The Broncos were better than the 10-6 they got last year, losing three games due to a fumble, a stupid pass that should not have been thrown, and a ST breakdown. Can those three plays re-occur? (I doubt it, but then there can be some new ways to lose, eh?) So, I am starting from there. There was a rather weak pass rush and the secondary got burned a couple of times badly. The running game was a real surprise to a lot of people, and I think Bell will be better than RD, although that is not a knock on RD
Where the help is really needed badly is in the STs. The punting game is real bad. And the returns do not meet the Pop Warner League standards. While you could not point to them and say that ST play lost the game, it was the cumulative effect of bad play that ultimately led to a lot of real difficult situations for the O and the D. I don't think the need for a DE or a Guard would be hard to manage with the first two picks the Broncos have. But they do need to address teh ST play and get players with speed, panache, verve, vigor, elan, enthusiasm, swivel hips, good knees and kamakaze attitudes to run back kicks. And the punter needs to be able to punt beyond 45 yards a crack and kickoff to the goal line at least 85% of the time
If those areas are addressed, I could see a possible 13-3. If they are not adressed, a repeat 10-6 season seems likely.
Last edited by Paladin; 03-22-2005 at 02:57 PM..