This is my first diary entry here on Mile High report, and I wanted to take a second to introduce myself, then give some thoughts on the game from Yesterday. I am from Denver, and I am a huge Avalanche and Broncos fan. As a kid my father had season tickets to most of the 80's Super Bowl years, of which i got to go to most games with him. I nostalgically remember old Mile High stadium and the Broncos are in my blood...
I am still new to this blogging thing Even though I have been running an Avs blog called "Jibblescribbits" over at http://jibblescribbits.blogspot.com/ for about 8 months now. That being said I am a die-hard football fan as well, and have wanted a place to share my Broncos thoughts as well, and this site allows for good discussion.
First Down: Here's wishing a full recovery to Bills TE Kevin Everett. As someone who has been to Craig Hospital in Englewood multiple times and seen firsthand the effects of spinal cord injuries I am scared for this young man. It's a violent game and this is one of the risks, but it's still sad and sobering to see someone go off like this. Let's hope he leads a full recovery and a normal life.
Second Down: I don't think there's any doubt that Jay Cutler is going to be good, but he needs to work on this whole throwing off of his back foot thing he's go going on. There were way to many back and flat footed passes leaving his hands. Of course awful color guy Randy Cross attributed overthrows to nerves, but Cutler had poor footwork yesterday. It's his first full season starting so it's something he can fix, but let's hope the Broncos coaches get on him in film study this weekend a little.
Other than the footwork, the kid was really good. He is young, but poised in the pocket, save a few times he channeled his inner-Plummer. He ran a pretty good offense, and not enough can be said about his arm strength. He is going to be very very good.
Third Down: Brandon Marshall is the real deal at wideout. It looks like he blocks well and he is huge. He has good hands and seems to run good routes. Will we ever see Rod Smith play another down for the Broncos? Probably only as the 4th WR if he gets on the field. The Broncos WR corps is really really good.
4th down: It's hard to judge the Defense based on this game. It's nice to see that Buffalo WR's had almost no impact on the game. Losman looked flustered and when WR's did get the ball in the flat Baily and Bly were tackling for no YACs. Those Denver corners are, as expected.. very very good. However Lynch was able to run over the Broncos at times and I think rushing defense is going to be a concern this season. It's something to watch for.