It looks like the MSM is in the holiday spirit. This morning, Woody Paige, Mark Kiszla and a few others wrote me in response to letters I sent earlier this year. I thought I'd share what they said. Here we go:
Dear Woody Paige,
For my money, no Bronco has been more disappointing in 2009 than Chris Simms, the quarterback you thought should take the helm for Orton. What went wrong? Who else do you think has let the team down?
In 2009, I thought Denver would be Simms' City. The Simms (Phil the Rivers and Chris the Collinsworth-less) were an ideally designed family. Chris was primed to cross into the upper tier of NFL quarterbacks. He would make Clay Street Simms' Lane. But if only the quarterback without a spleen had a brain. Then his ample heart would guarantee that his kidney wasn't just kiddin' me when I pronounced him the best QB 2 B there for the Broncos.
But it was not 2 B for kid QB. I thought Simms' son would play better than Sampson (Clint and Old Testament both). But he got no help from Delilah, and made our (predominantly) orange hearts turn (mostly) blue. Instead of bringing Chris-Kringle cheer, Chris krumpled, and now kid Simms' destiny as the Simms-ply best in the first family of QB will B un-full-philled.
Robert Ayers, despite heralding from Tennessee, is also a disappointment. When the kid they got for the QB chases the other guys' QB, he whiffs like Ryan Howard. He'll never throw back the quarterback like Bri-an Orakpo, the player the Broncs needed for more sack-pos. No sacks, no soreness, no Bayer. Without Bayer, Ayers the Player will never be Gayle Sayres. He'll just fade in the glay-er of the lights, like another sinfamous Robert, Bobby K. Like Robert A., Robert K. had his career taken from him before it could be fulfilled. What Sirhan Sirhan did to the kid Prez 2 B, No-Lan No-Lan did to Bobby A. by moving him from End to LB.
Hey Kiz. Let's kick it!
I feel really great about the Broncos this year. Where do you think they go from here? I think they need to draft some bigger interior offensive linemen. What do you want the team to do?
If Josh McDaniels is serious about taking the next step with this team, he must do the bold and unthinkable: Cut Mario Haggan and Lonnie Paxton. After starting so strong, this team has gotten too secure. Make no mistake about it, McDaniels is smart, but he's still just a kid. He will lose the team instantly unless he starts admitting his own mistakes. What better place to start then cutting one of the old and one of the new? Haggan is a holdover who gets no sacks and could only receive a contract extension from an arrogant kid. Paxton is the ultimate sin of pride, and the last Patriot player McDaniels will bring to Denver, if he wants to win. With those two bold decisions, McDaniels will have this team on its way.
Dear Peter King,
Now that the Broncos are approaching a playoff spot, the Bears are headed for one of the worst records in the NFL, and Jay Cutler is going to lead the league in interceptions, isn't it time to declare the Broncos the winners of the Cutler trade?
Wow, great question. In a league with so many great quarterbacks, can you blame a team for trying so hard to get one? Peyton Manning and Tom Brady both playing. Right now. Right in front of us. And we're here - to witness it! It's a shame that the rest of the NFL sometimes takes away from their brilliance. They're both just so amazing.
I mean, the Patriots, the Chargers and the Colts. Wow. Just wow. What great teams. What a league. Commissioner Goodell was telling me the other day that there's never been a better time to root for football or buy tickets to a game. Pretty cheeky stuff, I thought. But then I thought some more. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, both playing. And then some other quarterbacks and teams, too. You've got to hand it to the Commish: He's pretty sharp.
Here are 7 more things I think I think:
1) That's some good coaching, Rex Ryan. You'll make dad proud. Keep this up, and you might even have as good a head coaching record as he did.
2) Coffeenerdness: In Terminal B at O'Hare this weekend, the Barista introduced me to the Caramel Pumkinchino Macchiatto. Great stuff. What a time to be alive. Then I went next door to some restaurant called Wolfgang Puck's. The special was lobster-mango ravioli. What's a mango?
3) NCIS Los Angeles Thoughts: You've got to handle the Russians, better than that, Callen. By the way, one word on Chris O'Donnell: Wow. He hasn't been this good since Batman Forever. He's the new David Caruso. Hooo-ahh!
4) The Office Thoughts: At the recommendation of some readers, I tried the British Office, the one with the British guy. Apparently they copy our shows now. I don't get it. Was he trying to be funny? Here's a tip on jokes: Make sure to include a punch line. Then have the camera cut away to other peoples' faces, so I know how to react.
5) Factoid That May Only Be Interesting to Me: The Chargers, Patriots and Colts have combined to win one of the last 4 Superbowls. What teams! What a game.
7) Eleven games, 600 yards, and nearly 3-and-a-quarter yards per carry. LT is still one of the best in the game. We're lucky to be watching this guy.
Dear Bill Williamson,
I'm really thrilled about the Broncos' season this year. But with the Bears' draft pick and another year for the players to learn the system, I'm even more excited about next year. What do you think?
The Broncos really surprised a lot of people this year. Nobody could have seen it coming. Next year? Yeah, I can definitely see it. If they have a really great draft, all of their player improve, Orton gets better, the coaching continues to be solid, the schedule is easy, and they catch some lucky breaks, I could see them definitely having a decent chance to be competitive.
Count on it.