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.
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.
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.
Continue reading Neither One Play Nor One Call Decided Broncos/Ravens
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.
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.
The Ravens will have a few notable players out or doubtful for Sunday’s game. Of most interest in the out category is their first round rookie Breshad Perriman. This leaves the Ravens’ receiving targets rather thin apart from Steve Smith. Although Smith and Aqib Talib have a long history from their NFC South days, I would think that Chris Harris would get the lion’s share of coverage on Smith, leaving Talib, Bradley Roby, and others on other targets.
Also out for the Ravens is #2 RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, which could put more wear and tear on Justin Forsett. And noted as doubtful is DE Timmy Jernigan, the player that likely allowed the Ravens to trade away Haloti Ngata.
The Broncos, meanwhile, are relatively healthy, with only Kenny Anunike out for sure. However, as you know they will also be without TJ Ward and Derek Wolfe for this game. Perhaps the most encouraging note is that Emmanuel Sanders wasn’t listed on the injury report at all.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2015
I’ll leave this for the rest of you to discuss.
Per Santa Clara County prosecutors office, Aldon Smith charged today w/ 3 misdemeanors, inc DUI w/ prior. Will be arraigned on Oct. 6.
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) September 11, 2015
So we have arrived at the first day of the 2015 NFL season. Everybody does season previews, so somebody here at Thin Air should as well and that’s where I step forward with what was my originally planned Midweek Musings.
The only projections I’ll make are how the teams finish within a division and which teams go to the playoffs. Otherwise, I’ll talk about the observations I have about each team, their strengths and weaknesses and which coaches might have their jobs on the line. And yes, there will be as much snark as there is smart observations, so be prepared.
Let’s get this underway, shall we?
Continue reading Midweek Musings Bonus: 2015 NFL Season Preview
Bills signed Marcel Dareus to a six-year, $108 million extension, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2015
Marcel Dareus' deal includes $60 million in guaranteed money, highest guarantee for a non-QB in NFL history. Dareus suspended week 1, too.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2015
As always, the first contract numbers leaked to the media are inflated, so take those with a grain of salt. But considering that Dareus was taken with the pick immediately following Miller, there’s little doubt that John Elway’s going to have to get a hefty checkbook out next offseason should Miller have the type of year we’re all expecting him to have.
A purely subjective list, of course, but in my own subjective opinion it’s not too far off on what I would think. If you’re like me and despise slideshows, you can find the full list beyond the fold. I’ll flesh out my opinion in the comments, and feel free to talk about this or the owners in general. (Yet another opportunity to bash Dan Snyder, perhaps?)