By trade, I am a broadcast journalist in south-central Utah and a wanna-be NFL historian. This is not a platform for the greats of the past today, but perhaps future columns will be. I make my bones by providing statistical analysis for high school broadcasts and select collegiate events in Utah, so I'll share some stats about where the Broncos stand right now.
First of all, the ball control mistake-free offense Josh McDaniels has employed has placed the Broncos fifth in NFL annals at 139 yards a game. Since San Diego' s porous defense has surrendered 151 yards a game, this bodes well for us and we should gash the Charger defense like a pinata at a Quinceanera party over and over again.
As for the passing offense,we are in a respectable 15th place and with Kyle Orton having tossed only one interception on the season thus far while completing 63 percent of his passes, he plays with a confidence that belies his low profile. Incidentally, while Brett Favre is glorified beyond belief, it bears mentioning that while he averages 7.4 yards per completion, Orton averages 7.5, so there! Stupid, myopic media....
While the Broncos are a modest 22nd in points per game, just below 20 per contest, things could be much worse. Furthermore, as soon as Orton learns more of the offense (he's a quick study and an excellent quarterback as we all know) watch the point totals soar. Reportedly, defensive coordinators who will face us in subsequent weeks are having nightmares about Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Tony Scheffler, Daniel Graham, Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter and Jabar Gaffney. My suggestion: one of my co-workers says NyQuil is a fix-all for such matters.
Of course, the strength of our team, the defense, gives up an NFL-best 8.6 points per game while we surrender only 252.8 yards a game, second only to the mighty Giants. Our pass defense ranks fifth in NFL annals and the rush defense is sixth. While it's off topic from this post, it's interesting to me that the Cardinals' defense is first against the run giving up a paltry 71 yards per contest. Who would have thought that? It just goes to show that the NFL's full of surprises.
Regardless of what the MSM thinks, our statistics speak for themselves and while we still have room for improvement, we do not have to rebuild, nor did we ever have to. Thank heaven we Broncos fans have brains and think for ourselves. Had we believed the garbage the MSM spoon feeds us, we would already be 0-5, bereft of a future.