There is a parallel between the CU Buffalos and the Broncos in terms of TE talent the last couple of years. CU's quarterback limitations and dearth of wide receivers caused me to examine their available talent more closely, namely TEs. The picture of a "jumbo" package of tight ends creating absolute terror in the eyes of 180 to 190 DBs started thinking along the lines of a new offensive paradigm. Don't be surprised if the Buffs mirror the Broncos in this sense this year. The NBA has become all about physical mismatches. The NFL seems to be moving in that same direction and I think McDaniels may be at the forefront of this kind of thinking.
Hillis and Moreno in a two back set, both highly capable receivers out of the backfield, coupled with Graham and Quinn's blocking/pass catching skills is enough to raise the specter of mismatches and "terror" in the NFL as well. Add in Schfler and we have a more than adequate blocker with down field ability to stretch defenses and keep them honest. Talk about a "jumbo package, wow!
The offensive options for the Broncos appear to be almost beyond comprehension. Add in Royal, Marshall, et all and it conjures personnel packages that will be nearly be unreadable in terms of determining how to defend against this offense. McDaniels has promised "some things that have never been seen before". I cannot wait to see this offense and personally feel it has the potential to greatly surpass last year's in terms of scoring and quite possibly total yardage.
On another note it was personally disgusting to hear that Orton was booed by some of our "fans" at the Thursday night practice. It was PRACTICE for crimmony sakes. If the Bronco offense comes together like I think it will the reason will be we have a quarterback capable of distributing the ball to ALL the various weapons available. Physical comparisons aside Orton seems more suited for this offense than the "gunslinger" "win it by myself" mentality of Cutler. The boo birds need to accept the reality of Cutler being gone and get behind the reality of supporting the development of the quarterbacks we have now.
The bottom line is we have an organization/coach focused on the "team" concept and a theme of athletic diversity on both side of the ball that may make the Broncos the prototype of a new paradigm for the NFL. It may take a year or two to acquire the "hybred" personnel to fit the offensive and defensive model envisioned by McDaniels but they will be fun to watch in interim!