View Full Version : Bronco's turn unimaginable into reality.

10-05-2009, 06:20 AM

With the score tied late in the fourth quarter and 76,440 fans screaming, quarterback Kyle Orton(notes) dropped back in the pocket, cocked his lightly regarded right arm and delivered a brisk pass more than 20 yards downfield to the right sideline. Reaching above Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman(notes), Denver wideout Brandon Marshall(notes) – the trouble-prone player whose childish behavior on the practice field in late August got him a nine-day suspension for insubordination – made a terrific catch, cut to the middle of the field and darted back to his right, spinning away five defenders to complete a spectacular 51-yard touchdown reception.

And then, naturally, Marshall and rookie coach Josh McDaniels hugged on the sidelines, a scene that a month ago seemed as likely as Brett Favre(notes) and Packers general manager Ted Thompson taking simultaneous sips out of the same milkshake glass.


Holliday, 33, wasn’t sure what to believe. Phone conversations with Dawkins and two of Denver’s other offseason free-agent signees, safety Renaldo Hill(notes) and cornerback Andre’ Goodman(notes) (each of whom was a former Miami Dolphins teammate of Holliday’s), convinced him that despite the drama, McDaniels was a knowledgeable coach who’d gotten most of the team to buy into his program.

Still, before he put pen to ink, Holliday wanted to make sure he felt comfortable with McDaniels. The two men, who happen to be the same age, met in the coach’s office, and Holliday wasn’t shy about sharing his concerns.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Holliday recalled. “I’ve played a long time, and I wanted to know, ‘What am I signing up for?’ I don’t have time to beat around the bush. I asked him about the Brandon Marshall situation, and he held his ground. He said, ‘Look, this is what I had to do for my team going forward. If you want to be part of this, come on. If not, we’ll go on without you.’

“I respected that. By the time I left his office, I was a believer.”

Those are just a few parts, long article, very positive. :strong:

10-05-2009, 06:57 AM
At the bottom:

“Those guys are playing well. Defense is carrying them. It’s a good scheme. 3-4 is tough if u do it right”
– Text Sunday night from Cutler, appreciating his former team’s triumph over the Cowboys. (I told you this is all very surreal.)

10-05-2009, 11:36 AM
McDaniels’ team’s mastery of the Cowboys, however, was undeniably legitimate. Offensively, Denver did what it had to do: Orton (20-of-29, 243 yards, two touchdowns) avoided throwing his first interception as a Bronco while backs Moreno, Correll Buckhalter (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5569/;_ylt=AudN0zkiD_I5yBr1RYGUuCqr0op4)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5569/news;_ylt=Av7ZLIuzlMVZwPIHIJc7T.6r0op4) and LaMont Jordan (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5496/;_ylt=AkZUbq3tK4DgVdBo8i.7gpCr0op4)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5496/news;_ylt=AkHHql6qQR2KxyFa0fliSXar0op4) ran for a combined 116 yards on 22 carries.

Denver’s defense – coordinated by Mike Nolan, who was fired as the San Francisco 49ers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/sfo/;_ylt=AhIfLdIU2IHRoMM.pfUsd2er0op4)’ coach last October after an unsuccessful three-plus-year stint – was the real story of this game. Coming in Dallas had averaged a league-leading 193.7 rushing yards per game, and 6.8 per attempt; the Cowboys ran for only 74 on 25 carries (2.96 average) on Sunday.

Pass-rushing linebacker Elvis Dumervil (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7875/;_ylt=AreOD9Ym0SOPzbJtv5SS67Gr0op4)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7875/news;_ylt=AkFunHdpv1pLRcsuehrr3H.r0op4) had two sacks to push his season total to eight, tied with the Bengals’ Antwan Odom (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6816/;_ylt=Al.2UU2kTgzQVKRchzxYrIGr0op4)(notes) (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6816/news;_ylt=An3GjkKYa.RCOvbxqSCFY6yr0op4) for the NFL lead. Bailey made a brilliant, diving interception of a Romo pass at the Denver 3 to end a Cowboys scoring threat early in the third quarter. And, of course, he was a willing and able shutdown specialist on the game’s final two plays.

Half the normal production from the running game, and this was in a low scoring slugfest where they had the lead. I love this defense.

10-05-2009, 11:53 AM

Those are just a few parts, long article, very positive. :strong:

I was going to post this article, too. Very interesting, especially the parts about Scheffler and DJ. Not to open a can of worms, but these are probably a couple of the "anonymous sources" that were telling media people about some of the uncertainty & negativity in the locker room. Winning really does cure all.