|09-09-2007, 12:47 PM||#1|
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Paige: Shanahan set to start 13-3 season
So nice reading Woody nowadays, especially after the crap we get from Bernie, Dave, and Mark. I don't care if the old bat is going insane, he's still better than those 3 clowns.
Shanahan set to start 13-3 season
By Woody Paige
Denver Post Staff Columnist
Article Last Updated: 09/09/2007 01:12:18 AM MDT
Amherst, N.Y. - I have just this very moment conducted an exclusive interview with Mike Shanahan on the eve of the Broncos' first game of 2007 and his 226th as a head coach.
Shanahan is beginning his 15th season as a head coach. One he didn't finish as a head coach. He was fired by the then-Los Angeles Raiders. This is his 20th season as a head or an assistant coach with the Broncos. He was hired by the Broncos in 1984. He has left twice. He has been to five Super Bowls (28 percent of his seasons in the NFL).
Shanahan will be coaching in his 397th professional game today against the Buffalo Bills.
The exclusive interview was held in the team hotel Saturday afternoon as I was returning from the lobby
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with a bag of Fritos and a diet Dr Pepper. Shanahan, wearing a white shirt with a loosened tie, got on the elevator on the second floor. He seemed very relaxed and prepared. He wasn't uptight or apprehensive.
"Howya doin'?" I began the interview.
"We're undefeated," the coach replied.
The elevator door opened at the fourth floor, and Shanahan was gone before I could follow up with another 30 or 40 tough, demanding questions.
We'll get answers today when the Broncos play for real, for keeps, for Shanahan, for Denver and God's country.
Meanwhile, I'm looking in the mirror over the desk in room 432 and doing an exclusive interview with the man in there.
So, Drow, when the 2007 schedule came out, you picked the Broncos to finish 13-3 and win the division. Given all the injuries and problems during camp and the mediocre play in the exhibitions, are you ready now to plead temporary insanity and change your prediction?
No, that's my story, and I'm stuck with it. As Shanahan confided in me, the Broncos are undefeated so far. I believe they will lose only at Indianapolis, Chicago and Kansas City and finish with five consecutive victories, including the most important at San Diego on Christmas Eve. With a 13-3 record, they will get a first-round bye and home games in the divisional playoff game and the AFC championship. They'll win both and then whip Dallas in Super Bowl WhateverRomanNumeralItIs at Phoenix.
(Get your plane, hotel and game tickets today. Don't come crying to me when you're shut out.)
Are you a complete, raving Looney Tune?
Occasionally. But as Joseph Stalin said of Boris Pasternak: "Don't touch this cloud dweller."
But what about the uncertainty on the defensive line, the uncertainty of the move of D.J. Williams to middle linebacker, the uncertainty of the offensive line, the uncertainty of Jay Cutler, the uncertainty of life?
I am certain as I sit here in Amherst, N.Y., on Sept. 8, 2007, that the Broncos did not show a thing in the exhibition games because, unlike other years, Shanahan held back everything. The Broncos were vanilla the past four weeks; they'll be Cherries Garcia against the Bills. There will be a different defense, offense and special teams in the regular season.
But nobody else who matters has picked the Broncos to reach the Super Bowl, much less win it. The consensus among the so-called "experts" is that they will win 10 games, finish second to San Diego and be a wild-card team and have an early exit from the postseason.
Nostradamus was supposed to be an "expert" prognosticator. He made 6,338 prophecies. He got about 14 right. I visited his house in Provence a few years ago, and if he was so good at predicting, he wouldn't have lived in that dump. He'd been in Vegas betting the games. Everybody's choosing New England, San Diego and Indianapolis. They don't get that this is the best overall Broncos team since the back-to-back Super Bowl champions - who had Ray Crockett and Darrien Gordon at cornerbacks. Give me a break.
This team is as good or better at 12 of 24 spots (Tom Nalen and Jason Elam remain). Cutler and Travis Henry obviously aren't in the same class as John Elway and Terrell Davis, but they'll have XL seasons. And Simeon Rice was a serious addition.
Who else do you like, wise guy?
In the AFC, Indianapolis, New England and Cincinnati, with San Diego and Pittsburgh as wild cards. In the NFC, Dallas, Chicago, Carolina and Seattle, with New Orleans and Philadelphia as the wild cards.
What if you're wrong?
I'll go over Niagara Falls with the Barrel Man.
|09-09-2007, 12:50 PM||#2|
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I was on the 13-3 14-2 bandwagon until I saw`our defense in action .....
if we can get ball control out of our running game to protect our Defense ..... maybe
|09-09-2007, 01:00 PM||#3|
A new beginning!
Join Date: Aug 2006
Watermock - RIP
Wow Woody took a step back. Didn't he predict 16-0 seasons the last two years.
|09-09-2007, 01:32 PM||#5|
A new beginning!
Join Date: Aug 2006
Watermock - RIP