The Big Three in Denver
Let me preface this article really quickly: When I say "should be excited about," I do not mean that if these situations were to play out, you'll be seeing our Blue and Orange in the Super Bowl next season, or even the playoffs for that matter. I simply mean the Bronco Faithful should be excited about the potential these possible situations could provide for the future of the franchise.
Elway and Fox hold the keys to the future, and it'll be interesting to see where they take us. After such a dismal season, we can hope the only way to go is up. There are many changes that the front office and coaching staff must make, so by no means do I think the next five slides provide all the answers, but I think the next five slides provide possible maneuvers that could steer us in the winning direction.
(A quick note: these are in no particular order)
Last year, Detroit struck gold picking No. 2 in the draft by selecting Defensive Rookie of the Year, Ndamukong Suh. Although there is some great talent in this year's draft, there is not a talent like Suh who we must take at No. 2.
We have so many needs, I don't know how management narrows it down to one player. Fairley, Bowers and Peterson, the most likely "No. 2" candidates, are all great talents who could help our awful defense, but we do lack picks throughout the entire draft, and that does not help us given our rebuilding mode.
It would be wise to trade out of the No. 2 spot to the 7-10 range. In doing so, we can narrow down our choices, spend less money on an unproven commodity and acquire AT LEAST one more pick in this year's draft.
It's very tough for me to say this, because I happen to be an Orton fan. I hated the guy when we replaced Cutler with him, but I have to say the guy is a solid player and a trooper. He has hardly garnered any support among the Bronco Faithful since he arrived, and the amount of scrutiny he's received has only increased since Tim Tebow's arrival. I feel terribly sorry for the guy since he could NEVER seem to please the fanbase, but I say we trade him while he's valuable.
I know, many of you are already excited because I mentioned the "T" word, and I have assured him the starting job with Orton out. There's no need to explain why we should be excited if this happens from the QB situation standpoint: Just watch Tebow play those last three games and that's more excitement than the past one-and-a-half seasons combined. But from a draft standpoint, we should be very excited. As I stated in the previous slide, we need youth to mobilize our reconstruction. By trading Orton and receiving another second round or multiple picks (I say a three and five, but I may be crazy) we can acquire very solid talent in the draft.
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Alright, so this one is a shot from my bias. I'm from San Diego; I have seen Reggie play since he was in high school and the guy's been my favorite player ever since. I would love to see him playing in a Broncos uniform, giving me that much more of a reason to shell out $200 on a ticket every season when the Chargers and Broncos play. With that being said, I know many of you probably won't agree, but I do have reason for acquiring my favorite player so hear me out.
It is no secret that we need a second back. Although I like Knowshon, he hasn't proven to any of us that he can be the workhorse that carries the rock 25-30 times a game, but neither has Bush. I think splitting carries between the two would really benefit the both of them, keep them healthy and fresh and could really strengthen our rushing attack.
There's no denying Bush is an electrifying athlete, capable of doing multiple things: rushing, returning, receiving out of the backfield and producing as a receiver in the slot. Bush would be a matchup nightmare on an offense that is already pretty potent. You add Bush to Mike McCoy's arsenal and it makes his job that much easier to game plan.
With Bush, we provide Tebow, still green at the position regardless of what you may think, with a reliable and dangerous safety valve. Oh, and the lack of production by Bush and injury concerns will maintain a pretty reasonable price if he were to hit the market, which can't be said about the favorite to join the team, DeAngelo Williams. I believe some team is going to overpay Williams to join their team, something I don't think the Broncos are willing to do.
I'm not sure how likely it is that this happen, but I really hope it does. Champ deserves to win a Super Bowl, but unfortunately, that isn't happening anytime soon for our franchise, so I can't blame him if he walks. I will always think of Champ as a Bronco, and I'd love for him to finish his Hall-of-Fame career here.
Now that I have that out of the way, let me explain why re-signing Champ would be exciting. The guy has still got it. If you don't believe me, look at how he literally shut down Dwayne Bowe in Week 13 against the Chiefs. Nobody did that to Bowe all season long, as he was arguably the most impressive receiver in the league last year.
Now I agree Champ has lost a step, but if he's still able to put on that sort of performance, the guy is NEVER going to be just an average player for as long as he plays. Bailey's smart, and he's not going to play in this league longer than he should, like, well I don't know, Brett Favre. Bailey's leadership and knowledge of the game needs to remain here so he can pass it on to our next generation of cornerback, which leads into my next slide...
OK, I can already hear the grumbles, "We need D-Line! We need D-Line!" I completely agree, but we kind of need everything defensively, so hear me out. D-line is the deepest position in the draft this year. We can pick up solid, starter quality talent in the later rounds. The DB draft class, cornerback especially, is pretty slim on talent in my opinion, besides Peterson, Amukamara and Jimmy Smith.
Considering Peterson can play any DB position and is the cream-of-the-crop, it would be logical to select him. We NEED to integrate youth to our heavily aging secondary. Plus, Cox is going to be behind bars, which doesn't help the future of our secondary either.
With the mentoring of Bailey and even Dawkins, Peterson will evolve into the next breed of shutdown corner. When the kid starts shutting down half of the field, it's going to be tough to pass against us. Since Fox is switching to the 4-3, we have Doom and Ayers at the ends, and I think Bannan, Vickerson and Marcus Thomas can be solid DTs in the new system, which only heightens our need for an elite, young talent in our secondary.
"This ones for John .......Fox!"
There are many hypothetical situations that could have been added, but I tried to keep everyone's attention. I hope that at least a couple of these hypotheticals can become reality and head us in the right direction. Who knows, maybe sooner than expected, the Broncos will be back to the glory days of the late 90s. We can only hope that the future of our franchise is in good hands.
Please leave me your comments. If you do comment, I will comment back. I'm very open-minded so I do not think I am right, and I show respect to anyone's opinion, regardless of how absurd I actually think it to be. Please don't comment looking to argue: I'm not about that. I look to share my opinions, and I appreciate reading yours because it provides me with a basis to re-evaluate my own. I hope you guys enjoyed the article and GO BRONCOS!!!!