Having been a Denver Broncos' fan my entire life; I have seen many ups and downs and after our 2008 season lobbied via blogs, to friends and on the messages boards for a new regime to take over.
Last year, I finally received my wish as I looked forward to a better front office structure, to get younger and to drastically improve a defense that was once known as the Orange Crush.
Despite a rough beginning mainly via a clash with promising young QB Jay Cutler, I still gave coach Josh McDaniels the benefit of the doubt as I liked the passion and pedigree that he came from.
McDaniels immediately addressed the defense via free agency and with the hiring of coordinator Mike Nolan and looked to rid the team of any distractions.
This at the time and recently happened to be two of the teams' biggest young stars in Cutler and WR Brandon Marshall. Both wore out their welcome and were traded. And when a situation likes this normally unfolds, a team is forced to rebuild and suffer through sub par seasons. The Broncos on the other hand; managed to pull off two great trades with the Bears and Dolphins that left the Broncos with two extra first and second round selections which spanned over three drafts.
These extra picks along with the Broncos own left them with 10 selections in the first two rounds which spanned from last year through next year.
As of right now all the Broncos have to show for these high level picks is RB Knowshown Moreno, DE/LB Robert Ayers, WR Demaryius Thomas, and QB Tim Tebow. Moreno has impressed and has a great future but Ayers only recorded 19 tackles. The Broncos passed on many talented players and more importantly players who could have drastically helped team needs at LB, DT, DE and special teams.
Even more alarming is that the Broncos have four QB's on their roster who are in their 20's: Kyle Orton at 27, Brady Quinn at 25, Tom Brandstater 25, and Tim Tebow at 22. One veteran and a rookie to learn for a few years would have been fine. I could even buy the idea of a veteran along with a rookie and someone like Tebow running goal line situations and the wildcat.
The Broncos blew a golden opportunity to rebuild their team while still being a playoff caliber team. Not many teams have that chance.
Maybe next time, we the fans should run the draft.