Entering the 2009 offseason, most pundits and Broncos haters assume that the Broncos will be as weak as President Obama's health care reform plan this season (oh yes, I went there).
Myself, I am a complete homer. Through my orange-and-blue beer goggles, I can always see a Super Bowl run for the Bronx each year.
Only a true citizen of Bronco Country could be this relentless in the quest for another championship. So, in the words of a true Broncos fan, I've put together a summary of insanely optimistic views about this years team.
Rookie Training Camp Monday July 27, 2009
When I look at this year's draft class, I can't help but see future super stars. Draft day gems, that the rest of the NFL so ignorantly passed up.
Headed by two stout first round choices in Knowshon Moreno and Ryan Ayars...I mean Robert Ayers.
Moreno is set to run all over anyone who stands in his way this season. Running behind the best offensive line in the NFL doesn't hurt his chances of being yet another 1,000 yard back to head Denver's potent rushing attack, either.
Moreno will also be spelled by Correll Buckhalter and fan-favorite Peyton Hillis. I pity the fools who try to stop our running game.
Ayers could be the Broncos new "freak" addition to a defensive front that was less than stellar the last two seasons. He's got skill, a relentless motor, and a freaky physique. Coupled with Elvis Dumervil as the opposite rush end line backer, quarterbacks will be seeing orange and blue blurs in their nightmares.
To cap off the first day of the draft, the Broncos wheeled and dealed in the second round for some future stars that the rest of the NFL considered "reaches."
Alphonso Smith is going to "bring it" in the secondary this year. I see him taking one to two interceptions back for seven points in a limited roll this year. Quarterbacks won't want to throw to Bailey or Goodman, so Smith is going to be tested weekly in the nickel roll. He will also bring the pain to other teams in the rush defense. I'm going to go ahead and nickname him "Mini Champ" right now.
Darcel McBath will play a very limited role this year. Think of the next two years for him as being enrolled in a graduate school for defensive backs. The deans of this most prestigious grad school are Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins. Once McBath graduates from Broncos Academy, he will be a true impact safety.
Richard Quinn is a beast...and what was that? He can catch, too? Sounds a little bit like Daniel Graham, or Ben Watson in the making. It's no surprise that Josh McDaniels went for a "Smash Mouth" tight end so early in the draft.
Tight end is the less talked about "hybrid" position in the NFL. Guys like Mike Ditka, Shannon Sharpe, and Mark Bavaro gave this position its name. You have to be able to block, run, catch, and fight.
Tight ends have to be some of the toughest guys out on the field. Quinn stands to add to this legacy of the long line of tough guys before him.
Kenny McKinley is the only other rookie that will be fighting for a starting job this training camp. This young play-maker from South Carolina is the front runner for the returner job. He may also be able to break into the offense's roster as a fourth to fifth receiving option (as if Denver needs anymore talent on the offense).
These will be the rookies to watch for the next couple of days. I have no doubt in my mind that Josh McDaniels has put together a good group of young players.
(Next I will go over my opinion of the veteran offensive players.