Denver Broncos In a Downward Spiral: Don't Judge to Quickly

Seth MeltonCorrespondent IJune 30, 2009

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JUNE 12:  Running back Peyton Hillis #22 of the Denver Broncos warms up during minicamp practice at the Broncos Dove Valley training facility on June 12, 2009 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Alright Denver fans even though I got a million things to say I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet. Everyone is down on the Broncos because we lost our "franchise quarterback". I understand we lost a talent but lets try to look at a few other things.

The Denver Broncos number 2 offense: Blah blah blah that is what I say about the number two offense. Everyone keeps thinking the number two offense is gone. Read carefully if it leads to as much scoring as we had last year I hope the number 2 offense is gone. We were 16th in scoring for those of you who didn't know and last time I checked points mattered not yards. The Carolina Panthers were 10th in yards and 7th in scoring. Which would you rather have?

Jay Cutler is gone and so if Brandon Marshall leaves too are we done for good? I don't believe so and yes I know I sound crazy but just check out the numbers. Cutler had 18 interceptions, 5 fumbles, and 2 fumbles were lost. Marshall had 4 fumbles last year and 3 of them were lost. That is 23 turnovers combined. Royal, Stokley, Scheffler, Graham, Hillis, and Gaffney have only a total of 2 turnovers combined last year. I know quarterbacks have more chances to turn the ball over but still those are some numbers to look at.

Can Kyle Orton step up and be a playmaker? Honestly, I believe so. Orton was sacked 27 times last year and Cutler only 13 times. Orton now is stepping behind a young talented offense line that will give him time to make the throws and decisions he needs to make. The wide receiver groups can't even be compared. With or without Marshall the Broncos still have a completely dominate receiving group of the Bears. Also with Denver's new group of running backs I have to give the edge to Denver as well. Moreno and Hillis are going to be complete monsters. McDaniels always has a quarterback friendly system that Orton should be able to thrive in so lets give him a chance.

Defense, defense, and more defense. I know the transition from the 4-3 to 3-4 can be difficult, but did anyone watch Denver's 4-3 last year can it really be worse? Yeah McDaniels is came in and cut half of our defense. From me to you McD THANK YOU. I was so sick of watching Denver players miss easy tackles last year. Once running backs got by our linebackers it was touchdown city. I can't tell you how excited I am to have Brian Dawkins on the field. This guy is a natural born leader and just knows how to play the game. I would still love to have a vocal leader in the middle since Al Wilson left, but for now Dawkins will do. With the additions of Renaldo Hill, Andre Goodman, Andra Davis, Robert Ayers, Alphonso Smith, Darcel McBath I'm excited. Smith will come in and give us instant help at the nickel back position which has hurt us tremendously on 3rd downs. McBath will be able to learn from Dawkins while we watch Smith and Jack Williams learn from Champ. How can learning from those 2 be a bad thing?

All in all the only thing holding us back next year is a brutal schedule. Playing the NFC East, AFC North, Colts, and Patriots for wildcard games. I like the direction McDaniels is taking the team. Notice I said team, not players. He is simply trying to build a complete roster not just offense, not just defense, but everything. He is trying to cut down on special team mistakes, turnovers (we were -17 last year), improving red zone offense, to be a super bowl team you have to be good at every aspect of the game.