Come February, Josh McDaniels will either be celebrating a Super Bowl win or looking for a new job.
Perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration.
It just seems to me that by the end of this upcoming season, the sports public will know if McDaniels is a genius or a plague.
Again, these may be extremes, but the fact of the matter is that just few months into his tenure as the head man, McDaniels has had an immediate impact on this franchise without yet having coached a regular season game.
And I'm not just talking about the Cutler trade to Chicago, which was by far the biggest news of the off season (Favre doesn't count; he's a perpetual news story unto himself).
While that may be the flashiest and the most polarizing of his moves, that was only part of a very busy summer as he overhauled the roster.
In total, the Broncos signed 17 free agents including S Brian Dawkins, RB's Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington and LaMont Jordan. They also brought in QB Chris Simms, WR Jabar Gaffney, and CB Andre Goodman to replace last year's starter Dre Bly.
Two new Broncos the coaches hope to list as the starters on opening day—QB Kyle Orton, who came over in the Cutler trade; and Knowshon Moreno, drafted 12th overall in this year's draft—are already question marks.
Orton has been inconsistent in the preseason and Moreno is battling injury that's hampering him from competing for that starting spot.
Fantasy Info Nuggets:
WR Brandon Marshall; He's the top fantasy threat on the Denver roster...for now. He's been whining and moaning all summer long about getting a new contract, wanting a trade, etc. etc.
It's the Anquan Boldin situation part deux. The only difference is that Marshall is far more annoying and immature. He's had a number of off the field problems already and he has a piss poor attitude.
If it weren't for the Cutler fiasco, I'm confident Denver would've traded him already. He's a Javon Walker injury or Lawrence Phillips legal issue away of crapping out of the league.
But as long as he's a Bronco and on the field, they're going to throw him the ball.
WR Eddie Royal; After a fantastic rookie campaign (91 grabs, 980 yards, 5 TD's), Royal will come back as a more polished receiver. That bodes will for both Denver and wily fantasy owners.
The problem with both Royal and Marshall is their QB, who for the time being is Kyle Orton. Take him late but take him with a grain of salt.
DEF Denver; They've made some changes on defense but when you finish 29th overall, it's going to take some time to fix things. The only way anyone picks up this defense is if they're Broncos fans and they think God wears Elway jerseys on Sundays.
RB Knowshon Moreno; The Broncos are so loaded with able bodied, potential starters at the RB position, that I think it's safe to assume the Broncos running game will be a frustrating committee effort once again.
Mike Shanahan is gone but it seems his recent tradition will continue. The only way this changes is if Moreno takes a stranglehold of the job. So far he hasn't, as injuries have slowed him a bit.
TE Daniel Graham; Neither of the two TE's listed atop the depth chart, Graham and Tony Scheffler, caught more than 40 passes in 2008. With the arrival of McDaniels and a new QB still getting comfortable, I have to assume the numbers will increase.
Unfortunately, these are both capable pass catching TE's so it's had for me to endorse either one. In general, Scheffler has been a fantasy football favorite in the past. Neither player has done much to change that trend thus far.
QB Kyle Orton; So the Broncos finished 7-9 with Pro Bowl QB Cutler at the helm, who broke a John Elway club record for passing yards. Are we really supposed to believe they'll be better with Orton behind center?
This is the same guy who not too long ago was in a tight battle with the human turnover Rex Grossman.
Orton technically should be better; the offensive system around him is an improvement over what he had in Chicago. But then again, Jay Cutler technically should still be the Broncos QB.