View Full Version : Mike Klis jumps off the bandwagon.....

Bronco Rob
11-22-2009, 06:02 PM
Broncos lose hold on lead in AFC West

By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
Posted: 11/22/2009 05:20:00 PM MST

No one sees it, but everyone can feel it.

Momentum is so real, it has a name.

Mo. Big Mo. Kno Mo fumbles, please.

The Broncos are the latest sports team to be reminded of momentum's powerful impact.

Momentum is so strong a force, a change in quarterbacks can't stop it. After they were thumped by the San Diego Chargers 32-3 in front of their crowd of 74,000-plus Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High, the Broncos are plummeting in the wrong direction with nearly the same speed they were ascending earlier in the season.

In a span of 10 games, the Broncos have gone from six consecutive wins and arguably the NFL's most pleasant surprise to four consecutive losses that have elicited so many "told you so's" from legions of prognosticators.
The decisive victory gave the 7-3 and streaking Chargers a one-game lead on the 6-4 and slumping Broncos in the AFC West.

The Broncos were in trouble Sunday from the start. Their usual starting quarterback, Kyle Orton, was unable to practice during the week because of a severely sprained left ankle he suffered the previous Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Orton tested his ankle before the game against the Chargers, but Broncos coach Josh McDaniels decided to give backup Chris Simms his shot.

On the first series, Broncos tailbacks Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter combined for seven consecutive carries that moved the ball to the Chargers' 17-yard line.

On second-and-long, Simms dropped back for his first pass. He stood in the pocket for perhaps a second too long, and Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips worked his right arm free from right tackle Tyler Polumbus to swat the ball away from the unsuspecting Simms.

Early as that turnover was, it seemed to deflate the Broncos. Simms went 2-for-2 in passing on his next drive, but was yanked after his third possession ended in a three-and-out.

In fairness to Simms, three possessions is hardly a full opportunity. But with the Broncos down

13-0 and seemingly emotionally flat, McDaniels couldn't worry about fairness. With 4:19 remaining in the second quarter, McDaniels gave Simms the hook and inserted Orton, bum ankle and all.

Orton's presence immediately energized the home crowd. Orton felt the vibe from the warm ovation. He warmed up with a quick screen to Brandon Marshall, then completed his next two passes for 22 yards to Marshall and 38 yards to Jabar Gaffney.

The Broncos had first-and-goal at the Chargers' 4. Knowshon Moreno burst up the middle and as he reached across the goal line for a touchdown, the ball was knocked loose by a knee of a Broncos' blocker. Fumble!

This couldn't be. There was a scramble for the ball with more Chargers scrambling than Broncos.

It could be, indeed. Chargers recovered in the end zone for a touchback, a play confirmed by replay review.
With more than 74,000 fans looking on, Marshall chastised Moreno a few seconds after his fourth lost fumble of the season. Didn't Marshall cost the Broncos the game at lowly Kansas City last season with a fumble?

Moreno got the Broncos going in the second half, busting off a 36-yard run that set up a scoreboard-denting short field goal by Matt Prater.

But the Broncos sputtered from there. They didn't execute an onside kick even though Prater bounced the ball from tee to Josh Barrett's arm. They didn't execute a fourth-and-5 even though Gaffney was wide-open on a medium-range crossing route.

To think that a month ago, the Broncos were 6-0 and the Chargers were 2-3.

To think six weeks into this season, the Broncos, New Orleans and Indianapolis were the NFL's only three undefeated teams. Two of those teams remain undefeated through 10 games. The Broncos have dropped to a considerably lower stratosphere, where they join the likes of Jacksonville, Houston, Pittsburgh and Baltimore for the final playoff wild-card spots.


Los Broncos
11-22-2009, 06:04 PM
Did he sprain his ankle while jumping off?

11-22-2009, 06:04 PM
good riddance..

11-22-2009, 06:06 PM
Mike Klis jumps off the bandwagon.....

where does it say anything like this?

Rulon Velvet Jones
11-22-2009, 06:08 PM
Since when are sports writers on a bandwagon?

11-22-2009, 06:09 PM
Klis who?

Bob's your Information Minister
11-22-2009, 06:31 PM
He feels the slide.

11-22-2009, 06:33 PM
Klis jumped weeks ago...

11-22-2009, 08:29 PM
All I read were facts.

No Rah Rah we will get them next week guys, have faith the great pumpkin will show up crap.

Just plain, painful facts.

I am also guessing the 60,000-70,000 "fans" who left with 6 minutes to go in the 4th quarter also made the leap off the wagon.

With 2 minutes left in the game it appeard that there were more players on the field than fans in the stands.

11-22-2009, 08:45 PM
damn steve you used to be one of the funner posters around here where did fun steve go?

11-22-2009, 09:07 PM
He was coerced by Dan Fouts and his blue and gold chearleading out fit on CBS.

SJ Bronco
11-22-2009, 09:32 PM
Funny how I welcome criticism from Boob. At least we know he hates our team for a reason.

11-23-2009, 12:01 AM
So yeah, where the hell does Kils come off as jumping the bandwagon? He's just calling it as it is. Frickin weak post big time.

11-23-2009, 12:05 AM
A month ago, this seemed hard to fathom.

A month from now, things may look and feel very different.

But, I invite any fair-weathered fans to jump off if the ride is too rough for you. You can come back into the fold when we're winning playoff games... if not this year, very soon.

Taco John
11-23-2009, 12:11 AM
I don't understand the title of this thread. Klis just offered a straight game-summary, and season to date perspective. The most cutting criticism was of Marshall for chewing out Knowshon when just last season he had a fumble that cost us a game.

11-23-2009, 12:21 AM
Nothing that doesn't seem accurate in that story. I'm still a Bronco fan, but if you're not disillusioned a little bit after the way this month has gone, you're delusional.

I will still keep watching and hoping, and following the Broncos...even recapping them after every game over at verticallystripedsocks.com, but I have a hard time seeing them as big contenders the way that they're getting beaten about each week lately.

Taco John
11-23-2009, 12:22 AM
That was a pretty sneaky plug.