1. Grading 2013
It's the defenses turn to be graded by Jeff Legwold over at ESPN. The Denver Broncos defense had a pretty rocky year, but I am sure we can all agree that was largely due to massive injuries at nearly every position. That they were even competitive during the final stretch of the season was impressive in of itself.
Who gets an A?
Terrance Knighton and Danny Trevathan
Who gets a B?
Malik Jackson, Shaun Phillips, Sylvester Williams and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
It's hard to argue these grades other than Legwold's obvious swing and miss on DRC. Rodger-Cromartie was lights out the entire season, so how he only holds a B grade is shocking considering he was also rated by ProFootballFocus as one of the best cornerbacks in the league this season.
2. Pot Roast is Hungry
So Terrance Knighton feels he needs to be paid before he plays again, even with time remaining on his contract. If I were John Elway, I would be quite content just to let him hold out if need be.
RT @BKDenverSports: A source close to Terrance Knighton told me he & his reps feel he's outperformed his contract & seeks a new deal— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) February 11, 2014
I don't know why people are mad at me. All I do is play football. The business part is controlled by my agent.— Terrance Knighton (@MrKnighton2u) February 11, 2014
Given how Elway is structuring this franchise, he is aiming for short term contracts with high turnover each season. Knighton is slated to have the third highest salary cap figure on the defensive side of the ball for 2014, behind only Champ Bailey and Von Miller, at $2.75 million. I would agree that he is among the top 3 players on defense.
3. The Dysfunctional Browns
Move over Al Davis, Jimmy Haslam is the worst professional sports owner in all of history. Yes. He is. After team President Joe Banner and General Manager Michael Lombardi embarrassed him with the firing of Rob Chudzinski and subsequent media circus of being unable to find a new coach, Haslam fired both of them. All I can do is laugh at him, and cry for the hardcore Cleveland Browns fans suffering through this. In fact, any one of them could have run this team better over the past six years.
4. On the Clock
I picked up an All Madden dream team yesterday, but its time to get back to basics today. The Denver Broncos have a lot of needs and I intend to fill them in this mock draft simulation. I went defense at first and found myself a solid coverage inside linebacker, so no more tight ends burning the Broncos down the middle of the field. Overall, I am very pleased with today's mock.
5. Goodbye The Four Horsemen?
With Eric Decker an unrestricted free agent this offseason, we could have seen the first and last season of The Four Horsemen. They had a pretty good season too.
6. Horse Tracks
- MHR stud, Sadaraine, put out an excellent free agent primer in the FanPosts section yesterday. Well worth the read!
- DenverBroncos.com reviewed the first quarter of the season, then came out with the second quarter review. This team was so dominant ... it's such a shame they came into the Super Bowl so woefully unprepared.
- Speaking of dominant, I think I am ready to start celebrating the 2013 season, even if it did end in such catastrophic fashion. The 1997 Denver Broncos they were not.
- Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks players just can't help to continue talking down to the Denver Broncos and their players.
- Don't miss our own "Be the General Manager" series over the next few weeks. I know the guys are putting a lot of effort into it and I'm certainly grateful to have a singular resource to get whatever data I need to spout off on Twitter with.