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Talented Youth Gives .500 an Eviction Notice Long Overdue

Just about anyone on this site can recall the names of the key players from our Superbowl-Era: Elway, Zimmerman, Smith (in Rod we trust), EddieMac, Atwater, Al Wilson, Neil Smith (I don't care if he was a late-age FA pickup, the guy had class and could throw down in the trenches), Shannon Sharpe, etc. We know these guys names by heart, most of us can all recall many great drives, plays, and amazing comeback games and defensive stands. It doesn't matter if you're 25 or 52, you know our Superbowl Era teams, and though many of us can recall players before our dynastic stand, and even some after... we don't remember much else than the steady .500 seasons with a few flashes of greatness and potential. But that dreary repeating dream has flittered away into the past. There is a new future on our doorstep and we've finallly pulled open our orange and blue blinds to stare at it (I from rose colored windows even).

 

Whether you like it, or feel uncomfortable about it, McDaniels has opened the door - for ill or good - it's happening. Some tennants have been evicted, while others have been welcomed in - some old, some young. Who are these guys? Any fan here could spout out a list of nearly our entire roster and have a hopeful or skeptical opinion on all of them (with very few in between). But what strikes me about this roster is the youth. It's happened faster on Offense than Defense, but it's quickly enveloping the team. Yes, we've got several great veterans on the team, but that's exactly it - we've got several great veterans. The rest are young guys. REALLY young guys. Check this out:

 

# Player's Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
 20  Dawkins, Brian 6' 0" 210  36  15th 
 76  Williams, Jamal DL  6' 3" 348  34  13th 
 14  Stokley, Brandon WR  6' 0" 192  33  12th 
 71  Hochstein, Russ OL  6' 4" 305  32  10th 
 23  Hill, Renaldo 5' 11" 205  31  10th 
 21  Goodman, Andre' CB  5' 10" 184  31  9th 
 89  Graham, Daniel TE  6' 3" 257  31  9th 
 93  Green, Jarvis DL  6' 3" 285  31  9th 
 66  Paxton, Lonie LS  6' 2" 281  31  11th 
 97  Bannan, Justin DL  6' 3" 310  31  9th 
 24  Bailey, Champ CB  6' 0" 192  31  12th 
 72  Williams, Maurice OL  6' 5" 310  31  10th 
 28  Buckhalter, Correll RB  6' 0" 223  31  10th 
 51  Ayodele, Akin ILB  6' 2" 245  30  9th 
 57  Haggan, Mario OLB/DE  6' 3" 267  30  8th 
 54  Greisen, Nick ILB  6' 1" 242  30  9th 
 10  Gaffney, Jabar WR  6' 2" 200  29  9th 
 84  Lloyd, Brandon WR  6' 0" 194  28  8th 
 91  Fields, Ronald DL  6' 2" 314  28  6th 
 67  Batiste, D'Anthony 6' 4" 314  27  5th 
 8  Orton, Kyle QB  6' 4" 225  27  6th 
 26  Arrington, J.J. RB  5' 9" 212  27  5th 
 95  Reid, Darrell OLB/DE  6' 2" 270  27  6th 
 99  Smith, Le Kevin DL  6' 3" 308  27  5th 
 73  Kuper, Chris 6' 4" 303  27  5th 
 55  Williams, D.J. ILB  6' 1" 242  27  7th 
 33  Jones, Nate CB  5' 10" 185  27  7th 
 92  Dumervil, Elvis OLB/DE  5' 11" 248  26  5th 
 9  Quinn, Brady QB  6' 3" 235  25  4th 
 74  Harris, Ryan 6' 5" 300  25  4th 
 5  Prater, Matt 5' 10" 187  25  4th 
 3  Brandstater, Tom QB  6' 5" 223  25  2nd 
 58  Atkins, Baraka OLB/DE  6' 4" 268  25  4th 
 64  Daniels, Stanley 6' 4" 320  25  1st 
 36  Barrett, Josh 6' 2" 225  25  3rd 
 98  McBean, Ryan DL  6' 5" 297  25  3rd 
 94  Moss, Jarvis OLB/DE  6' 7" 257  25  4th 
 12  Willis, Matthew WR  6' 0" 190  25  3rd 
 46  Larsen, Spencer ILB/FB  6' 2" 243  25  3rd 
 22  Smith, Alphonso CB  5' 9" 190  24  2nd 
 29  Hall, Bruce RB  5' 11" 205  24  2nd 
 4  Colquitt, Britton 6' 3" 204  24  2nd 
 56  Ayers, Robert OLB/DE  6' 3" 274  24  2nd 
 70  Olsen, Seth 6' 5" 308  24  2nd 
 77  Polumbus, Tyler 6' 8" 300  24  3rd 
 79  Thomas, Marcus DL  6' 3" 316  24  4th 
 35  Ball, Lance RB  5' 9" 200  24  2nd 
 49  Bishop, Devin ILB  6' 1" 239  24 
 1  Lyons, Dicky WR  5' 11" 190  24  1st 
 2  Trapasso, A.J. 5' 11" 225  24  1st 
 31  McBath, Darcel 6' 1" 198  24  2nd 
 43  Thompson, Syd'Quan CB  5' 9" 187  23 
 50  Walton, J.D. 6' 3" 305  23 
 65  Stehle, Jeff DL  6' 6" 310  23 
 59  Woodyard, Wesley ILB  6' 0" 222  23  3rd 
 52  Kelley, Braxton LB  6' 0" 230  23  1st 
 83  Geer, Riar TE  6' 4" 250  23 
 87  Decker, Eric WR  6' 2" 215  23 
 63  Marinelli, Chris 6' 7" 300  23 
 32  Cox, Perrish CB  6' 0" 195  23 
 45  Bosworth, Korey OLB/DE  6' 1" 242  23 
 68  Beadles, Zane 6' 4" 305  23 
 96  Baston, Jaron DL  6' 1" 305  23 
 40  Baker, Toney RB  5' 10" 225  23 
 78  Clady, Ryan 6' 6" 325  23  3rd 
 25  Carter, Tony CB  5' 9" 175  23  2nd 
 85  Branson, Marquez TE  6' 2" 241  23  1st 
 34  McCarthy, Kyle 6' 1" 210  23 
 17  Honeycutt, Patrick WR  5' 9" 172  23 
 81  Quinn, Richard TE  6' 4" 255  23  2nd 
 19  Royal, Eddie WR  5' 10" 180  23  3rd 
 11  McKinley, Kenny WR  6' 0" 183  23  2nd 
 15  Tebow, Tim QB  6' 3" 245  22 
 72  Duncan, Paul 6' 7" 315  22 
 86  Overbay, Nathan TE  6' 5" 270  22 
 48  Alexander, Kevin OLB/DE  6' 4" 265  22 
 75  Baker, Chris DL  6' 2" 329  22  2nd 
 30  Bruton, David 6' 2" 211  22  2nd 
 88  Thomas, Demaryius WR  6' 3" 229  22 
 27  Moreno, Knowshon RB  5' 11" 210  22  2nd 
 41  Vaughn, Cassius CB  5' 11" 195  22 
 53  Kirlew, Jammie OLB/DE  6' 3" 264  22 
 90  Garland, Ben DL  6' 5" 275  22 
 16  Williams, Landis WR  5' 10" 174  21 
 69  Olsen, Eric 6' 4" 305  21 



That's 27 players over the age of 26, some of which may not even make the final roster. This is an incredibly young team, especially with so many key players being young prospects. Sure we've got some age in the secondary and on the defensive line, but those guys weren't brought in to carry us through the decade. They were brought in to show these young guys how the MF game is played. I might be staring through some rose-colored windows, but I am blissfully hopeful in this bunch and feel like I'm  staring at the next NFL dynasty.

Will it be?

Will we look back at this team 10 or 20 years from now and see amazing drives, comeback wins, defensive stands, and shutout victories? Anyone who's ever watched a game in the old Mile High Stadium can attest to the incredible noise and energy of that place; and most (if not all) would be willing to argue that Invesco just pales in comparison... but it is really the stadium? Or is it the fans that have gotten quieter because the team has lost its passion, its energy, and we have lost our zeal? We have hope, but hope doesn't shake that stadium; confidence, energy, passion, and ferver shake that stadium.

I'm not merely hoping that this new team will become the next dynasty, I am believing it now, and living it. The sketpics may say "they've got to earn my respect, they've got to earn that title" and in essence be saying "they've got to earn my zeal and my noise. Sure, they may hope for them to become Hall of Famers but merely going to Invesco to "hope out loud" won't start a blaze. You've got to know it, blindly if need be.

In 10 or 20 years I'm going to look back and say, "Man that was a great run we had... Tebow to Thomas, Decker, Royal, and McKinley; all while Moreno was juking people out of their pants behind Quinn, Branson, and Larsen. And that was just our Offense. It was our Defense where we really lit it up. D.J. and Doom crushed the right side of the field behind our massive D-line, and Ayers really knew how to collapse a pocket. The only guys in the league that could beat Woody in coverage were the ones playing in our backfield. I don't think i've seen a more physical secondary than the one we had after Dawkins and Champ hung up their cleats. With Smith and Cox roughing up the recievers at the line and Bruton and McBath destroying anybody that dared to cross the middle. That was just legendary. It definitely ranks up there next to the 97-98 teams, maybe better..."

 

Call it Koolaid, or call it whatever you want. This is what I go into gameday thinking, and it's one of the many reasons I leave Invesco Field with my lungs bleeding, feet stinging, and high on the taste of victory - even if that taste isn't immediate. I haven't gone to a single game I didn't like at the end of the 4th quarter, because even a loss will make you stronger than before (or at least it will for a team with the right mindset). In the Marines they always said, "Pain is weakness leaving the body" and I whole-heartedly agree.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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