In 2008 the Broncos started the year off with blowing things up in the passing game, starting in week 1 when they rolled over the Raiders. Those first few games they surprised their opponents with packages that utilized the many receiving threats and relied on Jay Cutler's raw talent, the cannon arm and precision passes. Things looked really good those first few games.
And then we were manhandled by the Defense of the Kansas City Chiefs....
At the time my orange tinted shades made me think that it was just the mistake of our young team perhaps, or a hiccup of some sort. Better make mistakes now, and learn, rather than do it in the playoffs. Obviously we can see in hindsight there were deeper issues hampering every phase of our game. But most especially our passing game became so one dimensional and other coaches picked up on what we were doing and figured out how to stop it.
Well, part of McDaniel's approach is to make our Broncos into an amoeba, which will hopefully be able to change its game plan every week and something we really haven't seen in a long time- every HALF of a game! I can't count how many games we blew up in the first half and went into the break with a nice lead...I never felt safe with a lead, no matter how high. We always seemed to fade in the second half, letting other teams figure us out and change their tactics.
I can't wait until the Seahawk preseason game! My girlfriend and I are sitting right behind the bench and area where the players go in and leave the stadium! Things I am looking forward to seeing:
Kyle Orton and the new Tom B (hopefully not until the 4th quarter)
Knowshon (lets hope he gets that contract signed!)
Alphonso Smith (he will be a big part of helping the new linebacking unit with pass coverage)
The Pass Rush (I really hope I see it cause if not we will have a long season)
Thanks to all the MHR reporters who made it out to training camp, your efforts have produced the best Bronco coverage in the history of the Denver Broncos. The readers of this blog collectively know more about our team and have a better idea of what is going on with them then anyone has ever had the chance to before. Thank god for the internet which allows such a community to exist!