Last season the Broncos started out as hot as any team as they trampled to a 6-0 start. Then someone took the shoes of the horse and everything went to pieces. They would go on to win only two more games and suffer a humiliating loss to the Chiefs to end any hopes of the playoffs.
Usually this is when I would go into the good, bad and ugly parts, but there are none. Everything is just OK, just average, and there is nothing to really focus on. The defense is pretty much the only above average part of the team.
Right now there is a question as to who the quarterback will be. The favorite is Kyle Orton to start. He had a good year last season because he had Marshall. Now he has a bunch of No.2 and No.3 receivers, but no main option. Plus, Tony Scheffler is gone so who will be his reliable target?
Running back is OK as Moreno rushed for almost 950 yards. He should do better, but I do not see him as having a 1200 yard season, especially with the line. His receiving game will have to be his main weapon. Buckhalter also is not bad, but he has always been a No.2 guy. These two will have to really show they are ready to step it up.
The run game would do better if there was a passing game. Unfortunately, when Jabar Gaffney and a nonexistent Eddie royal are the biggest competition for starting time, that is not much to look forward to. I believe that the No.1 guy by the end of the season will be either Thomas or Decker, if he stays healthy. I expect Orton’s numbers to drop a lot.
Of course, an offense is only successful if the offensive line is good. Well, once again the line is not bad, but its two key guys are tackles Ryan Clady and Ryan Harris. The interior is in question and that will be what makes or breaks this offense.
Defensively, they are a little better than average. They were great against the pass, but they suffered against the run. Not to mention in every loss except one the defense allowed about 30 points. They will not win this season if the defense allows that much.
The defensive line should be vastly improved against the run. The additions of Bannan and Jamal Williams will definitely help, but Williams is worn down and may not make it throughout the season.
The linebackers for the Broncos may just be the only “good” of the entire team. Williams, Ayers, Dummervil and now the addition of Ayodele make for an intimidating group. This is a group that is top 5 in the AFC and will be the heart and soul of the defense.
The secondary is also like a “B+” as it was good against the pass last season. This may be the most experienced secondary in the NFL. Unfortunately, that is also the problem. Bailey has 12 years on him, Hill has 10 on him, Dawkins has 15 on him, and I wonder if they can keep up with the younger, bigger receivers in the NFL. I realize it is almost blasphemy to be an NFL fan and say anything negative about Bailey, but he needs to show he can still get the job done.
Knowshon Moreno is still a good No. 2 back.
Prater is a good kicker, but is lack of a big play receiver a good thing or a bad thing? I’ll leave it up to you to determine.
The sleeper pick is Eddie Royal. I am not ready to give up on him, especially after his first season. Without a legitimate No.1 target, this may be his best opportunity to shine.
2010-2011 Record: 7-9 (I was one game off last season)
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