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.
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.
Time for more Things! What could be better on a Thursday, other than if Burn Notice was still running new episodes?
I hate when the Broncos play in the early game, because it prevents me from channel-flipping like I like to during the busy part of the day. I watched our game on Sunday intently, and only had 3 games to flip through late.
Today, I cut out of work early, and came home to watch a bunch of football. Observations and thoughts follow. As always, I only comment on football I personally watched.
I'm a day late with this, because it has been a busy week at the office for me. Here goes some thoughts, now that I have seen every game.
As always, this is based 100% on games I watched....
1. Javon Walker looks finished. He got no separation all game long. Another former Bronco, Ashley Lelie, appears to be Oakland's best WR on a play-to-play basis.
2. JaMarcus Russell has serious accuracy issues at this point. I didn't see anything in his mechanics which led me to believe that there was a problem, but he's missing his targets a lot. Interestingly, the training wheels are being taken off a little bit for him lately, and it remains to be seen how he handles that going forward.
3. Jason Peters is supposed to be a big star at LT for Buffalo, but I don't see it this season. He's been getting beat by pass rushers, and he had a particularly long day matched up against Derrick Burgess.
I'm still in the process of watching every game in its entirety (Directv's Short Cuts is well worth the 99 bucks.) For now, some notes on things I already saw and thought.
OK, the Chargers got jobbed on the fumble call. No argument there, but if they had won on that play, it would have been because of a fluky, untouched fumble. In other words, it would not have indicated any semblance of Chargers superiority. Instead of losing on a weird fluky play, they didn't lose on another weird fluky play. By the way, the Champ Bailey play in the 1st quarter was not as clear to me as it was to Randy Cross. I thought that was very close.
The sequence following the fumble was really compelling. The key play-call to securing the win was the draw to Selvin Young on 3rd and Goal from the 10. Watching it, I thought it was brilliant, because I'd rather have one shot to score on 4th down, and leave 24 seconds on the clock, than I would take 2 shots into the end zone from the 10, with a minute to go. I think the probabilities are better, given the abysmal defense seen from both teams today. The call on 4th down was very smart, but really, par for the course of the game.