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Old 09-20-2008, 01:43 PM   #1
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I was sitting here thinking, what has changed between this year and last year? Last year we were 2-0, everyone was talking about the hot prospects of an up and coming Jay Cutler, many people thought our offense looked great, and some were even high on our deffense at that point. I can't remember for sure but it was something like we allowed less running yards than most of the other teams in the NFL something like that. We had some good rookie prospects, and everyone spent a lot of time talking about a kick returner that could punch a hole through Chuck Norris' (grammar?) chest. The season was ahead of us, SD was looking rough, and many thought the division was ours. Are we the same team? Is a winning record slightly out of our grasp? I feel a lot better about our prospects this year than I did last, but last year I felt pretty good. Am I wrong, is this the same pig as last year with some fresh lipstick?
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:49 PM   #2
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We barely beat the raiders last year.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:49 PM   #3
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I was sitting here thinking, what has changed between this year and last year? Last year we were 2-0, everyone was talking about the hot prospects of an up and coming Jay Cutler, many people thought our offense looked great, and some were even high on our deffense at that point. I can't remember for sure but it was something like we allowed less running yards than most of the other teams in the NFL something like that. We had some good rookie prospects, and everyone spent a lot of time talking about a kick returner that could punch a hole through Chuck Norris' (grammar?) chest. The season was ahead of us, SD was looking rough, and many thought the division was ours. Are we the same team? Is a winning record slightly out of our grasp? I feel a lot better about our prospects this year than I did last, but last year I felt pretty good. Am I wrong, is this the same pig as last year with some fresh lipstick?
Last year a big concern/observation after two games was being able to move the ball but not finish in the red zone. That hasnt really been the case this year. Plus theres an obvious difference in the amount of time Cutler has to throw.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:52 PM   #4
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Well, one change is we have 3 rookies as starters on the offense. The biggest factors that will keep us from folding this season will be Cutler's health and our offensive line getting into that second and third years experience, coupled with Hamilton's return and the acquisition of Weigman who has played well. I think the line is up to keeping the pressure off of Cutler. If Nalen returns soon, things will only get better.

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Old 09-20-2008, 01:55 PM   #5
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O Line (clady coming in, harris's emergence, kuper's great play, wiegmann's great play and hamilton coming back...they're all fantastic)

The emergency of Royal as a #2 guy

A healthy Tony Scheffler

Defense has been shifted to stop the run....but we're now weak against the pass...including dink and dunks...so whats the point...

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Old 09-20-2008, 02:20 PM   #6
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We're a better team. There's great chemistry.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:24 PM   #7
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Lepsis, Gold and Foxworth are gone...life is good.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:25 PM   #8
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If we have to actually explain it too you im not really sure what to say. Defensively we maybe the same or worse but if you cant tell the difference with the offensive production then....
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:26 PM   #9
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40 points per game---that , sir, is the difference.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:26 PM   #10
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Besides the obvious changes....don't forget we also dumped the malcontents.....Javon Walker, T-Hen, and Ian Gold.

I really like our team chemistry this year.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:37 PM   #11
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We see a offensive spark possibably future greatness the possibilites are endless and everybody is paying attention and not just bronco fans.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:54 PM   #12
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Last year at this point, we were a just a little trickery away from being 0-2.

I think there is cautious optimism here. And I think its justified. Shanny is all about the 'O' (sorry, sounds like an ad for chick porn), and he got himself a QB he really likes. Of course, last year, we felt the same way about Cutler. But then we had some injuries on the O line, Travis Henry bent his wang hitting the hole (keeping with the porn theme) and Jay got the Beetius (is that the way we are spelling it here? I forget). Which I guess just shows a little luck on the injury front goes a long ways in the success of a team.

One thing I am clearly upbeat about is the O line. Last year we were beat up. This year, we are seeing the payoff of a great #1 pick, and some injuried guys coming back and making a difference.

Another thing that seems to be positive is the team itself. It appears from the outside looking in that the malcontentive underproducers are gone: Henry, Javagina, and Ian Gold.

However, talks of us going deep into the playoffs & waltzing to a div championship are clearly unwarranted at this point. Nonetheless this is the mane, where manic behavior rules. So on that note:

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The biggest change is the entire Oline. All new starters at each position.

The Ryan Express.........the two new tackles........is huge. Cutler is confident back there. He knows he has time.

Franchise LT

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Franchise WR

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Royal.....

Brandons growing into the next step. Same with Cutler.

Cutler has it all. Mind, confident, quick thinking, reading, mobility, powerful arm, quick release, and most of all LEADER.

The opposing defenses now have to defense the entire field....beginning from our backfield.......all the way to the furthest point that Jay can throw it......and sideline to sideline in between.
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I was sitting here thinking, what has changed between this year and last year? Last year we were 2-0, everyone was talking about the hot prospects of an up and coming Jay Cutler, many people thought our offense looked great, and some were even high on our deffense at that point. I can't remember for sure but it was something like we allowed less running yards than most of the other teams in the NFL something like that. We had some good rookie prospects, and everyone spent a lot of time talking about a kick returner that could punch a hole through Chuck Norris' (grammar?) chest. The season was ahead of us, SD was looking rough, and many thought the division was ours. Are we the same team? Is a winning record slightly out of our grasp? I feel a lot better about our prospects this year than I did last, but last year I felt pretty good. Am I wrong, is this the same pig as last year with some fresh lipstick?
I will tell you what changed , there is no helter skelter , even in crunch time after we got the break , Cutler was large and in Charge ...... Cutler completely controls this offense , and it shows , last year Cutler was still learning ......
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Last season, we scored 38 points total in two games against two bad teams. This season we scored over 38 points in each game, against the same bad team and a good team.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:24 PM   #17
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Shanahan is now taking viagra before he calls the plays...getting him back into late 90s form...
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:33 PM   #18
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If we have to actually explain it too you im not really sure what to say.
Exactly. Watch more football or something.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:42 PM   #19
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I was sitting here thinking, what has changed between this year and last year? Last year we were 2-0, everyone was talking about the hot prospects of an up and coming Jay Cutler, many people thought our offense looked great, and some were even high on our deffense at that point. I can't remember for sure but it was something like we allowed less running yards than most of the other teams in the NFL something like that. We had some good rookie prospects, and everyone spent a lot of time talking about a kick returner that could punch a hole through Chuck Norris' (grammar?) chest. The season was ahead of us, SD was looking rough, and many thought the division was ours. Are we the same team? Is a winning record slightly out of our grasp? I feel a lot better about our prospects this year than I did last, but last year I felt pretty good. Am I wrong, is this the same pig as last year with some fresh lipstick?
What happened?
  1. The number one thing was addition by subtraction. Ousting Heimerdinger and Bates were the two biggest additions to our offiensive and defensive units.
  2. Add to that, getting a monster LT that is ready to step in on day one, which allows the LT that Shanny said at the end of the '07 season, would start at LT in '08 (Ryan Harris) to be moved to RT and now we have two tackles that appear to be able to perform in drop back or shotgun passing plays.
  3. Insulin. Don't understimate it. It has become our secret weapon, like spinach for Popeye.
  4. Getting Shanahan's influence back in the game planning.
  5. The team has become MUCH younger.

It might be easier to talk about what hasn't changed than what has changed.
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:17 AM   #21
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legit pass protection is huge. If defenses want to load 8 in the box, Cutler has time to find at least one open WR......likely two. Defenses are going to have to hedge their bets against the big strike and you will see more lanes opening up for Young, Hall and Pittman. If a VERY young line is this good at pass protection right out of the gate, think about what happens when they start opening lanes for our RBs.

Yes, the defense has been dinged a few times on big plays, but that will happen to every defense. Tightening up will happen as the players get used to their roles and a new DC calling the shots. SD was a MONSTER test for our defense, and except for 2 big plays (great 48 yd. pass to Chambers and Sproles wigging out on a 66 screen pass) that scored 14 points, Denver was limiting a very good offense to the dink and dunk approach. When the offense can score TDs, seemingly at will, we are in every game.
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:37 AM   #22
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what i am impressed with is that we play well agaisnt the 3-4 something we have never ever done
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Old 09-21-2008, 05:48 AM   #23
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Offensive line pass protection. Cutler has all year to throw in that massive and roomy pocket.
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Old 09-21-2008, 06:09 AM   #24
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It's simple: The reason our offense is so much better is the very same reason that our defense is horrible.

Add to that the fact that Glenn Martinez is nowhere near the top of our WR depth chart. Now if we could just get a real STUD RB this offense would be a terror for years and years.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:16 AM   #25
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The ****ing light bulb went off in Cutler, thats the difference.

The o-line helps, the addition of Royal and a healthy Sheff but the biggest difference is the light bulb is now on above Cutler's head and the league has no choice but to take notice.
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