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Old 02-05-2009, 10:07 AM   #1
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Callin it now.

Even with all the changes, our team is young and not set in their ways yet. I see our offense becoming one of the premier shows in the league, and our defense will be leaps and bounds better.

Not to mention SD is just getting worse.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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I've got the Reds in the superbowl.
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Unless our schedule is much easier then it appears today then sorry No playoffs for you.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:26 AM   #4
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**** we had it this year with 18 million injuries... can't see us loosin any important factors off of last years team, plus whatever we add... i'd say we SHOULD be there
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I am optimistic.

All you have to do is win the division and the AFC West is craptastic.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:35 AM   #6
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Look. At. The. Schedule.

Entirely new schemes and terminology on both sides of the ball..

Same basic cast of miss fits and under performers (on D) -

And the most brutal schedule in at least 20 years.

5-11 is a very real possibility.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:38 AM   #7
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Schedules are often different in season than they looked six months before. That said, even I have trouble seeing all the "hard" teams going south that dramatically. Nor do I see us getting that good in one season, particularly on defense. We have a draft, free agency and pre-season before we can even begin to try and predict how this or any team is going to look anyway.
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don't worry about the schedule.....

Entirely new schemes and terminology on both sides of the ball..

that will work out to the Broncos advantage
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Look. At. The. Schedule.

Entirely new schemes and terminology on both sides of the ball..

Same basic cast of miss fits and under performers (on D) -

And the most brutal schedule in at least 20 years.

5-11 is a very real possibility.
5-11 is guaranteed better than 2 of the teams in our division. Plus our Defense lacks talent, but with a decent scheme they will be INSANELY better, I'd take the over on 2 turnovers this season, thats how confidant I am they will be stellar compared to last year.
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Schedules are often different in season than they looked six months before. That said, even I have trouble seeing all the "hard" teams going south that dramatically. Nor do I see us getting that good in one season, particularly on defense. We have a draft, free agency and pre-season before we can even begin to try and predict how this or any team is going to look anyway.
Yeah Schedules are never for sure. I thought the AFC South and NFC South were going to be cakewalks this year based off of last year. Saying the schedule looks hard is stupid.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:57 AM   #11
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Not to mention SD is just getting worse.
I think everybody writes off SD too easily. They played well at the end of the year and were more than respectable in the playoffs. They're still significantly better than us until we prove otherwise.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:17 AM   #12
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Here is how I look at 09

1. If Shanny was HC I'd expect my standard 8-8
2. New coaches systems lots of new players 6 to 8 wins. I'm giving him a season because of all the changes and lack of talent.

If we do better great but, being realistic it will take some time to get better.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:24 AM   #13
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Not next year, not with that Defense and that schedule. It will be fun to watch people melt down saying Shanny would have gotten us there.
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I expect playoffs every year...

we aint the f'n Chiefs
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:40 AM   #15
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i agree with the thread starter...the Broncos will contend for a playoff spot...and in fact get in IMO...

5-6 wins ain't happening and the schedule doesn't scare me either...some of those teams will be as good as advertised and others won't...that's just the way it works...
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I expect a SB run, its not like Shanahan left this team bereft of talent...he just chose ****ty defensive coordinators who picked crappy schemes...


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No Wildcards coming out of the West with the schedule the way it is, and the Chargers still own the Broncos.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:45 AM   #18
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The Chargers have to play the same schedule. It's a real b**** of a schedule to start out with their usual flat ass play the first half of the year. If they continue their suspect drafting and Norvification it's ours to lose again.
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Yeah Schedules are never for sure. I thought the AFC South and NFC South were going to be cakewalks this year based off of last year. Saying the schedule looks hard is stupid.
Sure, I get that. At this time last year, looking ahead to our '08 schedule, it seemed obvious that our toughest games would be against SD and NE. Games against CLE, JAX and NO were gonna be tough as well, teams like CAR and BUF were probably not gonna be all that, while teams like Altanta and Miami could logically be projected as automatic road kill.

And none of that played out as expected.

BUT..

Denver Broncos 2009 opponents:

Home:

Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers
New England Patriots
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants


Away:

Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis Colts
Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

Now, MAYBE we can come close to holing court in our own sorry a$$ division.. Maybe. But, the AFCW being what it is, we more likely blow one to either the Raid or Chefs, and split with SD.

And we can probably beat the Bengals and Browns. Or maybe we only split. The Skins game is winnable. But the Steelers, Pats, 'Boys, Giants, Ravens, Colts and Eagles are all gonna be real tough.

Add it all up, and 7-9 is optimistic, 6-10 likely, 5-11 or worse a distinct possibility.
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No Wildcards coming out of the West with the schedule the way it is, and the Chargers still own the Broncos.

We'll see. I would be more concerned with why your team went from 14-2 to 8-8 in 3 seasons without major talent losses...


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Old 02-05-2009, 11:52 AM   #21
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I'm very hopeful that with a new coach and new scheme, plus limited injuries, we can jump the playoffs with a 10-6 mark and surprise some folks once we get in.

Plus, I put some money down on the Broncos winning the Super Bowl. So here's hopin'!
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:54 PM   #22
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No Wildcards coming out of the West with the schedule the way it is, and the Chargers still own the Broncos.
Ill take that bet right now. $20, we beat you out for the division.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:05 PM   #23
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I'll tell you what. It is impossible to figure how anyone is going to do at this point. Lots of things happen. Even if a team looks hard now, what if they have a huge injury before we play them? What if the weather doesn't favor there brand of football? What if they play us after a long road game? You never know what could happen. Atlanta got better quickly, Baltimore bounced back from a down year, and Miami looked like a different team.
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Callin it now.

Even with all the changes, our team is young and not set in their ways yet. I see our offense becoming one of the premier shows in the league, and our defense will be leaps and bounds better.

Not to mention SD is just getting worse.
agreed. as long as we get a RB to take pressure off of Jay we will have one of the best offenses in the league.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:25 PM   #25
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We'll see. I would be more concerned with why your team went from 14-2 to 8-8 in 3 seasons without major talent losses...


Nobody stays at 14-2. And 8-8 was with every bounce in the world going the other team's way until the end of the year. The proof was in the pudding when your team lost by 30 points week 17. Plus we get Merriman back.
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