Denver Broncos OTAs focus on ball security with the color green - Horse Tracks

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Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos was coy about the team using a green ball during the team's first day of drills, but John Fox went ahead and spilled the beans anyway.
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So this story about a mysterious green ball went viral yesterday. Twitter was "green ball" this and "green ball" that and really it wasn't that mysterious if you think about it. The Denver Broncos, and Peyton Manning specifically, have been coughing up the ball like no other Super Bowl team in recent history. To the tune of almost 50 fumbles in just the last two seasons. Yikes!

The reality of the situation is simple, the Broncos must focus more on ball security. A team just can't cough up the ball like they do and expect to compete on the world's biggest stage.

NFL's Best Defensive Line?

I pinned a story from the mothership to the front page a few days ago that talked about the NFL's best defensive lines. The Orange Crush defense did not reach the top two "elite" defensive lines, but did fall under the second tier of "damn good" one's. There are still plenty of questions about how well this unit gels, but so far its looking like they will gel just fine. Imagine what this team could do with the leagues most dominant offense and defense.

NT Terrance Knighton, DE Derek Wolfe, DT Sylvester Williams, DE Demarcus Ware, OLB Von Miller, DE Malik Jackson, DT Kevin Vickerson, DE Quanterus Smith

The Broncos have one of the most disruptive and immoveable nose tackles in the NFL in Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton, and have added to their trenches with the additions of Wolfe and Williams over the last couple of seasons. Wolfe battled injuries all last year, but projects to get back onto the gridiron in 2014, and Williams, Denver's 2013 first-round pick, will add toughness, physicality and a quick first step to that line. In addition to excellent depth in Jackson (6.0 sacks in 2013) and Vickerson, the Broncos are going all-in for next season with the acquisition of the inimitable Demarcus Ware, a potential game-changer.

Oh, and let's not forget about Von Miller, who is listed as an outside linebacker, but frequently and effectively rushes the passer in Denver's defense. Miller is coming back from an ACL tear in 2013, but if healthy, when combined with Wolfe, Ware, Williams, Jackson and Knighton, will give the Broncos very, very interesting options on defense.

Best player in team history

Another story came out covering the best players in each team's history, which I found unique and interesting to peruse. NFL.com put one out for the AFC teams and also one for the NFC teams, but you can obviously imagine who the pick was for the Denver Broncos. The surprising omission for me was seeing Johnny Unitas, instead of Peyton Manning, on the list for the Indianapolis Colts. No offense, but Manning dominated the position like no other quarterback in NFL history - no offense to Mr. Unitas and his Hall of Fame career.

The Broncos have featured more Hall of Very Good players than most other NFL clubs. Yet, despite all of Denver's success, only one Bronco has been a certifiable first-ballot Hall of Famer: John Elway. His come-from-behind directives are legendary, his physical tools otherworldly. The 1987 MVP also added a Super Bowl MVP (and a second ring) 11 seasons later before riding off into the sunset. Elway is so highly thought of that he was the first overall pick in both the 1983 draft and our recently executed All-Time Draft of 2014.

The saga of Tom Brady

We have asked the question before, but I don't think we've ever run a poll on the matter. Would you prefer to see John Elway to go after Tom Brady if Peyton Manning retired after this season? Or are you perfectly happy to roll with Brock Osweiler?

Once again yesterday, there was speculation about Tom Brady's future with the New England Patriots and it certainly doesn't look promising for Brady retiring there in Boston. As far as I am concerned, Tom Brady is a first ballot Hall of Famer and Brock is a guy who has attempted 20 passes in his career. I'd be hard pressed to take the youngster over a competitor like Brady. 

What say you?

Horse Tracks

  • DeMarcus Ware leads by example and is poised to spearhead one of the most talented defensive lines in the National Football League.
  • Is this to be Wes Welker's final season as a Denver Bronco? If it is, let's hope he gets that ring he was never able to get with the evil Patriots.
  • Thanks to Google Plus, I found this excellent piece about how offensive lineman adjust their weight after retirement from the NFL. Not all former players are able to do what Tom Nalen did with healthy eating and exercise to bring their weight down to healthier levels. Well worth the read.
  • Who will be the top five rookie fantasy football prospects? Good information for some late round value picks for your fantasy nuts out there.
  • DeAngelo Williams has a special message to us all and incredible perspective after his mother's decade-lone battle with breast cancer ended this month. 
  • Legalize the weed already, Roger Goodell. And its not just because Von Miller is one joint away from a year long screwing, while people driving drunk get slaps on the wrist from you. I say that as a person who lost someone to drunk driving. 
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