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October 17, 2008 11:28 PM

Broncos D-fence

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Hole in One
Quite a gap in that Broncos defense these days. Don't ya just miss the days of the Orange Crush with Tom Jackson and Randy Gradishar? These days the broncos couldn't stop a leaky faucet if their lives depended on it. It'll be interesting to see if the Broncs can do anything to stop the Patriots. Of course this Patriots team ain't your fathers Patriots.

Patty Cakes
That's what makes this Monday night match-up so interesting. The fact that the Pats are Bradyless makes them mortal. The Broncos need this game to keep the momentum going into the bye week. It should be a telling game, a measuring stick if you will for the Broncos.
Feel free to leave your picks. I say Broncos 24 -17.



Discussion

  • October 18, 2008

    3:07 PM

    Phil writes:

    Is anyone else tired of the mockery of Denver's defense week in and week out by this guy?

    For gosh sakes the offense was terrible during the last 3 games. Howabout drawing Cutler and Marshall willingly handing the ball to opposing defenses (oh and put them one yard away from the td)?

    The defense came up with some big stops the past couple weeks and the offense couldn't do anything.

  • October 18, 2008

    4:42 PM

    Shawn writes:

    Phil.

    Turn off your computer.

    Stop coming here.

    See how simple that was?

  • October 18, 2008

    10:37 PM

    SE7EN writes:

    Phil, To answer your first question. "No" I'm not tired of Drew making a mockery of the defense because this defense has been a mockery in nearly every game so far. The moment they decide to be a consistent stingy defense will be the moment that Drew stops poking fun at the defense.

    Yes the Offense has had some troubles in their two losses this year, but struggling against KC in Arrowhead is a yearly tradition. The other two teams where they struggled was against the Bucs and the Jags, both of whom have solid defensive units.

    If the offense struggles, would be nice to see the defense step it up for a change, especially against KC, one of the worst teams in the NFL this year.

  • October 18, 2008

    11:26 PM

    Another Michael writes:

    I think Phil proves what happens when you inhale fumes from the lawnmower....

    ....especially when you consider we have the 3rd best QB in the league, the 10th best RB offense (despite the merry-go-round RB position we currently have) and 4th best yardage offense in the LEAGUE....

    ....but we're getting killed in the turnover department (-4) tied for 27th for the bottom of the league....

    If you're not going to protect the ball - then we need more turnovers -- how many Super Bowl champs can boast a negative TO ratio and still be crowned the best??

  • October 19, 2008

    6:34 PM

    Chris writes:

    Drew,

    The hole isn't big enough!

    Thank goodness Brady is hurt, or Moss would light up the scoreboard tomorrow. Realistically, even if Cassell has a career game, it would only be 150 and a td. :-)

    Keep playing the Cover Who in Tampa defense Shanny. Its worked great so far. Ugh. After watching K.C. get destroyed by the Titans , I fear for this defense's life if they face an actual offense again.

    Hopefully J.C. stops trying to force the ball to Marshall and utilizes his other weapons (or at least make the "evil" genius believe he will...).

  • October 19, 2008

    8:29 PM

    Randy writes:

    The Broncos are about to be totally embarrassed on National television.

    45-6, Patriots with the win. Jay Cutler gets replaced. The Broncos lose all their remaining games.

    All is then right with the world.

  • October 19, 2008

    10:36 PM

    Charlie writes:

    Denver 45
    Patsies 32

  • October 20, 2008

    8:14 AM

    dude writes:

    It is a very good thing that Brady is out. What a difference the loss of a leader makes. Look at teams like the Packers, they lose their "leader" (Favre) and the team can step up. The Pats lose Brady and now they are an average team like the rest of us humans.

    I enjoy seeing Drew rip on the defense and it is well deserved. They have made some big plays in the last few weeks but they have more a lot of bone headed plays too. The D is soft in the middle and once they get targeted in the middle they let one go deep. What has been proven time and again in the NFL is that unless you put pressure on a QB you cannot play solid D.

    The Broncos have fallen in to the rut that has plagued them for the past few seasons, the D play for 2 quarters (usually the first and third) and the O plays for 2 quarters (the first and second). The day when the team plays four quarters on each side of the ball will be the day that questions about the D or the high powered O will go away.

    Until then let us ALL enjoy the fact that the Broncos look and have played better football (even if not consistantly) then the rest of the AFC West and, at least for another week, can boast the lead in the division.

    By the way...... Borncos show up and play O tonight: Pats 28 - Broncos 34 but the Pat will threaten late in the game.

  • October 20, 2008

    11:23 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    Pats - 63
    Donkeys - 9

  • October 20, 2008

    5:27 PM

    Bill from Wichita writes:

    The defense is looking better than at the first of the season, but still not trustworthy.
    Yes it is a problem when key players allow turnovers which creates losses, but it is still intriguing to see the Broncos keep it close in most cases.
    How would the games turn out if one or no turnovers occurred and if 4th and 2 were achievable 1st downs???
    Yes there is a lot of work for them to do, but it is not out of the question for any faction of the team to pull it together for the last half of the season.

    Broncos-27 (3 TD's 2 FG's)
    Patriots-23 (2 TD's 3 FG's)

  • October 20, 2008

    9:13 PM

    Jerry writes:

    Maybe if shanny started putting these defensive players jobs on the line they would actually play like the game means something.......... and by the way they should be introduced as the enver Broncos because we have no "D"

  • October 20, 2008

    10:07 PM

    Trap writes:

    "Randy writes:

    The Broncos are about to be totally embarrassed on National television.

    45-6, Patriots with the win. Jay Cutler gets replaced. The Broncos lose all their remaining games.

    All is then right with the world."

    ----------------------------------------------
    Wow. Just Wow. Damn near a spot on prediction. How'd you do that?


  • October 20, 2008

    10:20 PM

    C.J. writes:

    No wonder Drew keeps turning out the Broncos "defense" cartoons.
    They practically draw themselves.
    41-7.
    That's sad.

  • October 20, 2008

    11:35 PM

    Bill From Wichita writes:

    Yep... no defense, turnovers and an instant end to the future of this team again this year.

    Throughout recent history this team has proven that they are not a 2nd half team. Since there has been no improvement, but only decline in the performance of this team, I can only conclude that a repeat of last season is upon them, and us as fans.

    As a Broncos fan I'm crushed. This is the type of thing the the KC Chiefs do to their fans year in and year out (ecxept this year), ... play great for the first few games, then tank the season.

    A footnote: I can't rememebr who wrote the article when we hired this defensive coordinator but this guy has a losing track record except for one year of his tenure with the Packers, I believe. It has followed him to the Broncos... but at this point I can't tell which is worse... the coaching schemes or the players themselves, missed tackles, fumbles and so on.

  • October 20, 2008

    11:39 PM

    Bill From Wichita writes:

    Oh, and Drew.... Please redraw that cartoon of Pacman Jones shooting himself in the foot and color it as the Broncos offense and then add it to the picture above. I think that would pretty much say it all!

  • October 21, 2008

    2:28 PM

    John writes:

    Pat Bowlen for the love of GOD...PLEASE replace Shanahann with Bill Cowher. This team is gone. The players are not listening to the Mastermind any longer, and it is time for him to move aside and do General Manager stuff or coach somewhere fresh. He isnt winning games he shouldnt any longer. He is getting blown out of games and losing games he shouldnt (KC, JAX). I am so tired of the defense making All Pros out of nobody RBs and QBs.

  • October 21, 2008

    10:08 PM

    Tim writes:

    The Broncos would have been very wise to have snapped up Mike Singletary to take over for Shanahan before Singletary was moved into the head position in San Francisco.

    Think Singletary could have an influence on a defense in Broncoland?

    I do.

    The 49ers are going to be good. Real good. All they need is a quarterback and some confidence. By the start of next year, they'll have both.

    Where will the Broncos be? Still under the thumb of Mike Shanahan.

  • October 30, 2008

    3:16 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Freaks

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