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.
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.
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...
1. I decided to do a Pro Bowl edition of ST&NO, to mark the occasion of what I believe is the first time I've ever deemed it worth my time to watch the Pro Bowl live. I expect that this will be the first of many for Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, and it should have been the first for Ryan Clady also.
This will probably be a shorter version of ST&NO than normal, because there hasn't been that much going on lately for the Broncos. The whole league seems to be focused on the Super Bowl, and the Hall of Fame announcements. Oh yeah, those.
The most talented musician of the last 20 years, Sublime's Bradley Nowell, sang, "we're only gonna die for our own arrogance, that's why we might as well take our time." Wise words. Of course, he died at age 27 of a heroin overdose, right as Sublime was finally being recognized by the world as a great up-and-coming band.
This seems to be the time of year when we all disagree. This recurring feature I've been writing has been inviting lots of disagreement, which, since I am writing my opinions, is a good thing.
Factions emerge each re-loading season, around free agents and potential draftees, and whether or not ANY free agents should even be signed. This year, we also had a coaching search to disagree on, and presently what looks pretty clearly to be an impending defensive scheme change to disagree on. Disagreeing is fine, and it's healthy. We can all learn from each other, through the course of disagreeing. Let's all remember to disagree positively, though, as that is what separates us at MHR from the cretins at other sites. We all have opinions, and we should all respect each other, because in the end we all want what is best for the Broncos.
It's another week, and that can only mean one thing. Time for more Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations. Yay!!!!
As we enter the re-loading season, I felt like I needed to establish a fun new recurring feature. HT has MHR University, and Broncobear has the always excellent Tales from the Sunny Side. Styg is heading up some great draft coverage, which has a fun name, which you'll be hearing about very soon. Nick has some statistical analysis pieces which will be coming, and Zappa will continue to be Zappa, intermittently unleashing jolts of Broncos fan brilliance. And the Guru, when we form like Voltron, the Guru is the head.
Have you ever stopped to consider that question? I've observed a lot of commentary about this "offense" here, on the rest of the blogosphere, on the DP-and-RMN-osphere, and from the idiot-on-tv-osphere. This commentary takes different forms and attitudes: