• Nick
    • Yahmule
    • He was in the final year of his contract, but the Colts are stuck with paying his salary unless somebody claims him off waivers. But given what Ian Rapoport shared, that’s not likely to happen.

      https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/928626356736405504

      • Nick

        If that’s the case, the Colts should have just IRed him so they could get comp pick credit for him.

  • Sparks

    Broncos Injury Updates. Yesterday the question was asked if Stephenson is healthy yet. According to this, yesterday was his first practice, with limited reps, since he injured himself last month. Wonder if he’ll be ready for Sunday night?

    http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-injuryreport/Broncos-Injury-Report-Donald-Stephenson-returns-to-practice/5bac3b71-11d5-43ec-b68c-1d9ae5d906ea

    • Steven_Searls

      Will he play? Maybe. Will he be ready? When has he ever been ready?

      • RSH

        Stephenson played well against Carolina in Week 1 and Indianapolis in Week 2 of the 2016 season before he left with an injury against the Colts. He also played fairly well against Oakland in Week 17 of the 2016 season.

        • Steven_Searls

          Wow. So, he’s not always the worst O-Lineman on the field for us when he plays. Three games were he did wel or fairly well, whatever that means. Good to know.

          • BlackKnigh

            You sound surprised?

  • RSH

    I have been advocating for such a game plan all week. I hope that such a plan can be executed early and often on Sunday night against New England. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/08/broncos-run-first-formula-vs-patriots/

    The Broncos rushing formula isn’t complicated. In its three victories this season, Denver has rushed the ball an average of 35.6 times for 153.7 yards. In its five losses: 21.8 carries per game for 87.6 yards.

    The only outlier was a 177-yard performance in a 29-19 loss to the Chiefs, the only game during Denver’s four-game losing streak the Broncos had a realistic chance to win in the fourth quarter.

    Large early deficits have played a role in the slumping rushing production in defeats. But the Broncos insisted Wednesday they can’t allow circumstances to excuse an inability to run the ball, particularly given the team’s consistent struggles in the passing game.

    “We know when we run the ball we get a better chance (to win),” running back C.J. Anderson said. “We’re not one-dimensional. That’s what we want to do. We want to run the football. We want to be efficient while we’re running it. Whether the o-line is playing really great that day, the running backs are playing really great that day or we’re both playing (poorly) that day, it’s up to us in our room to make more plays.”

    The Broncos are coming off their worst rushing performance of the season in their 51-23 loss to the Eagles on Sunday, tallying just 35 yards on 19 carries.

    Denver hasn’t passed more than 32 times in any victory this season. It’s averaging 40.6 pass attempts in its losses.

    “That’s not what we’re good at,” Joseph said of pass-heavy totals. “We’re good at running the football, controlling the clock and having manageable third downs.”

    • BlackKnigh

      Wasn’t that last paragraph reminiscent of Gary Kubiak’s offense? And he got his walking papers….

  • RSH

    I hope this carries on to the field this Sunday night. Whether the Broncos win or lose, they need to get back to kicking and screaming.

    https://twitter.com/RyanKoenigsberg/status/928369008654585856

  • RSH

    Mark Kiszla actually wrote a very well-reasoned column in today’s Denver Post.

    https://twitter.com/markkiszla/status/928662876499226624

    This Denver team is built to play from ahead, and it courts disaster whenever playing from behind.

    While there are certainly more advanced metrics to analyze how the Broncos have unraveled, the most revealing statistic of this frustrating season is brutally simple.

    When the Broncos began the season with a 3-1 record, they outscored opponents 27-0 in the first quarter.

    During the 0-4 slide, the Broncos have been outscored 41-3 in the first quarter.

    Maybe this defense isn’t quite what it used to be. When the Broncos can take an early lead, however, Von Miller and Ray can tee off on the pass rush, while harried quarterbacks are forced to take chances against cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris.

    Denver’s seven takeaways (five interceptions, two fumble recoveries) through eight games rank 28th among 32 NFL teams. Even worse, the minus-12 in turnover margin places the Broncos tied for dead last with Cleveland. . . .

    Far too often the game plan devised by offensive coordinator Mike McCoy seems to have been devised as if he were still coaching veteran quarterback Philip Rivers in San Diego.

    Five members of Denver’s staff — general manger John Elway, QBs coach Bill Musgrave and adviser Gary Kubiak, as well as Joseph and McCoy — played quarterback in college and/or the pros. Maybe it’s time for those men to swallow a little pride and dumb down the offense.

    Early in the season, Talib bragged McCoy was operating the same offense that made Manning the NFL’s most valuable player in 2013. The problem? Denver no longer has one of the most beautiful minds in football history playing quarterback.

    I’m not suggesting the playbook be pared back to the remedial level presented to Tim Tebow in 2011. But let’s see a four-quarter commitment to the run, more touches for running back Devontae Booker, use of an unbalanced offensive line to bludgeon the Patriots, an emphasis on blocking over receiving for the tight end and fewer decisions to be made by Osweiler on the field, both prior to the snap and from the pocket.

    Denver has not enjoyed a seven-point lead in a game since Oct. 1. It might be nice for a change if the Broncos started fast.

  • Yahmule
  • RSH
  • Some good news about the Broncos for a change…

    Pro Football Focus named Von Miller to its midseason All-Pro team.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-nfl-2017-pff-mid-season-all-pro-team

    PFF also named Garett Bolles to its midseason All-Rookie team.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-2017-mid-season-pff-nfl-all-rookie-team

    • Yahmule

      Von sets an impossibly high standard. I saw someone say recently that he’s not as good against the best offensive tackles. This is sort of common sense isn’t it? Check out any great hitter’s stats against the five best pitchers in the league. They’re going to be far beneath their normal averages.

      Edge defender – Von Miller, Denver Broncos
      PFF Grade: 92.6

      Elite Stat: Miller leads the league’s edge defenders with his 16.1 pass-rush productivity mark from 231 pass-rushing snaps.

      Von Miller may be the best pure pass rushing talent in the game, and he leads the league in total pressures with 47, three clear of any other defender. Miller is also criminally underrated against the run, where his plays often go unnoticed or uncredited, but remain exceptionally impressive.

      • Royalwithcheese

        That was me. I know Von is great — the best OLB in football — but Pugh and Schwartz shut him down completely. Schwartz has had consistent success against him, if I remember correctly.

        • SteveS

          So the antidote would be to try something new with these elite tackles. I don’t watch enough film to know whether Von simply keeps trying his trie-true or whether he tries breaking new stuff out against these guys.

        • Yahmule

          Schwartz might have had some solid outings against him, but Von racked up three sacks and nine tackles in this game against KC last season. The matchup in KC, Von had six tackles, but the whole defense played poorly coming off the locker room implosion the week before. It’s possible Schwartz just played better at home or maybe a different referee crew were letting the line hold a bit more in that game.

          One of the most impressive things about Von’s first ballot HOF career is that he’s equally effective in hostile environs. His career splits show his sack total @ home is 42 and his total on the road is 39.5.

  • RSH
    • SteveS

      While acknowledging up front that I don’t know squat, my eyes say they’re doing OK and have occasionally shined, but it sure seems like they’re learning on the job and in some cases, the hard way.

  • RSH
  • RSH

    Not a bad early three-round 2018 mock draft for the Denver Broncos. https://predominantlyorange.com/2017/11/08/broncos-mock-getting-offensive-help/

    1. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
    2. Royce Freeman, Running Back, Oregon
    3. Josey Jewell, Inside Linebacker, Iowa
    3. Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh

    The Broncos would need to still get another offensive guard in the draft or free agency. In my perfect world, Ronald Leary would move to left guard and Connor McGovern would start at right guard next season.

    • Royalwithcheese

      I could get on board with that, assuming they sign an OG and QB in free agency. Don’t know much about Weah.

    • Yahmule

      I prefer Matt McGlnchey or Trey Adams to Orlando Brown and I like Quenton Nelson more than any tackle in this class. I think Nelson is at least the best guard prospect since Zack Martin. There just haven’t been that many successful NFL offensive tackles who weighed over 350 pounds. Leonard Davis struggled at LT and RT before finding a home @ RG.

      Freeman is a horse, but he takes and delivers a lot of punishment and he has over 900 carries in college. Probably decent value @ that spot, but Montee Ball kind of soured me on guys who’ve spent four seasons as a college bell cow.

      Jewell seems like a tough versatile guy with a high floor.

      I like that his parents named him Jester Weah. Not a nickname, no middle name. Jester Weah.

      • Yahmule

        Jester is thick for a wideout. Built more like a running back.

        https://youtu.be/wFKj5ljN9fY

        • JMac

          His build looks more like a tight-end than most on our roster…

    • cjfarls

      Who plays QB?

  • Yahmule

    DeMarcus Ware continues to lead, by word and by deed.

    November 9, 2017

    • Hank Mardukis

      Ware always seemed like one of the true good guys in the league.

      I’ve always been jealous of someone that wears an authentic smile like that all the time.

  • Royalwithcheese

    I’ve seen this take in a few places…

    https://twitter.com/lriddickespn/status/928467864969011200

    • Sparks

      Yahmule’s guy. All the more reason to move on from Luck.

      • Yahmule

        I liked Brissett coming out, but was kind of surprised New England drafted him because he doesn’t fit the style of QB they’ve had up there. I liked when he got traded for Dorsett because that guy is terrible.

    • ohiobronco

      It would certainly suck if a second QB drafted after Paxton turned out to be a player.

  • The Color Orange
    • Sparks

      What’s his old coach supposed to say…”Yeah, PL really sucks. When I first saw him I thought wow, can this guy throw. After a few practices we determined we had to put in a one-read spread offense if we had any chance as he showed no ability to read defenses or work from under center?” Of course not.

      If only PL would have done one thing to date, to show he’s worthy of 1 start, let alone 21. His only redeeming quality so far is having the NFL’s version of being born with a silver spoon in his mouth in the form of a 1st round selection on his resume. Oh, and he’s tall and has a country strong name. All signs are pointing to him getting some starts, though. I’ve said it before, it would be best for the Broncos if he can show some sign that he may be the QBOTF. He’s already on contract and we would have 3 more years with him. As a Bronco fan, I truly wish him the best for every snap he takes as long as he’s got that Bronco on his helmet. I just am not seeing it happen. I think the Broncos are pretty safe to keep scouting the 2018 NFL Draft Class of QB’s.

      • The Color Orange

        We spent a first and a third on a guy who we acknowledged needed to develop. Is he going to develop on the bench? The only way Lynch can learn to be an NFL QB is to play. If the team didn’t want to do that, they shouldn’t have drafted him.

        • Sparks

          I always forget about the 3rd too. It’s like a repressed memory. A little extra salt to that wound. I understand what you are saying, but what does it matter what we spent to get him now? Does he get to wear that 1st round selection badge forever? At what point does he have to earn playing time and not have it given to him? He’s been hurt since TC so you can’t really blame the team for not playing him so far this year. Unless you think there’s some sort of conspiracy where they are faking his injuries to avoid having to play him.

          The only game that I think you could logically blame them for not playing him would have been the last game last year, when we were out of the playoffs. For the Mile High Saluter (MHS) guy to allude that PL should have been starting since day 1 is wrong. Does he really believe a team coming off a SB win and looking to defend their crown really should have started the guy who didn’t win the TC competition? Really believe they should have started the guy who didn’t give them the best chance to win? MHS has the luxury of looking back and saying these things. I’m trying to remember all the cries of “PL should start because he’s a first round pick” when we were 4-0 last year. None are coming to me, but now that we are where we are, all of a sudden PL should have had those starts. Ummm, ok.

          I do agree with your last 5 words though.

          • ohiobronco

            The team would have very much liked to start him in 2016 but by all accounts he was a mess in TC. The team would have loved to keep him on the field after both of his 2016 starts but he just didn’t show anything. The team would have loved to start him in 2017 but he was very clearly outplayed by Siemian (who then preceded to have a couple decent games then implode spectacularly). That’s four chances he has had to get on the field for good and failed to capitalize. Barring a miracle this Sunday he will soon get his fifth and final chance.

          • Sparks

            That’s what’s so frustrating when I hear claims saying “PL should have gotten 21 starts” or “PL hasn’t been given a fair chance”. I, like you, believe he has had multiple opportunities to take the starter’s reins for a team that clearly would benefit from him being the guy and that hasn’t occurred. Even if Elway is as selfish as those that claim he didn’t like Tebow because he was worried Tebow would eclipse his legacy, would think that selfishly Elway would want the guy to start. He did use that 1st round pick (and a third) after all. 1st round draft picks turning into players makes GM’s look good. They make scouting departments look good. So personally and professionally, PL succeeding would be a preferred outcome. Sadly, I don’t necessarily agree with your last line as I think he’ll be in TC next year regardless of what he shows this year, unless he so spectacularly sucks that even keeping him around as a TC arm next year is implausible.

            FTR, I always got such a kick out of those that said Elway didn’t like Tebow for personal reasons and tarnishing his legacy etc. Idiots.

          • BlackKnigh

            Your assessment of PL – IMO – is spot on! I am thinking that Elway is about to move on from him. I wouldn’t be surprised seeing a 2nd round pick used on a QB in 2018.
            The 1st hopefully will be a RT who can play. They can pick up a replacement for Garcia in FA.

  • RSH
    • Sparks

      Congrats Bob!

    • Royalwithcheese

      Bob, that’s awesome! Congrats!

    • Carsonic

      Nice!

    • Kush-Lash

      Congratulations Bob, you absolutely deserve this.

    • WhoShotBobbyHumphrey

      Congratulations Bob!!!

    • DCJ1

      Congratulations! Please remember to post up links to your MHH articles!

    • gnasses

      Here’s hoping that’s a PAID gig, even tho I know writing pays squat these days.

    • Nick

      Good work, Bob!

    • BlackKnigh

      Congrats, Bob! You have been doing a helluva good job on this site – I think since it was created. Thank you.

      • Carsonic

        Hear, hear!

    • Steven_Searls

      Congrats!

    • Very cool, kudos, deserved. Always enjoy reading your insight. Hope you’ll still be hanging around here too!

  • RSH
    • Sparks

      It seems like we say this every year, but they need to put Talib on him, almost exclusively and double him often. If you get beat by a Logan or an Amendola, ok good on them. If you get beat by their best player not named Brady, bad on you for either poor game planning, poor execution or both.

    • Yahmule

      Can’t we bring in Bernard Pollard for one week? One play, even?

      “Sorry about your ACL, Gronk, I was aiming for your MCL.”

  • RSH
  • RSH
    • Yahmule

      “Long has pledged to donate his 10 game checks this season to support educational equity in Philadelphia, Boston and St. Louis, the three markets that he played in during his 10-year career.”

      He’s also helping to bring clean drinking water to people in Tanzania.

    • that’s a pretty…awesome insight to what happens on the field. You see opposing players jawing at each other during a game on TV, you assume they are trash talking. Sometimes we forget these guys are humans first, and sometimes they might be having human conversations.

      Also kind of shows the mentality in the locker room. Watson telling an opponent his technique is terrible – he’s obviously frustruated with himself, morale drops, and things snowball out of control pretty quickly. It’s a vicious cycle, I have seen it first hand. I have no idea how to break it, other than winning. Winning cures all.

      • Yahmule

        Based on some of the books I’ve read by former players, the conversations are often pretty innocuous. There’s a lot of familiarity among players who were teammates on another team or in college and a lot of these guys share representation. I do get quite a kick out of chesty little cornerbacks, though.

        • Jeremy

          Any books by former players in particular you recommend? I’ve read a few seconds of panic and slow getting up (Nate Jackson) and loved both

          • Yahmule

            I read Nate’s book and I’m sure I’ll enjoy his new book on fantasy football as soon as I get it into the rotation. I will eventually get around to reading the one by Fatsis. The last Bronco book I read prior to that was probably TD’s (with Schefter) autobiography TD: Dreams in Motion, which was a quick read and pretty candid about his life. The Color Orange by old beat writer Buddy Martin was good book about the Broncos. I’m sure it’s out of print, but I’m equally sure Bill’s Collectible’s would have a copy kicking around.

            I read a book by former Falcon DE and first round pick Tim Green with the sensational title of The Dark Side of the NFL a number of years ago. It didn’t really deliver the goods. Many coaches are assholes, many players are unfaithful, other non-earth shaking revelations. I do remember Green spending a bit of time saying that the game is much more collegial down on the field than fans would expect. He said in his entire career, he only had a couple of verbal altercations with opponents and he felt a little silly afterwards. The book itself it not worth recommending. Just read North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent instead. Fictional and maybe slightly exaggerated, but really well written and funny. A much better true life expose about the league than Green’s book was Out of Their League by Dave Meggyesy.

            I did most of my reading about the NFL in the 70’s and 80’s. Fatso by Art Donovan is very funny. Fighting Back by former Steeler and Vietnam veteran Rocky Bleier was extremely inspirational. Two of the better books I read were focused on the Lions. Even Big Guys Cry by Alex Karras was quite good, as I recall. Paper Lion by George Plimpton was hilarious in some spots.

            I haven’t read the Blind Side, but Michael Lewis turns out consistently high quality work.

          • Jeremy

            Thanks for the recommendation. I think you’ll enjoy Fatsis’s when you get to it.

            I think it’s pretty cool that there are two books that give an inside look to the Broncos through the 03- early 09 stretch that was so exciting and drama filled

          • Yahmule

            You got me thinking about some old football books I read over the years. This book by Johnny Sample was quite an education for me. I was probably 13 or 14 when I read it. Sample was a very good player, but never lasted on any team for more than three years. The NFL was not ready for a guy who would go up to Frank Gifford during warmups and tell Frank was too pretty for the NFL and he was going to mess up his pretty face. He also talked about taping his knuckles before he going in to talk to Buddy Parker, his coach on the Steelers, one day because he was sure they were headed to Fist City.

            https://pictures.abebooks.com/PRINCETN/11120467769.jpg

          • The Color Orange

            I’m impressed with your reference to The Color Orange. That one’s still on my shelf.

          • Yahmule

            Me too. :~)

          • The Color Orange

            I’m willing to bet, then, that you know of Woody’s “Orange Madness: The Incredible Odyssey of the Denver Broncos,” and how about “Broncos!: The Team That Makes Miracles Happen” by Lou Sahadi (with foreword by Red Miller)?

          • Yahmule

            I’ve seen them out there. I was also gifted this Craig Morton bio disguised as a book about Elway and Morton.

            https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ysymEk6KL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

          • The Color Orange

            Mike Shanahan’s “Think Like a Champion” is an interesting historical read. It was written right after the Super Bowls, and he lays out all of the methods and principles that turned the Broncos into a Super Bowl champion. But then in hindsight you realize that those principles didn’t add up to a damn once John Elway retired.

  • RSH
    • Of course.

    • gobroncos

      So does that mean they keep their compensatory pick?

      • Nick

        I don’t think so, but this is such an unusual scenario that I’m not sure how they’re going to handle this.

  • JMac

    The photos of Aaron Hernandez’s brain in this video from Boston University on CNN are horrifying:
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/09/health/aaron-hernandez-brain-cte/index.html

  • RSH
  • RSH

    The color of the Seahawks’ uniforms look like the color of antifreeze or radioactive waste from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.

    • More Cow Bell

      I hate Thursday night football. Mostly because of the uniforms.

      • Nick

        Just remember that the Broncos have one of the better Color Rush uniforms out there.

        • RSH

          I would love to see the Broncos’ Color Rush jersey with white pants.

    • DCJ1

      Between the neon green onesies and the bright green field, my TV color balance filter is silently screaming in agony.

  • Nick

    Early results sure seem to suggest the odds of another 6-6 tie are higher than usual.

    • Yahmule

      I’m mainly watching because I need Doug Baldwin fantasy cheese.

      • Yahmule

        Decent game. Too bad he couldn’t get a block on that long catch and run.

  • Nick

    NBC needs to realize quickly that all Spidercam all the time is a novelty that should not be abused.

    • RSH
      • Nick

        My comment was directed square at that announcement that NBC made.

      • Yahmule

        Some people think this could become the default view for the NFL. It does seem like a natural way to attract the Madden generation.

    • ohiobronco

      If only they would be smart about using it in the best situations and mix in other views like all 22 in others. Probably too much to ask.

  • Nick
  • RSH

    There needs to be a rule explicitly defining what a catch is and is not come the 2018 season.

    • Royalwithcheese

      I mean, what was that, three, four steps?

  • Steven_Searls

    Betting AZ targets Brees in free agency.

    • gobroncos

      What does NO have behind Brees? Will they be going for a 1st round QB too?

  • Nick

    Bad beat alert on that deflected XP…

  • Yahmule

    Richard Sherman handling the pain and disappointment of a season ending Achilles injury with an almost unnerving professionalism. Says the tendon was bothering him all year and he’s not surprised that it popped. When asked if sitting out until it healed would have been more prudent, he said all the games are too important right now. When given the chance to blame Thursday night games, he declined.

    November 10, 2017