I discovered this site a month or so ago, and it has displaced the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News as my go-to place for my daily Broncos fix. My hat's off to TheSportsGuru (or would be if I wore one) for creating an amazing site. Unlike so many of the forums I've been to, the posters are knowledgeable and the coach-bashing minimal. I've especially enjoyed the analyses of hoosierteacher and styg50, and really loved their collaboration in styg50's Lynch series. The analysis and the accompanying graphics were fantastic. I've long realized that an aging veteran in any sport often makes up with experience and smarts what he loses in speed and athleticism, but seeing it spelled out in such detail was eye-opening and made me really see what makes Lynch such a great player. Clearly he's lost some speed and never was a burner, yet if he's heading for the point of attack while a speed demon is still reading the play or heading in the wrong direction he's effectively the faster player. If Phillips is available and Sedrick Ellis isn't, I'd love to see him learn from Lynch.
I'd love to see some similar analyses of other players, including their strengths and where they need to improve. Marshall, for instance, is a load to bring down but he dances around too much instead of turning and heading north-south like Rod Smith used to do. I know it's not the primary attribute of a wide receiver, but it seems to me that the most developed part of his game is his blocking ability. Everytime I see him on a running play he's manhandling somebody.
A critique of Dumervil would also be interesting. His pass-rushing skills are obvious but what are the chances that he'll develop into an adequate or solid run defender? What are the flaws in his technique or his physical deficits and is he being used in the most advantageous way? How much has he improved as a run defender since his rookie year? An analysis of Denver's zone-blocking scheme would also be nice. I think I pretty much understand it, but you guys have showed me how much more there is to know. I'm not one of those people who's worried about the offensive line, though. That's Shanahan's area of expertise, and it seems to me he always finds a way. I thought this year's line did well considering the circumstances, and I think they'll do much better next year even with the loss of Lepsis. hoosierteacher's discussion of different defenses was also really interesting and I hope we see more of that.
I guess the mind-boggling expertise here has made me greedy. My own current draft preference, by the way, is that we draft Sedrick Ellis if he's available, Phillips if he isn't, and Clady if both are gone, as a way of getting the most bang from our first round buck. The mock draft database is a great resource.