Denver Broncos: Josh McDaniels Buiding a Power House

Benjamin RichardsonContributor IJune 14, 2010

DENVER - JANUARY 03:  (L-R) Kenny Peterson #90, Ronald Fields #91, Ryan McBean #98 and Elvis Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos defense prepare for action against the Kansas City Chiefs during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on January 3, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 44-24.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Knowshon Moreno :

He finished his high school career with 6,268 career rushing yards, 128 touchdowns, and 728 points. His rushing yards are second all-time in New Jersey high school ranks, while he is New Jersey's all-time leading scorer.

Moreno was named the SEC Freshman of the Week three times and SEC Offensive Player of the Week once. He was named onto the all-SEC first team and was the unanimous SEC Freshman of the Year. He was the featured tailback on the Freshman All-American first team and was named to the All-Freshman SEC team. Sporting News named him Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.

Moreno finished the season with 1,334 yards on 248 carries for 14 touchdowns. He also added 253 receiving yards on 20 receptions. -freshman year college

He finished the 2008 season with 1,792 yards of total offense (1,400 rushing on 250 carries and 392 yards on 33 receptions) and scored 18 touchdowns (16 rushing, 2 receiving). He was named the team's offensive MVP. He finished second in Doak Walker award voting, behind Shonn Greene . He was named first-team All-SEC for the second consecutive year, and was a second-team All-American selection. On January 7, 2009,- sophmore yr college

Year Games Rush Att Rush Yds Rush Avg Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec Avg Rec TD
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2010 outlook 1,000 yrds plus season.

Tim Tebow :

In 2007 he was named to FHSAA's All-Century Team that listed the Top 33 football players in the state of Florida's 100 year history of high school football.

Tebow played a role in the Gators' victory in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State . He threw for one touchdown and rushed for another, finishing with 39 rushing yards. He finished 2006 with the second-most rushing yards on the Gator team- freshman 2006.

Tebow finished the regular season with 217 completed passes in 317 attempts for 3132 yards gained and 29 touchdowns with six interceptions—giving him the second highest passing efficiency in the nation with 177.8. Additionally, he rushed 194 times for 838 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground through 11 games- sophmore yr in coolege.

After the season was over, Tebow became a favorite for the Heisman Trophy, given to the most outstanding college football player of the year, which he won on December 8 in New York City. He also received the Davey O'Brien Award , annually given to the best quarterback in the nation, on February 18 in Fort Worth, TX.

Tebow led the Gators to a 12–1 record in 2008. After clinching the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title, the team played for and won the SEC title in the 2008 SEC Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide . The win secured the #2 ranking in the final BCS standings , which earned the Gators the chance to play the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game , which they won 24–14.

In the 2010 Sugar Bowl , Tebow's last college game, he had 533 yards of total offense—a record for a Bowl Championship Series game—and accounted for four touchdowns in a 51–24 Florida win against Cincinnati .

Tim Tebow ran for his 50th and 51st rushing touchdowns, breaking the SEC career record previously held by former Georgia running back Herschel Walker .


Brady Quinn :

Quinn accepted Willingham's scholarship and attended the University of Notre Dame , where he shattered 36 Fighting Irish records during his four seasons with the team. There were ten career records, twelve single-season records, four single-game records and ten miscellaneous records broken by Quinn throughout those four years, including the record for career pass attempts with 1,602, completions with 929, yards-per-game with 239.6, touchdown passes with 95, and the Irish's lowest interception percentage with 2.43. Quinn won 29 games as a starter at Notre Dame

not bad for Tebows backup. yup I went there.

Demaryius Thomas :

Thomas sat out the 2006 season as a redshirt . In 2007 , he saw action in all 13 games including 10 starts , and recorded 35 receptions for 558 yards to rank as the leading Georgia Tech receiver by a wide margin. In the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl , he made four receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown. The Sporting News named Thomas to its freshman All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) first team and a freshman All-America honorable mention.[ 2]

In 2008 , Paul Johnson was hired as the head coach and implemented the run-heavy triple option offense . Thomas considered transferring but decided against it. During the season, he recorded 39  receptions for 627 yards and three touchdowns as the leading receiver. Despite being a heavily run-oriented system, as one of the team's few experienced players, Thomas recorded relatively high numbers. Still, compared with other receivers in the Atlantic Coast Conference , such as leader D. J. Boldin of Wake Forest , Thomas' statistics were much smaller. He said, "Sometimes I think about [not getting many passes], but most of the time I just want to win."

Thomas' mark was the best of any wide receiver from the school since Calvin Johnson in 2006. Against Duke , he caught nine receptions for 230 yards, the second-most in a single-game in school history.

In 2009, during his Junior (redshirt) year at GT, Thomas had 46 receptions for 1,154 yards and 8 touchdowns. This earned him 1st team All-ACC honors. He finished his career at Georgia Tech with 120 catches for 2,339 and 14 TDs.

Many draft experts had him gaining momentum with NFL scouts going into the last couple weeks leading up to the draft and most had him as the number one or two-rated wide receiver, along with Dez Bryant, in the 2010 NFL Draft , including Sporting News .

Eddie Royal :


Royal received freshman All-America honors from The NFL Draft Report after hauling in 28 passes for 470 yards (16.8 avg.) with three touchdowns in 12 games (11 starts) as a true freshman… Returned 25 punts for 274 yards (11.0 avg.) and gained 346 yards on 12 kickoff returns (28.8 avg.) and totaled 1,101 all-purpose yards.


Royal started all 13 games as a sophomore, finishing third on Virginia Tech with 27 receptions for 315 yards (11.7 avg.) with two scores while adding 10 rushes for 79 yards with one touchdown . He returned 32 punts for 263 yards (8.2 avg.) and 14 kickoffs for 293 yards (20.9 avg.) to account for 950 all-purpose yards .


Royal played 13 games (9 starts) during his junior year and picked up second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors while being named an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated . Royal caught 31 passes for 497 yards (16.0 avg.) with three touchdowns , he led the ACC and ranked 12th in the nation with a 13.2-yard punt return average (23-304) with one touchdown . he added 431 yards on 19 kickoff returns (22.7 avg.) and five rushes for 24 yards . He threw a 53-yard touchdown on a trick play against Georgia Bulldogs in the Peach Bowl . Royal finished with 1,256 all-purpose yards (96.7 ypg.).


Royal during his tenure at Virginia Tech.

He played 13 games with 11 starts , earning first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and second-team All-America accolades from The NFL Draft Report , he posted career highs in receptions (33-496) and receiving touchdowns (4). Led the ACC and ranked 10th in the nation with a 14.7-yard punt return average (31-455) and scored two touchdowns on punt returns . He Added 14 kickoff returns for 316 yards (22.6 avg.) and eight rushes for 112 yards (14.0 avg.) . Finished with 1,379 all-purpose yards (106.1 ypg.), he finished first in career all-purpose yards in school history (4,686), fourth in career receptions (119), fifth in receiving touchdowns (12) and sixth in receiving yards (1,778).

He was also the Atlantic Coast Conference 's (ACC) all-time leader in punt return yards (1,296). Royal received second-team All-ACC honors in 2006 and first-team All-ACC honors in 2007 . The Hokies won the Coastal division and secured a bid the 2007 ACC Championship Game in Jacksonville,_Florida" title="Jacksonville, Florida">Jacksonville, Florida , there, they faced a rematch with Boston College , champions of the Atlantic Division . Matt Ryan was unable to seize the victory with Two fourth-quarter interceptions , sealed the Hokie win and an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl game . Royal finished the game with 4 receptions , 63 yards and 1 TD . He also played in the 2008 Orange Bowl . Royal majored in sociology .

  • 2-time Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week - Weeks 1 and 10 (2008)
  • First-team All-ACC (2007)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2006)
  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (2009)
  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (October 2009)

Brandon Stokely :

Baltimore Ravens

Stokley was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the fourth round (105th pick overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft . Stokley won a championship ring in Super Bowl XXXV as a member of the Ravens . In the game, he caught 3 passes for 52 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.

Indianapolis Colts

In 2003 Stokley signed with the Indianapolis Colts . On December 26, 2004, Stokley received the record-breaking 21-yard touchdown pass for Peyton Manning in the hunt to break Dan Marino 's record of 48 touchdown passes in a season. That year, he had a breakthrough season with 68 passes caught for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns and an average of 15.8 yards per catch. Furthermore, the TD catch made the 2004 Colts the first NFL team to have three WRs with 1000 receiving yards and 10 TDs or more in a season, the other two being Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison . The next two seasons of Stokley's career were marred by various injuries. After he participated in only four games of the 2006 season , the Indianapolis Colts terminated his contract on March 1, 2007.

Denver Broncos

Stokley signed with the Denver Broncos on March 14. On December 7, 2007, he signed a 3-year extension with the team. In the Broncos' 2009 season opener, with 28 seconds left in the game, he caught a pass intended for Brandon Marshall but tipped by Leon Hall and took it 87 yards in to the end zone for the winning score. At the endzone, he ran six seconds off the clock ensuring a win for the Denver Broncos who at the time, were losing to the Cincinnati Bengals 7-6. With Stokley's touchdown, the final score was 12-7 and the Denver Broncos got their first 2009 regular season win.

Jabar Gaffney :

On October 9, 2006, Gaffney signed a two-year deal with the Patriots . On March 5, 2008, Gaffney re-signed with the Patriots for one year worth $2 million.

In his first-ever playoff game , on January 7, 2007 against the New York Jets , Gaffney had a near-career day, catching eight passes for 104 yards, his second 100-yard performance as a receiver (in ten regular season games, Gaffney caught 11 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown.) Gaffney followed that performance a week later against San Diego Chargers">San Diego with another 100-yard game, in which he caught ten passes and scored a touchdown[ 1] .

Jabar Gaffney finished the 2008 season with 44 receptions for 468 yards and two touchdowns. His longest reception was 37 yards. His best game came against the Cardinals in week 16, when he had 90 yards receiving.

Denver Broncos

On February 27, 2009, Gaffney signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Denver Broncos. The deal includes $3 million guaranteed. In the Broncos' week 17 loss to Kansas City, Gaffney had a career day, catching 14 passes for 213 yards as the Broncos played without Brandon Marshall , who was benched for disciplinary reasons by head coach Josh McDaniels . Gaffney finished the 2009 season with 54 receptions for 732 yards and two touchdowns, ranking second on the team in receptions and receiving yards.

Daniel Graham :

Graham was a prolific receiver for the Colorado Buffaloes football team, where he also started two games playing fullback during his freshman season before switching to tight end.

After his senior season, he was named First-Team All-American and won the John Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end. He finished his collegiate career with 106 receptions for 1,543 yards and 11 touchdowns.

New England Patriots

In the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft , the Patriots selected Graham out of the University of Colorado with the 21st overall choice. Early in his career he was known for dropping too many passes and suffering apparent lapses of concentration. In his rookie season, Graham recorded 15 receptions for 150 yards, and one touchdown . He added four tackles on special teams. In 2003, he started nine games and recorded 38 catches for 409 yards and four touchdowns. By 2004, Graham was fully integrated into the Patriots' system. He had 30 receptions for 364 yards and seven touchdowns. The Patriots won the Super Bowl at the end of each of these seasons. Graham was named the Patriots offensive team captain on December 6, 2006.

Denver Broncos

Graham was signed by the Denver Broncos on March 6, 2007.  The Broncos awarded Graham a five-year, $30 million contract. The deal included $15 million in guaranteed money that was distributed as a $10 million signing bonus along with a first-year roster bonus of $5 million.

He was voted offensive captain along with quarterback Jay Cutler (American football)">Jay Cutler for the 2008 season.

Champ Bailey :

Bailey was regarded as one of college football’s greatest multiple threat.

Prior to the 2004 season, Bailey was traded to the Broncos along with a second-round draft pick.

On September 12, 2004, during the NFL's opening Sunday Night Football game of the season, Bailey intercepted his first pass as a Denver Bronco.

On January 14, 2006, in a divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots , Bailey broke the record for the longest non-scoring play in NFL history. With the Patriots near the goal line, Bailey intercepted a pass from quarterback Tom Brady in the end zone and returned it 100 yards to the Pats' one yard line before he was chased down and tackled by New England's Benjamin Watson .

In 2006 , Bailey had ten interceptions (tied for the NFL lead with Asante Samuel ). Bailey also did not give up a touchdown during the season. Bailey, San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor were unanimous choices for the NFL All-Pro team in 2006. Also in 2006, Ron Jaworski stated during a MNF pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers that Bailey only got tested 35 times and only four passes were completed over him, none for touchdowns.

Elvis Dumervil :

Dumervil was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos . Broncos coach Mike Shanahan stated that he planned to keep Dumervil at defensive end.

Early in his rookie season, Dumervil saw little playing time. However, his minutes increased as the season progressed and he finished the year with 8.5 sacks in 13 games. In the first game of the 2007 NFL season he would get the first interception of his career. Dumervil would go on to lead the Broncos, and finish among league leaders, with 12.5 sacks in 2007.

His half brother, Curry Burns , also played at the University of Louisville and was later drafted by the Houston Texans">Houston Texans in the 2003 NFL Draft .

With the Josh McDaniels coaching regime entering the 2009 season, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan moved Dumervil around as an outside linebacker in his 3-4 defensive scheme, but keeping him as a defensive end on 4-3 passing down situations. Dumervil led the league in sacks with 17.

Brian Dawkins :

Dawkins was drafted in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles . As a rookie in 1996 he started 13 of the 14 games he played in, recording 75 tackles , a sack , and three interceptions . During his Eagles career Dawkins was elected to seven Pro Bowls in 1999 , 2001 , 2002 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 and 2008 . In 2002 in a game versus the Houston Texans he became the first player in NFL history to record a sack , an interception , forced fumble, and touchdown reception in a single game. During the 2008 season he became the tenth member of the 20/20 Club and broke the Eagles record for games played surpassing Harold Carmichael who had 180. After the 2008 season Dawkins became a free agent . He finished his career with the Eagles starting 182 of 183 games, recording 898 tackles , 34 interceptions, and 21 sacks.

Denver Broncos

On February 28, 2009, Dawkins signed a five-year, $17 million contract with the Denver Broncos . He joined another teammate, Correll Buckhalter , who also signed with the Broncos. The contract includes $7.2 million guaranteed and a termination clause that says Dawkins can opt out of the contract after two years and receive an extra $1.8 million, virtually making the contract for two years and $9 million. Dawkins can also earn an additional $10 million in performance incentives.[ 3] [ 4] [ 5]

On December 29, 2009, the NFL announced that Dawkins was the starter of the AFC Pro Bowl team as a strong safety.

Justin Bannan :

Baltimore Ravens

Bannan joined the Baltimore Ravens before the 2006 season and played for them until 2009. In the 2008 season, he set a personal-best with 30 solo tackles (56 total), one sack and three interceptions

Jamal williams :

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme in 2004 and fielded Williams at nose tackle, arguably the most important position in the 3-4 defense. Williams recorded 32 tackles (25 solo), 4 sacks, and 4 pass deflections in 15 games. He became widely recognized as one of the top 3-4 nose tackles in the NFL and was named an AP 2nd Team All-Pro . In the 2005 season , Williams recorded 53 tackles (40 solo) and 4 pass deflections in 16 games and was named a Pro Bowl starter and was named 1st Team All-Pro by the Associated Press and The Sporting News . He finished the 2006 season with 69 tackles (49 solo), 2 sacks, and 2 pass deflections in 16 games and was again named a Pro Bowl starter, as well as 1st Team All-Pro by the AP, The Sporting News, and the Football Writers Association of America . During the 2007 season , Williams recorded 39 tackles (32 solo), 1 forced fumble, and 2 pass deflections in 13 games and was named a Pro Bowl reserve following the season. Williams finished 2008 with 56 tackles (46 solo), 1.5 sacks, and 3 pass deflections in 16 games. In 2009 , Williams suffered a season-ending triceps injury in the first game and finished with just 3 solo tackles.

On March 4, 2010, Williams was released by the Chargers.[ 2]

Denver Broncos

On March 9, 2010, Williams signed a 3 year, $16 million contract with the Broncos with $7 million guaranteed and an additional $6 million available through incentives.

Jarvis Green :

New England Patriots

Green was drafted in the fourth round (126th overall) by the New England Patriots in the 2002 NFL Draft . In his rookie campaign in 2002 , Green recorded 2.5 sacks and started four games. In 2003 , Green started seven games and had two sacks; in the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts , Green set career highs with 2.5 sacks and six tackles. Green played in all 16 games in 2004 for the Patriots, starting all three playoff games, including Super Bowl XXXIX . He finished the season with a four sacks. In August 2005, Green was signed to a five-year contract extension by the Patriots; he would go on to post 2.5 sacks while starting five games during the 2005 season.

Green would continue to see limited starting time in 2006 , filling in for an injured Richard Seymour . Green set a career-high in 2006 with 7.5 sacks and two passes defensed. With Seymour injured again in 2007 , Green would start 10 games and pick up 6.5 sacks, plus a career-high 39 tackles. Green himself missed time in 2008 with an ankle injury, but still managed to play in 14 games and record two sacks.

In 2009 , Green was active for 13 games for the Patriots, starting 12 and missing three games in November after knee surgery. He finished the season with 36 tackles and one sack.

Denver Broncos

Green signed a 4 year, $20 million deal with the Denver Broncos on March 9, 2010.

Robert Ayers :

College career

Ayers began at the University of Tennessee as a redshirt outside linebacker in 2004. As a sophomore he moved to defensive end and was a backup, recording five tackles and one sack. In 2006 he once again was a backup, totaling 25 tackles and one sack. In 2007, Ayers was once again a backup, but led the team with four sacks and 12 tackles for losses. He also had 34 tackles, two pass breakups and four quarterback pressures. As a senior in 2008 Ayers became a starter at right defensive end, recording 49 tackles, a team leading three sacks, and a team and league leading 15.5 tackles for losses. He also had six pressures and an interception.

Alphonso Smith :

Smith holds the ACC record for career interceptions (21), he broke the record (previously held by Dre' Bly of UNC) in the 2008 Eagle Bank Bowl in a rematch against Navy.

In 2008 Smith started all 13 games as a senior for Wake Forest, totaling 37 tackles (28 solo), seven interceptions, 20 pass breakups and two forced fumbles and tied for first in the nation in both interceptions and pass breakups. He was First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a consensus First-team All-American . He was named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award.

As a junior in 2007, Smith started all 13 games as a junior for Wake Forest and had 44 tackles (36 solo), eight interceptions, three sacks, 18 pass breakups and four forced fumbles and returned three of the interceptions for touchdowns. He tied for first in the nation with a school-record eight interceptions and was First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and picked up Second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp. In 2006 he played 14 games (3 starts) as a sophomore for Wake Forest, registering 48 tackles (37 solo), three interceptions, four sacks, 11 pass breakups and one forced fumble. In 2005 Smith started all 11 games as a redshirt freshman and finished the year with 60 tackles (52 solo), three interceptions, two sacks, 12 pass breakups and one forced fumble. He received First-team Freshman All-America honors from, and In 2004 he redshirted as a true freshman.

Parish Cox :

College career

In his true freshman year at Oklahoma State, Cox became the first Cowboy since Barry Sanders to open a season with a kickoff return for a touchdown when he went 96 yards against Missouri State . Playing both on defense and special teams, Cox had 24 tackles on defense while breaking up five passes. His 595 kickoff return yards in 2006 represent the third best single-season total in OSU history.

Cox became a starter during his sophomore year, as he started the last eight games of the regular season at cornerback. He tied for second on the team with two interceptions while breaking up eight passes, and was also credited with 42 tackles. Cox averaged 21.5 yards on 31 kickoff returns and his 631 kickoff return yards are second best for OSU in a single season.

As a junior, Cox again returned the first kickoff of the season 90 yards for a touchdown against Washington State . He finished the season with 32 tackles, eight pass break-ups, and two interceptions.

Cox entered his senior season just 110 kickoff return yards short of the Big 12 career record. He was named the 2008 kickoff returner of the year in 2008 by College Football Performance Awards . In November 2009, he was named one of the twelve semifinalists for the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award .

The true reason behind all the hoopla and such is the fact that Denver seems to have been quietly stacking up on quality talent. The NFL analyst seem to put Denver pretty low as far as talent goes but Denver actually is one of the most talented teams in the NFL. With the Draft bringing Denver Tebow it looks as though Josh McDaniels may have  a true winner on his hands.

To add to the help Denver is projected by many ( mostly Oakland fans) to come in 3rd to last this year in their division. This aslo relieves the pressure of having to put all that talent to use. Denver is the biggest sleeper in the NFL.

If all the pieces come together Denver will see the playoff's this year or the next period. Kyle Orton  Eaton was not put on the list because I believe Denver will use this year to build his value before trading him in the next off season. Maybe they will get rid of Quinn. I dont know. Both are good back ups for Tebow.

Knowshon is my favorite Bronco. I have written many times. This is his year. Go get em kid.

Put the NFL on notice Denver is coming. They will be a very dominant team in the next couple years. They way of a New coach is starting to form and it is looking good.

Injuries aside I see Denver going 9-7 at worst this year. Breaking the 8-8 seasons we have had the last Couple years. If you live in Denver you know 8-8 simply Wont Do.

I used a lot of wikki on this but it was for a reference guide a quick over view if you would of Denvers pieces. Let me know what you think.

Just some observations I have had. We have a good team. Lets play some football!


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