August 18, 2008 9:35 PM
Open mic: Shaun Alexander a fit with Broncos?
One thing is certain about the Internet -- you readers always have something to say. And it seems that any chance you get to speak your piece and throw in an insult or three along the way, you'll do it.
Thing is, we love it. We encourage it. OK, well I love it and I encourage it. Response to what I put before you is beautiful, positive or negative. Make no mistake -- a lot of you love negative. I wonder sometimes how miserable life must be for some of you that you can't complete a paragraph without using an insult of some type.
I mean, does every comment to a printed story or blog from a sports writer have to include a personal insult? Maybe so. Besides, I guess it's a lot easier and more fun to dole out the insults while hiding behind your nicknames and monikers. Makes you feel real big, huh? Well, even with the heckles and insults, I love the interaction, the comments, the suggestions . . .
I mean, you've got to love it when someone hides behind the moniker CourtneyBrown98. What, RyanLeaf16 wasn't available?
We used to have a forum on our Web site titled "Speak Up!". I can't get into all the computer-speak in detail, but technical changes to the site resulted in a removal of the forums. But I still wanted a "forum" for the people ... The people have a need to call me an imbecile and I should provide them a fix to satisfy the need.
This is the best we could come up with for the moment. It's called Open Mic. I'll throw out a topic. You read and you rant. AND . . . if you have a topic you want out there, so that the readers can call you "idiot", "stupid", "imbecile" or whatever, then e-mail it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll post it as an "Open Mic" topic ...
In the meantime, here's the first topic. Broncos, of course. I think quarterback Jay Cutler will be the first Broncos quarterback to throw at least 30 touchdowns in a regular season. But what about the Broncos running game.
The Broncos believed that rookie Ryan Torain would win the starting job. Torain, however, is out three months with an elbow injury. That leaves Selvin "Mr. 2000" Young and Andre "Chess King" Hall as the Broncos' top two backs.
You cool with those two, Bronco Fan? Well, here's a thought. Take a chance on free agent Shaun Alexander. Give him an incentive-laced contract that pays a minimum base salary and see how he performs. Reports indicate Alexander has been staying in shape, sitting around waiting for a call.
Neither Young nor Hall have the size or experience expected of an every-down back. Sure, they could split carries. But the Broncos believe Torain has the size and ability to carry the load.
Michael Pittman? What about him?
The Broncos didn't bring Pittman in to be a 1,000-yard rusher. They brought him in to compete for a roster spot. Pittman does a little bit of everything -- run, block, and most important, catch out of the backfield. He has that veteran pro's-pro attitude thing going. It plays well around the younger players and you want that in the locker room -- especially during training camp. Yes, he's had off-field issues, but on the field Pittman is well-respected by teammates.
Besides, who wants to get clobbered by some dude with biceps that would bring the Incredible Hulk to his knees?
So back to Alexander. When he was hungry for a raise three years ago Alexander ran for nearly 1,900 yards and 27 touchdowns with Seattle. Well, he's unemployed, so Alexander ought to be hungry again -- about as hungry as you can be after being cut from a contract that was worth $62 million.
You bring Alexander in, see what he has, give him the minimum and hope for the best. If it doesn't work out, you cut him (see Simeon Rice, 2007) and take your chance with Young and Hall.
OK, so it's your turn on the mic. Is Shaun Alexander worth the Broncos' time and money?