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Old 01-14-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default Reflection after a cooldown period

Having been a lifelong Broncos fan, and having had the pleasure of watching Elway and even Plummer and Cutler play QB for us and experiencing good offensive football, I was excited for Manning. But i did have doubts on how quickly we would click and how he would come back from injury. I was suprised with how quickly it all came together and how our playmakers such as Decker, Thomas and others played.

The season started off rocky with a couple losses and I honestly wasnt suprised because of how the team and Manning were still gelling.

Enter the Winning streak.

I was on cloud 9 with how all 3 phases of the team were playing.

I was overly confident with the matchup against the Ravens, and I obviously cant speak for the players themselves but i think they were also. Peyton prepared with ice water and games wearing the glove. Knowshown had finally eaten some humble pie and did the small things right to earn his spot back in the Offense and was playing very good fotoball in the receiving game, running game and pass protection.

But with him getting hurt in the 3rd quarter I think, it made our change of pace back(Hillman) have to shoulder the loud and outside of a few good runs was not effective in keeping their D honest and helping make the distances for 1st downs shorter.

The imense cold was more then the team preped for, Receivers were dropping passes they would normally have caught and it showed in their play. The interception of deflection bounced right off of Decker's hands, Peyton was noticablly adjusting the gloves constantly throughout the game, and our guys looked stiff.

Obviously the Ravens had to deal with this also, but I think looking back they were the worst matchup for us in cold weather because they are used to playing in it also. But that is irrelevant...

The Defence that throughout the season was solid if not spectacular, looked off. It could have been that they were caught off guard by the air it out gameplan the Ravens showed up with, it could have been the cold effecting our players, it could be the Ravens just outplayed us. But I cant help but think the way we shut them down the first time around(just their offense specifically) that they were that much better then us. It looked like just a bad gameplan.

Also another thing I want to address is the heat Champ is taking. Did he play a TERRIBLE game, was it bad scheme allowing a 34 year old to be on an island with one of the fastest players in the NFL..sure

But dont all of a sudden call for him to change positions, the dude played great all year matched up against the best of the best and minus a couple plays he held is own against anyone he has been matched up against for us for the last 8 years.

If anyone should take heat, it is Fox/Del Rio... you see a player having an off game and still no help or changes were given to champ..


The injury it Knowshon or in general the inability to run is what hurt us, it wasnt the bad DB play by Champ or Raheem. Sure the play of the DB's is what allowed them to score, but we were not able to really drive on them when we need to.


Raheem Moore probably played the last deep ball in regulation worse then any safety ive ever seen, if he would just tackled the WR with the amount of time left and them having no timeouts it would have been tough for them to lineup and score a TD. But that is hindsight and I still think overall this year Moore played great for us, and dramatically improved and finally looked like a Safety we invisioned when he came out of UCLA.

I think also another injury that is being overlooked and was masked by the great pass rush we had all year was the loss of Quinton Carter which brought in Adams and Leonard having to play. He was looking very good last year when he played.



I obviously am disapointed in the loss, but if you would have asked me in the Offseason if i thought we would have played like we did this season i would have laughed and called you a homer.


I think having another offseason and more time for both sides to build chemistry with consistancy we will be better next year, I think the fact that we will finally have the same Defensive coordinator for consecutive years is being overlooked.


Having finally found a special teams ace in Holliday is great also, as I dont think during my life the broncos have had someone that is a legit threat when ever they kick it to him.

Here is to building off of this, using it as motivation, gelling as a team and coming back stronger than we were this year.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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I am a lifelong fan as well, my expectations coming into the season we're; win the division, and win a playoff game or two. I had no visions of a Super Bowl. After the winning streak I, as a like a lot of others did get caught up SB talk. Yes, the B-more game was a difficult pill to swallow but looking back i"m proud of what this team has accomplished this past season. I honestly think we needed to go through a game like this to prepare us for numereous Super Bowl runs in the next few years.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:46 PM   #3
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I'm in the same boat. This team exceeded many expectations that many people had (including myself), and made for an exciting season. Yeah, they completely $#%t the bed in a number of ways on this last game, but just look at what they can build on. At the moment, it looks like McCoy could be the HC in PHX or SAN, but there may not be much else in the way of staff changes. I'm already excited for off season tweaks and next season.
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Let's all give them orange slices and caprisuns for having a good regular season and trying hard!!!!
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Let's all give them orange slices and caprisuns for having a good regular season and trying hard!!!!
Let's continue to b**** and moan because we're spoiled ****ing brats!
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Let's continue to b**** and moan because we're spoiled ****ing brats!
Some still b**** about Lilly and Perry. So **** off if I can't just be happy for the good regular season, especially 2 days after the bull**** miracle loss.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:56 PM   #7
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A cool down period is two days? I'm still pissed that we lost to the Cowboys in 1978!
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:14 PM   #8
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Well I think one positive going into this offseason is that we have our DC (who has done great for us) coming back next year.
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i can't believe i have to go through the entire basketball, hockey, and baseball seasons before i can see how this debacle impacts the team.

damn, raheem. just one friggin hail mary. jeez.
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Having been a lifelong Broncos fan, and having had the pleasure of watching Elway and even Plummer and Cutler play QB for us and experiencing good offensive football, I was excited for Manning. But i did have doubts on how quickly we would click and how he would come back from injury. I was suprised with how quickly it all came together and how our playmakers such as Decker, Thomas and others played.

The season started off rocky with a couple losses and I honestly wasnt suprised because of how the team and Manning were still gelling.

Enter the Winning streak.

I was on cloud 9 with how all 3 phases of the team were playing.

I was overly confident with the matchup against the Ravens, and I obviously cant speak for the players themselves but i think they were also. Peyton prepared with ice water and games wearing the glove. Knowshown had finally eaten some humble pie and did the small things right to earn his spot back in the Offense and was playing very good fotoball in the receiving game, running game and pass protection.

But with him getting hurt in the 3rd quarter I think, it made our change of pace back(Hillman) have to shoulder the loud and outside of a few good runs was not effective in keeping their D honest and helping make the distances for 1st downs shorter.

The imense cold was more then the team preped for, Receivers were dropping passes they would normally have caught and it showed in their play. The interception of deflection bounced right off of Decker's hands, Peyton was noticablly adjusting the gloves constantly throughout the game, and our guys looked stiff.

Obviously the Ravens had to deal with this also, but I think looking back they were the worst matchup for us in cold weather because they are used to playing in it also. But that is irrelevant...

The Defence that throughout the season was solid if not spectacular, looked off. It could have been that they were caught off guard by the air it out gameplan the Ravens showed up with, it could have been the cold effecting our players, it could be the Ravens just outplayed us. But I cant help but think the way we shut them down the first time around(just their offense specifically) that they were that much better then us. It looked like just a bad gameplan.

Also another thing I want to address is the heat Champ is taking. Did he play a TERRIBLE game, was it bad scheme allowing a 34 year old to be on an island with one of the fastest players in the NFL..sure

But dont all of a sudden call for him to change positions, the dude played great all year matched up against the best of the best and minus a couple plays he held is own against anyone he has been matched up against for us for the last 8 years.

If anyone should take heat, it is Fox/Del Rio... you see a player having an off game and still no help or changes were given to champ..


The injury it Knowshon or in general the inability to run is what hurt us, it wasnt the bad DB play by Champ or Raheem. Sure the play of the DB's is what allowed them to score, but we were not able to really drive on them when we need to.


Raheem Moore probably played the last deep ball in regulation worse then any safety ive ever seen, if he would just tackled the WR with the amount of time left and them having no timeouts it would have been tough for them to lineup and score a TD. But that is hindsight and I still think overall this year Moore played great for us, and dramatically improved and finally looked like a Safety we invisioned when he came out of UCLA.

I think also another injury that is being overlooked and was masked by the great pass rush we had all year was the loss of Quinton Carter which brought in Adams and Leonard having to play. He was looking very good last year when he played.



I obviously am disapointed in the loss, but if you would have asked me in the Offseason if i thought we would have played like we did this season i would have laughed and called you a homer.


I think having another offseason and more time for both sides to build chemistry with consistancy we will be better next year, I think the fact that we will finally have the same Defensive coordinator for consecutive years is being overlooked.


Having finally found a special teams ace in Holliday is great also, as I dont think during my life the broncos have had someone that is a legit threat when ever they kick it to him.

Here is to building off of this, using it as motivation, gelling as a team and coming back stronger than we were this year.
The INT returned for a TD was clearly PI, that was not on Decker. I think the Coverage break downs were more on the Safeties than just Champ, Champ gave up one bad INT, the other was a jump ball, he was there but was on an island on the 2nd Smith TD. Smith had only 3 catches the whole game. Moore and Adams were biting on underneath routes all night. I think they underestimated Flacco's arm.

We need to upgrade the RB's we KM is fine for depth and use in the passing game but can't be counted on when we need him, not a knock, just a fact. Willis is marginally better but is good for missing large chunks of the year.

If we get a MLB, at least one stud safety, a DT who can command double teams and upgrade at RB we should be better set for a SB run. Having some speed at the slot would be nice as would a C we can groom for the future.
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