Why the Denver Broncos Will Win the AFC West!

Mike AndersonContributor IJuly 18, 2009

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JUNE 12:  First round draft pick linebacker Robert Ayers #56 of the Denver Broncos participates in minicamp practice at the Broncos Dove Valley training facility on June 12, 2009 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

There are many upset Broncos' fans, Marshall being the latest source of gas on the fire.  I believe we have a young mind who will stick to a philosophy of smart, tough, and productivity and be successful with our owner. 

Shanny lost it folks, Cutler whined before McD was hired, BMarsh was upset over the medical staff from last year; McD is young and has been thrown in some tough spots. 

But why do you think the players acted like that? Too much coddling by Shanny? Too many players like Engleberger were on the field for way too many snaps kids, Shanny just wasn't aggressive down the stretch here and stuck with guys like Engle because they wouldn't kill you.

That won't cut it with McD, he saw firsthand (three times) what an attacking defense does, it wins championships!


Here are the reasons why the Broncos shock the NFL this year and win the division plus a game or two in the postseason...


Offense—Top end O-line, top end TE's, upper tier WR's, tons of potential in the RB's in just Hillis and Moreno. We have Jordan and Buckhalter as well, and if those two are healthy all year, the RB's are top shelf. 

BMarsh will play hard for the contract, don't sweat him.

Orton is obviously the key. He's coming back to the spread offense, won games with less talent on Offense and a D that wasn't close to Bear-like last year. He's got the arm for this offense, if he keeps his head on the pre-snap reads, we're playoff caliber to say the least on "O".


Defense—It's going to be a fight in camp for D-line spots. And, contrary to Shanny, the players fighting for those jobs are the 6'3" 300+ pound types. Those players are mostly 2-5 year players that haven't had a real shot yet. It's their time to cash in, if the staff has 100 percent toughness on the D-line, I like our chances, as the potential is there. 

And, the great news in the 3-4 is if the D-line holds the point, we're in great shape with Davis and DJ behind them. Ayers will step up too. Everyone calls him a one year wonder and it drives me nuts—if he's a warrior, the kid is just hitting his stride and playing explosive. 

Last off, uhhmmm, the secondary might be a top three unit in the NFL as well. They're healthy, with a good mixture of youth and experience, and a huge safety upgrade, finally!


Special Teams—Good upside and legs with both, plenty of return men all the sudden, guys like Hillis, Larsen, and Reid making tackles, and if Prater stays strong this year we're in great shape there as well.


I haven't been this pumped about the Broncos for a long time, our question marks are at positions where McD is going big, and we just got pushed around too much under Shanny. 

The schedule is tough, but they all look tough in pre-season. It's our turn to stay healthy for once. IF we have the tough, physical players that us fans are being promised, an attacking offense and defense with these players makes me happy!