This morning I was listening to Sirius/XM NFL just like pretty much every day during the football season, and a caller got Mike Nolan and Jeff Rickard to talking Broncos, and the trade of Cutler & letting Osweiler go in free agency, which inevitably turned the conversation to Elway. Nolan had high, high praise for Elway's handling of the team.
So, Rickard asks, "Is there any other city, besides maybe San Francisco, who so strongly identifies with one star athlete?" A fun topic in it's own right, but he mentioned that growing up in Denver that during the 1987 season, in which Elway had his first trip to the SB, a parody was made of the old Randy Newman song, "I Love L.A.", named "I Love Elway".
Now I was a huge fan already at age 13, but growing up in Western Kansas, missed seeing this because it was on local, Denver television. So, I hunted it down. Maybe someone else has a better version, but this is great!
“We know he left us, it is what it is,’’ said Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. “I’m pretty sure he wants to win. We want to beat him bad. Get a lot of interceptions.’’
“I don’t think anybody in this locker room cares that he left,’’ said Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. “I think everybody’s happy – when you’re a player in this league, you’re happy when another player gets his money, when he gets what he’s due. So everybody in this locker room, nobody has any ill-will towards Brock.
“At the same time, it’s competition and we want to shut him down. Just because it’s Brock. We know Brock. He came from here and we just want to kill him. That’s what we want to do.’’
As Trevor Siemian launched a Hail Mary pass that fell 6 yards short of the end zone as time expired, the truth should have hit Broncos general manager John Elway like a two-by-four: Denver doesn’t have a prayer of winning the Super Bowl with Siemian as its starting quarterback.
But will the Broncos be ready to get on with the rest of Paxton Lynch’s life before the team gets over this crazy dream of repeating as NFL champion?
When coach Gary Kubiak walks returns to his office Monday, the most pressing piece of business in the in-box will be as big as an elephant. While Broncos Country argues the merits of Siemian vs. Lynch, this issue is so complicated Kubiak must chew on it one bite at a time.
Lynch has a big game and a big frame. We know what a football hero looks like around here. Lynch has all the physical gifts in the tool box.
Siemian is working with little more than a screwdriver and an Allen wrench. After completing only one of the nine passes he attempted at least 10 yards downfield against San Diego, either Siemian’s left shoulder is hurt worse than the Broncos want us to believe or the coaches have zero faith in him to throw deep. “He showed some toughness going out there, but we wouldn’t have put him out there if we didn’t think that he was healthy enough to play,” interim coach Joe DeCamillis said.
Really? The failed Hail Mary by Siemian traveled 47 yards in the air as time expired. Even at age 56, Elway could have come down out of the stands and thrown it farther in his street
SAN DIEGO -- In a prime-time game played under the lights of Qualcomm Stadium, the Broncos nearly took themselves out of the game against the Chargers before the sun set over the nearby Pacific Ocean.
They pressed on and rallied and had a chance to come back, but for the second time in five days, they left too much to do and too little time to do it.
Once again, they fell behind 10-0. Once again, they trailed by three scores early in the fourth quarter. Once again, they marched downfield to scores that put them within an on-side kickoff of a last-gasp chance to tie the game.
Once again, the rally was ...
"Too little, too late," said quarterback Trevor Siemian after the 21-13 loss. "Too much to overcome."
With such a chasm separating their performance at the game's outset to the rest of it, it's fair to ask the question: Why are the Broncos so slow out of the blocks, especially on defense?
rest, which includes comments from Brandon Marshall and TJ Ward, regarding the defense
Week 9 of the 1966 American Football League season and the lowly Broncos make the Game of the Week film against the expansion Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
Ever wonder how bad the Broncos were before they drafted Floyd Little? Wonder no more as this film gives you most of the snaps in vivid color as a ragtag blend of rookies and castoffs dominate the woeful Broncos to achieve their first regular season victory in franchise history.
Despite the score, you get to see some fabled players from the AFL days such as Lionel Wilson, Willie Brown, Abner Haynes, Goose Gonsolin and "Wahoo" McDaniel, the only AFL player to wear a nickname instead of a last name on his jersey.
If you think our current OL sucks, check out these guys who are little more than speed bumps on the way to the ball carrier.
Be calm, my peoples. We're alright. Still two games over .500, and a half game out of first. Sure it sucks to lose two in a row,but we were up against it tonight. Short week, on the road with an interim coach, coming off a loss that was demoralizing even without losing our coach on top of it. And against a desperate division rival, which is a dicey proposition at best.
Oh yeah. . . we also started a QB who was raw in all senses of the word: both his shoulder and his skill set.
And Mike McCoy still almost cried on the sidelines on public television.
Good for them, they finally won one. . . they only beat 30 million to one odds to lose the last four-out-of-five, I guess it's fair to say they were due.
And it's not like I like a loss, of course. . . but I love the fact that our guys played through the end of the game. We need to find some semblance of a run game-- and Wade needs to mix in a couple zones here and there to protect our ILBs against those short crosses. It's okay. Our staff are pros, they'll figure it out.
Beyond that, I have one more point right now.
Tonight was one game, and we didn't win it. But personally, I still saw a major big picture win for the organization. It clearly was warm and humid out there-- nasty conditions for football. In an ugly game, where Denver's offense was clearly hopeless, Von Miller showed us a champion's heart.
Oh yeah. Sacks are great-- they're the bigger part of what he gets paid for, as it should be in today's game. But his effort (and impact, on a generally bad night) against the run is what tells me that #58 is truly all in, and worth every penny.
It appears the clock might have stuck midnight on our magical stretch over the last season plus. The weaknesses of our team our really starting to get exposed. Are these the real Broncos, or is it the team we saw in the first 4 weeks? We have a week and a half to get ready for a weak Houston game. It's early in the year, but I would classify that one as a must-win.
The uniforms. Seeing the D back on the helmet was sick. That's about it.
Booker was good too I guess.
Pretty much everything. Coaching, Siemian sucked, we couldn't block or run the ball, we couldn't stop San Diego (though I will give the D credit for a much improved second half), and our special teams were bad in every phase, save the two lucky muffs.
Holding penalties. Our entire o-line can go straight to hell for that pathetic display tonight.
Our defense against passes to the RB. Basically a free 10-15 yards every time.
This might not be Kurt Warner going from stocking grocery shelves in Iowa to winning a Super Bowl. But it’s the feel-good story of the year in the NFL, the story of a successful team with a GM unafraid to take risks and coaches who know what they’re looking for in a quarterback, one whose skills translate to pro football. Namely, poise, intelligence, accuracy—and the understanding that a strong supporting cast can make a fundamentally sound quarterback look pretty good.
“You couldn’t write the script,” says Jacob Schmidt, a former teammate of Siemian’s and now the director of player development for Northwestern football. “It is such a the stars aligned thing. You have what most would call a mediocre senior season, and then you blow out your ACL, and then you’re going to go to the NFL? How?”
It’s a tribute to Siemian that he’d hung around long enough to finally win the starting job outright as a senior. But when the offense was finally his own to claim, he lacked consistent playmakers at receiver and a steady offensive line. “It’s easy and lazy to look at his college career and not understand what he went through,” says former Wildcats running back Mike Trumpy, a close friend of Siemian.
Adds Schmidt: “We knew from day one Trevor had the skills. He’s always had a big arm and been a cerebral guy. We were never able to protect him long enough and put some weapons around him that would allow him to
Interesting article on the Players' Tribune. I actually liked the beginning the best, as he talks about his methodology and preparation:
At least 80% of interceptions start in bed. Or in a recliner. I’m serious. Monday through Friday, all I do is watch film on receivers. On Monday nights, I watch our upcoming opponents’ last three games. Every single snap in the All-22 film. That gives me a head start going into the week. I try to walk into the facility the next morning already knowing most of their offense before the coaches tell me. Then on Tuesdays, I start breaking down the first- and second-down passing plays they like to run. On Wednesdays, I break down their preferred third-down plays.
In the NFL, anticipation is everything. It’s very, very hard to make an interception if you are just reacting to what you see after the snap. It’s already too late at that point. NFL receivers are too fast, too physical.
If you want to get a jump on a route, you have to start making the interception on Monday. My first pick this season, against the Panthers, was straight film. Based on their formation, and their personnel, and the down and distance, I had in mind a few plays they might run as soon as they broke the huddle. But then I saw Cam flip the running back from the right side to the left side, and I knew exactly what was coming.
Hello Broncos fans, I sure hope this is the appropriate thread for me to share this, moderators please advise if I should place this in another thread, I don't mean to not follow the rules I assure you. The Description made me feel like this was the best place for me to post these, I hope it's ok, again please advise and don't ban me. I have recently began writing again, it's been difficult for me to find time to write because of full time work and full time school, I have recently began trying to make time for me to write for a number of reasons.
A) I'm passionate about the Denver Broncos, my family has season tickets dating back decades (feel free to PM me, the next game I will be at is Houston).
B) I enjoy writing, I find it therapeutic because like you, I am one of the more hardcore fans, and one of my only outlets to reach people both casual and hardcore (which I rarely meet) is through writing or these forums.
C) My full time school that I referenced above is Communications, with a goal of working in either journalism or public relations.
As I stated I am a massive massive Broncos fan, I just joined these forums but I am rather proud of what I've written and I think since we all are members of Broncos Country this is one of the best outlets to reach my audience.
Let me be very clear, if you like it or somewhat agree with it, or would like to share my columns of course I would be appreciative, and even a follow so we can talk shop about the Broncos on Twitter would be great. I'm not out here begging for attention, I just figured it was good information to share that I happened to write, of course gathering a follower base would be great, but that's more of a secondary goal. Here are my first two columns since I've returned to the game.