I shared the single question results of the survey earlier: now I thought I’d look deeper at the results and take a look at the intersection of some responses. I won’t be able to cover all intersections by myself, so if you have some you’d like to see, let me know and I’ll crunch them for you and add them to the article.
400 responses came in from the 2018 Broncos Quarterback Survey before news broke that Alex Smith will be traded. Thank you for all those responded! Let’s take a look at each question to see what Broncos fans think the team should do at quarterback.
NFL observers got a very early head start on the free agency period when it was reported that the Chiefs would trade Alex Smith to the Redskins. How does this shift the 2018 quarterback market, in a year that the Broncos need one? Here’s a quick bullet point list of what thoughts I have: Continue reading Alex Smith Is Going To DC. Now What?
Being named to a Pro Bowl is still considered prestigious, but that prestige has taken a massive hit in recent years. It’s more common for the players first named to voluntarily pull out, injured or not. Combine this with even more players forcibly pulled out due to moving of the game to the week before the Super Bowl, and one can still be risibly called a “Pro Bowler” even if he was the seventh or eighth alternate. Or, to be more blunt, “Trevor Siemian, Pro Bowler“.
The location has also been degraded from its traditional location in Hawaii to Orlando. I suppose the phrase “I’m going to Disney[World]” could still be uttered…entirely among players who aren’t going to win the Super Bowl. There are also five figure game checks to be handed out…in a league where six figures is the veteran minimum and many Pro Bowlers are making seven to eight figures.
But while those aspects once had more glory, the game itself has long been a joke–and for good reason. No one wants to get hurt in a sport where injury is quite common, in the most meaningless game of all professional sports.
So why is the Pro Bowl still played? As is the case with so many silly rules in the NFL, the answer lies in the collective bargaining agreement. Continue reading Negotiate Away The Pro Bowl
The Broncos need a quarterback, and one method to get one may be to use the 5th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on one. It’s too early to be too precise with how incoming rookie quarterbacks will be judged by teams as we get closer to late April, and free agency starting in mid-March will help to shape those perceptions.
Still, I think it might be useful to play out a few scenarios as to how likely it would be for the Broncos to get the rookie quarterback they want. It’s important to observe that they may not get that rookie quarterback that they would want. Continue reading Early Thoughts On Navigating The Quarterback Waters Of The 2018 NFL Draft
As I’ve said multiple times, the Broncos should consider all options possible at improving the quarterback position. They should be talking with as many agents and as many teams as possible in order to do it.
But I also think that Broncos fans need to be aware to accept a very possible reality. That scenario is that there simply isn’t a veteran quarterback that is available to take the Broncos where they need to go. Beyond the fold, let’s run through many of the quarterbacks currently in the NFL and judge the likelihood that they’ll be available. Continue reading There’s No Guarantee The Broncos Can Sign A Good Veteran Quarterback
The Broncos need a quarterback. Officially, Kirk Cousins is deemed to be the best quarterback available in free agency. Thus, it’s natural for some to think that the Broncos could be interested in bringing Cousins to their team. But as you may know, there may be obstacles in the way of such a goal. What are those obstacles, and how can they be navigated to achieve this goal?
Let’s take a look at what such a process would look like, one step at a time. Continue reading How Can The Broncos Get Kirk Cousins?
In three years of doing these road maps, the Broncos have gone from Super Bowl champion to mediocrity to holding a top five draft pick. A disappointing trend, to say the least. However, while the Broncos had a very complex road map after winning the Super Bowl, this time around I think the road map is more straightforward than the past two years. However, it will be as challenging as always, and with higher stakes than usual. Continue reading 2018 Broncos Offseason Road Map
There’s been much talk about what the Broncos can do to get the cap space they may need to improve their roster. This list is intended to demonstrate every transaction the Broncos can execute to gain at least $2 million in 2018 cap space. This list strictly does not issue any opinion on whether each of these transactions would be wise or not (although you are free to opine in the comments, of course). It is only a factual list to give you the information you need to form opinions on what the best course of action should be for the 2018 Broncos. This list is sorted from highest to lowest savings possible.
* Restructure and extension numbers represent the maximum amount of cap savings possible. Actual restructures or extensions will likely be less than this maximum.
- Restructure Von Miller: $13.56 million*
- Cut Aqib Talib: $11 million
- Decline Demaryius Thomas’s option: $8.967 million
- Cut Derek Wolfe, post June 1: $8.55 million
- Cut Emmanuel Sanders, post June 1: $8.25 million
- Extend Bradley Roby: $6.188 million*
- Cut Derek Wolfe: $6.175 million
- Cut Menelik Watson, post June 1: $6.125 million
- Extend Chris Harris, Jr.: $5.268 million*
- Cut Emmanuel Sanders: $5.5625 million
- Restructure Aqib Talib: $4.99 million*
- Cut Menelik Watson: $4.79 million
- Restucture Ronald Leary: $4.64 million*
- Cut CJ Anderson: $4.5 million
- Cut Domata Peko: $3.7 million
- Restructure Emmanuel Sanders: $3.6675 million*
- Restructure Derek Wolfe: $3.63 million*
- Restructure Chris Harris, Jr.: $3.2925 million*
- Restructure Brandon Marshall: $2.8 million*
- Restructure Darian Stewart: $2.39 million*