The unbearable part of the summer has passed. In one week, the Hall of Fame game is played. FINALLY!
I narrowed my 1,000 questions to 6 and gave my predictions.
Are Denver's key draft picks/undrafted FA's from 2009 and 2010 ready to become contributors/starters? (note: Moreno, McBath and Bruton already are contributors/starters hence exempted)
IMO the eligible players for this question:
2009 - Alphonso, Ayers, Quinn, Olsen, McKinley, Branson, Baker.
2010 - Thomas, Tebow, Beadles, Walton, Decker, Cox.
Prediction : If 9 of these 13 players can step in and contribute with good or great play in 2010, Denver's foundation for the future looks bright and will make this a solid season. Those who will step up are: Ayers, Branson, Baker, Thomas, Tebow, Beadles, Walton, Decker, Cox (ST). Yes, that's 100% of the 2010 draft eligible players. Each have the unique chance ahead of them since the team needs their skills.
Is there going to be an increase in trick plays this year? (including Wild Horses)
Prediciton: way too obious...YES. Tebow will be used starting in game 1 in short yardage/goal line situations. I see some gimmicks integrated in the formation but this is not a big surprise.
I do see whoever the holder is, whether Quinn or Tebow, to be used once or twice on a fake FG. A flea flicker or two thrown by Orton or Tebow to DT will happen as well. Reverses also with Tebow leading the blocking. CAN'T WAIT to see him blow up a corner. I know I know, you dont want to see your future QB doing those things, but c'mon, he can do it!
Will Orton improve in 2010?
Prediction: Orton will have another solid, improving season thanks to a) the running game and b) rookie WR development - except for INTs. I see several miscommunications with the rookies causing a few more INTs. Hopefully they will all be deep patterns. Orton 2010 stats - 65% 4,100 yds 27 TDs 14 INTs
Which rookie will have the biggest impact?
Prediction: Several rookies will have an impact on the team. WRs, obviously, have the best chance to come up big; however, Walton will become the anchor in the O-line and be Nalen 2.0. McD, Moreno and Orton will credit Walton with the improved running game because he created the answer to Question 5 below.
Who will be most improved Bronco?
Prediction: On defense, you can point to someone like Ayers as the potential breakout star since he will have 5-7 sacks this yr. But the most improved player will be Moreno. He will avg over 4.5 yds per carry and score 10-12 tds with 1,600 yds in total yds.
How will the AFC West play out this year?
Prediction: All the AFC West teams drafted fairly well and filled some immediate needs. Offseason moves helped the f&#%-ing Raiders. The f%-ingChiefs made coaching moves that may help. The f%-ing Chargers seem to be figuring out they need their LT. All in all, the final standings for the AFC West will be:
f&#%-ing Chargers 9-7
f&#%-ing Raiders 7-9
f&#%-ing Chiefs 7-9
Had to get some of these things off my brain.