View Full Version : Time to hop on the Broncosí bandwagon?

09-28-2009, 05:43 PM
Theyíre winning with defense, Orton and a run game. Matt Bowen

After the offseason the Denver Broncos had ó including their training camp saga with WR Brandon Marshall ó could anyone have predicted that this team would be sitting alone atop the AFC West at 3-0?

Broncos fans? I would hope so, but for the rest of the experts, fans and avid followers of the NFL, a 3-0 start was the last thing we expected from coach Josh McDaniels and his team.

But thatís where weíre at today, and now Iím wondering if itís time to jump on this Broncos bandwagon ó because I see this team going places.

How are they doing it? Letís take a look at the Broncos after three weeks.


Without a doubt, the Broncosí defense was the biggest question mark heading into September. They lacked playmakers, they couldnít get to the quarterback, and McDanielsí offense would have to outscore teams to win.

Not so fast, folks. The Broncos rank first in points allowed (5.3) and total yards allowed per game (214.7). Add in the fact that the front seven is giving up just over 78 yards per game on the ground, and maybe itís defensive coordinator Mike Nolan who should be getting some more publicity.

This unit has given up 11 third down conversions out of 39 attempts and has 10 sacks in its first three games. In the back end, Brian Dawkins is playing solid football, Champ Bailey is healthy, and the Broncos as a team are plus-6 in turnover ratio.

The stats donít lie. Thatís winning football.

Kyle Orton

Orton wasnít a good fit for Ron Turnerís offense in Chicago, but in Denver, he doesnít take long drops, he gets the ball out of his hands quickly, and to be honest, heís the ideal quarterback to run this scheme. Plus, heís only been sacked three times.

Through three weeks, Orton has a QB rating of 91.2, and although he is isnít lighting it up in terms of TD passes (three total), he has yet to thrown an interception ó and that statistic is more important when youíre trying to win games. He has spread the ball around to nine different receivers, and with Brandon Marshall starting to work his way back into the lineup, expect Ortonís numbers to increase.

That trade doesnít look too bad right now, does it?

The running game

McDanielsí scheme is often misinterpreted as a pro version of the Texas Tech run-and-gun, but the difference is McDanielsí ability to incorporate the running game. And right now, the Broncos are producing out of the backfield.

As a team, Denver is ranked fourth overall in the league in rushing yards, averaging over 158 yard a game. Knowshon Moreno is going to continue to develop over the course of the next month, but what about some love for Correll Buckhalter? The guy is averaging 7.4 yards a carry. Plus, the Broncos also have LaMont Jordan in the mix.

Sound familiar? Well, it should because itís the exact same way New England won Sunday at home against the Falcons -- a committee of backs and fresh legs in the game at all times.

Josh McDaniels

Why McDaniels? Because somehow, some way, he has held this team together despite an offseason and a summer that was atrocious from a PR standpoint. McDaniels became the punching bag for every joke and every satire column about the NFL.

But he weathered the storm and has kept his focus on the team. Marshall got no special treatment when he started his own circus in training camp, and despite the constant beating McDaniels takes from the media, heís doing the right things inside those meeting rooms, on the practice field and in the way he has this team prepared to play on Sundays.

Give him the credit. He deserves it.

Can the Broncos keep it going?

Sure they can. I fully understand that the early season schedule has been favorable for the Broncos, but looking ahead, they still have two games against Kansas City, one more at home versus the Raiders (three games they should win) and two big games against Philip Rivers and the Chargers.

Without a doubt, the schedule will become more competitive, but after three weeks the Broncos are doing what it takes to win ó and thatís what matters on Sunday nights.

Are you on the bandwagon yet? I am.


09-28-2009, 07:27 PM
Again, it's been a great start. This team WILL have its struggles. But, there's reason to be encouraged. The pieces look like they're in place to build a foundation for consistent winning.

09-28-2009, 08:59 PM
Buckhalter is a lot faster than I thought. We really have a solid corps of running backs.

Los Broncos
09-28-2009, 10:41 PM
Just glad the defense has shown improvement thus far, I cant wait to see what were made of in the next few games.

09-28-2009, 11:08 PM
Hop on the bandwagon? Some of us never got off!

09-28-2009, 11:46 PM
Hop on the bandwagon? Some of us never got off!

I cant believe it took 3 posts to get to this! Those that believe in this team never left. Plus, at the beginning of the season, you are tied for first so why down play it and stay on the sidelines. We can go 2 and 3 in the next 5 and still believe in this team. Ball control plus staunch defense = wins and few mistakes.

09-28-2009, 11:52 PM
Hop on the bandwagon? Some of us never got off!

The few. But we were here. :)

09-29-2009, 12:06 AM
The few. But we were here. :)

i think the few got off. Many had hope for this team as homers, some had a wait and see b4 jumping off, some just believed, some didnt think we were good but stayed with the team and then there are the few here that just plain hate. Luckily, those were the few.

09-29-2009, 12:28 AM
We started 3-0 last year too, remember that. I'm gonna try to avoid getting my hopes too high yet. I did that last year, and because of it, things were even more painful when we crashed.

Now, if we win Sunday, against a serious contender, that will be a departure from past seasons. I hope Josh is planning for a strong push in the second half of the season.