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Broncos at Bengals Tonight 7pm EST

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

I’ll be watching the young guys and the new additions, won’t put much salt into this game though, it’s the next two that are most meaningful. The Bengals have already played a game, so they may look more sharp out there tonight. We’ll see if any patterns develop though, like not being able to run the football or not getting to the quarterback. The offensive line is the Broncos biggest question mark.

I keep hearing all this nonsense about how the Denver Broncos 2009 season rested on a mistake play with an opportunistic Brandon Stokley making the flub grab for a touchdown in week one.

As if that was the only point of significance that could have gone either way last year… How about 3rd and 25 against the Eagles deep in the fourth quarter with the game on the line? Defense makes a stop on a 3rd and 25 play and there’s a win right there. How about 4th and 10 in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against Jamarcus the Hutt Russell, eh? Make a stop there and there’s two more wins.

I trust McDaniels won’t spoil too much of his gameplan in the preseason, he’s the second coming of Sun Tzu, so he won’t do that. Unlike that Huckdort up in Chicago, I said last year, I said they played their hand when they faced the Broncos, and I was right. Shut down that tight end Olsen and Hucky and Co. got nothing. They played their hand to win a preseason game. For some reason, we couldn’t figure out they were throwing it to the TE over and over again. Probably that Nolan brainfarting.

I hear that Shanahan thought Huckdort, Marshall and the rest of the old crew were Super Bowl caliber. They were on the verge of a Superbowl in Denver, did you hear that one? What a joke that is, a bunch of poor character, me first losers who never won anything. Maybe we should discuss at length Jay Huckdort Cutler’s playoff prowess–oh yeah, that’s right he could never get into the post season. He is a ticking time bomb, a pick waiting to happen, defenses know it and I love it.

Shanahan will be a good coach for the Redskins, but his time in Denver was long over. Year after year just a few players away from a Super Bowl, eh? Maybe that’s why they were practicing without pads, maybe that’s why they were spoiled. Shanahan stayed on too long, his ways got stale and the writing was on the wall. If he has success with Washington it tells you nothing about the Broncos and their decision to give him the axe. Shanahan got comfortable here, too comfortable. That Huckdort ain’t no winner and Shanahan couldn’t field a defense year after year.

I’m sure Timmy Teebs will take the field in the fourth quarter tonight, some people will be hanging on every pass he throws–not me. Remember a guy by the name of Bradlee Van Pelt, eh? Back in 2005? Came in there and lit everybody up, he ran, he threw he looked like the second coming of John Elway. Rookie cards went through the roof. Then comes the regular season and he plays one game–it was deer in the headlights city–and he’s pretty much out of the league. Not to mention a guy by the name of John Elway, who’s first year was a disaster. Steve Young? Dismal his first two years. This Tebow doesn’t even have the throwing pedigree, he doesn’t even have the throwing acumen of an Elway or a Young, so any dream of Tebow the “pocket passer” is gonna take time.

Why did he draft him, eh? Why did he draft Tebow? Was it Tebow’s intelligence, his will to win and study, putting in the extra effort to retain the complex plays? Was it McDaniels thinking he was the coach who could make Teebs an NFL starting quarterback?’

I say none of that. It was his versatility. That’s why we drafted him. That’s the sure thing about him. To anyone who thinks this Tebow’s just gonna hold a clipboard this year, you better think again. We’ll see who the geniuses are come the regular season.

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Broncos Promote Wink Martindale to Defensive Coordinator

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The Broncos named linebackers coach Wink Martindale their new defensive coordinator.

Wink Martindale

“He’s earned this opportunity. Our system won’t change, our philosophy won’t change. He’s a very aggressive coach. This is a great day for the Denver Broncos. Defensively, we will keep our system consistent in terms of the scheme and will play an aggressive, physical brand of football. – McDaniels”

Same system, same philosophy. The system and the players matter most.

Don Martindale

Looks like we got a steak eater, it's an upgrade folks.

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Dumervil Could Follow Nolan? – Bunch of BS

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Talk about an “attention grabbing” headline. You think the Broncos are going to let go of the only player on their team who sacks the damn quarterback?

Elvis Dumervil

I’ve lost a little respect for that Schefter now that he’s in that trash heap of stupidity ESPN and he’s holding a hat out, charging money for his latest “news.” Screw that.

Now we have a stupid headline here, Elvis Dumervil could follow Nolan to Miami. Why the hell would Dumervil want to leave the Broncos anyways? It’s probably that stupid notion that the entire success of the defense, every last little nuance of our defense was Mike Nolan and now that he’s gone its surely doomed to mediocrity. I’m betting anything Dumervil doesn’t believe that. Only a bunch of sea cucumbers in the press.

The only way in the world we let Dumervil go, the only way that happens is if the Broncos somehow get a Julius Peppers. Bottom line, it’s a reach and a half and kind of a stupid one at that.

We pay Dumervil, and I am sure he’s happy in Denver.

You can’t replace Dumervil, or better yet, you had better have a plan to replace him with someone equally productive right now if you were to let him go. And that sure as hell don’t mean a draft pick.

You can replace Brandon Marshall’s production, I won’t miss his numbers when we can actually run the football when it counts and I won’t miss his locker room cancer when we split his production between a couple players. That’s a few reasons he’s gone besides the obvious trouble he’s been.

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Mike Nolan Gone – Dean Pees, So What?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The sky is falling in Denver, cry me a river. All of a sudden Mike Nolan is solely responsible for just about anything good to come out of the Broncos this season.

Dean Pees on your Head

Last year, around this time, weren’t the pundits pouring over Mike Nolan’s less than stellar resume? Here’s a post from a disgruntled Niners fan in the middle of the 2008 season:

You have to credit Lewis with molding a defense that was dominant enough to help the Ravens win a Super Bowl after the 2000 season. Nolan was handed the keys and kept it a smooth running machine for the next 3 years. We cannot credit Nolan with building this defense.

Let’s take a further look at Nolan’s past…

New York Giants – 1993-1996 – 5th, 11th, 17th, 14th.

Washington Redskins- 1997-1999 – 16th, 24th, 30th.

In 1993, Nolan took over much of the personnel from Bill Parcells. Let’s look at the dropoff after Nolan’s first year with the Giants. His defenses never cracked the top 10. When Nolan was in Washington, his defenses got progressively worse.

In 3 years with the 49ers, Nolans defensive rankings are as follows…

2005 – 32nd, 2006 – 26th, 2007 – 25th.

Some resume, eh? Even that Numby from the Denver Post hammered the decision of Nolan as Broncos defensive coach. Goes to show you his luck. I never said Nolan was a genius, I said the jury’s out back then, since I didn’t much like the Mr. GQ suit and tie nonsense.

Nolan proved to be good, kind of. Who knows what the hell went on. We sure as hell didn’t do that well down the stretch, even on defense. Like I said, 3rd and 25?4th and 10? Thankfully someone is reporting “some” kind of writing that resembles information. Mike Klis from the Denver Post (Kudos to Klis for predicting 9-7 last year, probably stole it from me):

In large part because of differences in coaching styles, philosophies and game-day play calling, McDaniels, the Broncos’ head coach, and Nolan, the team’s defensive coordinator, decided at the conclusion of their meeting Monday to end their business relationship after just one season.

Just what I wanted to know. There you have it: a difference in coaching style, philosophies and game-day play calling. Oh, and wouldn’t you know McDaniel’s buddy just resigned up in New England? He wanted to become a “free agent,” eh?

Oh but no, that can’t be. The sea cucumbers out there all think Nolan jumped ship cause he hated McDaniels. He knew the Broncos were gonna be losers. After all, Nolan’s impeccably successful, and he surely couldn’t stand to stay signed on with this bunch.

What a joke, I credit Nolan with helping to put a decent system in place. McDaniel’s probably wants some things done a certain way, and made Nolan adapt. Mike Nolan gets to go off to Miami or wherever the hell and be Mike Nolan.

Nolan was probably a “good” fit for us. If we sign this Pees, then you can tell – if you’re not a sea cucumber – what the deal is. McDaniel’s wants the perfect guy for the job. Nolan’s probably “put up” with doing things a certain way… either that or he wouldn’t budge.  This Pee’s is McDaniel’s buddy, he ‘s coached alongside him for years – a partner in crime to Super Bowls, mind you –  and it’s the exact, precise 100% system McDaniels wants. By the way, this guy’s track record ain’t so bad, 6th, 4th, 10th and 11th as a D coordinator, not to mention a Super Bowl ring when he coached linebackers. Remember how good them Patriots linebackers were, eh? No matter, stats schmats, this guy knows the system.

I’m telling you people, this year it will be McDaniel’s team. We are cleaning proverbial house, and it goes for the coaches too. If you’re not on board, just jump off the side baby.

Excuse me while I go cry in the corner over Mike Nolan leaving.

P.S. If it’s Pee’s he’s probably gonna steal us some players too. Wouldn’t that be horrible.

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Nolan Parts Ways with Broncos

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Nolan put a good system into place at least. He was a decent defense coach, although our adjustments started sucking towards the end of the season. But so did the whole team, for the most part. Schefter’s saying we’re looking at that Pees guy from New England. Wouldn’t bother me none, he comes from a winner, he was their linebackers coach before becoming coordinator.

You see that Jets game, eh? You seen them get those tough yards running, eh? That’s what WE need.

I don’t want to hear about that Shonn Greene being miles better than Knowshon Moreno. You see that line he’s running behind? That’s an offensive line. We don’t have that kind of interior, that’s for damn sure. They pushed those damn Chargers into next week. The Jets are built to beat the Colts, they could do it if they run the football. Unfortunately, I have a feeling it will be the Colts and Saints in one of the most boring Super Bowls in history.

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