Originally Posted by broncosteven
Lelie ran a lot of post, go's or Flag routes but Plummer couldn't hit him in stride. We still had 2 good TE's to run drags with, a HOF like Sharpe and Carswell. Lelie spread out a lot of good D's and gave our Zone scheme to pickup chunks of yardage on the ground.
Lelie's only mistake was thinking he was really a #1 WR and deserved the money. If Jake could have got the Ball to him in stride he would have had even more stats, as it was Lelie was forced to wait for balls which were underthrown to come down. When Lelie was with us he performed well. We was fine until he started listening to his "friends" who said that he should be paid as a #1 WR.
Lone Star makes it sound like Lelie was a total bust, when, in fact, Lelie was a great 2nd or 3rd WR with us, he had years of 500+, 600+, 1,000+, 700+ with 13 tds, and YPR of 20 in 2004
Lelie was far from a bust, he got better every year up until his last with us and he was hurt in 2005, he missed 3 games. 2004 was a monster year for a 2nd WR. He was far from a bust. Once he left Shanahan's scheme he disappeared and his stats fell off the map bouncing around to 3 teams trying to recapture what worked for him in Denver.
Glad we have DT, Decker, Stokely, Willis in our stable now. Back then it was Rod, Eddie (who was losing effectiveness after breaking his leg), and then Leslie. Shanny had to draft Leslie for need and it actually did work out during his tenure. He was no Ed Reed but could have been even better with a QB like Cutler throwing to him Deep or even with Marshall on the other side helping him out... We really needed Lelie in 2006 vs San Fran. I was there and our WR's were crap and could not get seperation or deep.
Exactly how many of his catches over the middle do you remember.?
I stand by my post for a number one pick at 19 with the following WRs taken after him
20 Green Bay Packers Javon Walker WR Florida State
33 Houston Texans Jabar Gaffney WR Florida
both of which were better long term players..
IMO he was a bust..