The Possibilities on Offense...and The Missing Link
Everyone knows about the departure of Brandon Marshall and everyone has an opinion. Not that anyone cares, but my opinion is that while the Broncos haven't helped themselves by trading away No. 15, the implications won't be drastic. Here are the receivers on the roster:
Jabar Gaffney: This guy was solid all year and could have broken Marshall's single game reception record in the last game of the year.
Brandon Lloyd: Filled in admirably in the final month of the regular season and made some nice catches all over the field.
Kenny McKinley: Going into his second year, he could mature into a producer.
Eddie Royal: Could always re-emerge as the 90-reception receiver he was in 1008.
Brandon Stokley: Stallwart who is dangerous when healthy.
Jayson Foster and Matt Willis: Unknowns
Although there are no big names in this group, they could be a very productive group.
The missing link is not the QB position. Orton played fine. He was not lights out but he was not the reason for the collapse of this team last year. The simple fact is that half the time this guy dropped back he had guys in his face. It's a wonder Orton didn't throw 20 picks with the heat he had coming at him. Offensive line roster:
Ryan Clady: Pro-bowler but did not have the same fantastic year he had in 2008.
Ben Hamilton: Was a good player up until last year. Shouldn't see the field in 2010.
Russ Hochstein: A gap fill for Hamilton and a liability.
Chris Kuper: Consistently good player. Too bad this line isn't comprised of him and Clady only.
Ryan Harris: Great when healthy.
Tyler Polumbus: Is this guy still on the team? If so, why?
Brandon Gorin: Gap fill
Dustin Fry, Seth Olsen, and Matt McChesney: Unknown
Casey Weigmann is gone. The interior three is a huge unknown. Adding to the problem is Orton's immobiliity. Lastly, without a run game due to mediocre blocking, this offense is in big trouble.
My question is why the Broncos front office didn't pursue offensive linemen in free agency? Although I don't know the details about Logan Mankins, I understand that he was a free agent. A huge amount of attention was given to the defensive line - where some attention was needed. But to give Jamal Williams, a 13-year veteran past his prime, the kind of money he got and to ignore the true weak spot on the team was reprehensible.
There aren't enough draft picks to solve this problem. And finding another Clady out there who is going to fill in on day one and be productive is a long shot. But hey, McDaniels probably won't address the real problems on this team in the draft anyway. He will most likely pull some hair-brained Alphonso Smith-type move and blow his second draft in a row.
Can anyone get Orton some more life insurance and disabiliity insurance?
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