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Old 09-15-2010, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default Fatigue caused the Broncos' 2009 collapse

As the Broncos' collapse in the second half of the 2009 season began, so did the questions.
Is this team and especially this defense worn down?
Players and coaches were reluctant to admit it publicly at the time, but with more than a half a year's distance from the dismal 2-8 end to last season, they can say it now: The Broncos didn't have enough depth, and players' bodies broke down late last season as the team limped to the finish.
"It wasn't because we don't have decent players at any of those positions, we felt like we kind of wore down a little bit and I think any team can wear down if you don't have depth in there to make sure that your guys are fresh," coach Josh McDaniels said. The team managed to avoid any major injuries, but it was clear that players, especially among the front seven defensive players, just weren't able to perform at the same physical and mental level in Week 14 (a 20-19 home loss to Oakland) that they had in Week 4 (a 17-10 victory against Dallas).
In the team's 6-0 start in 2009, the defense allowed only 68.6 rushing yards per game and didn't allow more than 23 points in a single game. In the 12 games after the bye week, the same group allowed an average of 131.8 rushing yards per game, including giving up 241 rushing yards to Oakland and 317 yards to Kansas City, both in games at Invesco Field at Mile High.
"You can't compare Week 1 to Week 16. From September to December, that's an 800-play difference," said linebacker Mario Haggan, who was a fulltime starter for the first time in his career last season. "That's 800 times you've gotten hit, so your body is completely different."
Haggan and veteran safety Brian Dawkins, while admitting that everyone's bodies were battered by the end of the season, said the bigger issue was the mental drain. Two four-game losing streaks especially coming off the high of the 6-0 start took their toll.
"I've been through those seasons before where you needed to make a late-season push and dial it in and push through whatever you need to push through to get the job done. Last year we didn't get the job done," Dawkins said.
The Broncos added depth to their front seven in 2010, in hopes of keeping players fresher throughout each game and especially through the season. The Broncos now have two experienced nose tackles, for example, with new starter Jamal Williams being spelled by 2009 starter Ronald Fields.
"I think that's the key word, depth. And not just depth, but quality depth," Dawkins said. "That's fixing a problem that they thought was there."
The issue, then, is if the 2010 Broncos can avoid another mental breakdown. Haggan said he believes the defense "absolutely" learned from their mistakes in 2009.
"It becomes a mind game, then," he said. "Your mind has to be strong then, because physically you're worn out. In December, if you're having success, it is always easy to get up and go to practice. But when things are going bad and you're losing, it becomes very mentally challenging. It's just a matter of the situation you're in and how strong you are in the mind."


Read more: Fatigue caused the Broncos' 2009 collapse - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci...#ixzz0zaHwUtQ1
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:22 AM   #2
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NFL personnel executives are constantly looking for the magic number, the one that blends youth and experience to create the perfect roster makeup.

If last year's playoff field is any indication, that number is 27.81. Nine of the 12 playoff teams a year ago sported an average age of 27.81 or younger on their opening-week rosters, a group that included both Super Bowl participants Indianapolis (27.18) and New Orleans (27.22).

The Colts had six starters who were older than 30 on their opening-week roster, while the Saints had five. They were right in the middle of the pack of all NFL teams in average age, 14th and 15th respectively.

The Broncos figure to be one of the league's oldest teams again this season, with as many as nine starters on defense who are at least 30. A year ago, the Broncos' average age was 28.22, the sixth oldest in the league. The Broncos also have a league-high 11 starters 30 or older and were the oldest team in the AFC West. (Perhaps coincidentally, the Broncos also had one of the biggest collapses in NFL history, starting 6-0 and then losing eight of their final 10 games.)

Houston was the league's youngest team a year ago, with an average age of 26.04 and featuring only three players older than 30 on its opening-day roster. Philadelphia was the youngest playoff team (26.5).

The oldest playoff team in 2009 was New England, for which Broncos coach Josh McDaniels worked eight seasons before coming to Denver. The Patriots had an average age of 28.95, 31st in the league. New England was steamrolled 33-14 by Baltimore in the wild-card round last season.



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Old 09-15-2010, 01:24 AM   #3
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On the plus side, they point to a roster turnover from when McDaniels inherited the head coaching job in January 2009.
"We let go of 32 players from 2008 (roster and practice squad) who were here who never played in the NFL again,"
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Who's fault is it anyway?

I say we cut Josh some slack
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:31 AM   #5
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So it would appear that McXanders signed 32 new guys...but we have no quality depth and still have one of the oldest rosters in the NFL.
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So it would appear that McXanders signed 32 new guys...but we have no quality depth and still have one of the oldest rosters in the NFL.
our offense is very young.

the defense is old but has a lot of young talent hopefully learning from the vets and are getting prepared to take over the starting spots.

next season i can see our starting secondary be something like Bailey, Cox, McBath, and either bruton or someone else.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:47 AM   #7
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So it would appear that McXanders signed 32 new guys...but we have no quality depth and still have one of the oldest rosters in the NFL.
Don't you think we should give the draft classes and new FA a little time to show if we have quality depth or not?

As far as the old roster did you expect him to replace 32 guys (all out of the NFL) in two drafts. Wasn't he forced to sign a couple of vets?
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I would have preferred Alualu over Tebow.
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I would have preferred Alualu over Tebow.
I would have preferred Alualu over Thomas, hard to say about Tebow.
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Jesus, baja, why don't you just go mow McDaniel's lawn? roflmao

For what it's worth, I'd have preferred Josh Freeman over Moreno if they were trading Cutler ... which I can acutally see as not the worse decision. I'm not sure that I'd want to lock 100 million into a guy with type 1 diabetes who doesn't seem to take care of himself.
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NFL personnel executives are constantly looking for the magic number, the one that blends youth and experience to create the perfect roster makeup.

If last year's playoff field is any indication, that number is 27.81. Nine of the 12 playoff teams a year ago sported an average age of 27.81 or younger on their opening-week rosters, a group that included both Super Bowl participants Indianapolis (27.18) and New Orleans (27.22).

The Colts had six starters who were older than 30 on their opening-week roster, while the Saints had five. They were right in the middle of the pack of all NFL teams in average age, 14th and 15th respectively.

The Broncos figure to be one of the league's oldest teams again this season, with as many as nine starters on defense who are at least 30. A year ago, the Broncos' average age was 28.22, the sixth oldest in the league. The Broncos also have a league-high 11 starters 30 or older and were the oldest team in the AFC West. (Perhaps coincidentally, the Broncos also had one of the biggest collapses in NFL history, starting 6-0 and then losing eight of their final 10 games.)

Houston was the league's youngest team a year ago, with an average age of 26.04 and featuring only three players older than 30 on its opening-day roster. Philadelphia was the youngest playoff team (26.5).

The oldest playoff team in 2009 was New England, for which Broncos coach Josh McDaniels worked eight seasons before coming to Denver. The Patriots had an average age of 28.95, 31st in the league. New England was steamrolled 33-14 by Baltimore in the wild-card round last season.



Read more: Broncos among NFL's oldest teams - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci...#ixzz0zaIgvxmP
So...am I being a ruhtard, or does this article not actually give the team's average age?
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:43 AM   #12
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I was pretty tired of watching them get gashed by the end of the season, too.
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