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November 6, 2008 11:30 PM

Broncos by a Thread

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A Close Shave
The Broncos were and still are literally hanging by a thread. This is a team held together by duct tape and super glue and even a little chewing gum here and there. There are holes everywhere. They have no defense, no running backs and a wide receiver who still hasn't learned that it isn't all about him (more on Brandon Marshall later). Yet they still staged a 4th quarter comeback that was engineered largely by a frustrated quarterback and a fullback playing halfback, because, well, there isn't one.

What we have here is a scrapheap
The whole team currently looks like something you would find in Sanford and Sons front yard. How long they can hold that together is anybody's guess. The first half was about as ugly any ever played by a Broncos team. Brandon Marshall couldn't remember what a pass route looked like, apparently trying to think up his thwarted 4th quarter tribute to Barack Obama instead of actually playing the game on the field. Who knows when, or if, Marshall will ever grow up. I'm all for people being elated at the election of our nation's first African American President (count me among them) but there is a time and place for everything and an end zone celebration ain't it.

Trouble in paradise
So the Broncos are left with a small, slow defense that can't tackle, no running backs, and injuries piling up a rate that would fill an entire emergency room. Where to from here? You tell me.



Discussion

  • November 7, 2008

    7:27 AM

    Andy writes:

    Love the toon Drew.

    I *DO* think B-Marsh has grown up quite a bit. He had a couple of drops and a couple of blatant pass interference NO Calls. He *IS* a special receiver, and if you saw him after the game - he took accountability for the interception - "I kinda screwed Jay on that one." You wouldn't hear 98% of receivers in the league make that claim. Quit picking on him... he ain't goin anywhere.

    OK - DENVER, anybody big and fast out there that can hold onto a football and run? Drew - maybe you could hold a contest to find a new running back among the people who read your blog. :-)

    I should have stuck to that workout program at New years - maybe I could have tried out. HAHAHAHAHA!!

    Go Broncos.

  • November 7, 2008

    9:05 AM

    Devin writes:

    Tough, tough win, but what a morale boost for the Broncos! Cutler looked absolutely phenomenal in the second half. I'm glad to see he's finally snapped out of his slide and reclaimed his role as a leader in the offense. It's got to be tough for the kid to go out there with NO true halfbacks, knowing full well that any comeback will depend solely on him.

    And say what you will about Shanahan, but the man must have said something pretty inspiring for his team to come out and play as hard as they played in the second half. It was great to see second-stringers like Woodyard and Winborn rising to the occasion (even if the rest of the D didn't), and someone should give Eddie Royal a medal for that 93-yard TD grab. Yes, the Broncos are limping their way through midseason right now, but I think coming through with a clutch 4th quarter drive will get their spirits up and hopefully put them on track for the rest of the season.

    What they need: a running game! Scout the practice squads, looks for guys who were waived earlier this year, hold tryouts -- do something! No matter how solid Cutler plays, Broncs absolutely cannot make it through the rest of the season without a strong rushing attack.

  • November 7, 2008

    9:29 AM

    seriously?!? writes:

    So The mastermind had the great parting of the red sea speach at half time. Jay threw for a career best (in a game where they had no running backs..hmmm) The Broncos are back on their way to the playoffs. Brandon is now the godsend he's supposed to be....all is good in broncoland....weee. Just make sure Winslow is on your christmas card list.

  • November 7, 2008

    10:56 AM

    HomerJ writes:

    Where are all the Cutler haters today? Like the idiots who said we should start Hackney? Jay Cutler is awesome!!!

  • November 7, 2008

    11:35 AM

    boomgoesthedynamite writes:

    Well guys, shanny just called, looks like I'll be suiting up @ RB next weekend vs. Atlanta

    Be sure to come visit me in the hospital directly following the game

  • November 7, 2008

    1:28 PM

    Jacob writes:

    Just checked out the free agent list of running backs. Do the names Tatum Bell and Mike Bell mean anything to anyone? While this was a good win, let's not get too excited about it. The Broncos were facing a mediocre team and had to outscore them 21-7 in the 4th quarter just to win by 4. It was a season saving win but the defense is still a wreck and there's no running game because there's no one to run the ball. The biggest thing this game told us is that when the Broncos have everyone healthy, this offense is lethal. The recieving corps has been 100% healthy for 4 games, the Browns (34 points) the Raiders (41 points) the Chargers (39 points) and the Saints (34 points). This offense is and will be deadly for years to come.

  • November 7, 2008

    4:29 PM

    Rocky writes:

    Hmmm - where are the fair weather "fans" that said that Cutler can't cut the mustard - bench the guy....

    It's amazing how much smarter these "fans" are than the coaches and players - I always wonder why they aren't coaching or playing for some NFL team somewhere, raking in the Superbowl Victories!

    Could it be - they aren't qualified?

  • November 7, 2008

    6:36 PM

    Kent writes:

    Cutler should have been picked off 4 times.

    He was lucky. That's it.

    Neither Denver or Cleveland deserved to win the game. They are both awful teams. The Broncos actually lost in this, because trading a win for losing your entire remaining roster of running backs is not a fair trade.

    The Broncos will not win another game this season. It's WAY over.

  • November 7, 2008

    8:53 PM

    incognitoboy writes:

    hey kent-

    still have the chumps and ray-duhs at home. pretty good chances there! as for the rest? hmmmm.....i'll get out my voodoo doll collection.

    i'm more and more convinced the training staff has to go. all these injuries? at least partly goes back to conditioning.

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