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  • #16
    If Henry gets injured we will just throw every play. C'mon guys we got Cutler for a reason

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    • #17
      If Henry gets hurt and is out for an extended period of time, the running game will suffer. Last year we had a 1,000 yard rusher but the running game wasn't as dominant as we needed it to be.

      There is no reason to believe that Mike Bell or Cecil Sapp will be the workhorse RB that Shanahan wants. We will be back to RBBC, which really isn't effective unless you have two workhorse RBs like Chicago had with Jones and Benson. Neither Bell nor Sapp is a workhorse so it just won't be very effective having those two share the load.

      It's nice that we can produce 1,000 yard rushers year after year, but how many Super Bowls has that gotten us since Terrell Davis left? TD was a dominant back that was getting 1,500+ yards before he got hurt.

      Gary, Droughns, Anderson, and T. Bell were not dominant backs. The running game was strong, but the RBs themselves weren't anything special. I think Droughns had 1,200 yards, but the others didn't get much more than 1,000 yards.

      Henry could very well get us back into the 1,500 yard range and be the dominant back we've been missing since Portis was traded.

      Henry has a legitimate chance to be the RB that defenses fear.

      When they see Jay go back to hand the ball off to Henry, we need that to freeze the LBs and any DB looking into the backfield so that when Jay keeps the ball he will have a wide open receiver to throw the ball to.

      We want defenses to be afraid of the RB, not just concerned about whether or not it's running play. We want defenses to say, "OMG, Travis Henry has the ball and we need to stop him before he rips off 20 yards". Neither Bell nor Sapp will inspire that kind of fear, but Henry might, if he lives up to his potential in our system. Henry gained over 1,200 yards for the Titans, he definitely has the potential to gain 1,500 yards in our system.

      I know a lot of people have faith in Mike Bell, but that faith is unfounded. He had a decent year but not a great year. There's no reason to believe he's going to be able to carry the load if Henry goes down. He went undrafted for a reason. He might surprise everyone and prove to be an excellent RB, but there's no reason to expect that he will be anything more than a back up. And teams that are forced to rely on their back up to carry the load, are usually in a bad situation. Unless that back up is a first or second round pick that is capable of living up to his potential.

      So we can brag about our team producing 1,000 yard RBs like rabbits, but that doesn't mean much when the running game isn't dominant. If we lose Henry, we lose the potential to be dominant in the running game.
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      • #18
        That's what I am talking about...

        It seems like a real concern to me also..

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        • #19
          I understand what you are saying, but there has to be a balance there.

          Is Joseph Addai a more dominant back than L.T.??

          There's a dominating diffrence of 719 yards and 21 T.D.s there.

          Stat wise Addai was the 18th best back in the league. While, of course, L.T. was 1st

          http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/statis...on=2&year=2006

          Does it then trickle to the Q.B. aspect of it??.

          The balance factor??

          I think every team tries to perfect being "balanced". If their dominant one 1 area, than good. Just as long as the other area is'nt struggling to where it's ineffective like in the season Frank Gore had. He was 5 yards short of sniffing 1,700 yards rushing, yet the 9ers can't make the playoffs. No balance. Until they played Denver of course.

          L.T., L.J., Gore, Barber, S.Jackson, top 5 right there.....any of those guys win a playoff game??


          Just a thought. A little spin on it.

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          • #20
            Our system is good for a reason and if something should happen the Henry, I think M.Bell would do fine.
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            • #21
              My main concern is without Tatem it will be hard to run the ball outside with a speedy RB in Madden.


              Go Cougs! Go Broncos!

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              • #22
                Originally posted by PAJODOA
                I am totally excited about the new year and great moves in the offseason, but what if Travis Henry goes down for a long time....

                Our season is over, no way Mike Bell or the kid from Texas can carry us thru the season let alone the playoffs...


                Your thoughts
                No our season wont be over. If Shahanan can get 2000 plus yards out of the Bell twins with a injury plagued offensive line there is no reason he can't if his workhorse should get hurt.
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                • #23
                  If Henry goes down CECIL SAPP will be the next Bronco back to come out of nowhere. I think we would be just fine. He actually fits the system better than Mike Bell. If you think back Mike Anderson played his rookie year and then went to fullback because he has a fullback body and mind set. He then went back to Tailback when we needed him to. Reuben Droughns was also a fullback before we needed him to play tailback. Cecil Sapp would be no different. He posseses the same skills and mentality. By the way all of these guys played Tailback in college.

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                  • #24
                    If our concern comes from players getting hurt, my first concern then wouldn't be Henry. We can replace RB's pretty easily. If Champ or Jay got hurt, we would be completely screwed. So if your concern is of a player getting hurt, there are many other players that would hurt the team a lot more than Henry if they went down.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by ballen
                      If Henry goes down CECIL SAPP will be the next Bronco back to come out of nowhere. I think we would be just fine. He actually fits the system better than Mike Bell. If you think back Mike Anderson played his rookie year and then went to fullback because he has a fullback body and mind set. He then went back to Tailback when we needed him to. Reuben Droughns was also a fullback before we needed him to play tailback. Cecil Sapp would be no different. He posseses the same skills and mentality. By the way all of these guys played Tailback in college.
                      He went to fullback because he was asked too and that was after about his third season in the League. He moved back to tailback not because we needed him too because he didn't want to be fullback anymore.
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by broncolee
                        If Henry gets hurt and is out for an extended period of time, the running game will suffer. Last year we had a 1,000 yard rusher but the running game wasn't as dominant as we needed it to be.

                        There is no reason to believe that Mike Bell or Cecil Sapp will be the workhorse RB that Shanahan wants. We will be back to RBBC, which really isn't effective unless you have two workhorse RBs like Chicago had with Jones and Benson. Neither Bell nor Sapp is a workhorse so it just won't be very effective having those two share the load.

                        It's nice that we can produce 1,000 yard rushers year after year, but how many Super Bowls has that gotten us since Terrell Davis left? TD was a dominant back that was getting 1,500+ yards before he got hurt.

                        Gary, Droughns, Anderson, and T. Bell were not dominant backs. The running game was strong, but the RBs themselves weren't anything special. I think Droughns had 1,200 yards, but the others didn't get much more than 1,000 yards.

                        Henry could very well get us back into the 1,500 yard range and be the dominant back we've been missing since Portis was traded.

                        Henry has a legitimate chance to be the RB that defenses fear.

                        When they see Jay go back to hand the ball off to Henry, we need that to freeze the LBs and any DB looking into the backfield so that when Jay keeps the ball he will have a wide open receiver to throw the ball to.

                        We want defenses to be afraid of the RB, not just concerned about whether or not it's running play. We want defenses to say, "OMG, Travis Henry has the ball and we need to stop him before he rips off 20 yards". Neither Bell nor Sapp will inspire that kind of fear, but Henry might, if he lives up to his potential in our system. Henry gained over 1,200 yards for the Titans, he definitely has the potential to gain 1,500 yards in our system.

                        I know a lot of people have faith in Mike Bell, but that faith is unfounded. He had a decent year but not a great year. There's no reason to believe he's going to be able to carry the load if Henry goes down. He went undrafted for a reason. He might surprise everyone and prove to be an excellent RB, but there's no reason to expect that he will be anything more than a back up. And teams that are forced to rely on their back up to carry the load, are usually in a bad situation. Unless that back up is a first or second round pick that is capable of living up to his potential.

                        So we can brag about our team producing 1,000 yard RBs like rabbits, but that doesn't mean much when the running game isn't dominant. If we lose Henry, we lose the potential to be dominant in the running game.

                        Our running game suffered so much because teams knew all we could do was run due to a inaccurate QB, than our starting RB was more of a bunter then race around using speed than a powerful home run hitter (bad analogy I know).

                        T. Bell couldn't run hard if he got hit in the butt with a rock.


                        our running game suffered but was still productive... not as productive as we are used to but it worked non the less and with a hard running RB, and talented backups I confident we will be fine this year especially with a QB who has potential to make teams pay if they stack the box.

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                        • #27
                          another thing to remember is that this is the first year in a while that our passing attack is a legitimate threat.

                          if Cutler holds his own in the pocket, I don't think the drop off to Mike "I'm the only" Bell, Cecil "take a chance on me" Sapp, or Selvin "nobody knows what I can do" Young will be so consequential. moreover, if lepsis and co. stay healthy and gel as a unit, the only ceiling to Travis Henry is 2011 yards.
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                          • #28
                            Don't get me wrong, I think we would suffer if Henry went down, but we could survive. In my opinion the problems with Mike Bell weren't his running it's the other things we ask our RB to do. He couldn't pass protect to save Cutler's life, and he isn't a receiving threat out of the backfield.

                            I think having a healthy O-line, and Graham would make up for the pass protection. I also think having Cutler on the same page as Walker, Smith, Marshall, Stokley, Graham, and Scheffler can make up for the lack of receiving threat.

                            Then too keep in mind that Bell was a rookie last year another year in the system working with coaches, watching tape that's all going to help.

                            I wouldn't want to see Travis Henry go down, but I am more concerned about our front seven on defense than our running game.

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                            • #29
                              If this is your main concren we don't have much to worry about.

                              I feel Jay taking the next step as a pro as a much more important concern .

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by PAJODOA
                                Thanks for sharing the love...

                                just dropping my opinion on the upcoming season, if I am wrong, then please share with me the main concern for this season?
                                OL, Safety, WR.... in that order.

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