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Steve Atwater and the Art of the Jersey

February 7th, 2020

The year was 1996 and my first as a Denver Broncos season ticket holder.  The seats were located in the south stands at the old Mile High Stadium, where thousands of us sandwiched ourselves on the cold, uncomfortable benches of yesteryear.  The south stands lacked arm rests, seat backs, cup holders, and the appropriate amount of restrooms, but the seats were a mere $20 a piece and with little-to-no need for security at that time, we could bring in as much blankets, beer, and food as we wanted.  Life was good, as was the team. The first order of operations was to purchase a jersey to wear proudly... Read More

Tom Brady to Denver – It Could Happen

January 10th, 2020

When it was announced that Tom Brady would become an unrestricted free-agent on March 18th, you could hear the collective giggles. After all, we’ve seen this show before. Brady will use his free-agent leverage to make sure the roster is set with Super Bowl talent, the offensive coordinator is to his liking, and then he’ll sign the contract and get back to work. At 41 years-of-age, is Brady looking to guarantee his final contract so he can play until he’s 45? Maybe.  After years of giving New England a hometown discount, is Brady finally asking to be rewarded with the highest salary in the... Read More

Drew Lock: Is He Great, or Just Okay?

December 28th, 2019

I have the same argument with my buddies every Sunday when it comes to the NFL and assessing the recipe for success: I believe you need a borderline Hall of Fame type quarterback to win it all in today’s game, and anything less is simply a path towards mediocracy. But what does that have to do with Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos? I argue time and again that thirteen of the last fifteen Super Bowls were won by Hall of Fame members, or soon-to-be member quarterbacks, but they insist on bringing up the two outliers in Nick Foles and Joe Flacco. I reiterate the fact that twenty-three of the last... Read More

The Broncos Organization – Who Are They?

December 20th, 2019

Historically speaking, it was always easy to look at the Denver Broncos and describe who they were as an organization. As the perennial Super Bowl contenders, they had Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks, tenacious defenses, veteran leadership, and great minds and stability in coaching and the front office. A successful franchise that embraced its blue-collared fans, and in return, the people bled orange in support of their team. That label and those attributes are now saved for others more deserving. The New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees, Sean Payton, and that Mardi Gras that occurs on Sundays. The Green... Read More

Blow it for Burrow—Tank for Tua—Hurl for Herbert

November 15th, 2019

In a battle against the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago, the Denver Broncos (3-6) won the game but lost ground in the race to secure a top pick in next year’s NFL Draft.  But with a rookie quarterback and facing a difficult remaining schedule, look for Denver to battle it out with the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and others at the bottom of the league for the potential top prize. Whether Denver goes winless the rest of the season and manages to secure the top pick or wins a game or two and finishes with a top-ten selection, here is how Denver’s draft will go, no matter where they land. First... Read More

Elway’s Broncos – Three Years from Now

November 1st, 2019

It’s hard to predict the future, but after losing to the Indianapolis Colts and losing quarterback Joe Flacco to injury, the 2-6 Denver Broncos appear to be in familiar territory: a sputtering offense, questions at quarterback, a coaching staff without answers, and another season of disappointment.  General manager John Elway still insists that the team is built for winning now and is not interested in a rebuild. That’s always nice to hear, but with four straight losing seasons and not much of a game plan, the bigger question is what Denver will look like three years from now when Elway’s... Read More

Elway QB Disasters – From Worse to Worst

October 25th, 2019

General Manager John Elway has tried everything to find an answer at the quarterback position, with laughable results.  In honor of the man who wore number seven on his jersey, we count down the seven worst (and sadly, only) choices that Elway has made to fill the position since Peyton Manning retired. 7)  Chad Kelly – It’s difficult to fault Elway for selecting Kelly with the last pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.  The nephew of legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly, Chad was a low-risk, high-reward selection that showed good arm strength, size, and athleticism that Elway was willing... Read More

We Can’t Fire John Elway – But Here’s Ten Things We Could Do

October 11th, 2019

With two Super Bowl rings as a starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos and one more as a General Manager, it seems that no one has the desire or the cajones to fire John Elway. It’s understandable. The man is a walking legend, a Hall-of-Famer, the face of the franchise, and the greatest quarterback in Bronco history.  The Drive.  The helicopter. This one’s for John! But let’s be honest.  Since winning the Super Bowl in 2015, our legend has been less than legendary.  Since that time, Denver has gone 21-32 with no playoff appearances, is off to a 1-4 start this season, and as currently... Read More

Bronco Nation – Why So Negative?

September 27th, 2019

The frustration is mounting in Bronco Country as Denver is off to its worst start in twenty years. Last Sunday’s 27-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers has the team winless after three games and losers of seven-in-a-row if you go back to last season. Admittedly, the team was not prepared in week one against the Silver and Black. Week two was more of a fluke loss as the Chicago Bears needed a bad call from a referee, a fourth-down conversion, and a 53-yard field goal—all in the last 30 seconds of play—to pull out the victory.  As for Green Bay, Denver has never won at Lambeau Field. So, instead... Read More

Denver Broncos – Bulletin Board Material

September 20th, 2019

After an 0-2 start, the last thing the Denver Broncos probably need is more ridicule and criticism. Afterall, the defense has looked solid, Joe Flacco is throwing the ball well, and if it wasn’t for a bad roughing-the-quarterback call last Sunday, Denver would be just a game out of first. But consider this early season bulletin board material—and a wakeup call—because if the losses continue to pile up, the press will continue to pile on. Here are the early season victims. Phillip Lindsay – My nickname for Lindsay is Macarena. After rushing for over 1,000 yards and making the Pro Bowl in... Read More

Empower Field at Mile High? – 20 Better Suggestions

September 13th, 2019

Just recently, the Denver Broncos announced the new name for their football stadium.  From here on out, the stadium which was once deemed Sports Authority Field by many, and Mile High by most, will now be called Empower Field at Mile High, after a Financial Services company from Greenwood Village wrote a big check for the naming rights. Naming Rights for a stadium in Colorado isn’t as easy as people think.  What comes to mind when you think of Colorado?  What players or ownership deserve recognition?  Who will pay big money?  And what do the fans really want? I came up with twenty suggestions... Read More

Predicting the Broncos – And You Probably Won’t Like It

September 6th, 2019

Week One @ The Raiders The Broncos supposedly fixed their quarterback, secondary, and coaching situations, but if Vic Fangio can’t get an opening season win against Oakland, it’s going to be a long year.  The young Raiders make too many young mistakes.  Broncos win 13-10. RECORD 1-0 Week Two vs The Bears The Bears have the best defense in the league and will make life impossible for Joe Flacco and our questionable offensive line.  So even if our defense is up for the challenge, we simply don’t have enough to put points on the board.  Bears win 14-3. RECORD 1-1 Week Three @ The Packers Aaron... Read More

How to Win the Office Pool – Fantasy Football 2019

August 30th, 2019

If you followed my advice last season, undoubtedly it was a stellar year. It was close to perfection as my quarterback threw for miles, the tight end lit up the scoreboard, and no-names like the Chicago Bears Tarik Cohen and the Green Bay Packers Aaron Jones surprised all. The 2018 squad predictably survived a 2-2 start as they waited for Julian Edelman to come off a four-game suspension for steroids, selected a Zach Ertz early in the draft to pay dividends, and told you that Cooper Kupp would be something special. If you took my advice, you jogged to the Championship Game along with me. It hurt... Read More

Five Broncos That Need to Stay Healthy

August 23rd, 2019

After watching last Monday’s preseason game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers, three things became quite apparent: our starting defense looks pretty good, our starting offense needs a little work, and the team lacks some serious depth. Preseason football is basically meaningless, as most coaches only play their starting units for a handful of series, fearful of injuries that could derail the regular season. Which got me to thinking as the 49ers steamrolled through Denver’s backups in the second half.  Who can the Broncos least afford to get injured this season? Joe Flacco... Read More

Broncos vs Raiders: It Could Be All We Need to See

August 9th, 2019

After a 6-10 season, the Denver Broncos and John Elway knew they had to make some changes. The team said goodbye to Case Keenum, the coaching staff, Bradley Roby, Matt Paradis, and others. In came an entire new coaching staff, a high-priced secondary, and a Super Bowl winning quarterback in Joe Flacco. The question is whether all the movement will lead to victories, or do the Broncos revert to the same team (with another new quarterback) that has gone 20-28 since winning the Super Bowl back in 2015? Generally, one game does not a season make. But in this case, with an opening-season matchup against... Read More

Broncos New Look – I’m Not Drinking the Kool-Aid

June 4th, 2019

As a fan I spent many seasons in the South Stands cheering on the Denver Broncos.  Donning a tattered Steve Atwater and holding a local microbrew, I bled orange and blue.  Through the good years with John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Von Miller.  And the bad of Josh McDaniels, Rahim Moore, and Paxton Lynch. Throughout it all, I trusted the Broncos. My cup was half full, filled with the positive expectations of seasons to come. But I don’t see it.  I would love to believe that the issues of the last few seasons were primarily coaching and quarterback play, but that seems too simple.  That our... Read More

Ten Big Reasons Why We Whiffed on Drew Lock

May 7th, 2019

Let’s start with two undeniable facts: the Broncos are in dire need of a quarterback for the future, and I personally have nothing against Drew Lock.  That being said,  John Elway’s selection of the Missouri quarterback in the second round, with the 42nd overall pick, was awful on so many levels.  Or ten levels to be more precise. NOT EVERY DRAFT IS A GREAT ONE FOR QBs – The only two quarterbacks taken in the first round back in 2007 were JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn. EJ Manual was the lone QB selected in 2013, and the headliners of the 2014 draft were Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. ... Read More

Mock Draft – Broncos Look Linebacker

March 12th, 2019

With the NFL Combine in the books, the Denver Broncos and the rest of the league will wait to see what happens in free agency before putting together their draft boards.  It looks as if Joe Flacco will be a Bronco, Case Keenum a Redskin, Nick Foles a Jaguar, and Kyler Murray is rumored to join Kliff Kingsbury as the first pick in Arizona. But I don’t see it that way.  Here’s my mock draft 1.0. Oakland Raiders (via trade with Arizona) – Nick Bosa (Edge/Ohio State). The Cardinals were bluffing about their intention of drafting Kyler Murray after trading up to select quarterback Josh Rosen... Read More

Reading the Tea Leaves

February 19th, 2019

Bronco Nation scratched their collaborative heads last week when it was reported that Denver had acquired quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a middle-round draft pick.  The signing of the 34-year-old, former Super Bowl MVP undoubtedly means the end of the Case Keenum experiment, but what does it say about the direction of the franchise? With playoff victories and veteran experience, Flacco looks to bring the leadership and maturity that the Broncos haven’t had since Peyton Manning.  But the reality is Flacco was benched in Baltimore for rookie Lamar Jackson, has... Read More

4 Former NFL Players Announce Investing in Cannabis

February 16th, 2019

Athletes having been taking advantage of the natural healing properties of cannabis behind the sports scene for a very long time. With some sort of cannabis legalization being passed in over half of the United States, it’s no wonder athletes are starting to invest in the cannabis business. Several have saved money from time spent playing in the NFL, and they’re looking to prolong their retirement with wise investments. We’re currently in the Green Rush, and several former NFL players have announced they’re getting involved in the industry. Joe Montana Joe Montana, a Hall of Fame quarterback... Read More