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August 7, 2007 6:00 AM

The Starting Blocks

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The Broncos are off to a precarious beginning for 2007. The injuries continue to mount at key positions and they haven't even kicked off yet. The changes that were made during the offseason were good ones but the Broncos luck will need to change pronto if they hope to challenge for the AFC West.

Drew



Discussion

  • August 7, 2007

    12:25 PM

    Tom writes:

    Exactly one of the reasons that I stand by my prediction of a 6-10 season.

    It's not as though the Broncos suck or something....

    But look....

    If injuries become a problem for Denver, then they're destined for a bad ride.

    Factor in a QB that's starting his first full season (and the pressure that goes with that), Cutler is going to make errors that cost Denver games. It happens to every QB. It even happens to 10 year vets. It even happened to *gasp*....John Elway.

    The defense is suspect. There are already bumps and bruises along the defensive line and they haven't played even a preseason game yet.

    There is one wide receiver on this team right now.

    That's a lot to overcome. Teams have likely had less to overcome than this Denver squad and gone 4-12 or 5-11.

  • August 7, 2007

    3:13 PM

    Harry Thomas writes:

    I don't care if they go 2-14, as long as our two wins are against the Raiders.

  • August 7, 2007

    4:36 PM

    Tom writes:

    I'd hate to see the city of Denver if the Broncos go 2-14.

    The city might be a cinder on the map of Colorado after all the riots in LoDo.

    But then, not being a Broncos fan, I would still sleep very soundly even if they went 0-16.

  • August 7, 2007

    11:18 PM

    Brian writes:

    There are a lot of injuries so far however, at least they are minor ones.

    I think the Broncos are a 10-6 team with a wild card loss this year. GO BRONCOS!

  • August 8, 2007

    8:16 AM

    Sam writes:

    I think you overstated it significantly. Frankly, bumps and bruises are going to happen. Every injury has been minor, and the serious ones - Rod Smith's hip, Scheffler's foot - are on the way to being healed. Scheffler was even running at practice yesterday. This is a good sign.

    Add in a crafty veteran at WR in Brandon Stokley (who has been the talk of camp, by the way), some good young talent at the position (Brian Clark has impressed, as has Dom Hixon), and I'm not sure where you get the idea that Denver has one wideout.

    Mike Shanahan has had one losing season in Denver since he's been here. This team was assembled around his desire to win now. No way they finish worse than .500, and I could see them easily winning 12 games.

    Teams have also had more to overcome than this Denver squad and gone deep into the playoffs. It goes both ways.

  • August 8, 2007

    10:52 AM

    Tom writes:

    Brandon Stokley is a shell of the player he was in Indy.

    Jay Cutler now has tendonitis in his wrist.

    Because Shanahan has only had one losing season since being in Denver, the odds are now stacked against him. Losing seasons are in the future. He's had it too good for too long. Mike is on the downside of his career in coaching and he has no Elway to lean on any longer.

    He has a rookie quarterback and a bunch of young players who have never won anything.

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