Josh McDaniels is a hack rookie coach who will be lucky to win three games.
The Broncos defense is just as bad this year as it was last year, if not worse.
Denver will be lucky to finish third in the AFC West.
If had had written any of those statements six weeks ago, they would have rallied unanimous agreement from the world of football experts. Going into the bye week, it sure seems like a lot has changed.
Before the preseason, I hopefully bragged that Denver would be 10-6 this season, without any real evidence to support my claim. Heck, I was one of the few who thought Orton could be just as effective as Cutler if used properly noting his numbers from last season; but Orton is now more effective than Cutler.
Dear God, Kyle Orton is number five on Mike Sando's MVP watch over on ESPN.com.
And Elvis Dumervil is number eight after having reached ten sacks in only six games. He is on track to tie or break the sack record for a season.
Those aren't the only Broncos drawing accolades.
Knowshon Moreno is the leading candidate for rookie of the year. Elvis is the front-runner for defensive player of the year and Josh McDaniels is fighting for the same title in the coach of the year category.
Denver will probably do better than 10-6. I now think 12-4 sounds about right.
A friend recently asked me how Mike Nolan took eight random guys, tossed them in with Champ, Elvis, and D.J., and made the best defense in the NFL out of one of the NFL's worst. The answer: I have no idea.
There is something extremely special going on in Denver right now. We are witnessing the development of what I believe could end up being three or four NFL legends, and Josh McDaniels is at the forefront of it all.
I don't know how this season is going to end up working out, but based upon what he has done so far, McDaniels could end up being considered the greatest first-year coach of all time.
Hell, depending upon what else he does, he could end up being viewed as the greatest coach since Lombardi. Anyone else realize this guy put together a 16-0 offense before, and he is only thirty-three?
There is a lot more football left to play, but with what is happening in Denver, this team could possibly end up being the most remarkable in modern NFL history. Most power rankings had them start at around twenty-seven.
Six weeks from rebuilding franchise destined to fail to a heavy-weight Superbowl contender?
Something really remarkable is happening, because with this team, the possibilities seem endless.