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  • We're #6 on Profootballtalk.com

    I think it was a pretty nice ranking and a generous summary of our team:

    The last line was funny. =)

    PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS

    NO. 6

    DENVER BRONCOS



    Though most folks presume that the AFC West will see the Chargers in first place and the Broncos in second, we see it the other way around -- and we've never been accused of being Broncos fans.

    On offense, the Broncos could be dynamic to the point of dominant. We like quarterback Jay Cutler, and we believe he'll be much better in his second NFL season. Tailback Travis Henry, who was a great performer in Tennessee last year, will help to unlock the passing game by forcing a safety toward the line of scrimmage. Receiver Javon Walker will build on his solid debut in Denver, and the arrival of Daniel Graham at tight end will be a solid complement to Stephen Alexander and second-year pro Tony Scheffler.

    The defense is better than advertised, but still needs help on the line. Simeon Rice could make a difference, if/when he signs with the team. Still, any defense that has cornerback Champ Bailey and safety John Lynch is good enough to win consistently, and the Broncos will indeed win -- more than consistently.

    If the Broncos can get things clicking on defense, we think that they could topple the likes of the Colts and the Pats in the postseason, especially if the Broncos can secure home-field advantage.

    Key departures: RB Tatum Bell, DE/LB Patrick Chukwurah, QB Jake Plummer, DT Michael Myers.

    Key arrivals: CB Dre' Bly, RB Travis Henry, TE Daniel Graham, DT Sam Adams, WR Brandon Stokley.

    Draft pick most likely to make an impact: DE Jarvis Moss.

    Coach's current job security: Lifetime.


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    Someone finally gives us the respect we deserve. Yes! Nice post.


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    • #3
      wow.. thats some pretty strong praise. I hope he's right. I know i DO have some VERY high hopes for our offense this season. I'm ready to go back to the high powered, shanahan, offense that makes the game fun to watch rather than the 'control' offense and trying to win with defense and field position that we had moved to the last few years.

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      • #4
        Interesting. They're more optimistic than most Bronco fans right now.


        I wouldn't call Chukwurah a key departure, though. I also disagree with his thought that Rice will make that big a difference, especially since our biggest weakness on the line is at DT, not DE.

        Otherwise, it's nice to see someone expecting good things from Denver.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Javalon View Post
          Interesting. They're more optimistic than most Bronco fans right now.


          I wouldn't call Chukwurah a key departure, though. I also disagree with his thought that Rice will make that big a difference, especially since our biggest weakness on the line is at DT, not DE.

          Otherwise, it's nice to see someone expecting good things from Denver.
          Interesting to see Chukwurah as a key departure, but to not have Al Wilson on that list.

          They didn't mention DJ having to fill in for him.

          Well, it was a short piece.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Javalon View Post
            Interesting. They're more optimistic than most Bronco fans right now.


            I wouldn't call Chukwurah a key departure, though. I also disagree with his thought that Rice will make that big a difference, especially since our biggest weakness on the line is at DT, not DE.

            Otherwise, it's nice to see someone expecting good things from Denver.
            To be honest, I think our biggest problem is with our run defense, and I'm blaming the linebackers more than the tackles. With our ends focusing on an outside rush, the linebackers *have* to fill the gaps better than they are currently. It seems like they're taking bad angles and running into other Broncos.


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            • #7
              i like how mike shanahans jobe security is a life time

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              • #8
                Originally posted by PatrickdaDookie View Post
                To be honest, I think our biggest problem is with our run defense, and I'm blaming the linebackers more than the tackles. With our ends focusing on an outside rush, the linebackers *have* to fill the gaps better than they are currently. It seems like they're taking bad angles and running into other Broncos.
                I'm sure you're right and that our linebackers are still needing to master their responsibilities in this defense. But their jobs would be much easier if our DTs, excluding perhaps Adams, weren't getting blown off the ball so often. Gordon looked to be getting better when going one-on-one but still can't take on two blockers, like so many claim is key in Bates' defense.

                The linebackers should get better the more they play in this defense. But a lot of our DTs problems seem to be purely physical. I hope I'm wrong about that and that they'll also improve with time.
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                • #9
                  The linebackers need to mentally get things down, but it all starts up front. Our guys can't get to their gaps and make plays if the interior defensive lineman don't allow them to. When you're getting your own men pushed into you because they're consistently being blown off the ball, that's a problem. The blame goes all around on the defense for the poor play in the pre-season, but the play by our interior was absolutely treacherous.

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                  • #10
                    I think they've overrated us. I've seen nothing from our play in the preseason (except the first drive vs SF) to merit this much confidence and praise. Our Defense isn't stopping anyone and our first string Offense can't score TDs in the redzone...SSDD...

                    It is too early to tell of course, but I wouldn't rank us the 6th best team in the league right now. With our injury problems so far and inability to gel on defense, I'd hesitate to even rank us the 6th best team in the AFC.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by HORSEPOWER 56 View Post
                      I think they've overrated us. I've seen nothing from our play in the preseason (except the first drive vs SF) to merit this much confidence and praise. Our Defense isn't stopping anyone and our first string Offense can't score TDs in the redzone...SSDD...

                      It is too early to tell of course, but I wouldn't rank us the 6th best team in the league right now. With our injury problems so far and inability to gel on defense, I'd hesitate to even rank us the 6th best team in the AFC.
                      I guess it depends on they're saying. Are they saying we're the 6th best team in week 1? Or are they saying we'll be the 6th best team over the course of the season? It sounds to me like they're taking more of a long-term perspective.

                      If so, I agree that this team will end up being much better than they looked during the preseason. We're getting used to new players and a new defensive scheme but we should improve as the season goes on. The only question, in my opinion, is how long will it take? PFT seems to think it won't take too long.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Archimedes Owl View Post
                        Interesting to see Chukwurah as a key departure, but to not have Al Wilson on that list.

                        They didn't mention DJ having to fill in for him.

                        Well, it was a short piece.
                        They kinda missed the key departure of Darrent Williams as well.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Javalon View Post
                          I guess it depends on they're saying. Are they saying we're the 6th best team in week 1? Or are they saying we'll be the 6th best team over the course of the season? It sounds to me like they're taking more of a long-term perspective.

                          If so, I agree that this team will end up being much better than they looked during the preseason. We're getting used to new players and a new defensive scheme but we should improve as the season goes on. The only question, in my opinion, is how long will it take? PFT seems to think it won't take too long.
                          Agreed. There is no reason to believe that our offense will be weaker than last season. In fact, I an almost assuredly say that our offense will very much be better than last year with the addition of better talent. Honestly, there is no reason to believe our defense will be weaker than last year as well. I know the loss of Al Wilson is going to be a blow, but the addition of a better DC could over come some of that loss.

                          But like you said...they aren't grading for game one, but for the season. I think we have the talent on offense (barring injury) to be impressive. Whether we are as good as this article suggests.. well....... thats a tough one to meet.

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                          • #14
                            I give this article AT LEAST a B- because he didn't call the loss of George Foster a key loss. Overall a very good piece, a little curious why Al Wilson wasn't a key loss, but whatevers.

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                            • #15
                              Power rankings are nice and its good to be #6 but it's all talk. It doesnt really bother me whether people rank the Broncos high or low because all I know is that we missed the playoffs last season and we are going to correct that this season. We can look back at those power rankings and see whether they were right or wrong when we either win the AFC West, get to the playoffs etc.
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