|01-09-2007, 01:28 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2005
Pencil in Foxworth to start come camp
With the tragic loss of Darrent Williams leaving a gaping hole at cornerback, will the Broncos pursue Nate Clements in free agency or will they try to fill the hole in the upcoming draft?
-- Brett Horyna, Liberal, Kan.
Brett - Domonique Foxworth is expected to take over at right cornerback. Foxworth is a very capable player and an underappreciated one. He deserves great credit for playing safety at the end of the season.
Of course, the Broncos will miss Williams' great talent, his spirit and his will. But Foxworth will make his good friend proud with his play. Count on that.
Where do the Broncos go from here? They need a consistent pass rusher, cornerback and maybe an offensive lineman? What gets No. 1 priority?
-- Brent Peacock, Columbus, Ohio
Brent - A pass rusher, like last year, is the biggest need. They will try to get one who will make their already decent stable better. Also, look for the team to improve at running back.
In the season finale against the Niners, did Al Wilson play? I was looking for him and didn't see him. Was he hurt or something?
-- Ben Fleishman, Vernon Hills, Ill.
Ben - Wilson had a back issue and did not play in the game.
Due to the tragic death of Darrent Williams - God rest his soul - do the Broncos get compensation for his roster spot? Maybe an extra draft pick?
-- Randy, Princeton, Wis.
Randy - No, they don't.
What do you think the chances are of Denver drafting a stud running back in the first round?
-- Lee, Topeka, Kan.
Lee - If they fall in love with one, it's a possibility, although the team will likely look more at defensive end. But remember, this team - if it weren't for the trade for Jay Cutler - would have taken Minnesota's Laurence Maroney with the No. 15 pick. So, the Broncos are open to using a high pick on a tailback.
Do you think Mike Bell will finally emerge as the feature back? Or will Broncos coach Mike Shanahan give Tatum Bell another chance?
-- Darrin Cothran, Spartanburg, S.C.
Darrin - Tatum Bell could be traded. He's got some value. Mike Bell is probably best suited as a change-of-pace back. Thus, Denver will likely be in need of a bigger back.
So, the East Coast bias shows its ugly head again and somehow votes Jason Taylor as Defensive MVP over Champ Bailey. What's wrong with these guys?
-- East Coast Bias, Boulder
East Coast Bias - I don't like it, either. Don't get me wrong; Jason Taylor had a big year. Lots of big plays. But his team was never
Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, returning a punt Dec. 31 against the 49ers at Invesco Field at Mile High, was killed in a drive-by shooting early New Year's Day in Denver. (Post / Helen H. Richardson)
in the playoff hunt. But the biggest issue here - and I do believe the biggest failure by those who favored Taylor over Bailey - is that Taylor does not affect games like Bailey does. No offensive coordinator tailors his scheme against Taylor. They do against Bailey. He shuts down half the field. He is the most dominant defensive player in the league. For now, Bailey has to take pride in that, even though he won't take home hardware.
The Broncos need a running back. Ricky Williams wants to play. Let's try and pick him up for a low-round draft pick. Think that will happen?
-- Matt McMullen, Philadelphia
Matt - Maybe, if he was really cheap. Remember, this guy is getting older and hasn't played much in recent years. It's a question mark of how effective he can be.
I saw your response on the Redskins picks from the Ashley Lelie trade, but I remember us also having the option to trade first-round picks? Was that protected (like they do in the NBA) if it was too good? Why isn't that mentioned anymore?
-- Pete, Brighton
Here's the deal, Pete. Third rounder from the Redskins in 2007 and fourth rounder in 2008. End of story. No first rounder. That scenario never panned out. Still, this is a good trade for Denver. It wanted a high third rounder for Lelie and it got it. Plus, an extra fourth rounder.
Now that Larry Coyer has spent a season relying too much on the blitz and a season relying too much on the front four to generate pressure, can we finally look forward to '07 as a season where he can find a happy medium?
-- Wesley, Casper, Wyo.
Wesley - It all depends on who'll be on the line. Often, schemes are predicated on your talent base.
What ever happened to Cedric Cobbs?
-- Brian Whitmer, LaCrosse, Wis.
Brian - He was on the roster as the No. 4 tailback. An early season injury to his ankle derailed his season.
What is the likelihood that Jake Plummer ends up in Houston with Gary Kubiak next year?
-- Vince, Superior
Vince - It may be pretty strong.
Look for teams like Houston, Tampa Bay and Minnesota to consider Plummer. While the Broncos would like to trade Plummer, the most likely scenario is that he is released. Houston would likely be his first choice. He and Texans coach Gary Kubiak are very close and they succeeded together.
Buffalo's Nate Clements wants to be the highest-paid CB in the NFL. That might surprise the AP All-Pro voters but Clements picked an opportune time to be a free agent. He'll be the best CB available in an overall free-agent crop that many NFL talent scouts consider the weakest in many years.