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Broncos and Avalanche living in the past

-Drew Suppes

Ten years ago, the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche were each at the pinnacle of their respective organizations.  The Broncos were the team to beat in the NFL after winning back to back Super Bowl Championships.  The Colorado Avalanche set an NHL record with nine consecutive division titles, in route to winning two Stanley Cups.

Ten years later, fans, journalists, and members of each organization are suffering from the worst condition in sports: they are all living in the past. Continue reading

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Letter to Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler

Courtesy of the Associated Press

Dear Jay Cutler,

The Denver Broncos organization has been around since 1960.  They have won their division 10 times.  They have been to the Super Bowl 6 times.  Twice, have they had the privilege of calling themselves World Champions.

Since you have been quarterback of the Denver Broncos, they have won 0 division titles.  They have been to the Super Bowl 0 times.  In fact, the Denver Broncos have yet to reach the playoffs with you as a member of its team.  Continue reading

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Leinart and Young Not Giving Up

leinartMatt Leinart and Vince Young dominated the quarterback position in college.  Now, both are battling to regain their role as a starter in the NFL.

When the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals drafted Vince Young and Matt Leinart as the 3rd and 10th picks in the 2006 NFL Draft, both were expected to be make immediate impacts to their new teams.  Both had the resume’s to back it up.  Young was coming off a National Championship win (against Leinarts USC team), in which he put up 467 total yards (200 yards rushing) and 3 TDs for the Texas Longhorns.  NFL teams were drooling over his running ability, size (6’5″, 230lbs.), and potential.  Leinart had compilied a ridiculous 37-2 record as the starting QB at USC.  He threw a Pac-10 record 98 TDs and was named the Heisman Trophy winner in 2004.  Continue reading

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Jay Cutler Wants Out of Denver

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Broncos QB Jay Cutler upset over trade rumors.

In an attempt to acquire New England QB Matt Cassel, the Denver Broncos were offering to deal Jay Cutler, according to Bill Williamson from ESPN. However, the deal fell through, and Matt Cassel was traded (along with longtime LB Mike Vrabel) to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second round draft pick, earlier today.  Bill Williamson’s source claims that the Broncos are no longer considering trading Cutler.  However, the Pro Bowl QB is now livid, and is demanding to be traded.

Josh McDaniels may have just made the first HUGE mistake as a head coach in the NFL.  Continue reading

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Mark Schlereth is a sellout…or a very smart man

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Mark Schlereth is a sellout!  Or is he?

When the 3 time Super Bowl Champion (2 with the Broncos, 1 with the Redskins) was last wearing pads and protecting our beloved John Elway, he never spoke a word to the media (a doctrine of Denver Broncos offensive linemen in their championship days).  He was a 6’3″ 290lbs blocking machine from Alaska nicknamed “Stink.”

Nowadays, it’s a little bit of a different story.  Roughly 10 years later the guy is about 70lbs lighter, well groomed and everywhere to be seen!

I’ve put together a little bit of an anecdote for everyone.  Keep in mind, parts of this story are true, parts are fictitious.

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Larry Fitzgerald–Best WR in the NFL?

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A couple weeks ago, a friend asked me who’d I’d rather have on my team: Larry Fitzgerald, or Brandon Marshall?  0.3 seconds later, I responded, “without a doubt, Fitzgerald!”  That is no diss on Marshall, it just shows how highly I think of the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver.

I’ve been saying it for the last three years, as I reaped the benefits of having him on my fantasy team: Larry Fitzgerald is the best wide receiver in the NFL.  If you’ve been watching the playoffs, you would agree with me.  Week in and week out, the guy makes the most ridiculous catches I’ve ever seen!

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Shanahan & Super Bowl

Commenting further on Derek’s post regarding Mike Shanahan and whether or not he can bring another Super Bowl to Denver in the future:

I know there are still 2 games left this season, but I think we can get a good feeling on what this Broncos team is going to look like in the future.  Barring any major injuries, I think they have an extremely solid foundation to build upon.

Offensively, the Broncos are well stocked at just about every position.

QB: Jay Cutler has the talent, tools (i.e. Brandon Marshall, and Eddie Royal) and the playcalling to become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, if he hasn’t proven so already.  I think he’ll learn to throw the ball away if no one is open, which will cut down on his INT’s.  On a side note: what are Matt Leinart and Vince Young (both drafted before Cutler in the 2006 NFL Draft)?  Last I checked, both are riding the pine for their teams.

WR: Marshall and Royal are going to be one of the best WR tandems in the NFL for years to come.

OL: Ryan Clady, and Ryan Harris have exceeded expectations (to say the least) in their first seasons in the NFL, and Clady, despite being a rookie, may be the best tackle in the league.  Ben Hamilton has a few years left in him, and Chris Kuper is only 25.  The only position in need of some depth would be the center, with Tom Nalen’s career in question (knee injuries), and Casey Weigmann being in his 13th season.

TE: Daniel Graham has at least 5 more years in him, and Tony Sheffler has shown that he can be one of the leagues best if he stays health.

RB: The only offensive position in need of rebuilding is at RB.  Peyton Hillis showed that he can be a 100 yard per game rusher, but will he move back to fullback next year when he gets healthy?  Ryan Torrain has already shown that he is injury prone (broken elbow, and torn ACL) in his rookie season.  I don’t think he will be the RB of the future.  Selvin Young has been battling injuries all year, and hasn’t impressed me at all.  Does anyone else remember that Young said he was going to rush for 2,000 yards this year?  He’s close.  With 268 yards so far, he only needs 866 yards in each of the remaining two games and he will be there.  As for Andre Hall, Michael Pittman, Tatum Bell, and P.J. Pope, I don’t see these guys being the answer for the future.

As for the defense:

To put it honestly, there are two players on this team that are NOT expendable: Champ Bailey and D.J. Williams.  Other than that, it’s time to reload.  Leslie Woodyard and Spencer Larson were a nice surprise, but it hasn’t been enough to change the reputation of this pitiful defense.

The Broncos have 10 draft picks in the 2009 draft, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Shanny used 9 of them on defensive players (safety and d-line are in need of the most help).  I think that he should use a 1st or 2nd round pick on a top tier running back, and complete the offensive side.  With the remainder of the picks, the Broncos need to stock up on the defensive side.

That being said, if Shanahan can turn his horid defense into a middle of the road defense, I have no doubt that as Cutler and the young offense continue to improve,  so will the Broncos as a whole.  Within 1 or 2 years, the Broncos will be a serious contender for the Super Bowl, with Mike Shanahan as the head coach.

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