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Glad to have you, Harv! I’ve missed your comments.
I’m coming here for game day threads from now on.
Great comments, folks.
Denver isn’t in the Manning-killer level of development yet. Even so - they did well agaist one of the best.
We have a brutal schedule for the next little while. Even so - I don’t take this as an issue because we might - might - lose a few, but as an opportunity to see the areas that we have improved (this morning, Monday, Orton was 2nd in the league in yards and had a 97.4 QB rating, with over 66% completions and just shy of 500 yards in Sunday’s game). There were problems - Perrish Cox, going against manning, woke up a much more seasoned player today - and there were great plays. We’re going in the right direction - I’m impressed with the degree of development. Go Broncos!
Drew, you’re most certainly not being a homer, or a Kool-Aid drinker, or even a glass-is-half-full person. This is simply being objective and logical.
This is refreshing…I kept asking myself if I’m simply being a delusional homer for actually feeling a little better about the Broncos after this one, so to read voices I respect articulating similar ideas makes this one sting even less. McD will get crucified, but you have to figure that he didn’t count on Orton coming up with his worst play (horrible read and execution) of the season on the second 4th down gamble. I think he had to go for it when Maroney failed to get in.
Its fitting that another clutch and perfect throw by Manning stuck the fork in them again. That guy is simply amazing. But I thought the D was wildly improved, as was Orton’s protection against a line that made NY look silly last week. This is a team that’s just going to get better as the season goes on…
Losing today may still be a little frustrating, but watching Chargers and Raiders choke makes it all go down a lot easier. And anyone who thinks the Chiefs will run away with the division is wrong. Broncos need to hang tough til mid season and the make a run.
Great points, CB & UD
HA Janikowski just missed a 32-yarder to win the game for Jokeland. Instead, they lose to Arizona!
Disappointing, but the season is far from over or lost, and in the end, we are BRONCOS FANS! WIN OR LOSE!
We can hang in there with any team, and we did until the end of the 4th quarter. I am proud to be a Broncos fan, and I can’t wait to see the end game not only of this season, but how we do in the future.
I don’t really see how someone can be upset with this game. If you came into it expecting a win, you weren’t being that realistic. The defense was exceptional in the first half, but to expect any defense (even less ours) to shut down Peyton Manning all day long is also not realistic.
So, there were plenty of encouraging signs today. The offense was explosive, but clearly not perfect. Orton’s INT was huge, and they couldn’t get it done deep in Indy territory. But this passing attack is well beyond anything I ever expected this year. The defense really came to play today, and Perrish Cox was very good for much of the day.
My other eternal beef is the conflation of play-calling with execution. Poorly executed plays de facto become bad calls. Poor results in the running game become a terrible scheme, rather than the expected outcome of putting a sick ward on the field. It’s just painful.
All that said, the special teams have taken me straight back to 2008. It’s excruciating.
Seriously, Chi. I had to step out of there, need to not read the game threads there. I forget. “Orton sucks,” “McD sucks,” etc. Real cool heads. <img alt="wink" height="19" src="http://www.singernet.com/images/smileys/wink.gif" style="border:0;" width="19"> I agree, the passing attack looks killer. They had red zone failure today, which is a bummer, and I don’t agree with McDaniels’ decision to go for it instead of FG (tho it seems like it wouldn’t have mattered), but what else did you want of either the offense or defense today, the game plan was otherwise fine. They made two bad turnovers, which you can’t do against Manning, and had those red zone stalls. So it makes the loss more frustrating. But I’ll take feeling hopeful about their future, over getting blown out (which is less frustrating, more hopeless.)
Touch sched, their running game still needs work, etc., but the way people scapegoat and flip their s—t on MHR (or the DP) makes me frustrated.
Itchy trigger fingers over at MHR today. I haven’t run the numbers on the 4th-and-goal, but I am suspicious. On the other hand, if the theory is “our D’s too tanked to stop the Colts anyway,” I get it.
Does it sound weird that this is the game that confirms to me the Broncos are headed in the right direction? All kinds of problems out there, but the passing attack is a killer. They’ll straighten out the line and the special teams.
I love going for it but I would’ve taken the FG there
Darn you Lloyd ! 62 yards ! I said dunk you dink ! <img alt="wink" height="19" src="http://www.singernet.com/images/smileys/wink.gif" style="border:0;" width="19">
Hey Dennis !! How is your weekend ?
We need a long sustained drive with a TD here please and thank you Coach McDaniels. More dink & dunk please <img alt="wink" height="19" src="http://www.singernet.com/images/smileys/wink.gif" style="border:0;" width="19">
JENNA!I am pretty happy with Wink’s game plan
After the turnovers, I’ll gladly take 13-3 at halftime. If we score to start the second half, we’re within one score in the third quarter. Nothing wrong with that.
Weird football game. Defense looked pretty good, turnovers killed us.
Offensive play-calling is going to be questioned.
I wonder if the bigger issue is coming out over-prepared and respecting the Colts too much, versus coming out sort of like a Rex Ryan and being a little looser with the respect.
Oh well Orton in the 2 minute drill. Release the Broncos McD !
Orton starting slow again today. Let’s hope he gets going.
2-0 on turnovers is not a stat that bodes well for any team.
Two 3rd-and-long plays and the crowd is sitting. What a shame
Hillis can rush for 300, but if they lose, it will ring hollow.
Winning is the only stat that really matters, which is why Terry Bradshaw is in the hall of fame.
This coming from a stat guy!
I’m no expert but 143 yards is pretty good against the Ravens.
Vilifying McDaniels will happen if the sun comes up tomorrow, even if we beat the Colts.
After his 2nd Super Bowl it might quiet down a little, but probably not <img alt="wink" height="19" src="http://www.singernet.com/images/smileys/wink.gif" style="border:0;" width="19">
Someone will still be around to comment on his McHoodie…
I’m not rooting against Hillis - I just don’t want to hear everyone vilifying McDaniels when Peyton has a good game…
I hope Peyton Hillis has a great career, except when his team is playing the Broncos.
Oh and instead of Colts @ Broncos we get Chargers @ Seahawks in our area.
Uh-oh. Peyton Hillis has 141 yards rushing. Here we go…
Dan Dierdorf just called Eli Manning “one of the two or three most accurate QBs in the league.” Chew on that one for a bit…