Let me start first by saying that I am impressed with the depth of knowledge that manifests daily in MHR. I am a newbie to this site and feel as happy as a pig in a puddle to be able to click in to a site that provides measured logical analysis to pro football in general and the Broncos
I’ve just finished BroncoPH’s post about Mr. Manning being the answer to every question and thought I would weigh in with a thought or so of my own. In my lifetime I have followed two franchises. It began with the Chargers
when we lived in San Diego and Sid Gillman was head coach and Al Davis was a position coach on his staff. Draft time was a real adventure then and the concept of drafting the best available athlete was a fundamental rule. Case in point was when Gillman drafted the best tight-end in college football named Walt Sweeney out of Syracuse and made him into an all-pro guard.
There is a sense about when a franchise is going to become a dominant force and I have that feeling/sense now. It happened before once in San Diego and once here in Denver. Unlike the normal fluff that goes on during the off-season and into training camp, this is a deeper, more substantial insight. I have it again now.
I wonder how many of the knowledgeable people who write in to, and for MHR, have gone beyond the notion of our team going say, 11-5 in 2012. What does that mean in 2013 and 14. Here is what it says to me. Obviously, this prognostication has two conditions that everyone stays healthy and none of the draft picks turn out to be busts (which I think is unlikely).
I see an O-line that is currently the best run-blocking line in the NFL. In a couple of years we would have an older and truly an experienced group that still has no one (in 2014) over 30 years old. Awesome!
I see a pair of starting wide receivers, both are 6’3’’ and over 215 lbs. with four years experience in 2014. They are both under 27 years old. Barring injury we could have the premier tandem of WR in the NFL. Along with that we have many seasoned WR veterans who will become great route runners if they are not already. I see Decker and Thomas with 100 catches apiece in 2012 and if they don’t I would be surprised.
The tight-end unit is about as good as it gets, with Dressen and Tamme who are both in their late twenties and two young guns in Thomas and Green learning in the wings.
I see four running backs with relatively little mileage and lots of upside potential. MaGahee is the oldest and most experience but even he has been injured though out much of his early career and still exhibits "young" legs for his age. Moreno and Fannin have both been busted up more than they have been healthy and Ronnie Hillman
who is untested but would be only 22 years old for the 2014 season.
Honestly, its difficult for me to understand the naysayers albeit there are very few in MHR. If this franchise is considered a rebuilding project I would say Mr. Elway has done a marvelous job in one year. Cudos to the FO for putting together a really scary offense.
I see a solid D-line of individuals that want to play football in Denver. With Bannan, and Vickerson, Ayers and Dumervil we have a blend of experience and youth ….. all anxious to win. The backups of Hunter, Wolfe, Unrein, Jackson and Garland should give us enough to sustain the integrity of the unit. This certainly isn’t the strongest unit on the team but it will do until we can find another Trevor Price or maybe even a Bruce Smith to play for us in future drafts.
Mr. Warren you are excused. I don’t care how good you are, if you don’t want to play here then please move on. Someday, when your playing days are over and you have spent the 4 million dollars the Broncos paid for your talent, you can tell your grandchildren how productive you were in the Bronco’s D-line in 2010 and 11.
The linebacker corp is what I call steady. If Treyvathan turns out to be as good as Woodyard then we have a good young group with the hope that Miller, Irving, Treyvathan might emerge as a real strong unit in two years. For some reason Treyvathan reminds of a young Tom Jackson.
To me the biggest unknown down the road, is the defensive backfield. Dawkins was the stabilizing factor and if Adams can assume that role then we should be fine. For this year we should have one of the best d- backfields in the league. With Champ, Bolden, Porter, Florence, Harris, and Thompson the future could be very bright. Safety is weak but that is only true if Moore and Carter don’t show the talent the FO thought they had when they were drafted. If they do grow into their jobs we could have a real winner for years to come.
Special teams are solid with punter and kicker and returners. Colquitt and Prater are as good as there is in the league and should be for years to come.
I don’t profess to be as good at this as some of you, but what I see is a front office that has put together the makings of another dynasty in Denver. I recognize that it is all still on paper and we haven’t seen anything on the field yet, but to me it has that feel.
So that leaves only the quarterback. What was his name?
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