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Rocky Mountain Are You High? - I Am Selling
The Broncos And It's Not Because I'm A Charger Fan
I cannot even begin to explain just how perplexed I am by the number
of people who are predicting a big year for Kyle Orton. To me, this
is the proverbial question of whether the Dog is Wagging the Tail
or the Tail is Wagging the Dog.
Ch..ch..ch..changes. Josh McDaniels?
Has anybody noticed that the Bill Belichick disciples do not come
storming out of the gates with great offensive juggernauts? Working
in a great system which brought along Tom Brady and turned Matt
Cassel into a household name does not automatically qualify McDaniels
as the next great coach of quarterbacks. McDaniels flourished
when he had Tom Brady throwing to Randy Moss. Kyle
Orton is not Tom Brady nor was Kyle Orton the first choice
of Josh McDaniel’s. Somehow, his first choice Cassel slipped through
his hands as did the Broncos number one offensive weapon, Pro-Bowler
Now, their number two offensive player, Brandon
Marshall wants to abandon ship and will likely sulk in the
corner if forced to play out the season in Denver.
Flashback to the 2009 NFL draft when a team sorely lacking in
defense selects a running back despite an already crowded backfield.
Are the Broncos a team that are going to rally behind their new
coach, or do they secretly harbor a fear that their new coach
is a bumbling buffoon who is leading them down the path to destruction?
Can Someone Please Get Me a Body Bag.
If I were a young quarterback in the NFL and took a look at the
schedule beginning week three with Oakland, Dallas, New England,
San Diego, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Washington, San Diego (again)
and the New York Giants to round out week 12, I would be concerned
about where I just came from and where I was going. Orton will
be staring down the sights of Shawne
Merriman twice, Osi
Harrison and Terrell
Suggs (omitting a whole host of other sack leaders). He played
against three top ten pass defenses last year, but is likely to
see twice as many in 2009. On the upside, two of his better games
last season were against Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.
Offensive Line - The Denver
offensive line was one of the best last season statistically only
giving up 12 sacks, and paved the way for Bronco running backs
at a 4.8 yd-per-carry clip. All five starters return which bodes
extremely well for Orton. Left tackle Ryan Clady was huge was
a key addition and now has a season under his belt. The loss of
Shanahan could have cumlative negative effect on the offense as
a whole but retaining offensive line coach Rick Dennison has been
one of McDaniels better moves thus far.
Is it time to Buy or Sell the Hype?
- Sell. Face it! The Bears were all too happy to give up first
round picks in 2009 and 2010 along with a third round pick, wrapping
up that gift with a Kyle Orton bow. Orton was not the answer in
Chicago and now he is being asked to be the conductor of this
year’s train wreck. Psychologically, I view the fact that McDaniels
prematurely declared Orton the starter over Simms - despite the
fact that the team has not met together in full pads or in full
contact - as a feigned effort to gain control over and boost confidence
in not only his QB, but his team as well. McDaniels is off to
a shaky start and Orton will be his greatest casualty.
Marshall - Sell. Marshall has love for his team similar to
the 2008 Chad Johnson. Marshall told police last year that he
hates Denver. This year he doesn’t trust the medical staff, cleared
his locker, and even though he is now saying he will be present
opening day of training camp, his words sound hollow and I would
not be surprised if he pulls up lame with hip pain or an mysterious
hamstring strain conveniently landing him on the sidelines without
having to forego salary. These are systemic issues that are not
going away with a salary bump (which he will not get). Let’s see
how Eddie Royal does his sophomore year as the number one, without