Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

This should have been a great weekend to be a Broncos fan, but it definitely has not been.  I don't want to belabor the Cutler mess much more, so I will try to work around it.  Ready... BEGIN

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Broncos/Chargers reloading report

Broncos versus Chargers: Comparative Offseason Issues

There is an old saying that you are defined by your rivals as much as by your friends. Over the 2008 season, San Diego vs. Denver was a bitterly fought contest that ended up with 1 victory each.
In retrospect, the San Diego Chargers aren’t much happier with their 2008 season than Pat Bowlen was with that of the Broncos. San Diego cut DC Ted Cottrell loose during the season, and his replacement Ron Rivera interviewed elsewhere after their elimination from the playoffs.

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Political capital, or more aptly, the complete lack thereof

Political capital is a term which is always invoked right after a politician is newly elected, or re-elected.  It more or less equates to the concept of benefit of the doubt.  In 2004, when George W. Bush was re-elected by a slim margin of 51%-48%, he claimed a wide mandate for his agenda, and openly spoke of using his accrued political capital.  His chosen agenda item was a tremendously unpopular scheme to re-cast the social security program.  Mr. Bush over-reached by a mile, and that failure ultimately began the long downslope of his presidency, really just a few months after being re-elected.  It remains to be seen how long President Obama will be able to keep such a high degree of public goodwill, while implementing programs which can be divisive.

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2008 player review—Ryan Clady

It would be difficult to overstate just how good Ryan Clady was in his rookie season.  I was trying to think of just how a person would go about doing so, and decided to float a bunch of test statements, and evaluate them for overstatement.

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2008 position review: Offensive line

Entering the 2008 re-loading season, I was pretty down on our offensive line.  The 2007 season saw the worst performance by the group since Mike Shanahan had become Head Coach in 1995.  Particularly in pass protection, the performance was just atrocious, especially over the last 4 games of the season.  It is fair to say that i considered the deficiency to be no less profound than the deficiency we see on defense heading into this re-loading season.  The starting five at the end of 2007 was a pretty motley bunch:  Matt Lepsis, Chris Kuper, Chris Myers, Montrae Holland, and Erik Pears.

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Running Backs, the NFL Draft and value

As I noted in The Fall of the Denver Rushing Attack, there's been some romanticism when it comes to evaluating the Denver Broncos and their running backs over the years. Obviously, there are many significant factors that support this sentiment, as Mike Shanahan and Company (Bobby Turner, Alex Gibbs, Rick Dennison) turned Terrell Davis and Mike Anderson from 6th-rounders into elite NFL running backs. Mid-round picks (Denver's and other teams') like Olandis Gary and Reuben Droughns found major success in Denver as well. Clinton Portis and Tatum Bell were also quite productive as Broncos, but they were 2nd-rounders. Therein lies something of a problem. TD and Anderson begot a reputation (or myth) that Shanny and Turner could turn anyone into a quality NFL runner.

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

Since everybody likes my stuff at its shallowest and most nearsighted, I am going to try hard to stick with that program this week, as always.  Thing is, to make the point I am going to attempt to make, I'll necessarily be borrowing from some pretty deep and farsighted economic concepts.  Just take comfort in knowing that somebody else thought of them, not me, and try hard to picture me as just the meathead football guy who talks about what players and teams and games look like on video.  Thanks in advance.  Ready,,,,,,,,,, BEGIN.

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The H-Back: Using the magic option

Some posts have recently noted that one option, perhaps our best, would be using Peyton Hillis as an 'H-back'. I did a little digging, asked our resident authorities some questions and came up with a short analysis that I'd like to share.

H-back.  For what it's worth, I'm not sure this is the best role for Hillis this year: at the least, not his only one. We probably are in need of him at RB, but we know that McD does value versatility. If that's the case, there's really no reason to limit Hillis to one role or the other. While his running style might create the potential for some injuries, it does reduce others. It's always better to be the hitter than the hittee, and Hillis likes hitting people when he runs. Since he also catches well and blocks fairly well in certain situations, we can use him in different roles. After all - that's one idea of the function of the H back. But first, let's define our terms.

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2008 season review: Brandon Marshall

In 2008, most people would agree that Brandon Marshall had quite a year.

He started the 2008 regular season off with a multiple-game suspension for several incidents of off-field unbecoming conduct, a suspension which Commissioner Goodell reduced to a single game after an appeal. Earlier in the spring, he gave differing explanations of how he fell through the glass door of an entertainment center, severely injuring his right arm. But Brandon returned from his off-season escapades with a recovering arm and a changed attitude – sort of. As Jay Cutler later put it,

"Brandon will be Brandon."

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Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations

Happy Monday to you, or whatever day it might be as you read this, from the Department of Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations.  It's been a slow news week for the Broncos and the NFL, but that can't slow us down.  Ready, begin...

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