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Published on 09/15/2009 at Tue Sep 15 12:32.
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Oakland Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison, left, gestures after San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, right, was sacked during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, in Oakland, Calif.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Oakland Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison, left, gestures after San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, right, was sacked during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, in Oakland, Calif.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Good Morning Broncos Country.  How does it feel to be tied for first in the division?

Guess what? The Chargers don’t look that great, AGAIN! After hearing Super Bowl predictions, and landslide AFC West predictions, the Raiduhs gave the Dolts a reality shock! I, on behalf of BT, am taking notice of Oakland – the running attack looks something fierce. They aren’t there yet with their passing game, and may never be with Russell, but they can pound the ball.  Seymour looked great, and Nnamdi Asomugha is the new Champ Bailey.

Chargers, you’re supposed to be the best team in the league, YOU STINK! You know who doesn’t stink though? Darren Sproles, set your hating aside, who here wouldn’t want him on the Denver Broncos? This guy is lightning in a bottle, a perfect back to have in a stable, don’t see A.J. Smith letting him go for anything less than bank. Enough about the rest of the division, Kyle will be joining me this week to call out some Broncos. Oh, I almost forgot…RAIDERS YOU STINK! Click on it.

O-Line, not a strong start, didn’t think I’d be saying it, but you stunk. Cincy’s defense ranked 21st in rushing defense last year, allowing 120 yards per game. They also managed to rank 30th in the league last year in sack totals with a measly 17. I understand that our passing game did nothing to help our backs, but our line was simply being handled up front. The Bengals had 3 sacks in the game, not to mention the numerous tipped balls at the line of scrimmage.

However, let me pin point the moment at which the offensive line sent me into convulsions (followed by a fit of repeating “We’re going to lose the game because of that” over and over and over). It was our seven minute drive in the fourth quarter leading 6-0. Ben Hamilton was guilty of a hold, looking like a hobo, and a false start, the latter of which preceded a crucial holding penalty on Casey Wiegmann.  That penalty negated a 1st down pass to Buckhalter that would have placed us at the Cincy 25 yard line, which would have at the very least given us another (breath holding/hands clenched/holy water drinking, and by holy water I mean Coors) field goal attempt by Matt Prayer(sp).  That would have put us up 9-0 and squashed any chance of me having a heart attack. The following play Orton held the ball too long and was sacked, setting us up for a Brett Kern punt from the Cincinnati 42. Sigh, only Luck could save us now.

Hey Luck, on the way back from the john could you grab me another Coors? At least the mountains were blue.

Folks, I know it was Orton, I know it was dropped passes, but if this offensive line is going to be the crutch we fall back on whenever defending our right to win, they have got to play a whole heckuva lot better. Amen.  Speaking of Kyle Orton and dropped passes, a speacial guest Stink Lister, our very own Kyle Montgomery.

But wait wait, real quick, sorry Kyle, but everyone, have you seen this? Everyone please, please click this: Jay Cutler you stink!

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos runs with the football as he is tackled by Chris Crocker #42 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 12-7. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 13: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos runs with the football as he is tackled by Chris Crocker #42 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 12-7. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Thanks J.  First man on my stink list is Brandon Marshall.  The guy looked like he was half-assing it out there.  Seriously.  Drops are one thing, but there was no way #15 was giving 100% Sunday.  I don’t know what it’s going to take to get it through this guy’s head that he needs to put in the effort to earn his fat contract.

Also – news flash to Marshall – the season has started.  You told reporters before your suspension that, in order to learn the playbook, it’s just a matter of taking the time to knuckle down and eat it up.  So do it.  No time like the present (expect for last week, of course, when you would have been more help to the team as the #1 receiver than sitting on the sidelines on third downs).

Second on my Stink List is Kyle Orton.  Yes, the offensive line didn’t do him any favors, but he didn’t do them any, either.  He looks jumpy and uncomfortable in the pocket, and while people point to his lack of turnovers there were at least two throws that could have been easily intercepted had the Bengals defender made a better play on the ball.  He’s locking onto targets, and he doesn’t know how to get rid of the football.  Throw it away, dump it off to a RB (something JaMarcus Russell did several times last night), do WHATEVER, but don’t take that sack in the fourth quarter.  If not for God’s Hand, that was a game-costing mistake.

I applaud Orton’s toughness for starting the game, and I love his heart and quiet strength/leadership.  But maybe I’m picky, I also like my quarterback to throw well.  I’m going to be re-watching the game today, but if memory serves, he had one good throw the entire game (the deep bomb that went right through my fellow Stink Lister’s hands).  The others were either 7-yard snoozers or heart-attack-inducing ducks.

What about you Broncos Country?  Who’s on your Stink List after Week 1 – Broncos or otherwise?

  • Andpark

    I hate to be so hard on Orton but only so much can be blamed on his finger and glove. No mobility, poor vision, pulling a Cutler when he locks on to his receiver 1 making it completely obvious who he is throwing to, jittery feet, throws it slow and late…..

    Amazing game, I think we have a lot to work on but we are still very talented on Offense and just need to pull it together. I think Orton will be a problem fast. I am making the call, Brandstater. Someone else pointed out you can only say “gel” in preseason, Sanchez looked fine as a rookie.


    McD doesn’t need to save face by keeping Orton in, blame the finger and move on.

  • troyn

    The interior of the O-line definitely stunk. I wonder though, how much of that is a switch away from the zone scheme (run game only, no excuse on pass plays) Our guards and center are small and quick, made for the zone game. Our tackles could play in any system.

  • roshon2411

    I agree on both Orton and Marshall. I also would had Eddie Royal too. 2 receptions for 18 yards and a piss poor on Special teams too.

  • Steeplebomb

    Al Michaels’ toupee stinks.

    Also, found this article on Jay Cutler which I thought was interesting. Dare I question Cutler’s abilities?

  • JP

    I know we shouldnt be focused on Jay Cutler, but did you see his press conference after the Bears loss? Someone should post it on this site because if you are still salty about him leaving, this may change your mind. It is embarrassing!!

  • DC

    Watching the game again, I now realize exactly how clueless and inaccurate Orton really is. On the second to last drive Orton takes a sack on 3rd down that pushes us out of field position. F’ING RETARD!! Everyone would be calling for his demotion if it wasn’t for the miracle. I’m sick of this bum. NEXT!!

  • dr.gonzo


    Great link I read the same article a while back and the writer did call the “Collapse” of Culpepper and Mike Vick, could be be going 3 for 3?

  • Estes2SD

    Please do not compare Orton to JaMarcus Russell. Although Orton is not our second coming give the guy a break. If we would have lost that game it would not have been his fault (other than the last sack). Dropped passes and timely penalties is what hurt our offense.

  • craig


    Everyone knows you’re a Purdue homer. Drew Brees is great but Orton = fail.

  • SanDiegoBronco55

    Question- Where on the internet can I watch the game again? Anybody know? Thanks.

  • T-Money
  • AtomicLeo

    I knew Orton couldn’t throw accurately down field, but he doesn’t seem to have ‘football’ smarts. Dumb as a rock. Brandstater PLEASE!

  • Steeplebomb

    Its pretty impressive that he wrote the article a month ago during the height of Cutler mania. Sure looked prescient Sunday night. Lets be honest though: when we were on our own 12 yard line with 38 seconds left in the game and down by 5, I was missing Cutler…

    Time will tell on which team benefited more from the trade. I never really even considered that that team might be us until I read that article.

  • Steeplebomb

    wish there was an edit button. Down by ONE. don’t know where 5 came from

  • Lee in Tennessee

    “Kyle’s been in there before. He’ll be perfect in this offense as time
    goes on and he gets more comfortable with it.” John Elway on Kyle
    ‘Nuff Said? Now lay off of number 8 and Let the Man play
    Quarterback!!! All of us bleed orange and blue here anyway. So
    Let’s break up the circular firing squad and defend OUR TEAM!!!
    Go Broncos! Sniff Sniff…I smell a 2-0 Record in 5 Days!! :)

  • Kyle

    OK. I’m re-watching the game. Orton had a few good throws. Not just one.

  • Ian Henson

    Knowshon Moreno- I’m beginning to think this is the guy that’s going to make me eat crow this season. He gets hurt every three plays average now.

    Oh, and Peyton Hillis ::ducks:: he missed a catch and blew his opportunity to shine as a running back, possibly even to start (short of an injury).

  • mark

    i remember one throw orton had in the second half to scheffler. if he had hit him in stride it was very easily 6, but it was underthrown and scheff had to come back and down for it. i’m cautiously optimistic that orton will improve as he gets more comfortable in the system, but throws like that make me worry because it wasn’t a bomb and scheffler was WIDE open. some guys just have the arm and some don’t, but without a deep game it’s going to be hard to get any kind of running attack going.

  • broncoNM

    I was really confident that Orton would have the accuracy and smarts to produce in this system. I understand that it is only wk 1 but his decision making, timing, and accuracy has all been sub par. I knew he didnt have arm strength but he just does not look comfortable doing anything. So far he as been unable to look off defenders… find the open man… and hit receivers in stride. I will admit that bringing brandstater in is sounding like a better idea every week.

  • broncoNM

    Also i thought the play calling was pretty weak. It was clear that our offense was struggling. I was hoping that McD would find a way to get some favorable match ups with marshall or royal or hillis. Moreno struggled running the ball but it would have been nice to get him the ball in the flat or off a screen pass so he could scoot in the open field OR maybe try royal in the slot OR so hillis could get the ball with one on one LB coverage… something to get the offense in rythm. Our offense was out of it the entire game.

  • Jon Krause

    Hate to put him on a “stink” list, but I wanna see ALOT more from Knowshon Moreno…

  • T-Money


    Come on man. He got BLOWN up and he returned a few plays later. Not to mention that this is his first NFL game. Even baseball gives you three strikes before the call you out.

  • WhidbeyBronco

    Orton will never be a solution for us at qb. (even if our receivers could catch) PERIOD

    BTW Stop calling for Brandstater. HE WILL NOT BE READY TO START IN THE NFL THIS YEAR. period

    Knowshon… there’s a reason for the trend… that I think maybe we started (!) …don’t draft RB’s so high!!! the risk (and $$) is too high when it’s more the line that allows you to run and there are dozens of later rounders excelling throughout the league!! Maybe he works out for us… Maybe not!!

    Still love Cutler (i assure you our o-line misses him) but that press conference…. who’s his coach/mentor/agent??? Jay! Take some credit for stinking it up!!

    Josh REALLY didn’t impress me with his play calling, especially at the end of the half!!! I was screaming for his head when we ran there… A bit premature but ….I’ll be happy to choke down that crow when I have stop shooting him with my finger gun every time I see his face on tv or live.

    Davis looked really good. The Phonz looked good. Bright spots. Dawkins was on fire but looked slightly slow in coverage… (sorry to say) Our D line looked REALLY IMPROVED (YES!!!!!YES!YES!!!) but I’m also sorry to say that the over all performance of our defense would have been considerably worse (with even more time on the field…) if Cinci’s WR’s didn’t drop about as many balls as ours did!!

    All in all… It’s only the first game but stink list?

    My beloved Broncos? Still too soon to tell.

  • Andpark


    Why can’t Brandstater start ever this season? Ryan, Flacco and Sanchez this year are just off the top of my head have been at least decent NFL rookie QBs? Flacco is from Delaware. Watch the tape and tell me how he could possibly do worse?

    I think people are too harsh on Moreno, he is probably still not 100% and missed some valueable preseason games to get comfortable. Give the Rook a break for a few games.

    Josh managed the game well but could have had more dynamic play calling for sure.