Welcome back to the Ultimate Fan Guide 2017!
If you like drama, it’s been a fabulous offseason. If you could do without quarterback controversies, then it’s been a rather infuriating one.
But that’s mostly behind us - as long as Trevor Siemian steps up and Brock Osweiler can stay back - which means it’s time to quit looking back and only look ahead to what this season will have in store. If it’s anything like our ultimate fan predicts, we’re in for some fun! [and if any current Broncos could reinstate WesternAz’s favorite TD celebration, we’d definitely have some fun...but you’ll have to read on for that!]
Let’s get this Broncos party started, shall we?
No team has a better record in season openers during the Bowlen era (84-Pres) than the Broncos (23-10, .697), who have won 5 consec openers. pic.twitter.com/OdiOXZubR4— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) September 6, 2017
Week 1: Los Angeles Chargers v. Denver Broncos
MHR – First, how awkward is it to say “Los Angeles” Chargers?
WesternAzbroncosfan: Incredibly awkward…I still call them San Diego Chargers; that is the name of the team I grew up disliking! I just feel bad for their fans.
MHR – Always a lot of offseason speculation on our offensive line. How do you expect it to hold up against Chargers’ DEs Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram?
WesternAzbroncosfan: Players like Bosa and Ingram are going to make some plays there is no denying that. I think the O-line should do a pretty good job for the most part. The main position I am worried about is Left Guard ! I don't have much confidence in Garcia or Barbre?
MHR - Outside of the offensive line, give us a brief prediction on how you expect the offense to look in general (Trevor Siemian, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, C.J. Anderson, Andy Janovich, Virgil Green)?
WesternAzbroncosfan: If Siemian can stay upright, I see a great game for DT and Hemanuel. As for Green… I would love for him to be a part of the passing game (I am not holding my breath, though). Anderson will have a good game as long as Janovich is blocking for him, and I hope that they let Janovich run it a few times as well.
MHR - Since Mike McCoy has come back, there’s been a lot of talk about a more fluid and pass-happy offense. Do you expect offensive fireworks Monday night or is too early for that yet?
WesternAzbroncosfan: Way too early for that. I just want to see the offense “gel” as a unit and have some long sustained drives.
MHR - Whether you were #TeamSiemian or #TeamPaxton (or if you were really cool and hung out with me on the #TeamSloter bandwagon), how are you feeling about the QB situation?
WesternAzbroncosfan: I believe it's settled unless Siemian totally tanks. And I think it will be good enough for now - 25 percent fewer 3 & outs this year. And I am the Lantern Lighter on the #TEAMSLOTERBANDWAGON!!!
MHR - T.J. Ward is gone, but Justin Simmons has so far been a great addition via the Baby No Fly. Will he step in without a hitch or do you expect a few growing pains?
WesternAzbroncosfan: This is the Pros… Other teams will Gameplan him and as long as he learns pretty good on the Fly, he will be patrolling the NO FLY ZONE as good as the others!!! (*editor’s note: great pun!)
MHR - What are your expectations for the run defense - strength or a weakness again?WesternAzbroncosfan: For me the jury is still out, I think we are thin there for depth though.
MHR - How will being without Shane Ray impact the defense - more double teams on Von Miller? Will Shaq Barrett have more success?
WesternAzbroncosfan: It's Shaq’s time to shine!!! He needs to jump into the spotlight and prove to the rest of the league that they will need to pay attention to him as well!
MHR - Which part of our defense makes you the most excited on game day?
WesternAzbroncosfan: All of it! I love the pummeling of the other team's Offense, whether it's sacking the Qb or knocking the Rb’s back for a loss or swatting down a pass. It all makes me feel happy!!!
MHR – Which Broncos defensive player will be this week’s star? Justin Simmons
MHR – Which Broncos offensive player will be this week’s star? Emmanuel Sanders
Stats for Trevor Siemian? 25 completions/225 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Number of carries/yards rushing for Broncos? 150 yards between Anderson and Charles
Number of yards receiving for Broncos? Thomas, 120; Sanders, 80; Sunshine, 25
Number of sacks to Siemian? 3
Number of sacks to Philip Rivers? 5
Broncos player with the most sacks? Von Miller
Broncos player with the most tackles? Brandon Marshall
How many INTs/FF/FR for the Broncos? 3/2/2
Final Score? Broncos 28, Chargers 17
Favorite thing you love about the offseason? The Draft and Free agency
Favorite thing you love about Week 1 every year? Anticipation
Favorite game you’ve seen in person? Any one while the Orange Crush Defense was still playing...They were the best!!!
Team you love to beat? Any that line up against our Broncos!!
Game most looking forward to this season? LA Chargers because it's against Phyllis err…Rivers and Co.
Game most worried about this season? Patriots game for sure!!!
Favorite Broncos player on the current roster? Brandon McManus because he is a scoring Weapon. Get the ball to the 40, and it's money!!!
Favorite rookie/young guy on the team? Jamaal Carter. I like the way he plays … always seeking the ball!
Favorite Broncos player of all time? Floyd Little, I met him at my P.A.L. Football awards banquet in 1971. I was instantly starstruck. He is an amazing man on and off the football field!
Superstitions on game day? I have to have my Lucky Labrador by my seat and PLEASE don't talk to me during the game (we can chat during the commercials).
Favorite Broncos jersey color combo? Orange and Blue, and I love the color rush jerseys a lot.
Favorite TD celebration? Gerald Wilhite back flip!
Favorite Von Miller sack dance? All of them!
How did you become a Broncos fan?
I got to go to a lot of games with my grandfather during the 70s and early 80s. It was an amazing experience, and I was hooked! I miss the times I got to spend with him, and whenever I watch the team win or lose, I get to remember him!
Favorite TD celebration?
This poll is closed
Gerald Wilhite’s back flip
TD’s Mile High Salute
Emmanuel Sanders’ cartwheel
DT’s hip bump six feet in the air
The "been here before" non-celebration