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The Dude Abides: Week 5 spotlight on the Wild Horses formation

My intention this week was to look at Robert Ayers and Jabar Gaffney, but as sometimes happens, things get in the way.  In this case, it was a pee wee football championship (no, it wasn't a Raider game).  So I scrapped the idea of Ayers and Gaffney and settled on putting the spotlight on the mutant formation that is the Wild Horses.  

Let me first say there have been a few other posts here at MHR about the Wild Horses formation, namely this excellent post by MHR member Flunkie and another by Vortex7 here.  And as our own Ted Barlett said in this post from August 2009, there is nothing particularly innovative about the Wild Cat formation.   However, it's worth examining the first drive because it shows you the kind of coach McDaniels is and the potential for the Wild Horses in future games.

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The Dude Abides: It’s Charger limerick time

It´s not Raider week, but still, it´s a division opponent.  So I decided to create a few Charger Limericks.

And besides, I really hate powder blue.  I mean, I really hate it.

As always, give your own Limerick a whirl.  You can probably create an even dozen just from the Tila Tequila incident alone.  And yes, Charger fans, you can play too.  That is if you can actually rhyme and count syllables.

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The Dude Abides: The Stats That Don’t Lie, Week 5

"You like the freaky stuff, huh? That's cool. The Stats that Don´t Lie can be naughty, too. Real, freaky naughty."

                                                                                                                                             ----White Goodman


Now that week 5 is over, we can be sure of three things:

  • The Broncos can play with any team in the NFL.
  • Gloves are made to be removed.
  • Mustard and brown can never look as ugly as silver and black.

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The Dude Abides: Vonnie “The Real Professor” Holliday drops some knowledge

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. 

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The Dude Abides: Week 4 spotlight on Daniel Graham and Kenny Peterson

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.

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The Dude Abides: The Stats That Don’t Lie, Week 4

Nobody Puts The Stats That Don't Lie in A Corner

-Patrick Swayze


Week 4 is officially in the bag.  The Broncos picked up another big win,  Kyle Orton taught us all not to go out and get dirty without some form of protection (on the hand, the kids are still up), and Josh McDaniels and Brandon Marshall doled out a very important moral lesson:

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The Dude Abides: Week 3 spotlight on Clady, Wiegmann, Royal, DJ, Woodyard, & Jack “mofo” Williams

This week I did the unthinkable.  I watched every play, but instead of focusing on one player on each side of the ball, I watched the play over 3 or 4 times and focused on multiple players.  The upside is that I was able to take all of your requests from last week.

The downside?  It took a hell of a long time.  Usually I get this done on Saturdays, but with the extra player analysis, you are getting it right before Sunday's games.  I hope this is okay.  If not, I apologize and will get next weeks Spotlight out a little earlier.  But, all in the name of Bronco analysis.

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The Dude Abides: The Stats That Don’t Lie, Week 3

Fate laughs at probabilities. -- Lytton E.G Bulwer


The defense was rock solid, the Broncos won again, and Ryan Clady was so dominate, they pulled his dreadlocks.

Somewhere Al Davis is crying like a little girl.

Not a bad week, my friends.

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The Dude Abides: Tony Dungy finally explained to me what the hell was going on!

If you did not see last night´s game between the Colts and the Cardinals, you didn´t miss much.  However, if you missed Tony Dungy breaking down the Colt´s offensive pre-snap signals, you missed a thing of beauty.  Dungy essentially took all of America through Petyon Manning´s pre-snap reads, what all of the hand gestures meant, the line calls and when they are made, the 3 plays that were relayed into Manning from the sideline, how Manning determined which of the 3 plays to call from his pre-snap reads, and finally, how he figures out whether he is in man or zone coverage with the most simple of moves.  It was genius.

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The Dude Abides: Week 2 spotlight on Ron Fields and Ryan Harris

Last week, I took a play by play look at Brandon Marshall and Champ Bailey.  This week, I had originally intended to look at Ryan Clady on offense.  However, he was so completely dominant, I thought it would be more interesting to see how Clady does in later weeks against better competition.

So this week I looked at Ron Fields and Ryan Harris, play by play.  As I stated last week, it's quite interesting to watch a game and not pay attention to the ball.  It allows you to see things from a much different perspective.  For example, as you will see from the drive log, Ron Fields does not generally play NT on passing downs.  Marcus Thomas subs for him.  Simply by watching this substitution, one can see pre-snap (without straining to see the secondary coverage) whether Coach Nolan is thinking the offense is going to run or pass.  It also allows you to see when he guesses wrong, which means Fields is trying to generate a pass rush (not really his strength).   It also allows you to see when Nolan guesses right, which is most of the time.  Rarely does Nolan have Fields on the field when the offense passes the ball.

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