Originally Posted by dragondawg
1. Hire Steve Spagnuolo as coach. I'm warming to him more every day. I still don't think he's close to the caliber of Shanahan, but he's a good defensive mind, he relates to players well, he motivates them well, they love playing for him and he appears to be a very respectable person. Among a field of alternatives that I do not like, he is the best, so long as he keeps the offensive staff and system intact.
2. Show Albert Haynesworth the money. No. This would command a King's ransom. His character arguably leads us to the conclusion that its more likely that he'll produce alot less after he gets paid. Denver has adopted a new, more disciplined approach in FA. Denver also needs to conserve a great deal of funds to keep the offensive firepower in place when their rookie contracts expire. Considering the financial aspects, Denver would get more value for the dollar going with Jerry or Raji in the draft than Haynesworth.
3. Hire Scott Pioli as general manager. There's no need for a general manager when Goodman is the de facto GM, already. I've already discussed ad nauseum the problems inherent in keeping your personnel staff and then hiring a general manager from the outside.
4. Put Champ Bailey on trade block. My position on this would depend on what compensation would be offered. Champ is about 30 and I don't believe he's the best corner in the game anymore, although he's still in the Top 5. He is still a super talent, though. If Denver could pry two first round picks, I would be in favor of it. If we could pry a first round pick and a second round pick, I would definitely think about it. Below that is a no-no.
5. Draft a Southern Cal Trojan. This is the kind of intellectual laziness that I expected from someone in the press. There's nothing inherently special about a USC Trojan as it relates to the NFL. Their first rounders recently, actually, have been very spotty, especially the more highly touted ones. There have been bright spots, such as their linemen and Keith Rivers, but certainly nothing on the whole to accord them some kind of status as sure-fire NFL talent producers. They're not Miami of 6,7 years ago. The talent doesn't translate to the NFL. They're great on Saturdays, though.
This is not to say that there aren't NFL studs on their team. The writer does mention Maualuga and Mays. Mays has great upside. I'm a little wary of Maulauga. I think Spikes is a better MLB. We'll see.
6. Get a real tailback. I agree with this COMPLETELY. I want 12 used on Moreno or Wells. We're one stud back away from a 450 point per season offense. If not, address it no later than Round 2 as the writer suggests.
7. Keep Jeremy Bates, Bobby Turner. Agreed. I'd take it further, keep Dennison. He's the unsung position coach, but he's also the position coach who did the best job this season. In many ways, his work with Harris is even more impressive than what he did with Clady considering that it appeared at several points that Harris did not belong in the NFL, period.
8. Make John Elway your QB tutor. No thanks. John Elway is a legend, but we already have a QB coach. You can't go from retired for 10 years to NFL QB coach. There's alot involved in coaching. In watching tape, in techniques, etc. We have a fine QB coach who has a great rapport with our QB.
9. Don't lose a brick in the wall. Ofcourse. This goes without saying. Casey did a tremendous job. He's still a transitional center, however and another interior lineman should be drafted so that we can prepare for a long term center, either the pick or Lichtensteiger.
10. Roll back ticket prices. I have no opinion on this. I am not a business man. I have not looked at the Broncos books. I don't know what's customary in these situations or what the economic climate for the team is like. I am just not competent to have an opinion on it.