Posted Tue Nov 9th by Ian Henson
We’re three days into the week long column designed specifically to wet your dried up tongues for a battle against the best in the AFC West Kansas City Chiefs.
We’ve got some incredible fan contribution on the two posted articles, so please keep it coming and I’ll get the guys that I am recruiting to write here to respond in the comments section.
Today’s scenario as a new general manager:
On the defensive side of things the Broncos have been decimated. We’ve tried 3-4, we’ve tried 4-3 we don’t have the personnel at this point for either. Is it bend but don’t break, is it full on onslaught or at this point or let’s just do the best we can with what we’ve got?
I’ve been batting cleanup on all of these articles so I am going to send myself out to the sharks first on this one. What embarrassing thing can I say about myself here? Hmm… I once bet BroncoTalk’s Kyle Montgomery that if the Broncos traded away Jay Cutler I would name my dog Bailey (after Champ Bailey). Bailey is a great dane puppy, she’s blue, with an orange collar. Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Ian Henson.
The best offense is a good defense, I have said before that the best defense is a good offense, but the Denver Broncos have made me realize this season that the best defense is a good special teams. In games when the Broncos have been able to do something prolific on special teams they’ve at least been able to hold their own. I see why Josh McDaniels has such a gigantic emphasis on this area. Special teams (well, lack there of) is what makes the San Diego Chargers capable of losing to absolutely anyone in the NFL this season.
There are more than a few times this season when Broncos fans have witnessed this exact thing; special teams, it’s the reason teams win.
Onto the defense, I am assuming that Denver will stick with the 3-4, though a 4-3 with Ronald Fields and Jamal Williams seems pretty difficult to defend to me. Blitzing, and I am not talking about five players coming at the quarterback, I am talking all out blitzkrieg 1943 Germany over London decimating type defense. That’s the only way Denver’s going to be able to operate towards anything this season. Put trust in Champ Bailey, put trust in Andre Goodman, Perrish Cox can hold his own against any third tier receiver in the league… Brian Dawkins and Ronaldo Hill will have to be held up to what is expected of them. Yes, mistakes will be made, but I’d rather have the mistakes coming 2:1 on the offensive side of the ball.
J. Kenneth K. who rides his bike from Brooklyn to Manhattan for the Denver games so that he can stay sober enough to not drain his pain in alcohol from the sorry Broncos performances this season is next up.
I attempted a paragraph of explanation to answer this question and ended with a sentence that sums it all up. The defensive line still needs major work. For how many seasons must we lament over this?
Now, Bryan Douglass who is the only person I have ever met with a narcoleptic dog… Yes, I said it, a dog that sleep walks and then passes out for no reason what-so-ever. Watch the clip you will not be sorry.
MY OPINION: At this point, it should be about evaluation and analysis. It should be about leaving this horrific experience with something in your pocket for tomorrow. It should be about experimentation, about testing the waters and about the desire to learn what works and what doesn’t and then reacting to that (now and in the off-season).
THE TRUTH: With an objective view… it kind of has to be about, “Let’s do the best we can with what we’ve got,” right?
That’s it for Tuesday, we should have a new round table for you every day through the week as the Broncos prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs. We also encourage your participation, what would you do if given the keys to the team?