Marshall, Marshall, Marshall!

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Sorry, I had to.  The league announced that the March 1st incident involving Broncos star receiver Brandon Marshall and his new fiancee will not cost him a game next year.  But not so fast, he still has an upcoming case for two counts of misdemeanor battery last year during the off season.  Hopefully it all blows over and he misses no time but I really, really hope he grows up.  I hate to be Mr. negative but I doubt it.

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In an interview with KDVR, Marshall says “I’m thankful to the league and their findings today, but this is also a continuance of me looking into the mirror and growing into the man I know I should be,”. Yes Brandon, that should have happened last year.  Denver doesn’t need another distraction this year, not with a new coach and new system and virtually a new team.  Here’s to some optimism I suppose.  He has TO talent with a Pac Man head about sums it up I think.  Eventually the league, the fans and probably Broncos new coach Josh McDaniels will grow tired of the “incidents” whether he is legally guilty or not.  The fact is, he should be working at removing himself from certain situations to begin with and this won’t happen.  Wait, didn’t we say this last year too? Ugh.

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Denver Bronco Player Spotlight: Peyton Hillis

peyton_hillis_1 The rumor lately is that Peyton Hillis may not be   safe when it comes to being moved to another team. I cannot state strongly enough how against this I am. Yes, he just finished his first season. Yes, he was injured towards the end. No, he did not put up flashy numbers.

You know what he did do that not many other players seemed to manage this past year? He brought a drive, determination and spark to the team that proved to be a winning ingredient. Don’t believe me? Read the rest of this entry »

What I like about Denver’s free agents

A lot has been made about the job that the Denver Broncos front office has done so far.  Given the circumstances and what was available, so far I am very pleased with what has happened.  Here are a few of my favorite free agent pickups so far and why.

Brian Dawkins – Yes, he is old…that seems to be all anyone can say about it.  Denver did not sign Dawkins for a long-term solution.  Denver needed a guy that can provide leadership to what will shape up to be a young and completely revamped defense.

Dawkins can provide the kind of leadership on and off the field to both rookies and veterans of this team, not to mention he can still play.  This reminds me of the John Lunch signing so much it is not funny, but this seems like a BETTER deal for Denver than that.  I cannot wait to see Dawkins in Bronco Orange, laying people out and firing up the defense.

Jabar Gaffney – We all knew coach McDaniels would make Denver into the Patriots West…and honestly who cares?  If we are going to imitate someone…may as well be a winner right?  The Gaffney pickup really strengthens the receiving corps, and that was my opinion BEFORE the Brandon Marshall drama.

With Brandon likely to miss a large part of the season next year (my money is on 8 games…hope I am wrong) Denver needs some solid players at the position to compliment Eddie Royal and Brandon Stokely.  McDaniels is going to run a lot of 3 receiver sets so I can see Gaffney being a significant contributor with or without Marshall.  He knows the system, has the experience and the talent to make an immediate impact and provide some solid veteran leadership to the younger guys.

Ronald Fields – I might catch some flack for this, but I think Fields might be the best pickup for the Broncos after Dawkins.  He is not flashy or terribly big but at 6′2″ and 315 he is just what the Doctor ordered to start rebuilding the Denver front 7 into a solid 3-4 system.  I really think that Fields and Peterson are going to be a very valuable combination of players for the Denver line this year and I am excited to see it develop and grow.

The funny thing is that with the Haynesworth (ridiculous) contract and so many others that were paid well, and sometimes overpaid (I am looking at you Domonique Foxworth) there was a lot of buzz going into the free agency period for Denver.  It certainly looked like the front office was going to make some waves with as many people as they let go.  In my opinion they have been very smart and calculated so far instead of being tempted into a spending spree.  The players they picked up will help the team this year and most importantly help the young players Denver drafts for the future.

Now all we have left is the draft, here is hoping the new regime handles it as well as they have free agency so far.

I posted this in my weekly column at BroncoMadness.com

My 2008 predictions, and the actual results

Now that the season is over, I thought I would go back and review my predictions and see how I did.  It was an interesting season for sure with many bright spots and many very low spots which I will talk about in my 2008 in review blog later.

Here is what I predicted along with the actual results for the Denver Broncos 2008 season.

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Broncos Week 17 Preview: Denver at San Diego

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Well, unfortunately I was pretty close to one thing in my preseason prediction.  I said that this game very well could mean the division…and it does.  After a disappointing loss to the Bills last week combined with a huge San Diego road win in Tampa Bay, the Broncos and Chargers will face off in the final week of the season for the division and playoff berth.

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Broncos Week 10 Preview: Denver at Cleveland

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Apologies for anyone keeping score or regularly visiting my blog.  Last week was a busy one, so I did not get to do a  preview or post-game on the Miami game.  They won, we lost…that about sums it up.  This week, on a Thursday, Denver will visit the Cleveland Browns.  This week’s preview will also be sort of an injury update and player moves all rolled into one, bonus!

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Broncos Week 6 Post-Game Analysis: Jacksonville at Denver

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I knew it.  I just knew I should have stuck with my original preseason prediction in which I said Denver would lose this game.  I guess I let the homer in me come out, and I foolishly put my faith in the Broncos and changed my mind, predicting a win last week.  Despite my faith, Denver managed to frankly piss away some opportunities and dropped their 2nd game of the season by losing to the Jaguars for the 2nd straight year in Denver and moved to 4 – 2 on the season.  The final score was 24 – 17, here is what I saw…

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