How Broncos Should Prioritize Offseason Needs

As we approach the start of the 2017 NFL league year, I figured it would be a good time to go over the Denver Broncos’ needs again, in terms of how to think about how they should be prioritized in each phase of the offseason.

The way the NFL offseason works, you go through three phases of free agency, then the draft, then what is probably best described as the “final business” period, ranging from players who were franchise tagged getting long-term deals to veterans who take low-cost deals for a chance to compete for a roster spot.
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Observing 2017’s Left Tackle Market

There was a fair amount of news yesterday regarding the status of multiple left tackles as the 2016 league year wraps down.  Cameron Wolfe added to the conversation by expressing proper skepticism on Russell Okung’s four year option being picked up. With the possibility that the Broncos will be looking for a new left tackle for 2017, I thought it would be instructive to take a look at where all 32 teams stand at the position so that it’s easier to reference what possibilities the Broncos have in changing up the position. Continue reading Observing 2017’s Left Tackle Market

Three Suggested Moves For Every NFC Team

Continuing with where I left off the other day, here are three moves I believe each of the NFC teams should make this offseason. Again, the categories:

Re-sign: I will pick one unrestricted free agent each team should consider bringing back at the right price. This will only apply to UFAs and I will include players who are likely to get the franchise tag.

Let him walk: I will pick one unrestricted free agent each team should allow to test the market and not prioritize bringing back. Again, this only applies to UFAs.

Cut: I will pick one player on each team’s roster who is not set to become a UFA but should be cut for either cap or performance reasons. Some of these players might be put on the trading block, though.
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Three Suggested Moves For Every AFC Team

As a short offseason primer, I’m going to list three moves I believe each team should make this offseason, one in three different categories.

Re-sign: I will pick one unrestricted free agent each team should consider bringing back at the right price. This will only apply to UFAs and I will include players who are likely to get the franchise tag.

Let him walk: I will pick one unrestricted free agent each team should allow to test the market and not prioritize bringing back. Again, this only applies to UFAs.

Cut: I will pick one player on each team’s roster who is not set to become an UFA but should be cut for either cap or performance reasons. Some of these players might be put on the trading block, though.

I’ll start with the AFC and, later in the week, review the NFC.
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More On Vance Joseph And Elway’s Thinking

I’ve had more time to think about the reasons why John Elway opted to hire Vance Joseph over Kyle Shanahan for the head coaching position. Many people here (and elsewhere) thought Shanahan would be the better hire because he would keep the same offensive system in place. Upon further review, I think Elway’s reasoning for his choice of Joseph was more than just about keeping consistency.

When we look at the most successful current coach in the NFL, Bill Belichick, there are three things that have allowed him to achieve that success level: Evaluating personnel and getting the final say, overseeing the team and letting his coordinators handle play calling, and having stability at the quarterback position.
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Brads NFL Picks Super Bowl 51 2016 – 2017

Brads NFL Picks   Super Bowl 51   2016 – 2017
 
Brads Picks was 0 – 2 last week and is 6 – 4 in the post season and  164 – 100 – 2  on the year.  Here’s what happened last week:
Atlanta 44, Packers 21  –  It was 24 to 0 at the half.  Bad time for Rodgers to cool off, but the Packers were beat up at the WR position, enough so that they activated rookie Max McCaffrey from the PS.  Julio Jones caught 9 for 180 and two TDs, despite the Packers pretty much shutting down the run game.  Matt Ryan threw for 392 yards and 4 TDs and also had a rushing TD of 14 yards.
New England 36, Steelers 17  –  Tom the Cheater threw for 384 yards abd 3 TDs,  It was Cheaters 17, Steelers 9 at the half.  Le’Veon Bell had just 20 yards on 6 carries for the Steelers  before leaving the game with a groin injury.  His back up, DeAngelo Williams, had just 34 on 14.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017