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Bronco Rob
06-05-2009, 03:36 PM
• Quarterback: New head coach Josh McDaniels could put the Jay Cutler debacle behind him more quickly if he gets Matt Cassel-like success — as he did with the New England Patriots last season as offensive coordinator — from his quarterback. Kyle Orton looks to be the favorite to earn the starting job, but Chris Simms could make it a battle. More likely, Simms and sixth-round draft pick Tom Brandstater will compete for the backup position.


• Running back: After losing a succession of tailbacks to injury last season, the Broncos have amassed insurance and options with first-round draft pick Knowshon Moreno and free agent signees Correll Buckhalter and LaMont Jordan joining holdovers Peyton Hillis and Ryan Torain. Moreno figures to be the star of the group.


• Wide receiver: If Brandon Marshall recovers fully from hip surgery and doesn't get suspended for repeated off-field troubles, he and Eddie Royal will give the Broncos an enviable one-two punch in the passing game. Brandon Stokley, Jabar Gaffney and rookie Kenny McKinley round out the corps.


• Tight end: Denver traded up in the draft to get Richard Quinn, putting the future of Tony Scheffler, rumored to be on the trading block, in even more doubt. Quinn and veteran Daniel Graham are blocking tight ends that fit into the New England-style offense McDaniels brought with him.


• Offensive line: The Broncos had one of the league's best offensive fronts last year in protection and production, and all five starters return. Left tackle Ryan Clady is a budding star and headlines a group that allowed a league-low 12 sacks in 2008.


• Defensive line: With new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan installing a 3-4 scheme, the defensive front is undergoing a major renovation. Rookie Robert Ayers could swing between end and outside linebacker. Free agent signee Ronald Fields will get a look at nose tackle, but no starter is certain.


• Linebacker: D.J. Williams, coming off shoulder and knee injuries, and free agent acquisition Andra Davis are projected to start inside. On the outside, competition is open, with some of the Broncos' former defensive linemen, such as Elvis Dumervil and Jarvis Moss, looking to make the conversion. Ayers remains a wild card.


• Secondary: The Broncos made major upgrades to this unit through free agency and the draft. Veteran Champ Bailey is joined by new corners Andre Goodman and rookie Alphonso Smith. Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill form the new safety tandem. McDaniels hopes the experienced secondary can be an effective backstop for the evolving defensive front.


• Special teams: Kicker Matt Prater needs to rediscover the consistency he had in the first half last season. McDaniels will be counting on rookies to help improve kick returns and coverage. Royal is the primary returner.


• Coaching staff: McDaniels, under pressure as a first-year head coach succeeding Mike Shanahan — who earned the nickname "The Mastermind" during his 14 years as Broncos boss — will be on an even hotter seat for sending a Pro Bowl quarterback packing. Nolan, the fourth defensive coordinator for the Broncos in four years, also has a big challenge in overhauling a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in almost every category.


• Outlook: The Broncos need to reverse the spiral that saw them lose a three-game division lead with three games left in 2008. Whether they have the manpower and talent to do so remains to be seen. The relative weakness of their division, where the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs figure to struggle, could help.






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Punisher
06-05-2009, 03:46 PM
The Broncos will win the Division this year!

outdoor_miner
06-05-2009, 03:53 PM
This is the exact same article as the other one you posted... They just re-arranged the wording and took out some quotes. I hope you didn't pay for that. ;)

FireFly
06-05-2009, 10:47 PM
Tight end: Denver traded up in the draft to get Richard Quinn, putting the future of Tony Scheffler, rumored to be on the trading block, in even more doubt. Quinn and veteran Daniel Graham are blocking tight ends that fit into the New England-style offense McDaniels brought with him.



I don't really follow the logic here. Quinn and Scheffler have completely different roles. Now I'm not saying that Scheffler is going to retire a bronco, but I don't think his moving teams is going to have anything to do with our drafting of Quinn.

BroncoBuff
06-05-2009, 11:15 PM
That was a very good capsule.