I'm confused about some important Broncos issues, and hope maybe some of you can help clear the fog.
I'm confused about the character of our defense. It seems that for the first six or so games the defense looked tough and physically imposing, kind of like Shaquille O'Neal, but for the last few games played old and slow, more like Ben Stein. What happened? What is the true nature of the Broncos' defense?
I'm confused about the stubborn insistence on calling so many screen plays. Given the high state of preparation and athleticism in the NFL, no play can consistently succeed when the other team is expecting it. I would think this would especially be true of a play that depends heavily on trickery and misdirection. When the other team is not fooled, they are going to blow you up, and it would have been better if you had run straight ahead or punted on third down. Maybe one of you guys that charts plays knows better, but it seems to me that the screen pass was the least effective play the Broncos ran last year. And instead of learning from our mistakes, we tried to make up for it by calling more screen passes. A screen play can be a great surprise weapon, but doesn't seem to work so well as a bread and butter play. What is the value of calling more than three or four screen passes a game?
I'm confused by the people who issue a blanket statement that "the Broncos don't have a quarterback." I'm even more confused by the fact that they don't want to debate the issue; they just expect you to see what must be blatantly obvious to them. I grant that Kyle Orton doesn't throw pretty spirals like the guy in Chicago, or have a flair for the bootleg like Jake Plummer. But the man proved himself head and shoulders above our backup last year, and he wins football games. Doesn't that count for something?
I'm confused by the attitude that DJ Williams is a ring of honor linebacker. He looks the part, and he is big, strong, and fast. And he makes some good plays, but he doesn't seem to excel in blitzing, covering, or tackling. Maybe one of you who is into fim study can clear things up, but to me he looks like a good player who tends to wear down or struggle with injuries late in the year. Is DJ Williams going to go down as a great Bronco?
I'm really confused by the overall state of the Broncos. I know the sky is blue and the sunsets are orange, but I keep hearing that the front office doesn't know what they are doing. I hear that we are in the weakest division in football, but I also hear that the Chargers are going to the Super Bowl. I hear that both lines are going to be better this year, then I hear that they're not. I hear that we don't have a quarterback, and I hear that Tebow walks on water. I hear that everything is different under Coach McDaniels, but we have a new defensive coordinator for the 73rd year in a row. I really have no idea. How good are the Broncos going to be?
I'm confused about the technical issues here at Mile High Report. It seems like every time I have clicked by over the last few weeks, my computer has frozen up. Was I doing something wrong? Maybe, but I didn't seem to have the same problem at other sites. Does my computer need some sort of new hyper-gizmo to make everything work OK? I don't know. In any event, the site seems to be working today, and I am glad to be back, if only for a little while.