Posted Sat Apr 24th by Ian Henson
There’s something going on in Denver and it’s not what you think.
Last offseason Josh McDaniels famously said that the Denver Broncos would do things on offense that had never been done before. A Brandon Marshall reception record is not necessarily what I think McDaniels was talking about though.
I think that he was putting together the puzzle, but the pieces weren’t fitting. The Broncos did the best they could with what they had in 2009; eventually the NFL figured it out and swarmed like sharks once they saw the blood dripping in the water.
Just a day removed from the first round of the NFL Draft, something’s up.
McDaniels and Brian Xanders played the first round like a violin, finesse leading to a full on barrage that ended in a beautiful concerto. And in the end Denver ended up better than it was at the beginning of the day, a replacement for Marshall and a quarterback for the future at last.
I don’t blame Denver fans that aren’t over the top for the pick of Tim Tebow, Bronco fans have been here before: Tommy Maddox was brought on to replace John Elway, Brian Griese was brought in for the same reason, Jay Cutler to replace Jake Plummer and Tom Brandstater to replace Kyle Orton.
I even see the hesitation to be excited about Demaryius ‘Bay Bay’ Thomas, the Broncos haven’t had a first round receiver come in and contribute since Ricky Nattiel in 1987 arguably. Though I think Ashley Lelie was good, he could have been great, but left the system too early and got eaten up by ego and the NFL.
Now here’s the rest of the story:
It’s not much of a secret that no one has ran for as many touchdowns in the NCAA as Tebow since Herschel Walker. He was highly criticized and many think he’s not cut out for the NFL. The choice of Tebow brought on comparison of McDaniels to Mike Shanahan and not the good kind. Maurice Clarett’s name boomed in whispered form from the backdoor of Dove Valley through the front in a matter of milliseconds.
Tebow could very well be the biggest mistake McDaniels makes as a head coach in Denver and the nail in the coffin to his career with the Broncos. One thing is undeniable though, Tebow can ball. He can fix his mechanics, his throwing motion, his pocket presence, all of them. Matter of fact he’s sworn that they will.
Yet what appealed to McDaniels about Tebow?
Tebow played in a spread offense in college, got the ball out of the shotgun formation nearly every snap and was accompanied by one if not two running backs on nearly every play…
I heard it said by an NFL Network analyst and I thought it myself, when the Broncos played the New England Patriots in Denver last season they were running just that offense. The spread.
Bay Bay a redshirted freshman at Georgia Tech debated leaving after just one season of playing time for the Yellowjackets when they switched head coaches and the new coach implemented a triple option offense. An offense that is heavy on the run and often allows for receivers to either run or pass.
Okay, now you see where I’m going.
This isn’t offense as we know it, this is revolution. Oh what the future may bring and it’s only a matter of months before we get to find out. Either way it will be quite the ride, if you weren’t up for it, why’d you pay admission?