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Published on 11/23/2009 at Mon Nov 23 13:21.
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Denver Broncos' Brandon Marshall (15) walks along the sideline during the closing minutes of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in Denver. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 32-3. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Denver Broncos' Brandon Marshall (15) walks along the sideline during the closing minutes of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in Denver. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 32-3. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Chargers 32, Broncos 3. We all agree that it sure would be nice to give out a Game Ball award again. Let the record show that Sunday was a stinkfest all around. Even the studs stank a little bit. Caveats abound.

Mike NolanDud: Mike Nolan
As I outlined earlier, the defense’s inability to get after Philip Rivers was largely the difference between 2009’s two Chargers-Broncos romps. In the second half, the decision not to blitz really couldn’t be helped, but at the start of the game, the Broncos’ D played frustratingly conservative football. The Chargers scored on all three drives, and the Broncos couldn’t respond. If Mike Nolan had shown the type of aggressiveness he did in Week 6 from the first quarter forward, the Broncos could very well be 7-3 right now. – Kyle

Champ BaileyStud: Champ Bailey
Champ has had a rough stretch of weeks, on and off the field, but he played extremely well. Vincent Jackson has quietly become one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL this season, and #24 came as close as one can to shutting down San Diego’s star. VJack finished with 56 yards receiving and no touchdowns. Not only did Mr. Bailey perform as a shutdown corner all day he had armfuls of great backfield tackles. One of the bright spots on a pretty blah Bronco outing. – Josh Temple

Knowshon MorenoDud: Knowshon Moreno
By all accounts, Moreno was a Stud yesterday. He rushed for 80 yards on eight carries (a whopping 10.0 average) and had a few exceptional blocks in pass protection. But his fumble at the one-yard line was so devastating to the team that it’s impossible not to list him as a Dud. Red zone mistakes cost this team dearly, and Moreno’s fourth lost fumble of the season was the costliest of all. – Kyle

Darcel McBathStud: Darcel McBath
Yes, Darcel McBath. It is a daunting task to fill the shoes of Brian Dawkins, particularly as a rookie. McBath played very admirably for what was basically a start. I was very impressed with his awareness and help in run support for the most part. Although the defense had a lackluster performance McBath provided depth and showed a lot of potential. – Mr. East

Drunk: E. Halsey Miles
I am drowning my sorrows on six…no seven bottles of wine (shared) and am unable to provide a coherent answer at this time except to say that losing a home game to the chargers sucks slightly less than dental surgery. On the plus side a woman wearing a 3 year odls pants is much funnir than it has any right to be. Any tupos in this message have more to do with the iPhone than drinking, I promise.

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  • Josh Temple

    Holy hell that picture of Mike Nolan is creepy.

  • E. Halsey Miles

    Seriously, the wine last night helped make up for a game that was just as demoralizing as the final Denver-San Diego game last year!

  • chiefhatersincebirth

    McBath is a stud. I watched him in college and the kid is a player. Bruton is also looking good on special teams in my opinion. I am also frustrated by the fact that Nolan has gone away from the aggressive style of play we saw earlier in year. Especially with a quarterback like Rivers who hates to get out of the pocket and really looks like an uncoordinated girl when trying to throw on the run. In terms of scheme a couple people mentioned the three four where the outside backers were covering recievers. This is crazy and unfair to those guys. When an offense is in a four wide set you should at least have five dbs on field.

  • MrEast


  • robtink242

    Double AMEN

  • Roy88

    What really pissed me off about yesterday was the amount of players that quit. Playing undiciplined on D (not minding their gaps), and getting torn apart on the offense are both evidence of this. What really stuck in my craw though was the ring-leader of the quitters- Chris Simms. After a piss-pour outing, and benching, Simms isn't even routing for his teammates. The camera shows him smiling and chatting on the bench like his team has a 50 point lead with 30 seconds remaining in the game. Unacceptable.

    I loved seeing Marshall and Moreno mixing it up on the sideline, however. It showed they have passion and were disgusted (as they should be) with the teams play. I wish more of our players were that emotionally invested in our team.

  • broncosfanman69

    What ever happened to the aggressive style on D that got us to 6-0? Even last week we weren't blitzing and playing a lot of zone against Jason Campbell? Why weren't we in man to man and blitzing such an inaccurate qb? Think about it, we have Champ, Goodman, Hill, B-Dawk, and now Ty Law and we were in zone??? With Rivers you have to blitz to provide pressure and play man to man at least a little more than zone or he'll tear you apart. Some of us watchin can see a little more of whats going on than the coaches in the booth. Wake up and do the things that got you the 6 wins so it won't be so frustrating to watch and let's get back in this thing!!! GO BRONCOS!!!

  • Seahorse

    In my humble opinion, Andre Goodman deserves a seat at the Duds table. Sure, some of the passes thrown his way were the result of a lack of pressure on Rivers. However, from my perspective he responded to the target on his back with lazy play, poor tackling and giving receivers more space for catching. At least when champ was burned, champ made the tackle.