Posted Sun Jun 29th by Ian Henson
Ian Henson is the lastest guest blogger for BroncoTalk; he’s helping us wrap up Smack Talk Week by looking at the AFC West. You can check out his work at his Broncos Denver Broncos Blog, Enjoy!
So Kyle did it, he effectively sat the rest of the AFC West down after attentive back slaps to their collective faces. We may have had a bad year or two, but we’re still the best. The Chargers might be good now, but in reality, we’ve been doing it for years. Don’t forget it San Diego. Phillip Rivers can lead you to the door, but he hasn’t a clue how to get you in.
But I’m onto a bigger lily pad, I keep hearing the national media skimming over the AFC West, referring to us as: Weak, formerly strong, once great… It goes on and on. It made me think take a step out and look at the entire division… REALLY? The only reason we looked week in the last couple of years is because we’ve had to play each other for half of our schedule. Right?
Let’s look at it like this. If we were to have an all star game, yet it was a divisional all star game. Let’s just call it a Pro Bowl, but a pro bowl that featured just the individual conferences. We have the AFC West, the AFC North, AFC South, AFC East and the NFC West, et cetera… Who’s going to compete with us? A healthy Larry Johnson and LaDanian Tomlinson? Featuring a line that is made up of Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs and Raiders? Quarterbacked by Jay Cutler (sorry Phyllis, it may be Monday, but you still suck), Receivers like Javon Walker (sorry guys a broken jaw doesn’t affect your hands/leg work), Brandon Marshall, Chris Chambers and Dwayne Bowe. Don’t get me started on the Tight Ends, would we even need receivers? Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates, with Tony Scheffler as a THIRD STRINGER?
That’s just the offensive side, we’d run a 3-4 because the Chargers do and they have two All Pros on the defensive line, but we’d top that off with Elvis Dumervil at the other end. Derrick Johnson, Shawn Merriman, DJ Williams and maybe another Chargers inside linebacker somewhere in there (just because Niko hasn’t started yet). OH! And Champ Bailey and Nnamdi Asomugha, with Dre Bly and DeAngelo Hall backing up! Are you kidding?!?
So let’s move on, who’s topping that? AFC East? It would literally be the Patriots with maybe a couple Bills, Jets and Jason Taylor. NFC East? hmmm TO and Plaxico vs. Champ and Nnamdi, Jessica Simpson’s boyfriend wouldn’t be able to find someone within the three seconds he had to throw it to them, dump it off to Brian Westbrook in time to get smacked sideways by Merriman. Really, who else is there? AFC South, AKA the Colts would lose based on the fact that the Chargers helmets on the defense would make them choke.
So what do you say NATIONAL media? Want to give our division a little credit? Maybe with the fact that our division pulled the AFC East and NFC South this year we can show you. It’s still the toughest division to beat in football. It’s still the most competitive and you’re still going to respect us.