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  • Paige: Little reason to believe end is upon the Broncos

    By Woody Paige
    The Denver Post




    After the San Diego Chargers roasted the Broncos' defense like chestnuts on an open fire, Chicken Little and hysterical Coloradans exclaimed: "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"

    I have stared out the window for two days, and flaming, furious meteors are not plummeting from the heavens.

    The Broncos lost a game.

    The Apocalypse is not now.

    The Broncos lost their last regular-season game in 1977, two of their last three games in 1986, the 14th game in 1987, three of the last four in 1989 and two of the last three in both 1997 and 1998.

    In all six seasons people here panicked in December and believed the world as we knew it was coming to a hasty end.

    Instead, the Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl every time — and won the last two.

    Was it over when the acorn dropped on the foul fowl's head?

    The Broncos gave the Chargers an early holiday gift far, far better than Tickle Me Elmo, a certificate for the "Jelly of the Month" club or myrrh. Forget 12 drummers drumming; the Broncos had 12 men on the field three times, were offside on a punt and came up with many other defenseless stupidities.

    As everyone should have realized already, the Broncos' defense stinks.

    Five starters have been injured, ill or demoted; several other players are not playing well; and the defensive coachers are not coaching well.

    But the only season the Broncos went to the Super Bowl with an Orange Crush defense was 1977. The other five were because of a Hall of Fame quarterback and his offense. One defensive player from 1998 is on the Ring of Fame.

    These Broncos are about a Hall of Fame quarterback and, quite possibly, the most potent offense in the history of the NFL. The offense can't score if it can't get the ball.

    Nonetheless, the defense has allowed 28 or fewer points in 11 games.

    The offense has scored 27 or more points in 13 games.

    If the offense and the defense play their normal games, the Broncos will win 86 percent of the time.

    I like those odds more than the Patriots winning at both Miami and Baltimore. New England is 3-3 on the road. And the Chiefs, who finish the season at San Diego, lost at home to the Chargers.

    The Broncos are flawed — obviously on defense — but give me an AFC team that isn't. Cincinnati and Indianapolis?

    Yes, the Broncos will win their final two games because of their offense. They play indoors against a dysfunctional team and outdoors against a bad team.

    No, I don't buy, despite what John Fox and Jack Del Rio claim, that the defense will improve. They have troubles in all three departments.

    I've studied 40 seasons, and 14 games this year, of Broncos defense, and here are the changes that should be made before the playoffs:

    The Broncos don't have any players on the practice squad worthy of promotion, but they did sign safety Michael Huff, and a couple of intriguing veteran free agents are available. It's time for Matt Russell and Tom Heckert to make up for their follies by doing something right — calling in cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and defensive end/tackle Richard Seymour, two former Pro Bowlers. By the first game of the playoffs, both would be ready to contribute.

    In the meantime, the Broncos should move Chris Harris Jr. from nickel back to starting cornerback, where he played exceptionally for Champ Bailey last year. Harris has been the Broncos' steadiest member of the secondary. Put Quentin Jammer at nickel back, and keep Kayvon "Chestnut" Webster on the bench, alongside Tony Carter, when he returns. Huff has been in Denver long enough to play safety over Omar Bolden.

    Von Miller always should rush from defensive end and never be stuck in pass coverage.

    And Wesley Woodyard should be returned to outside linebacker, playing with Paris Lenon and Danny Trevathan. Woodyard may not be performing at the same high level as earlier in the season at middle linebacker, but he's the only true leader on defense.

    Del Rio promised an aggressive defense, but the Broncos have been too passive too long. The defense doesn't have to win games. It just can't make monumental mistakes.

    The Broncos have lost past December games 37-10, 34-17 and 31-21 and still made it to the Super Bowl.

    You and Chicken Little may think the sky is falling, but Floyd Little doesn't.

    Woody Paige: [email protected] or twitter.com/woodypaige

    article source: http://www.denverpost.com/paige/ci_2...nd-is-upon-us#

    Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

  • #2
    I agree with all of Woody's suggestions, especially with moving Harris outside where he played very well last year and bringing in Asomugha. Webster just isn't ready for the prime time, yet they pull a proven performer in Woodyard and leave Webster out there. Insane. Asomugha may no longer be the CB he was in Oakland but I'd bet the farm that he's better than Webster.

    I don't know about Seymour. If he can contribute that would be awesome but is he in football shape?

    At any rate, my guess is the Broncos do none of this and go with what hasn't been working. We will most likely see Carter replace Webster on the outside until Webster returns from injury at which point he'll reclaim that spot. That is of course assuming Champ can't go. And even if Champ can go, I don't think we can depend on him staying healthy.

    We are so close to being a Super Bowl team. It's going to be a travesty when we miss that opportunity because of a lack luster defense that the staff refuses to address.
    ”Those who would give up liberty for security, deserve neither.” Ben Franklin

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    • #3
      I have seen enough of Woody on ESPN to realize anything he comes up with on his own is not worth reading.
      Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hadez View Post
        I have seen enough of Woody on ESPN to realize anything he comes up with on his own is not worth reading.
        Aww does this mean I don't get CP's for this article?
        I see you have Harris in your sig. Paige recommended starting him at CB, surely you like that idea?

        From what I gather, he wasn't so great on ESPN, but I've been reading his articles at the Denver Post since the 1990's and that's a whole different thing, as he often writes with wit and insight.

        Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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        • #5
          Do you think these guys (Seymour, Asomugha) are in shape to play an NFL game at this time in the season?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jrod48 View Post
            Do you think these guys (Seymour, Asomugha) are in shape to play an NFL game at this time in the season?
            I think Seymour is a long shot regardless. Here is an article I found on him from back in October. He may or may not be in football shape, but I doubt he'd be willing to come in for what the Broncos would be willing to offer at this point. You can't ever tell though.

            Asomugha was cut by the 49ers in early November, so he should be still in shape, I'd think. I'd love to see them bring him in and give him a shot.
            ”Those who would give up liberty for security, deserve neither.” Ben Franklin

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            • #7
              I love Woody's quips on his chalkboard during Around the Horn.

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              • #8
                If Seymour recognizes a chance to get to another SB and get another ring, perhaps he would sign for a reduced rate? But I don't see the coaches or Elway doing any emergency signings right now. We'd probably need one or two more significant injuries first.

                Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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                • #9
                  Umm, Harris starts opposite DRC in base packages, so i dont see where that is coming from.

                  Seymour or Nnamdi would be interesting.

                  Seymour would be more appealing with our DL injuries.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ERoyal248 View Post
                    Umm, Harris starts opposite DRC in base packages, so i dont see where that is coming from.

                    Seymour or Nnamdi would be interesting.

                    Seymour would be more appealing with our DL injuries.
                    I believe he was saying put Harris on the outside in ALL packages instead of in the slot.
                    ”Those who would give up liberty for security, deserve neither.” Ben Franklin

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KoolBreeze View Post
                      I believe he was saying put Harris on the outside in ALL packages instead of in the slot.

                      Correct, promotion from nickel back, but then who's going to cover the slot? That's fairly important! Acquiring Asomugha ASAP is starting to look better and better...

                      Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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                      • #12
                        Wow I can't believe I agree with everything Paige just said.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LynchMobster View Post
                          Von Miller always should rush from defensive end and never be stuck in pass coverage.
                          I have been saying this for what feels like two years now. The 'complete linebacker' stuff is nice, but when Von's in coverage there is no one who picks up that slack and QBs have forever to pick us apart. It wasn't as bad when we had Doom and Wolfe was playing well, but he's all we have now... he needs to be doing what he does best.

                          Would be interested in bringing both Nnamdi and Seymour in for workouts.

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