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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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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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You Got RAMD: The 2014 IAOFM Rational Actor Mock Draft

Happy Draft Day, friends! Today, I unveil my annual Rational Actor Mock Draft. I’ve been doing it in various forms since 2009, and it’s the only bit of Mockery that we do here at IAOFM.

This year, you get the day-late, buck-short version, because I’ve been moving homes this last week, and because I’m heading to Vegas today (for Mother’s Day, not specifically for the draft).

As in the past, the intent of this exercise is not to predict what WILL happen. It’s to give my opinion of what SHOULD happen.

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You Got Served: Draft thoughts on defensive players

Happy Friday, friends. As promised, here’s my look at the defensive position groupings for the 2014 Draft. This class is strong at cornerback and interior defensive line, and it’s weak at linebacker, edge rusher, and safety.

Don’t be surprised if guys are over-drafted at those positions, because of the shortage there.

After the jump, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of things. Ready… BEGIN!!

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You Got Served: Draft thoughts on offensive players

Happy Thursday, friends. Somehow, some way, I’ve found a few minutes to think (and write) about the upcoming NFL Draft, which starts a week from today. I thought I’d share some thoughts on a few players in each position group, and that I’d split that into two articles. Today, you get a serving of offense, and schedule willing, tomorrow, I should have some defense for you.

I find the Broncos to be in excellent shape, in terms of the overall roster construction, and that there’s minimal need to worry about “needs” right now. A case could be made about drafting for need for seasons following 2014, but I think a best player available approach is the way to go right now. Particularly, I hope the Broncos are focused on maximizing value.

Anyway, let’s get started, on the other side of the jump. Ready…BEGIN!!

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You Got Served: Free agency slowdown edition

Happy Thursday, friends. I haven’t had any time to write in a few weeks, and I was thinking it was a good time to check back in on free agency, and on some early draft thoughts.

After really moving the needle with their early signings, the Broncos have focused on some smaller moves of late, which may prove to be consequential.

I also want to take a look at some other happenings around the NFL, because it’s good to take stock of the competition periodically. That, and some things have been said and written lately that I don’t agree with. We’ll see what we’ll see on the other side of the jump. Ready… BEGIN!!

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