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    The Broncos will be coming off a 7-9 season when they play their 2008 opener. A position- by-position look at the Broncos in 2007 and where they may be headed in 2008:

    Quarterback

    Compare Jay Cutler's second season — 3,497 yards, 20 touchdown passes, 14 interceptions — with those of the NFL's best.

    In Tom Brady's second season, he passed for 2,843 yards and 18 touchdowns and threw 14 interceptions.

    Brett Favre passed for 3,227 yards and 18 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.

    Ben Roethlisberger threw for only 2,385 yards.

    Carson Palmer had 2,897 yards, 18 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions.

    Tony Romo never left the bench. Kurt Warner was a grocery stocker.

    Only Peyton Manning had a better second year than Cutler.

    Yes, Brady and Roethlisberger won the Super Bowl in their second year and Manning went 13-3. But Cutler's stats placed alongside 7-9 suggest the Broncos' problems are somewhere other than at quarterback.

    Running back

    Travis Henry beat his marijuana rap but lost his starting job to Selvin Young, an undrafted rookie. By not carrying the ball in the season finale against Minnesota, Henry received a clear message he isn't in Denver's plans for 2008 or must accept a substantial cut in pay. If Henry doesn't return, the Broncos would have to pick up another sturdy back. Young has terrific speed and he's strong enough to break tackles, but few backs survive 16-game seasons, let alone those with a history of injuries. Starting fullback Cecil Sapp is a free agent.

    Wide receiver

    After the superb Brandon Marshall, the late-season knee injury to Brandon Stokley and end-of-season rant by Javon Walker leave the Broncos a tad thin. Marshall will be the focus of opposing defensive game plans in 2008, and he vows to work on beating the bump off the line and becoming more of a deep-ball threat. Marshall's strength and size will allow him to ward off any cornerback, but Cutler will need a legitimate threat at the other receiver spot so Stokley can return to the slot.

    Tight end

    This position is a team strength. Daniel Graham is one of the NFL's top five blocking tight ends and Tony Scheffler finished 10th among receiving tight ends even though he didn't get his first catch until the fifth game.

    Offensive line

    This unquestionably is the greatest area of offensive concern following the retirement of left tackle Matt Lepsis and season-ending injuries to center Tom Nalen and left guard Ben Hamilton. Ryan Harris, who played mostly special teams as a rookie, will start at left tackle for now. The injuries to Nalen and Hamilton did allow the Broncos to develop Chris Myers and Chris Kuper. The Broncos believe they will be strong in the middle of their line with Nalen coming back at center, Montrae Holland returning at right guard and Myers and Kuper competing at left guard. But the Broncos likely will acquire a veteran tackle or select one early in the draft.

    Defensive line

    This unquestionably is the Broncos' top offseason priority, specifically at tackle. The key in the middle will be Marcus Thomas, a rookie who wore down late in the season after missing most of his senior year at Florida. Alvin McKinley was the most dependable veteran in 2007, and the Broncos will want to add one or two to their rotation for the 2008 season. There is decent depth at end if 2007 first- round pick Jarvis Moss comes back healthy — no guarantee given the seriousness of his lower leg injury. Elvis Dumervil is a premier pass rusher, and Tim Crowder met expectations as a rookie. But all must improve dramatically to equal the run-defending caliber of veteran John Engelberger.

    Linebacker

    The Broncos believe they can one day win the Super Bowl with D.J. Williams as a starting linebacker. The question is whether Williams is a Super Bowl-caliber linebacker in the middle or outside. He struggled early but improved considerably by season's end and finished second in the league with 141 tackles. The Broncos also face decisions on weakside linebacker Ian Gold, who is scheduled to make $3.3 million in 2008, and strongside linebacker Nate Webster. Jamie Winborn will compete for a starting outside job. Only Oakland (4-12) and Miami (1-15) gave up more rushing yards than the Broncos in 2007, so the team's linebacker play as a whole was disappointing.

    Cornerback

    Champ Bailey and Dre Bly played well considering all the man-to-man assignments they were given. It's far easier to play cornerback in zone coverage. Bailey and Bly each got burned during a prime-time loss to the Green Bay Packers, but were otherwise the defense's strength. Karl Paymah emerged in his third season as the nickel back, after Domonique Foxworth was switched to nickel safety.

    Safety

    The Broncos began the 2007 season with the league's oldest safety tandem — John Lynch, now 36, and Nick Ferguson, now 33. Ferguson was replaced by third-year player Hamza Abdullah while Lynch was repositioned to the eighth man in the box. Abdullah will return. But the Broncos may have to add another safety through the draft, especially if Lynch retires.

    Kicker, punter

    Given their multiple needs elsewhere, it would be a surprise if the Broncos didn't quickly re-sign veteran kicker Jason Elam, a free agent who had another consistently accurate season. Sam Paulescu, who was signed for the season finale Sunday, will get a chance to win the punting job during the summer, but expect the Broncos to bring in a veteran.

    Returner

    As Devin Hester showed the Broncos on the chilled shores of Lake Michigan in late November, the most important segment to the return game is the returner. Glenn Martinez did a nice job after Domenik Hixon was released, but expect the Broncos to seek an electric returner in the draft, where DeSean Jackson, Kevin Robinson and Jordy Nelson are among the best. Mike Klis: 303-954-1055 or [email protected]
    Last edited by cutlerfan; 01-02-2008, 02:04 AM.



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    I tell you I love Elway! He was my hero growing up. I loved the way he threw the ball with velocity! I love that in a QB. This is why I am a Cutlerfan!!

  • #2
    so the question is how do we fill the holes? esspecially in the o and d lines.
    there are going to be some great o and d linemen at the top of this years draft. this was a good year to have a top 15 draft pick. glenn dorsey and jake long will be gone but there is still many greats to be had at our pick.

    but the draft will only reveal one or two players ready to contribute on the lines. free agency will be very interesting in denver this year.

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    • #3
      i think the broncos need to take advantage of the fact shawn rogers is out of favour in detroit and try make a run for him. this will give the chance to fill other holes in the high in the draft at other positions. im all for kenny phillips if john decided to return for one more season to mentor this guy.
      other holes are obviously the o line and lb but it looks like this years draft is very deep with lbs.

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      • #4
        Sam Adams from the Denver Media show likes the idea of us going after Julious Peppers? What do you think of that?



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        I work at Vanderbilt University

        Where Jay Graduated!


        I tell you I love Elway! He was my hero growing up. I loved the way he threw the ball with velocity! I love that in a QB. This is why I am a Cutlerfan!!

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        • #5
          I wonder if Bly will want out... He wasn't too crazy about the idea to play in DEN this year...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by korean1DR View Post
            I wonder if Bly will want out... He wasn't too crazy about the idea to play in DEN this year...
            The thing about Bly, though, is although he didn't play necessarily to his caliber this season, he played hard the entire year. I don't know how he feels about staying but if he's willing, I wouldn't mind seeing him back and seeing what he could do with a better pass rush to help him and Bailey.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by korean1DR View Post
              I wonder if Bly will want out... He wasn't too crazy about the idea to play in DEN this year...
              We gave dre the $$$ and the extention he wanted before the season started. He is staying and so is Champ.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cutlerfan View Post
                Sam Adams from the Denver Media show likes the idea of us going after Julious Peppers? What do you think of that?
                I have brought this up before...I would love it if we got him. Put him on one side and then Dumervil on the other. Then we can concentrate on DT and OT in the draft. We would also have depth at DE (Dumervil and Crowder on one side and Peppers and Moss on the other). I would love the move. He also plays the run very well. He will also be cheaper than usual since he was injured and didn't have as good of production as usual.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cutlerfan View Post
                  Sam Adams from the Denver Media show likes the idea of us going after Julious Peppers? What do you think of that?
                  As long a Kris Jenkins comes along with him. And Hell while we are at it why don't we get Steve Smith.

                  Its all just pure fantasy.

                  But seriously, our main concern is DT not DE. We invested to much in DE's last year it would be a waste to pay a very expensive price to aquire Peppers.

                  Would he help? Of course, but we would be leaving greater needs untouched.

                  btw....I know it will never happen and I do not want it to happen becasue of the cost, but what would it cost for a guy like Peppers? I assume a first round pick and a one of our studs.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rockies24 View Post
                    As long a Kris Jenkins comes along with him. And Hell while we are at it why don't we get Steve Smith.

                    Its all just pure fantasy.

                    But seriously, our main concern is DT not DE. We invested to much in DE's last year it would be a waste to pay a very expensive price to aquire Peppers.

                    Would he help? Of course, but we would be leaving greater needs untouched.

                    btw....I know it will never happen and I do not want it to happen becasue of the cost, but what would it cost for a guy like Peppers? I assume a first round pick and a one of our studs.
                    Sam Adams says that we should get a deal on Peppers because he had a down year? But heck I don't know what it would cost.



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                    I work at Vanderbilt University

                    Where Jay Graduated!


                    I tell you I love Elway! He was my hero growing up. I loved the way he threw the ball with velocity! I love that in a QB. This is why I am a Cutlerfan!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mojo0730 View Post
                      The thing about Bly, though, is although he didn't play necessarily to his caliber this season, he played hard the entire year. I don't know how he feels about staying but if he's willing, I wouldn't mind seeing him back and seeing what he could do with a better pass rush to help him and Bailey.
                      I really like what Bly did in the Pittsburgh game, showed alot of heart

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cutlerfan View Post
                        Sam Adams says that we should get a deal on Peppers because he had a down year? But heck I don't know what it would cost.
                        Since when is big ol Sam Adams a Broncos expert


                        joking, i know who you're talking about

                        "expect the Broncos to seek an electric returner in the draft,"

                        HELL YEAH! Martinez is a joke at returns!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Beast#7 View Post
                          I really like what Bly did in the Pittsburgh game, showed alot of heart
                          Bly is the kind of personality we havent had since Sharpe. If we were good enough to back up his mouth, it would be great, Players like that get in peoples heads, especially QB's.
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                          • #14
                            Julius Peppers screams at me- Simeon Rice. I can't justify taking a risk on a player at a position that's not a real need. Instead resign Ekuban (he's was our most complete DE), develop Crowder and Moss and then go after our real need on the D-line- DT!!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 91bronco View Post
                              Julius Peppers screams at me- Simeon Rice. I can't justify taking a risk on a player at a position that's not a real need. Instead resign Ekuban (he's was our most complete DE), develop Crowder and Moss and then go after our real need on the D-line- DT!!!
                              I was just thinking that. The last thing this team needs is to get OLDER on the defense. Peppers WAS great, but by everyone's admission, his play has slipped.
                              In Manning I trust.

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