Today’s preview is on my favorite NFL team, the Denver Broncos, so some bias may sweep in but I can share my opinions without capital letters or cheap shenanigans. AFTER ALL THERE IS NO NEED TO SHOUT ON THE INTERNET!
Anyway, as my favorite radio host Jim Rome has often said the past few weeks Bronco Camp is his favorite training camp this season.
Why is Romey so enraptured with Dove Creek? It is simply because the training camp battle between incumbent Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow is so intriguing to MSM types.
Of course, we media members who happen to be Broncos fans, are hoping Tebow can continue to accentuate his positive traits and work on eradicating the plagues which have stricken all scrambling passers through the years.
Yes, Denver’s favorite son John Elway, as well as Steve Young and Randall Cunningham, among others, had to harness their prodigious athletic skills to become prolific passers.
Two of these aforementioned signal-callers are Hall of Famers and in all honesty, all three of them should be.
Anyway, Orton is the Broncos’ starter until he is not, but I expect management to keep Tebow as there is no evidence suggesting he is not the quarterback of the future, regardless of what my friend and fellow Italian, Michael Lombardi, has said on NFL Network or nfl.com.
While there is much hubbub concerning the signal-caller position in Denver, the Broncos have quietly, yet adroitly procured talented players.
Last April, the Broncos had one of their best drafts in the past 10 years as safety Rahim Moore, linebacker/defensive end Von Miller and tight end Julius Thomas have all performed spectacularly in training camp and all have the potential to be difference makers in a positive sense.
2009 NFL sack champion Elvis Dumervil, who has 43 career sacks appears to be fully recovered from a debilitating injury last year and Champ Bailey return to what we in Broncos Country hope is an elite unit.
Selfless veteran Brian Dawkins (who took less money to remain a Bronco, instantaneously this makes him a Mile High legend) has already been mentoring safety Kyle McCarthy, who made numerous big hits in last week’s preseason opener at Dallas.
The biggest (no pun intended) assets the Broncos now have defensively are Ty Warren and Broderick Bunkley, defensive linemen who should successfully fill any role new head coach John Fox has for them.
Offensively, Fox is staying true to the principles he employed in Carolina with a consistent and potent rushing attack.
Holdover Knowshon Moreno has been joined by ex-Raven and Bill Willis McGahee (7,214 career combined rushing and receiving yards) while the duo is expected to keep the ball in Denver’s hands while the defense remains fresh.
Rookie free agent Jeremiah Johnson, an ex-Oregon Duck, could help Moreno and McGahee comprise a triumvirate of fearsome tailbacks for Broncos opponents to fret about if all goes well.
To me, Denver’s wideouts also remain a strength as Eddie Royal and Eric Decker, along with unit leader Brandon Lloyd should all have significant opportunities to contribute to what will be a much more balanced offense than the one employed by Josh “Dark Sith” McDaniels.
Finally, while Matt Prater is a successful kicker, his DUI disgusts me, so Steven Hauschka needs to continue in his solid performance to end 2010 (3 of 4 in limited opportunities) if called upon.
Ultimately, I do think the Broncos can be vastly improved and if they simply execute Fox’s game plans successfully on a weekly basis and win the turnover ratio, I can see my beloved team win 10 games.
Time will tell, but bring on the games!