The NFL Inconsistency Few Are Talking About

It’s been evident for quite some time that the NFL does plenty of nonsensical things.  The disciplinary policy is the one that’s getting the most face time currently, but it’s far from the only one.  However, as the title implies, there’s something lurking that’s been bugging me enough to the point that I need to call the NFL out on it.

It regards daily fantasy football.

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Bronchronicles – Let the team take the QB there

Hello, dear reader and Denver Broncos fan. Yesterday, the team had a beautiful victory over the Baltimore Ravens, To start the regular season. But despite this, everyone is talking about our QB, and how he was inefficient, and blah blah blah. I wrote this chronicle to Mile High Brasil, and I thought you’d like to read it as well, to calm everyone down.

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Ravens at Broncos: The 10 Things I Liked and the 10 Things I Didn’t

It’s finally here! The season has started and so has the Kubiak era with a win. It wasn’t a strong game, but no one should expect one with a whole new scheme implemented on both offense and defense. The game went as well as we could expect with as many changes as we’ve had over the offseason. A bumpy start, to say the least, but a win is a win. And, in no particular order:

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PFF: Broncos Defense Shines

Pro Football Focus released their top-graded players for the Broncos-Ravens game. The top five for the Broncos:

OLB DeMarcus Ware (+10.9)
OLB Von Miller (+6.5)
ILB Brandon Marshall (+5.4)
OLB Shaquil Barrett (+3.6)
S Darian Stewart (+3.4)

The top-rated player for Baltimore was Jimmy Smith at +3.4, the same rating as Stewart.

The Broncos didn’t have as good of a day on offense, obviously. PFF’s Sam Monson has some thoughts about Peyton’s struggles.

With that said, all the worries about Brandon McManus missing two field goals (one into the wind) in the preseason were for naught, as evidenced yesterday, and as PFF acknowledges.

Perhaps Broncos fans should relax as well about the offense, too?

Twitter Reacts to Denver’s win over Baltimore

Scrolling through my twitter feed, basking in the post victory glow, I saw a number of noteworthy tweets worth sharing with you, Broncos Country. Instead of jamming them into a comment somewhere, I decided to make this into a quick weekly article. Some of these tweets aren’t terribly relevant (Shaq Barrett’s tweet for instance) but this will mostly be interesting quotes and insider thoughts on the previous day’s game. Also, I don’t agree with all the viewpoints shared in this article, and C.J. Anderson is not the next Montee Ball.

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Quick Takes: Ravens at Broncos, 2015 Week 1, 19-13 Win

Childhood photo of new Broncos defensive mastermind, Wade Phillips

Well, Kubiak’s first game as a head coach is officially in the books. Personally, I’m just happy football’s back. Remembering years like 2013, it’s amazing that we could even win a game scoring only 19 points. Our defense can win games clearly, they did today.

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Neither One Play Nor One Call Decided Broncos/Ravens

So today’s Denver Broncos game against the Baltimore Ravens was decided by an Darian Stewart interception in the end zone, but if only pass interference had been called on David Bruton Jr. like it was a few plays earlier.

Or so one might think, anyway.

As a sportswriter, I am all too familiar with how we like to describe games. We spend our time thinking about what’s the story in every football game. But like many fans, we fall into the trap of thinking about the final plays of a close game, leading to us writing how a close game comes down to one final play, which gets dissected by everyone.
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Owners, Union To Negotiate Change In Disciplinary System

Via Mark Maske of the Washington Post:

NFL owners are prepared to negotiate with the players’ union about changing Commissioner Roger Goodell’s role in the league’s player disciplinary system before the end of the 2015 season, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. It is not clear how Goodell’s role would be modified.

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The negotiations could result in an extension of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union that currently runs through 2020.

As I’ve indicated in the past, no matter how much bad PR the commissioner’s office sustains, the owners won’t relent on this power without getting a concession from the union in return. Extending the current CBA, one that the owners have good reason to believe favors their side, strikes me as a smart exchange on their part.