Login | Contact Us | Site Map | Archives | Alerts | Electronic edition | Subscribe to the paper
Subscribe to RSS   Add to My Yahoo!

November 2, 2008 7:56 PM

Broncos season in the air

DREW1103.gif

An Air apparent
The Broncos season is on the brink. Yes, they're still in first place in the worst conference in the NFL. But in order for the Broncos to do anything once they get to the playoffs (and that's still questionable at this early juncture) they need to quickly finds some answers to their long list of problems. Where to start? If it's not the Defense, it's the Offense. If it's not either of those it's the coaching or the special teams or it's Cutler's regression before our eyes.

So What Would you Do?
Time to play coach, or owner or whomever you want to initiate change to this season that is unraveling week in and week out. I want you to put all your ideas down as to what can solve this free fall and at least give us some post-election relief. Just keep it clean or I'll have to send the Texas Tech defense over. And ask Longhorns fans. You wouldn't want that.



Discussion

  • November 2, 2008

    11:10 PM

    WorkingClassHero writes:

    So, have you so-called Bronco Fan finally realized that all the things that I've been saying about Jay Cutler and the Broncos is actually true?

    Do you finally realize that Cutler is worthless? The guy is finished. He's completely incapable of leading an offense or of making smart decisions on the field. He needs to be replaced immediately if Mike Shanahan expects to keep his job. And we all know that Mike will throw anyone under the bus to keep his job. That includes Cutler, not to say that Cutler doesn't deserve it.

    So, I think I said the Broncos were no better than 6-10, with a high possibility for 5-11 or 4-12. It would appear that I was not far off the mark, eh?

    Where are all of these fairweather, bandwagon riding people who claim they are actually fans of the Broncos?

    Hello?.......

    Hello???.....

    Oh yeah....that's what I thought.

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAAA!!!!
    AHHH-HAHAHAHA-HAHAHAHAHA-HAHHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • November 2, 2008

    11:17 PM

    Kent writes:

    Um, Drew....

    The Broncos are in first place of the worst division in football, not first place in the worst conference. And the AFC is far better than the NFC anyway.

    Jay Cutler must be benched for the remainder of the season. Lets see what Hackney can do. He looked pretty good in preseason. If Jay learns something by watching, maybe he'll be able to compete for a roster spot in training camp next year. At least the Broncos will be able to get a good look at Hackney as a potential starter next season.

    This season's over, because San Diego is going to win most of their remaining games.

  • November 3, 2008

    7:05 AM

    Lance writes:

    Granted the Broncos are playing poorly in EVERY aspect of the game, but what about the officiating in the NFL. I have never seen a season where the officiating is so blatantly BIASED against the broncos. Will we be paying for Hoculi embarassing himself for the entire season. Not only are the players and coaching staffs so scared to say anything, now it appears that even the media has lost the heart to say anything negative about the poor quality of officiating in the NFL this season!

  • November 3, 2008

    7:21 AM

    Andy writes:

    Kent -
    Seriously!?!?! Hackney!?!?! I'll give you that Cutler has NOT looked good the past 4 weeks, but Hackney is a permanent practice team player. The whole team just plays so soft right now. Cutler is making bad reads. Arguably one of the top receivers in the NFL doesn't even get a catchable pass thrown his way until late in the 3rd quarter? Stokely turning the wrong way, Jackson dropping balls, NO running game. It will be a wonder if the win another game this year. Maybe two more - we still have to play KC and Oakland. I think if they have a losing record, we'll see Shanahan step down. He won't get fired, but he doesn't want to lose any more than anybody else.
    My $.02 anyhow...

  • November 3, 2008

    9:28 AM

    Michael writes:

    It is hard to win when your quarterback throws it away three times and no one is executing - I don't care who you are - you will lose. Yesterday's loss, and this whole bad stretch, have been caused by youth, inexperience and failure to execute.
    I am still a big Cutler fan and I think he will be the answer, but that loss is on him. That being said, to think that Hackney or any other quarterback would be better at leading this team is ridiculous. Hackney??? really??? c'mon - we all hate losing, but I think this season is about something other than wins or losses. Shanahan has been building a team for the future and he has a great start. I seriously believe that the Broncos of 2009 or 2010 will be real contenders. Pick up some defensive lineman, maybe a safty or CB plus one or two quality lineman skilled at run blocking and you have a real competitive team.
    I believe Shanahan will have this team back at the top in the next couple years. There is a lot of youth and inexperience on the 2008 Broncos and it is showing. However, a drastic change in course now would simply give us more painful seasons in the future.
    As for this season - I think they need to concentrate on the run and get the lineman and backs to work on run blocking. Work Torain into the games more and more each week and have Jay work on spreading the ball around even more. He needs to find a balance between locking onto Marshal all game and ignoring him to avoid locking onto him. As for the defense - just keep working - they are getting better. It was almost a good thing for Champ to be out. The defense seemed to work a little bit harder. Now if they can keep that up once he returns in a few weeks - we will be golden.
    finally, I think this is a 9-7 team and that we make it into the playoffs on account of the AFC worst. I hope they do, even if they get killed in the Wild Card round. The experience will be very beneficial for developing this team into a champion in the next several years.

  • November 3, 2008

    10:35 AM

    Ted in Vegas writes:

    I think blaming Cutler is a mistake; blame Shanahan!

    12 RUSHES FOR 14 YARDS?

    Shanahan's lost his mind if he thinks he win without running the ball.

    GET A RUNNING BACK! A REAL RUNNING BACK!

  • November 3, 2008

    4:51 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Hackney would be much better than watching Jay Cutler implode. It would at least be less painful each Sunday. Cutler is done as the Broncos future QB. Bring on the next. Let's hope the front office can scout a decent QB in the upcoming draft. Cutler has gone as far as he's ever going to go in the NFL. The league has figured him out. He's Ryan Leaf with a stronger arm, but that's it.

  • November 3, 2008

    9:43 PM

    Russ writes:

    Cutler is horrible.

    Yes, the Broncos *cough*, "rushing game" has been bad, but Jay Cutler has been horrible.
    This dude is not even a good NFL quarterback. He has a losing record, and his play dictates that he is getting much, much worse every game longer that he is in the NFL.
    Jay Cutler is a failed experiment and he has now shown why several teams passed on him in the draft. Those smart scouts saw that he is not and never will be a winner.
    This guy actually dared to put himself in the same sentence as John Elway? Nice Jay. I think you laid an incurable curse on yourself. Have fun working at Subway next season. I'll have the Bacon & Chicken Ranch on wheat.

  • November 3, 2008

    11:43 PM

    rwsux writes:

    Thanks, I agree, but how about constructive criticism. Instead of the insane laughing. You sir, are not a sports fan.

  • November 4, 2008

    8:05 AM

    mt2ri writes:

    Since Elway's retirement following the 1998 season, Denver has had only two losing seasons (1999, 2007) and has made the playoffs as a wild card three times (in 2000, 2003 and 2004), and as a division champion once (2005). However, they have won only one playoff game since Elway's retirement.

    Impressive, Shanahan lovers... Cutler doesn't have a chance when you look at the ACTUAL statistics of Mr. Offensive Master-Mind; who is orchestrating this train wreck.

  • November 4, 2008

    9:41 AM

    rx writes:

    Cutler is only in his third year. Remember that. Everyone is so freaking reactionary. It's annoying.

  • November 4, 2008

    10:36 AM

    Ted in Vegas writes:

    Cutler's fine; he's just young and without much talent on the offensive line and a depleted backfield.

    Back in the day, we used make light of the fact that Elway didn't have much help; but, Elway had Gerald Wilhite, Sammy Winder and Steve Sewell - a better backfield than with what Cutler has to work.

    All we need on offense is some better blocking and a healthy starting RB and we'd be looking a whole lot better.

    We used to have a better linebacking corp too and it doesn't help that Champ's out...

  • November 4, 2008

    12:13 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Cutler is not fine. By the third year, NFL quarterbacks are supposed to be turning the corner. Jay has veered right off the track. He's lost. Not one player on the team respects him as a leader, which is what he is supposed to be. Anytime Cutler gets knocked on his butt, no Denver player either helps him up or gets in the face of the opposing player if the hit is questionable. That says everything.

    He's yesterday's news.

  • November 4, 2008

    12:56 PM

    Michael writes:

    If the coaching staff decides to be as reactionary as some of the people posting here, Denver will never have another championship year.
    Cutler is fine - there is just too much youth and inexperience for this team to be elite at this point. Patience will be rewarded in a year or two when the supporting staff matures and some needed help in the backfield is found. Hopefully Torain will end up being that help, but that has yet to be seen.
    I seem to remember people yelling for Elway's job for the first three plus years that he was here.
    Cutler may not be an Elway, but he has the talent and ability to take the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory - not this year, but in the years to come.

  • November 4, 2008

    3:19 PM

    Anonymous writes:

    Cutler, like any NFL QB, even the great ones, will have bad games. Even Saint Elway did have some stinker games throughout his career.

    '87, '90, '91 the Broncos (Via Orange Crush) took him (not vice versa) to three Super Bowls, thet he lost.

    Remember the "Elway Watch" crapfest?

    "not one player respects" Cutler?

    And your source for this is...?

    In other words, you're lying.

  • November 4, 2008

    3:19 PM

    Anonymouse writes:

    Cutler, like any NFL QB, even the great ones, will have bad games. Even Saint Elway did have some stinker games throughout his career.

    '87, '90, '91 the Broncos (Via Orange Crush) took him (not vice versa) to three Super Bowls, thet he lost.

    Remember the "Elway Watch" crapfest?

    "not one player respects" Cutler?

    And your source for this is...?

    In other words, you're lying.

  • November 4, 2008

    3:28 PM

    Devin writes:

    Michael makes a great point. You have to give players time to develop, and you have to expect that ALL quarterbacks in the NFL will have their slumps. Culter has a great rapport with several of his fellow teammates, and when they're all healthy, they can still click on offense.

    Also, let's not forget that the other two QBs from Cutler's draft class are warming benches in Tennessee and Arizona while Cutler is out there playing his butt off every Sunday. The guy's trying to shoulder the burden of both a lackluster running game AND a laughable defense -- GIVE HIM A BREAK ALREADY!

  • November 4, 2008

    10:15 PM

    Bosco writes:

    I am a huge Broncos fan, they could have the absolute worst record in the NFL and even though it would be painful for me to watch, I would not miss a game. Nothing bothers me more that a Broncos fair weather fan and that is who the majority of the comments appear to be from. Give Cutler a break, it is easy to blame the QB. I think he is in the top 5 in the league, he really isn't getting much support right now. The last thing the Broncos need is a bunch of fair weather San Diego-like fans!

  • November 5, 2008

    4:11 PM

    HomerJ writes:

    Please you people are pathetic. Jay Cutler is done? Start Hackney? Fire Shanahan? Where do you come up with this stuff? I admit the Broncos have looked horrible the last couple weeks, but this is a young, injured team right now. Any true Broncos fan would never give up hope, especially with the fact the Broncos are still in first place. One game at a time is all we can focus on, this team is talented and has a lot of potential. I have faith and always will as long as Shanny is our coach. This isn't his first rodeo!

  • November 5, 2008

    4:53 PM

    Rocky writes:

    If memory serves, there was this team from Florida that held Terrel Davis to something like 29 yards in a year that the Broncos went to the Superbowl - and won it.

    Shanahan was stupid, he should've benched Elway in favor of the backup QB right then.

    I'm tired of fairweather football spoiled children calling themselves Broncos fans.

    Which one of you have the ability to be QB? Defensive lineman? Cornerback? Hey - even be a ball boy for the Broncos?

    Yet somehow you all are so much smarter and more qualified than Shanahan, his assistant coaches, position coaches and the entirety of the team.

  • November 5, 2008

    6:34 PM

    John Fletcher writes:

    Cutler needed to be pulled out of the game after his pick went back for 6 points. That was it. The Bconcos need to send a very clear message that he has been given ample time to grow up and he needs to be told that this job is not his by default.

    He needs to be publicly called out by someone on the Broncos and told that this kind of play is unacceptable.

    I cannot believe how forgiving Broncos fans have become. Guess none of you like winning.

  • November 6, 2008

    11:34 AM

    Rocky writes:

    So - John Elway NEVER threw an interception in 1997-1998 - that's good to know. He never threw an errant pass, an ill advised throw.

    John Fletcher - if you believe the above I have some fantastic ocean side property just outside of Cheyenne I'll sell you very very very cheap.

  • November 6, 2008

    11:36 PM

    Rocky writes:

    John Fletcher,

    So - they should have pulled Cutler after that interception - to show him! Isn't that what you said?

    I'm glad that YOU ARE NOT THE COACH - the Broncos would be lucky to be 1-15

  • November 7, 2008

    4:02 PM

    Cad-Man writes:

    Jay Cutler is not the TEAM. I repeat THE TEAM.

    Which means that if he were, the Broncos would be
    o and 9. Come on people, it takes an entire TEAM to be successful in the NFL.

    Three aspects: Offense, Defence, and Special Teams. We do not have a complete package yet.

    Just be glad that we are not Miami or
    Cinncinati fans! Now you're talking pathetic!

Join the discussion

Required
Required (Will not be published or sold)

Videos

More Videos »

Please download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, or enable JavaScript for your browser to view the video player.

About this blog

Search this blog

Recent posts

Posts by topic