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Published on 09/29/2011 at Thu Sep 29 08:30.
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  • http://ehalseymiles.com E. Halsey Miles

    That’s interesting about Beadles and Walton. I’ve had the sense, though, that they’re the anchor that’s dragging our O-line down, really.

    Clady is Clady. I’ve noticed he’s getting beat a lot more; but I also credit that to him trying to cover for Beadles. Franklin seems to be up and down; I’ve seen him get beat big bug I’ve seen him come up big, and the hope is that it’s lack of experience and not lack of ability.

    Our RBs aren’t that bad, though. I have to rest our weak sauce running game on Beadles + Walton (and to some extent, Clady, who is much better as a pass protector than a run blocker).

  • http://broncotalk.net Monty

    Franklin’s a rookie so I won’t make a decision about him yet either way. But I’ve never been that impressed by Beadles, and I’ve never liked Walton at all. I would have loved (and would still love) to see us get a veteran at center to tie this young group together.

  • http://broncotalk.net Monty

    Franklin’s a rookie so I won’t make a decision about him yet either way. But I’ve never been that impressed by Beadles, and I’ve never liked Walton at all. I would have loved (and would still love) to see us get a veteran at center to tie this young group together.

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    Smith, Gradishar, Davis and Atwater all deserve to get into the HOF. And I’m not just drinking Orange and Blue kool-aid, either.  All the players that played during those above mentioned players respective careers would tell you the same.

  • http://ehalseymiles.com E. Halsey Miles

    It’s tough to make the case for Rod Smith. Greatest undrafted player of all time, of that I have no doubt. Is that HoF worthy? Hall of Fame voters want the player to have defined or redefined the position they play. At Wide Receiver, it’s a pretty tough thing for Smith to be able to say he’s done that. Would he still be an HoF candidate if he were drafted in the first round? I don’t know. I love Rod Smith as a player and as a person for many reasons, but I just don’t see the voting committees voting him in.

    TD has the problem of a short career. I think he’s going to be a perennial “Just missed it” player for a few years. He *did* redefine the RB position, though, and I really think he deserves to go in. You can legitimately put him in the same sentence as Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Walter Payton.

    Atwater is going to have trouble because the HoF seems to have a thing against safeties. It’s sort of the least loved position on defense. No matter how good a player at that position is, the HoF seems to think that people play safety just aren’t as valuable as other positions.

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    Smith: (Via Jim Saccomano):

    Of all the wide receivers who have ever played pro football, Rod Smith
    is one of just two—and Jerry Rice is the only other—to have accumulated
    over 11,000 receiving yards, over 800 receptions, over 60 touchdowns,
    while also averaging 10 or more wins a year, and also winning multiple
    Super Bowls.

    Davis: (Also via Jim Saccomano):

    Terrell Davis, in his injury-reduced career, had more yards, more
    touchdowns, more championships, more 2,000-yard
    seasons (one to zero) than Gale Sayers (who is in the HOF despite only having played six seasons). Sayers in fact scored 22 touchdowns his rookie year and then averaged just six scored a season every year after that.

    Atwater:

    Was a member of the 1990′s All Decade Team, an 8-time Pro Bowl
    selection (second most in team history), 2-time First team All Pro,
    Second team All Pro, and two-time Super Bowl Champion.

  • http://ehalseymiles.com E. Halsey Miles

    Certainly multiple rings help Smith’s case. Of the 3 I think Atwater is the most likely. We’ll see. I will hope for Smith but I don’t trust the HoF committee to do it.

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    As for me, Rod Smith just really deserve it.