Good morning, Broncos Country!
If you haven’t heard, Ed McCaffrey will no longer serve as color analyst for Denver Broncos radio. He made the announcement on Friday, and it’s so he could spend more time with his family. He missed two games in the 2016 season.
Before we go any further, let’s all thank the former Broncos receiver for always being a trusted voice for the team and fans but also a tremendous representative of the franchise. The partnership he created with Dave Logan has been fun to listen to. McCaffrey was named the color analyst on 850 KOA in July of 2012. He was there for the Peyton Manning era and Super Bowl 50 win. So McCaffrey has been a part of all three Broncos Super Bowl wins.
All good things must come to an end, I am leaving my radio show on Denver Sports 760 and my color commentary work on Broncos Radio. Thanks to iHeartMedia, KOA, Denver Sports 760 and the Denver Broncos for allowing me to call games for the Orange and Blue with Dave Logan, Andy Lindahl, and the best broadcasting team in the business. Thanks to Alan Jackson, Mike Rice and Erik Hood who did the heavy lifting on game day. Thanks again to Andy and Romi Bean for hanging out with me at recess for three hours a day. I’m going to miss you guys but I’m also looking forward to Football Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, (some Mondays and Thursdays) with Lisa and my boys. To Mr. B, #7, Joe Ellis and Broncos Country, thank you, and Go Broncos!
Given all of the change inside the organization this offseason, it’s only fitting fans will hear a new color analyst for the 2017 season. Let the speculation begin on who that person is. The Broncos have not set a timetable for when the replacement will be announced.
At the top of the list is former Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth. He filled in for one of the games that McCaffrey missed last season. Schlereth is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable about the team. The key with Schlereth is his role on ESPN as an analyst. Could he do both? Perhaps. Logan also coaches Cherry Creek High, so the key would be travel. “Stink” seems the most logical choice at this point to take over for McCaffrey. Rick Lewis, the other replacement for McCaffrey last season, seems more of a long shot, but he also does an afternoon show with Logan, so the two know each other. Lewis is a longtime radio DJ in Denver.
An obvious choice could be former Broncos defensive lineman Alfred Williams. Big Al has been on the radio in Denver for a while and has experience calling preseason games on TV. People have also mentioned another former Broncos offensive lineman, Tyler Polumbus, as an option. That could happen if all of the top choices turn it down.
Appreciate everything, @87ed ! https://t.co/GGCoFg6479— John Elway (@johnelway) April 22, 2017
After that, it’s a matter of throwing former Broncos out there who have analyst experience. Jake Plummer and Terrell Davis are the two who come to mind.
My choice is Scott Hastings, who was Logan’s partner in the 1990s and called the first two Super Bowl wins. Yes, yes, I know it won’t happen since Hastings does Denver Nuggets TV now, but fans can dream. It would be awesome to hear Logan and Hastings do Broncos games again.
My guess is the organization and KOA go with Schlereth. What so you, Broncos Country?
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