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August 22, 2007 6:00 AM

The Broncos 2-Gap


Thanks to everyone who has nominated a cartoon for the 25th anniversary celebration of "win,lose & Drew". It has been humbling to read your comments and thoughts about the cartoons. You have no idea how each and every one of you mean to me. Thanks for making these 25 years possible and so much fun. Feel free to add more nominations. We'll be compiling the top ten to be published both on the blog and in the paper in early September. I'll update you on the exact day as soon as possible.

The Broncos preseason is half way done and it seems there are far more questions than answers. The defense certainly has a lot of learning to do. Still, it's only the preseason. Someone should really tell Wade Phillips that.



  • August 22, 2007

    9:27 AM

    Tom writes:

    We're glad you're still leading the charge here Drew. We enjoy your drawings a great deal. Keep it up! Another 25 years, eh?
    Please don't worry about the folks here who chime in only to jump on you for not looking through orange and blue colored glasses every day.
    People always rip on me for being "negative" and I could just about care less. It's sports....it's not real life. These are games. It's entertainment, so to speak. I honestly don't care if the Broncos go 16-0 or 0-16. I'm still precidicting them to go 6-10 though. Why? Just for the fun of it.
    I mean....look...the Rockies won last night. Whoop-de-do.
    They won because they hit 4 home runs....at home. In the thin air. Against the Pirates, who are not exactly mistaken for a powerhouse. They always live or die by the home run. Ian Stewart (if he proves to be an impact player, will simply be another player the Monforts will refuse to pay when the time comes.) How do I know? Well....of course, I don't really know, but when was the last time the Monforts did anything....anything....to improve this team? How and why would anyone be foolish enough to be optimistic with Owners like this? It's like having "Peter Angelos West."


  • August 22, 2007

    9:38 AM

    Gordo writes:

    "Peter Angelos West"? The Monforts that bad? I live in Baltimore and follow the Orioles pretty much since I came out here. I somewhat follow the Rockes but to compare the Monforts to Angelos means that you will be able to get affordable tickets to the games but don't expect them to win.

  • August 22, 2007

    11:56 AM

    Tom writes:

    I'm saying that the Monforts and Angelos are the same in the way that they give the illusion that they care about how their teams do as far as winning, but in the end, it's just about the almighty dollar. Just as Baltimore has Tejada, the Rockies have a big, unmovable contract in Helton.
    The Rockies are certianly in a better position as far as having young players who are productive (a good part of that has to do with playing at Coors Field at altitude). The Orioles just seem to let players go way too early, such as John Maine. The problem the Rockies are going to have is that the Monforts will never pay the money necessary to keep Holliday, Tulowitski, and Atkins around. Helton will never get traded unless Colorado eats nearly all of his contract. The Monforts won't do that either.
    The Orioles, well....the play in the same division as NY and Boston, so there's no way they will ever place better than 3rd place ever again, or at least until MLB decides on a hard salary cap and rids itself of this stupid luxury tax crap that has no impact on the spending of the Yanks.
    There are quite a few similarities.

  • August 22, 2007

    2:30 PM

    Fearless Prediction...... writes:

    Broncos go 14-2, just beat out SD for the west, but lose to Indy once again in the playoffs.

  • August 22, 2007

    4:27 PM

    Gregg writes:


    Are you drunk???

    At best, this is a 7-9 or 8-8 squad. They can't stop anyone.
    And Cutler is going to get put in the hospital.

    Most likely the Donkeys are 5-11 or 6-10.

    The Raiders will go 14-2 before the Broncos do. Put down the airplane glue.

  • August 22, 2007

    4:33 PM

    Fearless prediction...... writes:

    Why can't they go 14-2? You saying the Raiders could go 14-2 just proves ANYTHING is possible in the NFL. The Faiders will go no where with Culpepper running the show. He is Minnesota's and Miami's left over garbage. Put it down, Denver 14-2.

  • August 23, 2007

    2:05 AM

    Jacob writes:

    Look at the broncos schedule, there's 5 tough games, @ Indy, vs. pitt, vs. chi, @ KC, @ SD, 14-2 is a bit of a stretch but i don't think that anything between 10-6 and 12-4 is that far out of whack. Besides, Dre Bly said something poignant the other day, he said that the broncos aren't using any of their bread and butter plays on either side of the ball and they won't until the regular season. let's not get too caught up in the W-L of the preseason, lest we forget, the raiders won twice as many games (4) in the preseason as they did the regular season (2) last year

  • August 23, 2007

    7:55 AM

    Thrawn writes:

    They may not be using "bread and butter" plays in the pre-season, but i do find it bothersome how easily teams have marched down the field on our defense who has yet to force anyone to punt. I don't care if it was 3rd and 1 or 3rd and 11, they could not get off the field save a Dre' bly interception and fumble. That was after the starters played half a game when the offense went 3 and out most of the time.

    Also, I can't ignore Bates saying his defense in Green Bay had lesser talent, but was further along in his system at this point. There are some problems with this defense, no doubt about it.

    I have concerns on offense as well. Shanahan would not have kept the starters out until half time in a meaningless game like this unless he was trying to have some success with them... especially after they just lost Henry and others to injury. Success never really came.

    Also, in regard to the schedule, why does Denver always seem to get both superbowl teams on their schedule the next year? They have them this year, they had them last year. They had Philly and New England the year before when they were the representatives the year prior. They had New England and Carolina before. The Giants and Baltimore the year after they went... and so on.

    Who wants to bet the Broncos get both again next year even if they finish 3rd in the division?

  • August 23, 2007

    8:31 AM

    Gregg writes:

    I was actually ....umm....joking about the Raiders.
    There's a thing called....SARCASM.

    Pay attention.

  • August 23, 2007

    2:21 PM

    Tom writes:

    Saying that you're not using your "bread and butter" plays is nothing more than a spin method.....

    The Broncos don't know what they're doing. Their defense is horrible. Cutler is timid. The secondary is getting burned repeatedly. Both the #1 and #2 running backs are hurt with injuries that could dog them all season long. Knee and hip injuries linger. The Broncos are basically 2 injuries away from a complete disaster. If Champ Bailey goes down, and if Patrick Ramsey goes down.
    Ramsey could very well be the starting QB early if Cutler falters (which is entirely possible given that he has all of 5 games under his belt). Better QB's than Cutler have fallen on hard times and lost their jobs. Ramsey should be the starting QB anyway. He's looked tons better with even less to work with.
    The Broncos have problems, folks. Getting well Saturday against a joke of a team like the Cleveland Browns isn't going to change that. But if they lose to the Browns and look equally as bad as they did versus the Cowboys....well....game over.

  • August 24, 2007

    2:30 AM

    Jacob writes:

    guys, 2006-2007 raiders in the preseason: 4-0, 2006-2007 raiders in the regular season: 2-14. 2006-2007 colts in the preseason: 2-2, 2006-2007 colts in the regular season 13-3, super bowl champs, calm down, we've played 2 meaningless games

  • August 24, 2007

    7:48 AM

    Thrawn writes:


    I am not concerned about win loss records in the pre-season. I know many of the guys playing them are mostly practice squad guys, especially in the second half.

    I really hope for our sake (Bronco Fans) that play calling and starting players feeling secure and not worrying about doing their jobs on the field is really the case. If not, and it turns out there are glaring problems, (which even Bates hints at) then this could really be a rough year for Bronco Nation.

  • August 24, 2007

    3:04 PM

    Gregg writes:

    Jay Cutler better be worried. As Tom has pointed out, Ramsey has looked so much more comfortable behind center even with only having the second teamers to utilize.

    Regardless of where Cutler was drafted, or how much the Broncos gave up to pick him, or how much money is involved, if Jay fails to get the offense moving soon, Shanahan will have no choice but to hand Cutler the clipboard and send Ramsey in. Cutler just might be the second coming of Ryan Leaf.

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