-rich offensive team like Denver, with what will almost certainly be an aggressive approach is a really good reason to be happy.  On this Easter Sunday (as I write this,) because Kyle Orton is happy, and Chris Simms is happy, and Josh McDaniels is happy, I feel happy too.  From all of us at the the department of ST&NO, we wish you a Happy Easter (plus one.)  Ready....... BEGIN!!!

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Divining the McDaniels Way, Part 3: The passing game

This series is the outcome of a month-long collaboration between (Doug) and (Emmett). In general, (Doug) covered the stats and Doc handled most of the writing and analysis. We hope that it sheds light on some of the questions that have arisen as to just what, exactly, Josh McDaniels has been doing with the New England offense over the past four years. It also looks at Jay Cutler's time as the primary starter in Denver over the past two years to establish where the two Patriots and Broncos do and do not match up. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and hope that you will take just as much pleasure in reading it. Hopefully it will answer some  of your questions about what to expect of the 2009 Broncos, and we look forward to your comments and critiques. Many thanks to our esteemed colleagues styg50 and hoosierteacher for their input, and to Zappa for his invaluable aid in managing the code and the templates.

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Divining the McDaniels Way, Part 2: The running game

This series is the outcome of a month-long collaboration between (Doug) and (Emmett). In general, (Doug) covered the stats and Doc handled most of the writing and analysis. We hope that it sheds light on some of the questions that have arisen as to just what, exactly, Josh McDaniels has been doing with the New England offense over the past four years. It also looks at Jay Cutler's time as the primary starter in Denver over the past two years to establish where the two Patriots and Broncos do and do not match up. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and hope that you will take just as much pleasure in reading it. Hopefully it will answer some  of your questions about what to expect of the 2009 Broncos, and we look forward to your comments and critiques. Many thanks to our esteemed colleagues styg50 and hoosierteacher for their input, and to Zappa for his invaluable aid in managing the code and the templates.

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

Welcome to another week's version of ST&NO.  In this edition, we'll focus on the future, rather than dwelling on the past.  Specifically, I decided to focus on Kyle Orton, and what he brings to the table.  I, for one, get happier by the day with the drastically new direction of the team.  I've had a healthy skepticism, but I am starting to find a lot of reason to believe in the new direction.  Maybe I am a McDaniels guy now.  Get your Monday coffee, close your office door, and let's get back to the business of being best subset of the best fan base in the NFL.  Ready.... BEGIN!

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Tales: Watching the parade

The Cutler saga is finally behind us. Whatever your perspective on the actors, the curtain came down, the road show moved to the next city, and our lives can begin to get back to normal. It's time to get serious about the draft, to take a look at what the future will bring to our team and its fans. Who isn't excited about the month to come?

The past four days have shown us a lot of things. We've learned a lot about how this performance was directed, who the play was scripted by and what this was really all about. Opinions still differ as to what that was and what it will man for the Broncos. As JohnnyB has said - It's time for us all to pull together and unify as fans, and as members of this site.

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Thoughts & Observations

I don't write a lot of FanPosts anymore, but I wanted to write one tonight, because I think this situation calls for as much gravitas as this site can muster.  Guru wrote a great front page story, speaking for MHR, and he is 100% correct.  This will represent my own spin, but the same basic idea.  Consider this to be akin to the best practices of political messaging, where if your constituents don't believe you the first time, you simply keep repeating yourself.

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Divining the McDaniels Way, Part 1: Overview

This series is the outcome of a month-long collaboration between (Doug) and (Emmett). In general, (Doug) covered the stats and Doc handled most of the writing and analysis. We hope that it sheds light on some of the questions that have arisen as to just what, exactly, Josh McDaniels has been doing with the New England offense over the past four years. It also looks at Jay Cutler's time as the primary starter in Denver over the past two years to establish where the two Patriots and Broncos do and do not match up. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and hope that you will take just as much pleasure in reading it. Hopefully it will answer some  of your questions about what to expect of the 2009 Broncos, and we look forward to your comments and critiques. Many thanks to our esteemed colleagues styg50 and hoosierteacher for their input, and to Zappa for his invaluable aid in managing the code and the templates.

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

After missing a week due to vacation, we're back with another edition of ST&NO.  As we're in a pretty slow season for football news, be glad I am not a paid reporter, or I might make up some trade rumors or something.  Ready.... BEGIN.

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Tales from the SunnySide: Bear Pascoe

Among the many things that conventional wisdom says that you can't coach, high on that list is toughness. It's an innate quality that some players have and some don't. Broncos fans love it, and point to such young players as Ryan Clady, Peyton Hillis and Wesley Woodyard as well as older ones such as instant favorite Casey Wiegmann.

Toughness is getting better in the 4th quarter. Toughness is Weapon X, three-way player Spencer Larsen and Elvis Dumervil. Toughness wins ballgames.

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