Two-a-Days: Denver Broncos
Going in to the 2009 NFL season, nobody had any expectations for the Denver Broncos and new head coach Josh McDaniels. Then the Broncos came out of the gate 6-0 and people were like, “Whoa!” But you know the story, easily given, easily taken away, and the Broncos wound up missing the postseason yet again.
2009 NFL Football Recap
It’s hard to get into the Broncos 2009 season without mentioning their offseason. After hiring McDaniels in the winter, McDaniels pissed off then Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Cutler was eventually traded to the Chicago Bears, and Marshall was suspended late in the offseason. Despite that, the Broncos won their first six games. Then reality set in. The Broncos offense went offline and the defense returned to normal. Denver would lose its next four games, as well as the three final games of the season. That gave them an 8-8 record and left them one game out of the playoffs.
2010 Offseason Transactions
At this rate, Josh McDaniels won’t have any good players left. For the second straight offseason in his coaching career, McDaniels traded away his team’s best player, this time it being Brandon Marshall. To replace him, the Broncos got a couple of skilled players, including QB Brady Quinn, RB JJ Arrington and WR Brandon Lloyd. Defensively, the Broncos singed CB Nathan Jones, DL Jarvis Green and re-upped on LB Elvis Dumervil. In the 2010 NFL Draft, the Broncos took QB Tim Tebow with their first round pick. Despite all of the signings, the Broncos have all kinds of injuries at the running back position and have been forced to bring in a number of RBs, including LenDale White and Justin Fargas.
2010 Predictions for the Broncos
Just as it was hard to imagine the Broncos getting better without Jay Cutler, it’s hard to imagine them getting better without Brandon Marshall. McDaniels may not know this, but he does actually need good players in order to win games, and I just don’t see enough good players on the offensive side of the ball for the Broncos. At running back, they have a lot of talent now, but if Knowshon Moreno is healthy, he’s the one with all of the money invested in him, so he’s going to get the majority of the opportunities. At wide receiver, the Broncos are depending on young wideout Eddie Royal, from whom they got nothing out of last year. And at quarterback, it looks as if Kyle Orton will be the starter, but this has all the makings of a quarterback revolving door if I’ve ever seen one. So as much as I would like to say that McDaniels has learned from last year’s mistakes, it seems as if he’s still going about things “his” way. To each his own, and the Broncos better be ready to own their 7-9 record during the 2010 NFL football season.
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