Ted's Analysis

Broncos offensive schemes through the years

Happy Monday Tuesday, friends.  Pro Football Reference is doing something interesting, in trying to identify the offensive and defensive schemes that each team has employed throughout their histories.

I’m a bit of a scheme guy, as most of you know, so I thought I’d try to help them, and also provide an interesting read for our IAOFM readers.  Since I only go back to January of 1987 as a Broncos fan, I can’t help beyond that, but if any of our longtime fans have any ideas, let’s load up the comments, and the PFR guys can possibly benefit from that too.

The first thing I’d like to say is that it’s difficult for anybody to really find the sweet spot in classifying an offensive or defensive scheme.  You can get pretty exact with it, and make the case that one West Coast Offense is dramatically different from another.  The risk there is that you lose the ability to make the assumption that a pool of West Coast Offenses is fairly homogeneous.  

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Which position group is the Broncos’ biggest strength?

Happy Sunday, friends.  Since we’re approaching training camp, it seems like a good time to start prospectively discussing some 2013 Denver Broncos football.  What do you think about that? 

It’s really been since draft season since we had much substantive football material to talk about, and I’ve decided to reconvene the conversation at IAOFM by writing what is hopefully a thought-provoking article.

The case has been made by some people that the Broncos have the best overall 1-53 talent in the NFL.  I agree with those people, and I don’t see an area of the team that is below-average.  You have to line up on Sunday and do it, but this team is capable of winning the Super Bowl in 2013.  There are (and can be) no expectation management efforts going on for this edition of the Broncos.

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What makes a good football coach?

Happy Monday, friends.  I hope everybody had a nice holiday weekend.  I spent the time in Los Angeles, visiting my brother and his family, and during my travels, I saw where Doug linked a Mark Kiszla article about Foxball possibly leading to John Fox getting fired after 2013.

That spurred an interesting discussion in the Lard comments, and it got me to thinking about the nature of football coaching.  It’s a 4.5-hour drive from LA to Yuma, Arizona, and that’s a lot of thinking time.

What I’d like to explore today are the various parts of the job description of an NFL head coach.  Once we identify them, I then want to try to get at the question of which parts are most important.  If we’re fairly judging a coach, having an idea of that in place is crucial. 

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The Broncos’ Ministry of Truth

Happy Wednesday, friends.  Yesterday, longtime reader Yahmule had an interesting comment that inspired me to write an article:

Not only does Scott Kacsmar dispute Elway's placement on the all time comeback list, he takes the entire Bronco organization to task regarding their method of determining what constitutes a comeback. He seems to have done significant research across a couple different articles. Interesting reading, but maybe not what Bronco fans would like to hear.

You see, Kacsmar is one of these guys who latched onto a specific topic and researched the hell out of it, over a long period of time.  That topic is comebacks in NFL games, and Kacsmar has come to be seen as the expert on the topic in the football world.

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Average backup OL are fine for the Broncos

Happy Wednesday, friends.  I had a Twitter discussion last week with longtime reader Kriss Bergethon, in which we disagreed about whether it was feasible for the Broncos to acquire more quality veteran offensive line depth.

I was sitting in the Phoenix airport as we were tweeting, and I’ve been meaning to get back to this, as I think it’s a good opportunity to think about a couple of concepts in roster construction.

Kriss felt that the Broncos should seek to acquire more veteran linemen, and that’s a defensible position on the surface.  You should always want your team to maximize the quality of its 53 guys on the roster.  There are also a number of starter-caliber veterans on the street, who could probably be had for close to the minimum at this point, as their market seems to have dried up.

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You Got Served: Considering Jay-Z as a sports agent

Happy Thursday, friends.  Today, I want to get all thoughtful and contemplative, and consider a subject that’s creeping into NFL discussion, mostly with negative connotations.  I’d like to bring some balance to the discussion.

The subject du jour (which means “of the day,” for you Europhobes,) is Jay-Z’s move toward becoming a player agent.  Word is already out that DeSean Jackson has fired Drew Rosenhaus, and that he’s looking to get himself into the Roc Nation fold.

Jackson has a bit of a reputation as a me-first diva knucklehead WR, and race-baiting douchebag Mike Florio is being subtle at this point, but he already has his commenters frothing.  That’s generally been the tone of coverage of Jay-Z’s foray into agenthood.

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Pondering Quentin Jammer as Denver’s matchup safety

Happy Thursday, friends.  As you could probably tell yesterday, I’m pretty fired up about the Broncos' signing of DB Quentin Jammer.  I think it portends to be the acquisition that fills the team's last major hole, which was a defender who can cover a good TE man-to-man.

I could still go for a Dan Koppen-type as a backup interior lineman, but at this point, I’m just getting into luxury items.

Jammer has played corner for the last eleven years, and it’s funny: “Chargers fans” never really liked him that much, because he was a high first-round pick, and he never made enough big plays for their liking.  He was their own Robert Ayers - a pretty good football player who was overdrafted by a round.  To stupid fans who can’t let sunk costs go, and only focus on that which is relevant today, (i.e. what the player brings to the table every Sunday), that is very saddening.

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Can we get some Charles Woodson in here?

I’m getting pretty hopeful that the Broncos will sign Charles Woodson, based on the fact that he visited Dove Valley Wednesday, and also on the smoke signals that Mike Klis is reading.  I’ve advocated a few times for Woodson to be signed, and I’ve banged the table for a matchup safety.

I think that of all the free agents presently available on the street, Woodson is the best possible fit for this Broncos team.  There’s some injury risk there, but I would say that Woodson's having missed seven games in 2012 was unusual for his career, and that you’d be foolish to make a sweeping assumption that it’s the new normal for him because he hit some magic “old man” cutoff point.

All things considered, Woodson has been pretty durable throughout his career, and he has that record despite playing his position in a very unique and physical way.  I would emphatically call Woodson a risk worth taking on the injury front.

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How do the Broncos rookies fit?

Happy Tuesday, friends.  I’ve had a few days to digest the 2013 Draft, and I have some thoughts on the class of players that the Broncos took.  It’s not going to be like a grading exercise, or anything like that, because you can get that crap around the internet from any fool who has a keyboard, just like you can get mock drafts.  For the most part, those grading exercises are worth about as much as the mocks are.

What we should be concerned with is how this group of players fits into this roster.  The time to be worried about reaches and relative draft value is over; it doesn’t matter if you think that some other player who was picked in the fourth round was better than the guy the Broncos took in the third.  Sunk costs are irrelevant to the team’s affairs and decisions of today.  People who dwell on them are morons.

What is relevant is how these players can help the team, both now and in the future.  That’s the topic of today’s article – how does it all fit together?

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Live 2013 NFL Draft analysis: Third 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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