Ted's Analysis

It’s been fun, but I have to go

Happy Wednesday, friends. I'm writing today for the first time in a few weeks, and I'm not feeling that great about it.

About a week ago, I let the other guys know that I've decided that continuing to promote the NFL is misaligned with my personal ethics, and that consequently, I wouldn't be doing so any longer. I really didn't want to write this article, or make a big deal about myself with it, but Doug asked me to write something so that everybody would at least know what happened.

It's taken me a week to figure out what to say, and as I write this, I still don't know. Please bear with me as I feel my way through it.

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IAOFM 2014 AFC North and West Preview

Happy Saturday, friends. Today, we’ll finish up the IAOFM preview with the AFC North and the AFC West.

I’ve spilled a lot of digital ink this week, and it’s time to bring it on home. Will there be any shockers? It depends on how easily you’re shocked, I suppose.

I’ve got nothing clever to say about the jump today, so how about just get there, okay?

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IAOFM 2014 AFC East and South Preview

Happy Friday, friends, and welcome officially to the NFL regular season. Today, due to scheduling constraints, it’s time to predict half of the AFC.

We’ll start out in the east, and then hit the silly south, and then Saturday, we’ll move back to the north, and finish up on the west side/best side.

Follow me across the pond, and we’ll embark upon what will be a fantastic voyage. (I heard Coolio on Backspin the other day.)

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IAOFM 2014 NFC Preview

Happy Thursday, friends. Today, I thought we’d go with a little NFC Preview action, because two NFC teams are going to be kicking off the season tonight.

Everybody seems to think that the NFC is vastly superior to the AFC, but I don’t quite see it that way. I think it’s got about four of the best seven teams, but I also think it has a few bottom-feeding teams too.

Follow me across the divide between space and time, and we’ll work our way through it, you dig?

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2014 Broncos Preview: Defense

Happy Wednesday, friends. Yesterday, we covered the offense in detail. Anybody who has been a Broncos fan the last couple of years knows that the offense has been the primary reason for us to be so optimistic.

Honestly, it will continue to be so in 2014. Any team that has Peyton Manning will always be offense-dominant.

However, this Broncos team has a chance to sport both a top-five offense and defense.

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2014 Broncos Preview: Offense

Happy Tuesday, friends. I decided to write some season preview content over the next few days, since I spent most of the month of August buried with fiscal year-end work, and since I’ll spend half of September traveling. When the time to write presents itself, I’ll write.

Today, I want to write about the Broncos. This article will cover offense, and another one discussing the defense will follow tomorrow. I’ll also get into projecting the rest of the AFC and the NFC.

That’ll take us right to kickoff of the Packers-Seahawks season opener, and from there, we’ll see what we’ll see.

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You Got Served: T.J. Ward is going to be huge

Happy Tuesday, friends. Today I want to talk about the player acquisition who I think may end up being most impactful for the Broncos this season.

Of the three big ticket defenders the Broncos signed – DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, and T.J. Ward - it’s Ward who portends to affect the Broncos’ play on the field most consistently.

If for no other reason, it’s easy to make that prediction simply based upon the fact that he was on the field for 97% of the defensive snaps in games he played for the Browns in 2013. (That was all 16 of them, for the record.)

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You Got Served: The running game is coming back

Anytime a person makes a football statement about “how the game is played today,” or “that won’t work in the modern NFL,” it's safe to assume that person probably doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

They’re probably being myopic, and they’re definitely being naïve, because nothing stays the same for very long, nothing is ever really passé, and at the same time, there’s really nothing new under the sun.

In a schematic sense, the NFL is, and always has been, extremely dynamic, in a very particular way; it’s entirely reactive and cyclical.

That may seem disappointing, but there's some logic to being reactive; if you don’t react to the changing schematic landscape, you are probably the Oakland Raiders of 2003 to 2012.

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Live 2014 NFL Draft analysis: Second round

Ted Bartlett evaluates draft-eligible prospects in his spare time, among a number of activities he pursues, including managing an accounting team, golf, studying for the CPA exam, insulting various religious figures in writing, and generally, staying ahead of more than a few curves. During the 2012 NFL Draft, he wiped the passion off of Jeff Legwold's face by nailing the Derek Wolfe pick, when Jeff had never even heard of him. Ted also focuses on the NFL's business and legal environment, offensive and defensive schemes, going off on unrelated tangents, and all 32 teams in the NFL. Follow along as he offers his instant analysis of tonight's NFL Draft.

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Live 2014 NFL Draft analysis: First round

Ted Bartlett evaluates draft-eligible prospects in his spare time, among a number of activities he pursues, including managing an accounting team, golf, studying for the CPA exam, insulting various religious figures in writing, and generally, staying ahead of more than a few curves. During the 2012 NFL Draft, he wiped the passion off of Jeff Legwold's face by nailing the Derek Wolfe pick, when Jeff had never even heard of him. Ted also focuses on the NFL's business and legal environment, offensive and defensive schemes, going off on unrelated tangents, and all 32 teams in the NFL. Follow along as he offers his instant analysis of tonight's NFL Draft.

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