Losing isn’t that bad since draft position
This was a debate a bunch of the Mile High Report crew got into during halftime after Brandon McManus missed another long field goal. The game was 17-0 Raiders but didn’t look that close, if I’m being honest.
There was three arguments being made.
1. It’s the Raiders, screw draft position its a lottery ticket at best regardless.
2. Just lose, baby.
3. I’m just here so I won’t get fined. How it goes, it goes.
These debates turned into a QB discussion, which got me thinking that its probably time I finally start digging into the 2019 QB crop to see what’s really out there. Normally I put off college scouting until after the season’s over, but its been over for a couple weeks now in all reality.
Would this team be better if they had kept Trevor Siemian?
I started this, but I swear I wasn’t trolling. Right after Keenum threw his first pick I thought about that huge cap number and wondered if $20 million would have been better spent on keeping Aqib Talib or signing a safety to play over Darian Stewart (like Eric Reid who’s playing for less than $1.5 million). Easy to say what if now and Keenum has been markedly better than Siemian, but 20 times better is a bit of a stretch at best.
Luckily the Keenum deal only runs for one more season and it’s beyond likely that the veteran will serve as little more than a bridge to a rookie next year. There’s been talk of Flacco out there but I can’t see Elway eating $10 million to give another $15 M+ to a QB who’s average at best. Still, 15 touchdowns to 12 interceptions and two 30-year old Hall of Fame talents may push the Duke to make a big move for a signal caller.
Will Elway can Joseph on Christmas?
I put the odds at 10%, but that could be optimistic considering the short week. So I figured I’d ask Broncos Country: how long does he have after Denver gets curb stomped by the Chargers next week?
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The Denver Broncos came out and laid a big fat stinking egg on the road against a very bad Oakland Raiders team. 46 years of excellence gone.
3. Denver moves up to the 12th selection in the 2019 NFL Draft For those fans who have already mailed it in on the season and are already focusing their efforts on the 2019 NFL Draft — this news is for you.
Keenum could be a solid bridge to a rookie if Elway is impressed with this year’s draft class. He’ll need to improve in 2019 to be the Broncos’ long-term answer.
Phillip Lindsay needed help from others to put on his tie and straighten his collar because of sore wrist. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 25, 2018
Oakland Raiders punt returner Dwayne Harris made one of those miracle plays Monday night that only special teams coordinators really believe in.
Christmas Eve 2016:— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) December 25, 2018
Chiefs 33, Broncos 10
Christmas Eve 2017:
Redskins 27, Broncos 11
Christmas Eve 2018:
Raiders 27, Broncos 14
Arguably the biggest loser of the game?
The Raiders They’re on here for numerous reasons, but the biggest is they will most likely not get the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft now because of this win. So it’s not all bad.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to the guy building the team. How could he fix it?
#Broncos last 10 seasons:— Kyle Banks (@kylebanks) December 25, 2018
20-28 (.416 win %)
50-14 (.781 win %)
20-28 (.416 win %)
I miss Peyton Manning more and more everyday. #BroncosCountry
Who got it right?
With one more game to go, let’s hope some of these gifts keep coming.
Even though the Denver Broncos selected Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in the 2018 NFL Draft the franchise should take advantage in the deep crop of talent available at the position in the 2019 NFL Draft.
NFL Insider Notes: Get ready for a whole lot of coaching changes, and more from Week 16 - CBSSports.com
Week 16 is in the books, and with just a few days left in the 2018 NFL season, which NFL coaches may be on the job hunt in a week?
#Broncos @casekeenum on Joseph's uncertain status: "We all want to win for Coach Joseph. We all love him, he's an incredible human and a great football coach. ... But it's a production league and when you're not winning...it's tough." #Denver7— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) December 25, 2018
The report also states Joseph is also a candidate for the Defensive Coordinator job which seems more likely. It has been long rumored that former Cleveland Browns Head Coach, Hue Jackson would be the one to replace Marvin Lewis in Cinci. Lewis is taking on a Front Office role and it appears the Bengals have their eye on a Jackson/Joseph pairing.
There were multiple reports/whispers/and rumors that he was out as the Ravens Head Coach at the end of the year and that he was the Broncos top target to replace Vance Joseph. Well, the Ravens pulled the rug under the Broncos(and likely every other team looking for a new Head Coach) by announcing on Friday that Harbaugh WOULD return to the Ravens in 2019 and that they are working towards an extension.
Peter King writes in his latest Football Morning in America column that a “real chance” exists Harbaugh won’t sign an extension, opting instead to finish his current deal and leave in 2020.
If Elway keeps Vance Joseph next year (please no) all bets are he’s betting on Harbaugh in 2020.
There was no shortage of teams that had an interest in Harbaugh. The Jets were one. The Broncos were another. And it was never hard to see why. Harbaugh made the playoff six times in his first decade with the Ravens, winning at least once in the postseason in each of those seasons, while taking home a Super Bowl title in 2012.
Essentially, it looks like John Elway will have a limited search in his quest to find the right fit in Denver, and when Ian and I spoke on the show there was one name that stuck out.
It had been rumored that at least one unidentified NFL team “plans to make a run at” Harbaugh in 2019.
Bright spot: The rookie class The Broncos don’t have their quarterback of the future, but in a league in which edge rushers cost more than any non-quarterbacks, getting Chubb for the next three years at a total of just over $22.3 million is a huge coup.
Denver Broncos – Vance Joseph Looking at the Broncos current roster, there was simply no way they were going to be better than what they have been this season. John Elway clearly had serious reservations with Vance Joseph, yet stuck with him because of the whole “giving a coach time” mantra. Don’t extend a bad decision because you spent a lot of time and money making it. An offseason spent refusing to accept an inevitable rebuild has put the Broncos a year behind in the process.
Likely the Broncos could get to the 10th overall pick because the Chargers will play their starters, in hopes of winning the division.— Bob Morris (@BobMorrisSports) December 25, 2018
And while you want the Broncos to win, I'm not counting on that happening next week.
Denver Broncos – CB Greedy Williams, LSU Tigers With the Patrick Mahomes and the dynamic Chiefs’ offense in the division, loading up on defensive talent to slow him down should be a priority for Denver. Shoring up the cornerback position with a high-upside talent like Williams would be a welcome addition. Williams needs to develop some consistency, but his physical traits are exceptional.
13. Denver Broncos Greedy Williams, CB, LSU The Broncos’ defense has been fierce this season, but they never really replaced Aqib Talib on the boundary. Introducing Greedy Williams. Williams’ effort level has waxed and waned at times this season but he’s a lengthy man corner who can help amplify the Broncos’ pass rush by staying sticky on routes down the field and forcing opposing QBs to hold the ball for longer amounts of time.
This week we took a look at 10 of the most commonly mocked quarterback and got to the bottom of where they’re being projected and what reality should be.
A look around the AFC West
As recently as three weeks ago, the Denver Broncos were in contention for a playoff spot. After a third straight loss to non-playoff teams, that feels like a distant memory.
Don't let them con you with TD:INT ratio. Derek Carr has replaced interceptions with more sacks and fumbles than he's ever had before.— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) December 25, 2018
“We got out-coached today, and we got out-played,” said Head Coach Anthony Lynn. “We couldn’t get them off the field on defense, and we couldn’t stay on the field on offense. I thought special teams played pretty solid this evening. Our offense and defense – we got out-played, and we got out-coached. It’s just that simple. It’s a good football team. They came in here, and they beat us.”
In a game where match-ups mean more than you think, this was one to avoid.
Here is Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ passing chart from Week 16.
The Chargers got running back Melvin Gordon back in the lineup against the Ravens on Saturday night, but his presence wasn’t enough to get them past Baltimore. The loss means the Chargers remain behind the Chiefs after Kansas City’s Sunday night loss to the Seahawks.
The Chiefs dropped their fourth game of the season on Sunday Night.
This defensive holding call was...harsh pic.twitter.com/NNQIKi5Opi— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) December 24, 2018
Are the Chiefs going to blow their chance?
Who could have predicted that carrying the ball like this would result in a fumble pic.twitter.com/nN5MTJWatZ— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) December 24, 2018
No quarterback in Chiefs history has thrown for more passing yards in a single season than Patrick Mahomes - Arrowhead Pride
Mahomes became the franchise’s leader on Sunday night
This is a real life thing. pic.twitter.com/Iq52ZEYnGX— Ollie Connolly (@OllieConnolly) December 24, 2018
I don’t think anyone should wake up Monday morning and be upset the Chiefs have decided to try some new things on defense, but what is inarguable is that the timing is unprecedented. Getting a look at young guys sounds like something you would say in the preseason as you prepare for the regular season—certainly not when you have an opportunity to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
running out of things to say about mahomes— charles mcdonald (lakers 19-14) (@FourVerts) December 24, 2018
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How can Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers salvage their season? Will the Eagles complete an unlikely bounce-back? Gregg Rosenthal looks ahead at Week 17 and resets the Playoff Picture.
“Even though Joe Haden did have a hand on the receiver prior to the ball being there, he should not have been penalized for pass interference on this play,” Steratore wrote. “This contact did not effect the receiver and is not severe enough to warrant a flag.”
If it ain’t the Jets or the Dolphins... who’s trying to hire Jim Harbaugh?
C.J. Anderson encourages fans he helped win in Fantasy to donate to his foundation that helps low-income youth - CBSSports.com
Anderson joined the Rams last week and rushed for 167 yards in his debut against the Cardinals
#DemaryiusThomas @HoustonTexans— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) December 23, 2018
By video, eccentric load and ruptures his left Achilles tendon. Tore right side previously. Surgery and tight timeline for return by 2019 Week 1. pic.twitter.com/t1q4ns62PX
Sorting the Sunday Pile: Baker Mayfield tops NFL’s five most important people heading into Week 17 - CBSSports.com
Looking at the upcoming week and the do-or-die situations that will unfold
Welcome to the Von Miller club, Myles. https://t.co/Da04fW063k— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 23, 2018
I sure didn’t. They looked like hot garbage in August and September.
“I’m in great shape,” Carroll said, via Gregg Bell of The News Tribune. “I’m counting on a five-year plan. That doesn’t have any statement on my contract. But it’s just kind of the way somebody taught me to look forward, and it helps.”
Imagine how good Russell Wilson would be if he could make plays on schedule or whatever supposedly is wrong with Russell Wilson— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) December 24, 2018
Veteran safety D.J. Swearinger said the Washington Redskins have cut him. After Saturday’s loss to the Titans, Swearinger criticized the coaching staff, specifically DC Greg Manusky.
“I just think the NFL is catching up to Tom Brady,” Woodson said. “I think he’s actually starting to feel all the hits, all the sacks of the NFL. It happens to every player. It happened to myself as a player . . . at some point in time it just catches up with you.”
“He has his eyes on the Colts, no doubt about that,” an unnamed source told Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “He sees [quarterback Andrew] Luck and that offense and all that cap room and they’re much closer than the Jets. He wants to go someplace he can win right away.
Dearest mother —— Capt. Andrew Luck (@CaptAndrewLuck) December 23, 2018
You may breathe once more for we were victorious over the Giants. They attempted to squish us, but we were prepared for their massive limbs. I have never been more proud of these men. Winning was never a guarantee, but we all dug deep and battled as one.
The Rams expected Todd Gurley to play up until game time Sunday. He didn’t. Nothing has changed this week. If Gurley is ready to play, he’ll play. If he’s not, he won’t. “It’s kind of the same place we were at,” Rams coach Sean McVay told beat reporters Monday in a conference call.
Aaron Donald’s 18.5 sacks is the most by an interior lineman in any @NFL season.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) December 23, 2018
The injustices of society have never spared athletes, and in turn, many have found their voice. The current era is no different, and the world still takes note of who speaks out and who does not.