(What I wrote a year ago)
Brads NFL Picks – Super Bowl 50
Two Weeks ago – the Conference Championship games:
Denver 20 Patriots 18 – The game wasn’t quite as close as the score indicates. Manning made a bonehead play in the 1st quarter when he threw a lateral to Ronnie Hillman, who wasn’t looking for it. Cheaters recovered at the Bronco 22. A 21 yard pass and a one yard run and the Cheaters had a TD.
We all know the quarterback is the premium position that ranks above all such premium positions. There’s no shortage of teams who are willing to open up the checkbook to get a quarterback, but the question that needs to be asked is how much should teams be paying for QBs that one wouldn’t call those who can put a franchise over the top.
As we have seen in recent years, some quarterbacks that people would consider average-to-good players have been handed contracts that paid them as if they were a QB that could transform a franchise without much other work needed. When Andy Dalton signed his contract in 2014, some people thought that $96M over six years was way too high. Just two years later, his contract looks like a bargain.
Continue reading Offseason Primer: The Free Agent QB Market
As most Broncos fans know well, a grave injustice was done when Ryan Grigson edged out John Elway for Executive of the Year in 2012. While this subject will always contain a little bit of soreness, history has vindicated this injustice, as can be illustrated in these respective links for Grigson and Elway.
Now that the Grigson era has ended in Indianapolis, I feel that we should close the chapter on this by taking a detailed look at the transactions that Elway and Grigson each executed during their overlapping reins as GMs. This means that I’m not giving Elway credit for 2011, and his stellar acquisitions such as Von Miller, Julius Thomas, and Chris Harris. But as you’ll see, he doesn’t even need that year.
This list represents the opinion that I’m expressing in this article. The grades that I’ve given each transaction are subjective, but I feel they are also fair. Continue reading Tale Of The Tape: John Elway vs. Ryan Grigson