The article laments the Broncos inability to draft or develop players, but all of the examples that Krieger cited are players that the Broncos drafted or developed.
Dan Neil was part of 1997's three player draft that included Trevor Pryce and Cory Gilliard. Bertrand Berry and Kelly Herndon were free agents that Denver developed into the high-priced talents they are today. Donnie Spragan had not appeared in a single NFL game until he joined the Broncos. Reggie Hayward and Kenoy Kennedy were both drafted and developed by the Broncos. Bronco coaches might even have been able to do something with Gilliard if the idiot didn't hold out.
Rather than condemn, "taking risks on blue-chip talent with baggage," I would advise against taking any high-priced free agents from other teams. Perhaps the coaches don't have the ability to communicate with the prima donnas of the modern era, but do have the ability to teach hungry players that want to learn.
Draft and free agent failures have been plentiful, and we've discussed Dale Carter and Paul Toviessi to death, so I will not rehash all of the Bronco lowlights again. I think the Broncos should take their financial lumps this year and get the salary cap problems resolved. Hopefully we can discover, develop, and retain
the next Rueben Droughns, Lenny Walls, Ben Hamilton, or Jeb Putzier.