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Published on 11/17/2009 at Tue Nov 17 17:34.
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Kyle Orton, in D.C. to speak on Health Care.

Kyle Orton, in D.C. to speak on Health Care.

Note to the crazies: This was written on my bus ride back to NYC from Washington’s FedEx Field. I was of course engulfed by irrational thought and fully primed with $8 Coors Lights. I have since calmed down, thanks to my father, who wisely told me that these were our “growing pains”. This coming from a lifelong Browns fan who could only wish to see “growing pains”, rather than the 40 years of death rattles. It has been my experience that certain fans like to jump on fellow fans for expressing their frustrations. Now, it’s one thing to be frustrated, and another to be down right negative, don’t get me wrong, but how about, instead of putting down our already low Broncos family members, showing a little support to lift them back to their feet. Thanks Dad. That being said, here’s some downright negative thoughts. Enjoy!

There is no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in, “I don’t think were going to make the playoffs”.

I was there, in the flesh, to witness the atrocity that was Sunday’s game. So call me a fair-weather fan if you want, but I have looked the devil in the eyes and seen a Redskins victory. The same Redskins that recently hired an Offensive Coordinator that had previously been calling bingo games.

“Well Orton was hurt”, most will say.
“Be careful what you wish for”, I will say.
How ya feel now Woody?

I must admit that I haven’t been the most fervent Kyle Orton fan, but after Sunday’s 2nd half, give me more Orton. Simms looked like a 3rd string QB. Plain & simple. He couldn’t move the ball. Dirt balls.
I know, I know…
This is his first action in the regular season, he wasn’t taking many reps, Elway seems to have the same thought process about this one.
It doesn’t matter! The back up quarterback should be able to come in & execute plays. Most will blame our coaches, or our line, or our receivers, or our defense (who actually deserves most of the blame). But make no mistake, Chris Simms, Mr. 2 yr/6 million dollar man, was disappointing. He stunk.

Our special teams screwed us again. Yes. They did. Indeed. It’s as if our special teams has an alarm that goes off during each game. That alarm signifies the exact moment they are supposed to screw us over. It goes off every game, at different times. It’s the same sound that wakes you up in the morning. That same god-awful, horrifying, inconsiderate noise that interrupts your gentle slumber, only this alarm doesn’t have a snooze button.
They faked a fake folks. Called a timeout. Then really faked. Wiley rascals.
And, we weren’t prepared at all. Leaving a fullback open with nothing but green pastures in front of him does not constitute as being prepared. The numero uno, the big one, McD has always preached preparation. They even games us some time to sit and think on the fake, and we still couldn’t scheme well enough to hold strong on a 4th and forever.

Are we there yet?

But let’s not to forget to blame our defense. On no, please let’s not forget to blame them. How could I on this 4 hour bus ride back, followed by an hour subway ride, no, I will baste in my disappointment of the defense, all they way to Turkey Day I’m sure.

6:00am Sunday: Board Q train to Manhattan-35 mins
7:00am Sunday: Board BoltBus to DC- 4 hours
11:30am Sunday: Board Metro to FedEx Field- 45 mins
Repeat in reverse order. Only way more disheartened on the way back.

Because if our defense cannot last past two quarters vs. Washington, it certainly cannot last past the surging Chargers next week with the division lead on the line. That BYE screwed with our heads. The first 6 games of the season we were making some miraculous halftime adjustments. I’m not sure if it’s the grueling practices McDaniels put this team through, or the age of the defense showing up, but the second half of the season has brought major problems in the second half’s of these games. Once more, our defense held solid ground for the first half and then allowed Ladell Betts to “run wild”.

Look, there he goes, "running wild" down the field!

Look, there he goes, "running wild" down the field!

Run Wild-the term my supposed friend Jeff used in conversation with me before the game describing the type of play his new castoff Fantasy team running back would need.
I, being the vengeful person I am, called him at halftime to give an “update” that Betts had rushed for 23 yards. Screw your fantasy team, my reality team is winning this game and moving to 7-3.

Then we kicked off to start the third. Betts then ran wild.

My friend is a jerk.

  • I don’t plan on talking to him for the next week. I wish a plague upon his family.
  • I deleted 3 voicemails from other acquaintances; acquaintances, that I was sure were calling to damper my already awful trip to the capital. Any of those calls could have been emergencies, but not likely, not on the same day as a Broncos loss, they were calling to rub it in, I think. I still haven’t heard back from J.D., I hope he’s alive.
  • Mr. I got the spins on the bus goes to Washington.

  • ESPN will be banned in my apartment for days. My roommate (a Bengals fan) can bask in all his glory handed down by way of Mother Ship while I’m at work.
  • MSM brought the Broncs back down to earth after last week’s game. I wasn’t ready to come back down (Remember that song Come Down by Bush, man that song was good. Sixteen Stone, that album was good). But, now I am. I fell fast today.
    Talking to multiple Broncos fans (many were at old RFK), I got the impression that most were happy with 6-3. I can’t say that I am.
    “We weren’t picked to win more than some depressing number games, at the beginning of the season, if someone would have asked you…”
    Blah blah yeah yeah who cares.
    Correct, my pre-season expectations were average. Pre-season.
    But my mid season expectations were high. When we beat NE, I believed. I patiently waited. And we beat NE, we were a good team.
    Then the BYE happened.
    If you can seriously tell me that you would be happy with a possible 8-8 season or a probable 9-7 season, then more power to you, but I BELIEVED in a 6-0 Broncos team. A 6-0, at the BYE, Broncos team that would take the division, and prove something in the playoffs. Superbowl? Well that may be a little much, but a team I believed would fight. I guess I got suckered. I was fooled into following a division-leading team.
    Probably my harshest moment in this piece, it happen to come right as the women next to me was blasting GLEE through her computer speakers, so forgive me if I was blatantly angry.

    I’ll tell you what, for all crap we got for being Broncos fans at the game, all the smack that was talked, nothing hurt worse than the OVERRATED chant. It rang out like from the other side of the stadium, first faint, but growing fiercely loud. It took me a moment to realize what was being said, it then took me another moment to realize what was being said was true. A moment I wish I could take back.

    I just woke up with visible slobber dripping down my face onto my Eddie jersey. We are in the Holland Tunnel and close to our destination, so I’ll wrap this up. It’s been a tough day, a trip to, most likely, the only Broncos game I’ll get to this season was filled with so much promise. The promise of holding true to my number one mantra about this Broncos team: we only lose to good teams.
    That is now not the case.
    We have lost to a bad team, and in turn, become a bad team ourselves.

    note: Like I said, I was on little sleep and running on fumes when I penned most of this. I’ve since recovered and am ready to kick some Chargers bootay! After all, it’s only growing pains!

    • broncoinva9986

      You think you had it bad try living in Virginia where skins fans are a dime a dozen..The only positive note is I work with steelers fans and they lost too..I don't know what to think anymore but I am STILL GONNA ROCK MY ORANGE AND BLUE

    • JordanKennethKamp

      Yes sir, you gotta rep those colors, just as I will be Thanksgiving week here in the Big Apple.

    • Shawn-o

      I never really understand when everyone goes in to panic mode after a couple of losses. No one expected us to be this well off coming into the second half of the season, so we should still be happy. Granted, three losses in a row hurts, but Baltimore needed that win more than we did, and Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh. Really the reason we lost this game in the second half is because the offense couldn't move the ball, and the defense was on the field WAY too much. I don't care how old you are, if you're on the field that long, you're going to get wore down.

      Stop panicking Broncos fans! This is why we can't win a damn Superbowl, the entire town is manic. Stick with the team, and positive things will happen. We beat SD once, we can beat them again.

    • Joe

      And there is an I in “I think we should draft Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy!” Anyone else agree? Ya I bet everyone does. McCoy is 42-7 as a starter, and we all know Tebow takes him team to the promise land….

    • CompUser

      It's like someone else said on another forum today. Sorry, I can't remember who it was, so I can't give the proper credt, but he said the Broncos, Nuggets, and Avalanche all started their seasons 6-3. The Nuggest and Avalanche both won their game 10. Now it's the Broncos turn to win their game 10. Throw that ball in your sleep, Simms, just in case. Go Broncos!

    • broncoinva9986

      I personally believe we will be okay even if we lose sunday…But I still feel that Sunday is a must win regardless… I believe Kyle Orton will play and will do all right…the defense will be okay if the offense can move the ball…Chris Simms on the other hand is a lost cause…I pray that I am Dead wrong though if Orton can't go….

    • http://manchester-architects.com T-Money

      If we can keep Phillip Rivers on the sidelines….We will win.

    • mark

      broncoinva, i live in va as well, and it has been an embarrassing week. all these redskins fans have had nothing to cheer for all season, then our team comes to town and gives them a reason to talk trash. and its not like i can even come back with “you got lucky.” we got embarrassed.

      however, it is now chargers week and if anything can make me forget a bad loss, it is the thought of elvis dumervil planting philip rivers on his ass on sunday. so lets get past this week, and get hyped for the chargers.

    • mark

      broncoinva, i live in va as well, and it has been an embarrassing week. all these redskins fans have had nothing to cheer for all season, then our team comes to town and gives them a reason to talk trash. and its not like i can even come back with “you got lucky.” we got embarrassed.

      however, it is now chargers week and if anything can make me forget a bad loss, it is the thought of elvis dumervil planting philip rivers on his ass on sunday. so lets get past this week, and get hyped for the chargers.

    • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

      McCoy yes, Tebow no. The problem is we would have to bet the farm to draft McCoy. Maybe Sam Bradford falls in the draft with his injury history???

    • Joe

      Well we have Chicago's first round draft pick and I took a look at their schedule, and I dont see them winning more than six games. They still have Min twice, Bal, GB, etc. The only win they will have now will be against the lions. With that said, we would be picking within the top ten. The other teams that will be picking than would be STL, who needs a quarterback, and Seattle who also needs a quarterback. So in my mind, if Seattle wins more than six games, we pick before them, and we take a quarterback.
      I would love to have either Tebow or McCoy as our quarterbacks. Than we would be a serious threat.

    • Joe2

      If you want to draft another rookie than you realize that rookie is going to set for at least 1 year before he gets to play. Rookies don't play well their first year in the league. Matt Ryan is the extreme exception so don't bother trying to use him. Statistical data backs up that a qb should sit for at least 1 year before playing. McDaniels obviously believes this as he has Brandstater 3rd on the depth chart after his experience with Tom Brady sitting for 1 year and Cassel sitting for 2 or 3.

    • Joe2

      If you want to draft another rookie than you realize that rookie is going to set for at least 1 year before he gets to play. Rookies don't play well their first year in the league. Matt Ryan is the extreme exception so don't bother trying to use him. Statistical data backs up that a qb should sit for at least 1 year before playing. McDaniels obviously believes this as he has Brandstater 3rd on the depth chart after his experience with Tom Brady sitting for 1 year and Cassel sitting for 2 or 3.

      Plus common man Tebow??? Are you kidding me??? Dude do you understand how much different the pro game is than college? Tebow has no chance of playing well in the NFL for at least his first 3 seasons MINIMUM. His accuracy is terrible. His ability to read defenses is terrible. His mechanics are terrible.

      Look, I like Tebow as much as anyone. He is a fierce competitor. A leader. He simply has no skills that translate to a good NFL qb. Because of his work ethic he might get there some day. That day is a long way off though.

      Besides, there are very few 1st round pick qb's that EVER pan. The majority of starters in the NFL are not 1st round picks. Let's just name a few semi-recent ones for fun

      Heath Shuler
      Ryan Leaf
      Chris Weinke
      Akili Smith
      Tim Couch
      Cade Mcnown
      Dave Brown
      Jim Druckenmiller
      Rick Mirer
      Andre Ware
      David Klinger
      Todd Maranovich
      Dan McGwire
      Jeff George
      Patrick Ramsey
      Kyle Boller
      Alex Smith
      Michael Vick
      Vince Young

    • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

      I still think Tebow can be an NFL quarterback, in the form of Big Ben. But he does need some serious refinement before ever seeing the field.

    • herc_rock

      Tebow?!? People want Tebow?

      Tebow is Bradlee Van Pelt with a shitty arm. Shittier arm, I mean.

    • Joe

      Okay so what would you say about signing Orton for one more year and than drafting Colt Mccoy and having him sit for a year and than take over?
      Or do you not see McCoy being a good NFL quarterback either?
      Ill take him of Orton, Simms, or Brandstater any day….