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  • #16
    Man I hope Denver doesn't look for teh quick fix.

    Let's actually build something here that's long lasting and self sustaining on a contending for the SuperBowl level as opposed to contending for the playoffs level.


    • #17
      Cutler, Broncos look for quick fix (Good Read)

      Cutler, Broncos look for quick fix
      By Mike Klis
      The Denver Post
      Article Last Updated: 01/01/2008 11:52:04 PM MST

      Brandon Marshall ( Denver Post file photo )

      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:


      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
      Linebacker Jamie Winborn (51) will get a chance to be a starter in 2008. (Denver Post file photo )
      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
      Jay Cutler played well enough in his second NFL season to compile a good passer rating (88.1), but the Broncos finished only 7-9. (Denver Post file photo )
      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.


      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.


      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.


      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.


      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.


      • #18
        "......Cutler's stats placed alongside 7-9 suggest the Broncos' problems are somewhere other than at quarterback."

        You'd think that goes without saying......You'd think?!

        Btw, I'm gonna come un-glued if the Broncos drafted Jordy Nelson. Chris Johnson is the man they need......
        Last edited by stnzed; 01-02-2008, 04:19 PM.


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          • #20
            Hey, that article mentioned Kevin Robinson from Utah State as a top KR! That was my sleeper pick in the 5th!


            • #21

              I agree with most of the origninal posting.
              I don't think Selvin or Andre will start next season. They are both good backs, but durability is a question. If Henry is clean and healthy, I think he will be the initial starter.
              The acquisition of a pure blocking fullback should be considered. Being able to catch is important, but clearing the way like Craver and Grifith did is essential. Don't know if Johnson, Sapp or Bell can do that.
              The development of Kuper,Myers, Pears and Holland was great. They are solid. Not great, but solid. If Hamilton and Nalen make a return, and all are healthy, they should be in good shape. I think a Free Agent Tackle should be pursued.
              Unless there is a huge offensive change, get rid of Walker. This is a run first team. With good run game production, and solid protection, you could have two wr's with over 100 catches. Ed and Rod were the best run blocking wr's in the game.
              Moss is a great potential talent, but he is so weak. I'd project him as a Reggie Hayward, great pass rusher, but not every down. They already have pure pass rush in Elvis.
              Engleberger is solid, but not a starter.
              DJ found a perfect fit at MLB. The film, the productivity says it all. Pro Bowl year for him. If the D Line, and OLB's step up, and the scheme is settled and solid, Bailey and Bly at corners will finaly pay off.
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              • #22
                I hope we can jettison Henry as fast as we can.

                Walker we can finally add some bait maybe trade him, henry, our one of the two 2nd round draft picks and Mike bell somewhere for a 3rd rounder and a 6th rounder.

                the only place I think we can get away with a Vet is WR, other positions i think in my honest opinion have to be filled by via the draft.

                Other then that we can Plug the majority of the holes in the Draft, The question is witch ones Other then Offensive Tackles and Defensive Tackles do we add new blood.

                i got majority of my Draft to go in this order. OT,RB,S,LB,WR/KR,
                McDaniles Career as a failure of a Head Coach is being fulfilled. Termination of McFailure has happen.

                Rejoice Bronco Fans we have taken our team back, but at a heavy cost.


                • #23
                  Originally posted by Beast#7 View Post

                  HELL YEAH! Martinez is a joke at returns!

                  Yeah, I know. He only had our first return TD in how long? You're right, what a joke.

                  They're your teammates, now.
                  Best of luck, TT!
                  ...Always a class act - in any uniform.

                  sbutk: i can see why Denver is taking TO's right now [trailing by 7, with 30 seconds left in the half]. but why Oakland???

                  Captain Lori: You are trying to figure out the Raiders. Try figuring out women instead; it's probably much easier.


                  • #24
                    ^^^ and how many fumbles did he have??? I seem to recall the game he ran one back he also muffed an easy catch around the 15-20 that gave the other team 7.


                    • #25
                      We need to resign Ekuban right now to help the D-Line. He is the most complete DE we have and will put an end to the Engleberger starting.

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