John Fox Gone, Peyton Should Go Too

You know, the Broncos certainly lacked fire in that game yesterday, that embarrassment of a game.

So did the coaches.

Why? Because their “leader” Peyton Manning was stinking the joint up. Is he going to be all rah rah? Nope, don’t think so.

It’s up to the coaches to do that. I didn’t see any fire. I read Elway let the entire coaching staff know they could look elsewhere.

Good.

It’s like they were all ho-hum. Ho-hum, we’ll eventually catch up and win this game. Yeah right.

I noticed the crowd sucked too. Way to reaffirm you’re not the Mile High of old. Bunch of latte sipping, weed smoking, hooka worshiping gooned out hipsters in the stands. They know how to smoke, boo and are at least bright enough to leave early to beat traffic.

I say let Manning walk even if he’s going to play next season. People think that means this team needs to rebuild and we’re done chasing a championship for a while. I would say they were probably the same fools who thought this defense and running game was great when Manning took over.

Like I outlined in my previous post, the Broncos can get much better in one year this time around. Address offensive tackle early in the draft, draft another running back, acquire middle linebacker and safety. Acquire someone who can rush from the middle of the defense.  I would say goodbye to Wes Welker and I would even let Julius Thomas go. Thomas can’t run block for squat, I say let him walk, we can get somebody else to catch and block at TE for less money.

I’ve been impressed with the little we’ve seen of Brock Osweiler. Let him lead this offense, he’s got freakish height and he’s shown athleticism out there. He can move well for a big guy and protects the football for the most part when he’s been out there.

Maybe, just maybe I can finally be on board with the “new” Broncos.

Aren’t You Glad You’re Not A Broncos Fan?

The usual suspects...

The usual suspects…

I am.

When are you sea cucumbers gonna realize I am reality?

This is a worse upset than the Ravens game two years ago. The Colts will get squashed next week, the NFC will probably win the Super Bowl but at least the Pats should make a game of it.

The Broncos sure as hell wouldn’t of.

Last March I told Broncos GM John Elway I wanted him to do a few things. He did all of them except the most important one: Draft a running back and change the offense to run around twenty times a game.

Once the draft passed by and we didn’t grab a running back in the 2nd to 4th rounds I said the hell with it. I didn’t update the site. I knew the Broncos wouldn’t change from their “Omaha” pass-happy ways and this season would end badly.

I sure as hell wouldn’t be a part of it.

Fail to do what P.P. Dublinski wants and you’ll get whacked. Every time.

Now I do give John Elway some credit for changing the Broncos offense after the disastrous Rams game this year. They finally changed to the type of offense I wanted. He finally listened to P.P.

Too little, too late.

You can’t really do that mid-season, this kind of change requires an entire offseason and preseason.

I told you people I didn’t like this Peyton Manning to the Broncos deal from day one. Day &%&ing one. I said it would not result in a Super Bowl win and it hasn’t. Baltimore embarrassment, Super Bowl embarrassment, now this embarrassing  loss. Isn’t it wonderful?

John Fox: Perennial Playoff Loser

John Fox: Perennial Playoff Loser

John Fox should go and so should Peyton Manning. That old fuddy-duddy Fox doesn’t do jack squat, he’s uninspiring and they should make him the fall guy for these terrible post-season losses.

They should tell Manning to move on, maybe retire, better yet trade him to some desperate team.

None of this will probably happen. Quite honestly I’d rather see Brock Osweiler get the nod at QB.

I said that three years ago. We could have fielded a different team by now. But I digress…

Quite possibly, there is a silver lining to all this.

First, the Broncos defensive acquisitions in 2014 panned out pretty well. Demarcus Ware returned to form, the safety T.J. Ward was good and Talib was decent. All three were good pickups and the fact that the Broncos defense still isn’t that great after acquiring them buttresses my position all along: No, the Broncos defense isn’t great and hasn’t been for years. Sorry. The Broncos need help at the other safety position opposite Ward, middle linebacker and they need someone who can rush the passer from the inside. The “Colts style” bookends of Ware and Miller aren’t enough, people should get that by now, they need someone in the middle, either a linebacker or lineman who can rush the passer.

The Broncos need an offensive tackle opposite Clady and they need a big-time running back. CJ Anderson proved he is a good player this year, he’s not great though. He’s no LeVeon Bell. The Broncos need a Bell type who can take the ball to the house when a hole appears and also catch some. Someone big and fast. CJ Anderson is fine, I’d honestly give up on Montae Ball, never seen any moves or power from him. Keep Hillman for occasional third down duty.

All this could be accomplished in one offseason. The Broncos could actually be formidable next year, but that also hinges on one thing: Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning Forehead

Something ain’t quite right in Denver…

My God, can this guy even function in a run heavy offense?

He may not be able to. I say cue Brock Osweiler if that’s the case.

Manning’s greatness may hinge on the pass heavy offense he’s relied on over the years. The Dan Fouts, Dan Marino pass, pass, pass offense. You know, the kind that doesn’t really win Super Bowls. He may need to constantly pass to get in a rhythm. This could be very bad.

Or he could adapt over an entire offseason, the Broncos could draft a great running back and P.P. may even root for them since I have someone on the offense to watch besides “Omaha.”

Anyone else sick of the commercials?

Somewhere, Peter Tebow is raising a Mojito and laughing.

Karma Elway, Karma…

 

 

Tom Brady Jumped the Shark

brady-hair

What do you call that hairstyle? A ploof? A floof?

A Sea Cucumber?

She’s the one dressing him, that’s for damn sure.

Hard to root for this guy anymore. I think New England’s on a path to the beautiful letdown, after all those Super Bowl runs… You people up in New England can blame the Giselle-ification of Brady.  Holy hell.

In other news, the Broncos must draft a running back in the 3rd to 4th rounds at the latest. Otherwise, they ain’t even serious about revamping the running game. It doesn’t just need tweaking, it needs revamping. Wouldn’t bother me to see them take an offensive lineman in the first round neither.

C’mon Elway and company, surprise me… Otherwise I’ll start calling for Gary Busey to replace you.

Clearly, Big Daddy Elway is reading P.P.

Remember all the talk the past two years about some “great defense” in Broncos land?

Big Daddy just signed three All Pro caliber defensive players. Pretty big overhaul to something that wasn’t broken to begin with. I’ve said all along we’re three to four players short of a good defense.

Defense isn’t the only problem, the running game is abysmal against good teams. This at least shows they are well aware of the problem. I don’t want to see 55 touchdowns through the air next year. “Greatest passing attack of all time ..”

What did that get them?

Meanwhile in La La land at the Denver Post, ol’ Woody Paige says bring back Mike Shanahan as an “aide.”

Probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever skimmed.

Broncos Sign Demarcus Ware — Still Need Linebacker

Demarcus Ware BroncosThe Broncos made yet another big splash in free agency signing ex-Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Ware to a three year deal. This signing officially makes Broncos free agent DE Shaun Phillips expendable, although he’s welcome back if its a bargain. If they stay healthy, the Broncos added three Pro Bowl caliber players to their 2014 defense. It seems Mr. Elway is finally doing what I wanted and is heeding the iron words of P.P. Dublinski. I didn’t want to hear the Broncos were a “great defense” with such gaping holes, but the proverbial ship is getting caulked.  The Broncos defense still needs to fill a spot at linebacker beside Danny Trevathan and Vonn Miller.

I originally called for an All-Pro caliber Safety, Linebacker and Cornerback. With the signing of Ware, the new linebacker just needs to be solid, somebody tough who hits hard. I don’t see Nate Irving or Paris Lenon filling that role at middle linebacker.

Broncos Sign CB Aqib Talib, Safety T.J.Ward

Aqib Talib Denver Broncos

Two down, two to go.

Well there you go folks, two out of the four signings I wanted on the first day of free agency. Clearly the Broncos realize their needs in the secondary and they netted a playmaking cornerback in Aqib Talib as well as a hard hitting safety with a mean streak in T.J. Ward.

Now the Broncos need a very good linebacker and a running back. Another running back unless they absolutely, positively believe Montae Ball can be the guy. They’ve recently said they aren’t looking for a RB in free agency, so I’d expect them to acquire one in the early rounds if they smartly become serious about running the ball more.

Of course, signing a Demarcus Ware wouldn’t hurt any either.

In other news, I heard Woody Paige cut a hellacious dusty boofart and had to be escorted out of the Denver Post newsroom.

An Open Letter to John Elway

Elway Teeth

Big Daddy Elway better pony up for a Safety.

I have assurances that this missive will reach Broncos General Manager John Elway, so here goes.

As most of you people may know, I P.P. Dublinski did not approve of the Peyton Manning signing from the start and here is why:

First, I liked the direction the team was headed in. The Broncos had a run-first mentality. Run-first, play good defense and pass well enough to win. It worked at times, but much of the blame was cast on the quarterback who was in reality only deserving of some of it. The team as a whole was mediocre and could be upgraded to perform much better with this philosophy.

Rubes, goobers and Elway cronies in the media such as Shannon Sharpe, Mark Schlereth and Tom Jackson claimed the Broncos defense was “great,” the running game was amazing as was the offensive line.

It was the quarterback ruining the show.

When the Broncos signed Peyton Manning many of the fans went crazy. They jumped for joy.

I knew better.

I knew the Broncos offense wasn’t very good, the defense wasn’t very good and I knew that we’d start to run things the Peyton Manning way. When Willis McGahee claimed he would run for more yards with Manning, I laughed out loud. He obviously didn’t know the Manning style offense of traps, draws, traps.

Omaha… Omaha… Throw, Throw, Throw…

Third down and two yards to go? Throw.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Furthermore, I wouldn’t have bellyached one bit if the former Broncos QB was supplanted by Brock Osweiler at mid season. That probably would have happened. We would have started a low-priced, young, athletic quarterback with promise and I would have been fine with it.

Peyton Manning Broncos

I don’t want to see any more Papa John’s commercials either, winners don’t do commercials until they retire.

But you of all people John Elway should have known this team was in for an ass whooping. Trying to win a Super Bowl by riding Peyton Manning’s arm? It’s a flawed concept.

You should know the Broncos need a solid running game and a defense instead of relying almost totally on this one-dimensional pocket passing crap.

It doesn’t work, it never wins championships. Dan Fouts, Dan Marino — the pass, pass, pass crap doesn’t work against the very good teams.

Trouble is, the Omaha crap does work in the regular season against the poor and mediocre teams.

It doesn’t work against a Forty Niners defense or a Seahawks defense. You may add a few NFC teams to this list when the regular season starts — some teams are getting better. The Seahwawks covered the Broncos receivers, they pressured Manning and they did not respect the Broncos paltry running attack one bit. The Broncos defense held up for a half but was then worn down. Few big plays were made by the defense because the team doesn’t have playmakers in key positions.

Broncos first Super Bowl? Very average offense, great defense = Loss

Broncos next three Super Bowls? Great QB, lousy running games, very average defenses = Losses

Broncos next two Super Bowls? Great QB, great running games, above average defenses = Wins

Woody Paige

Woody Paige: Last seen giving you 48 reasons why the Broncos would win the big show.

There ain’t no way no how the Broncos are going to win a championship with a very average running game and an average to slightly above average defense. Very few teams can accomplish such a feat in the post season no matter who the QB is. I don’t want to hear a list of excuses from  buffoons like Woody Paige, I don’t want to hear about the Broncos having an amazing defense and I don’t want to hear that all we need to do is get better on defense and get a couple more good receivers.

I have been detached from this team for the last two seasons and it has definately served me well. When the Broncos got beat by the Ravens in the first round I was totally unfazed. When the Broncos got killed by the Seahawks in the Super Bowl I predicted it right here early that very day.

In order for you Mr. Elway, in order for you to regain the powerful alliance of P.P. Dublinski you need to accomplish five things this offseason. Fail these and fail miserably.

I don’t think you’ll do it.

Surprise me.

Hey, I’m only trying to help you to not get embarassed deep in the playoffs next year.

First and foremost, the Broncos need a big-time Safety. Big-time. Get the best, whoever is available. I’d prefer a free agent over drafting since the Broncos have shown they are incapable of drafting a safety in recent years.

Number one top priority right there. Someone who hits hard and sets the tone. Get him at all costs. It’s a glaring hole in this defense. Do everything possible to get the best. Break the proverbial bank on this signing.

Second, acquire a hard hitting, playmaking linebacker. We need someone making plays at this position. Not someone serviceable or “fast” or “can cover.” Hitting hard and making plays. The Broncos are incomplete at linebacker and need one more big-time player at that position.

Third, acquire a ball hawking playmaking cornerback. I don’t care about someone who can just cover, I’m talking about a consistent playmaker at this position similar to a Sam Shields out of Green Bay.  Someone who gets interceptions, I don’t care if they get burned once in a while. This team needs turnovers.

Out of these three players, two must play at an All Pro level. One can just be solid. That’s three players this defense desperately needs.

I would not let Shaun Phillips go. He is the “Alfred Williams” of this defense. Where else would he or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie go anyways? The Forty Niners? The Seahawks? I’d sign these two as long as they’re reasonable. Certainly let Decker, Knowshon and Ayers go. Woodyard too, I think he’s overrated. I’d re-sign Ayers if he doesn’t ask for much. He is a good rotational player worth a few good plays at times.

Elway needed a running game to really win.

Elway needed a running game to really win.

That said, people who think that Peyton Manning had a bad day and the Broncos just need to bolster their defense to beat the Forty Niners/Seahawks are kidding themselves. Anyone who thinks the Broncos just need to bolster their defense and upgrade their wide receivers are also sea cucumbers with a sizable lack of mental faculty.

Fourth, the Peyton Manning show in Denver needs to be toned down and he needs to split his time with a legitimate running game.

A legitimate running game with a legitimate running back.

I really don’t think Peyton Manning is willing to do it. I don’t think the Broncos brass is willing to do it either. I believe it’s a huge problem and the Broncos won’t adapt.
The type of running game I’m talking about is where the Broncos can line it up on first down and run three times for another first down. Against a good defense, mind you.

Is Montae Ball the answer? I say maybe, but maybe not. I wouldn’t count on it. Hopefully he progresses more. But if I were the Broncos I would probably draft yet another back in the third or fourth rounds. Someone with size and speed. Someone who can really take it to the house when they break free.

We don’t have this player currently.

Sign or draft a new running back with size and speed. I’ll add a second minor part: Do the Broncos even have a fullback? What the hell happened to us?

The Broncos need a legitimate 1,400 yard rusher. They must acquire this or they must split the load between two workhorse running backs.

Do you think they’ll use a fullback? Do you think we’ll see 35 touchdowns for Manning and 20 from our running game?

I don’t. And therein lies the biggest rub.

That is the type of balanced offense that could win a Superbowl and I don’t think the Broncos will adapt. I don’t think Manning would be happy lining it up and running a lot more and doing more of the play action pass thing.

You know that thing that keeps good defenses guessing? That buys that split second because they actually need to honor your running game?

I don’t care about regular season stats. I don’t want to see Manning pass for 55 touchdowns.

Some people think that’s amazing. I don’t at all.

Fifth, the Broncos must commit to the run.

They must play like a Super Bowl team during the regular season.

If they’re smart the Broncos would run the football a lot more and reduce Peyton Manning’s role to where the game doesn’t rest almost completely on his shoulders.

If it’s the same old pass, pass Omaha crap. Run a trap here, run a draw there — then the Broncos are one good opposing defense or one foul day of weather away from getting bounced early in the post season.

Or God forbid embarassed in the Super Bowl.

Yet again.

NFL League Source

League source says: “Just blame the defense.”

It won’t be funny this time either. It will be a series of unforgettable, unforgivable black marks on the franchise.

I will blame John Elway the most. He should know.

I’m telling you people, if this Peyton Manning experiment doesn’t win a Super Bowl, consider it a failure and it will have set the team back.

The ball’s in your court Big Daddy Elway.

P.S. It’s gotten awful quiet in the comments since reality showed up in the Super Bowl.

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