The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 23-20 preseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks
Denver’s first possession is a penalty-laden three and out
TJ: The Seahawks have a rookie at RT - Miller and Doom should test him tonight
Doc: They tried Tyler Polumbus this year, I believe. Didn't work out.
TJ: Wow, just saw why Brandon Mebane was wanted in free agency - good push from him. Penalties galore on this opening drive. Is this the 1st preseason game or the 3rd? Penalties took them out of their game plan, clearly
Doug: As Ted would say, right off schedule. Nice coverage on that punt from Matt Willis, and another huge kick from Colquitt
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 24-10 preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills
Doc: So, Marcell Dareus said he would make the Broncos pay for not drafting him. Any thoughts?
TJ: Baxter McLove thinks its bunk. Well, it will be interesting to see how they do against a 3-4 - not that they really practiced the Buffalo scheme this week I'm sure - they're still trying to implement their own.
Ted: It's a pretty good front 3. I want to see Walton against Kyle Williams. It will be a good indicator of his growth. UGH I can't stand Verne Lundquist. Coloradans get pissed at me when I say that, because he's one of their own. But he's just awful
TJ: Heresy, Ted - how dare you! They are falling all over themselves on the broadcast for whatever reason, like he's Curt Gowdy. At least I have Griese on the radio, and I can turn this crap down.
The IAOFM staff will be discussing and analyzing every Broncos game this year, and we'll present each of those conversations the day following the game.
TJ - I'm prepping my formations chart. Interestingly enough, I never used the 23 personnel package with the Broncos last year on the chart! Haha now it will be common
Ted - So I'm dating a new girl lately, and I schooled her on the not bothering me during Broncos games rule. She seems to get it, thankfully.
Doug - Ted, a little early to be making that claim, no? I mean, they haven't even kicked off yet...
Ted - Well, yeah... that's a point, Doug. We'll see how it plays
Doug - So, what's noteworthy on the Cowboys? And best, realistic case tonight? Orton and Tebow both play well, defense rushes the passer all night?
The IAOFM staff discuss the career and impact of former Broncos and Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe, who will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today in Canton, Ohio. Sharpe is the fourth Bronco to enter the Hall, joining John Elway, Gary Zimmerman and Floyd Little, and he retired following the 2003 season as the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns by a tight end.
TJ - Obviously, guys like Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez should be paying royalties to Shannon Sharpe. Sharpe transformed the position of tight end at a time in which the league was really morphing into a passing league. The way in which tight ends are used today is a reflection of several players (Ozzie Newsome, Kellen Winslow, Todd Christensen), but Sharpe more so than any of them. His routes in the seam, across the middle, and in the soft spots of a zone defense set the stage for today's explosive offenses.
The IAOFM staff discuss the Broncos' sixth- and seventh-round picks in the 2011 NFL Draft:
Douglas: WOW another LB, Mike Mohamed.
Ted: Mike Mohamed... this is a guy I've never heard of.
Emmett: According to the scouting reports about Mohamed: “is a hard-worker who will maximize his natural tools on the field. Will come into your franchise, understand your defensive system, provide some instant linebacker depth, and contribute on special teams. However, he lacks the power to be a true force in the box against the run and the speed and range to make plays on the outside or mirror explosive space players in man coverage. Probably just not enough physical tools to work with to become an NFL starter, but still a late-round prospect who will bring some impressive instincts and great character to a locker room.”
I'd never heard of him either
Ted: Well, he was a 3-4 guy at Cal, so that's a little weird.
The IAOFM staff discuss the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and react to Denver's selections of Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter and Portland State tight end Julius Thomas, plus the implications of the Broncos' defensive picks on the 2011 roster
Doug - So who are we hoping for here?
Ted - Christian Ballard
TJ - It's like we have to hope that the Gods force Xanders to take a DT for these guys to draft one
Doug - Good thing this kid tested positive so he could slip to us? haha
TJ - Yeah, now that I've read all his grades - some had him late 1st
The IAOFM staff's conversation leading up and reaction to the Broncos' third-round selection of NC State linebacker Nate Irving:
TJ - I guess Denver will have a few options at DT - are we even convinced they will draft one?
Ted - I'm pretty encouraged, but we can only hope. I want Jurrell Casey
Doc - Is Christian Ballard still out there?
TJ - Yep
The IAOFM staff react to the Broncos' second-round selections of UCLA safety Rahim Moore and Miami OT Orlando Franklin at numbers 45 and 46, respectively:
Ted - Rahim Moore is crying in the green room
Doug - Wow
TJ - I mean he's fine, but...
Doc - Oh, no...I've watched a lot of UCLA - I'm not even sure he's fine. He's good in a poor class.
TJ - I'd like to see the next pick please
Ted - I don't love the value here. I'm hoping for a DT next. I do love Shannon welcoming him to the family, though
Doug - So what are we hoping for at 36 guys? A pick or a trade down a few spots?
TJ - I would like them to try and get Paea and Austin back to back, but I bet they go Austin / Ijalana. I think Fox wants to go RB though for the 2nd pick.
Ted - Fox is freaking you out about running the ball
TJ - True...
Doc - I'd like Austin, but fear Fox wants Leshoure
The Broncos have gone with Texas A&M LB Von Miller second overall, and here's our take:
Doc - Hi fives in Denver's war room! It's Miller Time! Now, fix that DL!
Doug - wow this kid is emotional about coming to Denver - love it. Plus, I like that he has cool glasses and is rocking the mesh hat - he'd fit right into my hood. So guys what do you think?
TJ - Once again the lesson for me is to trust Ted’s instincts - he had the Broncos taking Miller months ago. Miller is simply ridiculous on tape. He’s so fast off the edge he will give any tackle in the NFL fits.
Doug - Yeah when I read Ted first mention him as a Broncos pick three months ago, I had never even heard of the guy before - although that’s just my ignorance haha...
Doc - I love Miller - he earned that Butkus Award. I have concerns about the DT position, but I'm willing to wait and see how they deal with them. As far as Miller, he's excellent in the pass rush, has more moves than you commonly see in a college LB and is lightning fast. He's talented in coverage - it was his full-time responsibility his sophomore year in Joe Kines' 4-3 - and Denver needs that coverage skill. Also, Fox attacks the LB from the Sam position, so Miller will be opposite Doom much of the time. It's a great pick.