09-19-2008, 05:55 PM
09-19-2008, 07:03 PM
Dragondawg, I love the fact that you are usually the first to post articles.
But honestly man, link and copy and paste for my laziness :)
09-19-2008, 07:09 PM
*sigh: Comments to posted articles are the worst thing to happen to the internet since Al Gore invented it.
09-19-2008, 07:20 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Champ Bailey had no answer.
Bailey, one of the best cornerbacks of this pass-friendly era, tried and tried. Finally, the shutdown cornerback shook his head and decided he was pleased it is not his problem to figure a way to stop the Denver Broncos' passing game.
Byron Hetzler/US Presswire
Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler is leading one of the best Denver offenses in years.
"I'm glad I don't have to be in charge of stopping our offense," Bailey said. "I don't know how you do it. I really don't. The sky is the limit with that group. The options are amazing."
Two games into the 2008 season and there is no offense in the NFL that has been as dangerous, as impressive or as productive as the Denver Broncos' offense. The Broncos, who play host to New Orleans on Sunday, have scored 80 points in two games and are almost scoring at will (Maybe that's why Denver coach Mike Shanahan went for two points to beat San Diego last Sunday). Denver is one of the early surprises of the league, and its high-flying aerial show is the story of the 2-0 Broncos. With Tom Brady hurt in New England, the Colts showing some age and the Bengals imploding, this pass-catch group in Denver may become the best offensive story of the AFC.
In his 14th season in Denver, Shanahan has as much aerial firepower as the early days of his tenure, which was, of course, highlighted by Super Bowl championships in the 1997 and '98 seasons. As silly as it sounds, this Broncos passing attack has a chance to remind fans of John Elway's final days in Denver as he chucked the ball to a young Rod Smith, a reliable Ed McCaffrey and the premier receiving tight end of his time, Shannon Sharpe. Shanahan knows he is onto something.
"We have a chance to be as good as anybody," Shanahan said. "We have a chance to be the best in the league."
Entering his second full season as Denver's starting quarterback, Jay Cutler looks as if he is ready to become an elite player in the NFL. Cutler has shown no signs of trouble dealing with his recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetes on the field. He has thrown for 650 yards and six touchdowns.
Cutler is darting the ball all over the field, and he has plenty of options. His top option is receiver Brandon Marshall, whose goal of 140 receptions looks reasonable. Marshall, who didn't play in Denver's 41-14 whipping of Oakland in the season opener because of an NFL suspension, caught 18 passes in Denver's 39-38 win over San Diego on Sunday. It was tied for the second most receptions in a game in NFL history.
Even though he has played only one game, Marshall is the leading NFL receiver by three catches. He leads breakout Broncos rookie Eddie Royal by four catches. His 55 receptions in his past five games is the most by any receiver in the NFL during a five-game stretch. Royal, who embarrassed Raiders Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall by catching nine passes in the season opener, caught Cutler's final two passes good for eight points (the game-winning touchdown and ensuing two-point conversion) and a shocking win over San Diego.
In Marshall and Royal, Denver has potentially one of the toughest receiving crews in the league. Cutler, who has one of the fastest, tightest passes in the NFL, can also go to reliable No. 3 receiver Brandon Stokley and pass-catching tight end Tony Scheffler, who like Cutler and Marshall was drafted in 2006. Cutler is clearly comfortable with his options.
"Yeah it makes it easy. My job is getting easier week by week with these guys," Cutler said. "With Brandon (Marshall) back and the way that Eddie (Royal) is playing and Tony (Scheffler) and Daniel Graham. We have (Brandon) Stokley coming in there on third downs, the line is playing well and the backs are protecting and getting out when I need them. It is fun."
It has been fun to watch. Under Shanahan and passing coordinator Jeremy Bates, who at 32 may be one of the next hot head-coaching candidates in the league, the Broncos are brutal to defend against. The offense features several alignments and routes. On every play, someone is open.
Whether it's Marshall breaking open 18 times, Royal successfully running the same play on back-to-back scores against San Diego, Stokley making another third-down conversion or Scheffler breaking loose near the end zone, the Denver passing offense is exploding. Remember, it has faced two of the better cornerback tandems -- Oakland and San Diego -- in the AFC. And still, the Denver passing offense has dominated.
"Our guys are amazing," Bailey said. "I really don't know how they will be stopped."
09-19-2008, 07:24 PM
I clicked the link Sass.
See ya Sunday (though, my wife wont attend, I will be there with Alex and his wife cuz he's my homeboy and hooked me up)