Posted on: October 15, 2009 3:15 pm
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last year then you've heard EVERY single Denver sports franchise get thrown under the bus one way or another. All it has done is provide fuel for each team to prove the nay sayers wrong. So far so good.
It all started with the Denver Nuggets last year. Not ONE person picked them to win the Northwest division let alone make the playoffs. Even after they traded for Chauncey Billups they were picked to finish no higher then 7th in the powerful Western Conference. What happened? Oh yeah they finished 2nd in the Conference and won the division over a very young talented Portland team. Their record of 54-28 tied the single season franchise record for wins and got Denver fans excited like never before.
Even after that, no one picked them to go to the Western Conference Finals. What happened? They made it there easily beating New Orleans and Dallas in 5 games both series. Who were these guys?? Where did they come from? The answer is nowhere, they were there all along and have had the talent to do this for years. It just finally came together for them this last year. In my mind the Conference Finals was the REAL Finals. The Nuggets gave the Lakers much more of a fight then Orlando. In fact they could've won that series in 5 games if it wasn't for a couple of bad inbound passes. Doubters doubt no more and the Nuggets are now getting more recognition as they rightfully deserve.
Now on to the Colorado Rockies. 18-28 was not the way to start the season and everyone had written them off by that point (rightfully so). But even before the season started no one gave them a chance and called the NL West the National League doormat. What happened?? The Rockies then won 17 of 18 and stormed back to win the Wild Card with a record of 92-70. Also a franchise record for wins. Also noteworthy, the NL West produced 2 of the 4 teams in the postseason and the Giants were in pursuit of the Rockies for the wildcard the whole way until the last 2 weeks. Firing Clint Hurdle and hiring Jim Tracy was a huge factor, but even after that happened no one gave them a shot. But like the Nuggets they proved everyone wrong. Sort of an ongoing theme in Denver these days.
Next we move on to the Denver Broncos. Josh McDaniels had a fire storm thrown at him after trading away Jay Cutler and having issues with Brandon Marshall. The media said they'd win 4, maybe 5 games all year. What happened? They won their first 5 games. Now everyone is calling McDaniels the early coach of the year. Kyle Orton went from getting bashed everywhere to a surprise and even so far as an early MVP consideration. (see ESPN's latest MVP rankings, he's 7th) Brandon Marshall went from a cancer to a hard working scoring machine. The Defense went from the laughing stock of the NFL to the best defense in the LEAGUE. Thank Mike Nolan and McDaniels for reshaping the defense. All in all, they are also proving everyone wrong.
Last but not least, the Colorado Avalanche. They were supposed to be rebuilding this year, and in many ways they are. They have two 18year old kids starting at center on their 2nd and 3rd line. But they are producing and are 4-1-1 thru 6 games. How it may be too early to tell if they will keep it up all year, they are still surprising people enough for ESPN's Peter LeBrun to right an article on how surprising they have been. They got a steal at Goalie this summer signing Anderson. He has been great so far with a .940 save percentage and a 1.98 GAA. So far, the Avs are following the Denver trend and proving everyone wrong. Even with a rookie head coach named Joe Sacco.
We had the 'Redeem Team' in the Olympics, now we have the redemption city. It's Denver. For some reason Denver never gets respect. See my previous blog on how the Stars of Denver get looked over for every award possible. (i.e. see Troy Tulowitzki for rookie of the year in 2007, Matt Holliday for MVP in 2007, Carmelo Anthony for rookie of the year in 2003, Todd Helton practically every year with gold gloves, he has won 3 but deserves many more. And probably soon to be added to the list will be Josh McDaniels and Jim Tracy for coach of the year) For some reason Denver is an afterthought in the sports world. Denver may be the fittest city in the nation and the 2009 #1 place to live, but apparently it's not for the sports teams. However Denver likes it that way, they like proving people wrong and will continue to do so.
Posted on: April 2, 2009 6:30 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2009 6:34 pm
Jay Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears today, disappointed? I am. Kyle Orton, really that's the best the Broncos could do. Granted they got 2 first round picks but it's the 18th pick this year and I'm guessing it will be in the 20's next year now that the Bears have Cutler. Out of all the deals the Broncos could've worked this is one of the worst ones. Here are 4 that WOULD BE BETTER.
3. Trade him to the Lions for their 2 first round draft picks and a third rounder. Draft Matt Sanchez or Matthew Stafford and insert Simms for one year to tutor either Sanchez or Stafford. Also they could've used their own 12th pick and the other Lions first rounder to improve the defense. This would've set the Broncos back for next year but would've laid a foundation for the future.
4. Trade him to Washington like everyone thought would happen all day. Get Jason Campbell and the 13th pick in the draft. At least Jason Campbell is a proven starting qb in the nfl, tell me again how good Kyle Orton is...hmmm.
If the Broncos don't win more then 6 games this year it's bye bye McDaniels and Xanders. Tell me again why the Broncos are letting 2 guys with no experience on the inner-circle of head coaches and general managers call the shots. That was Pat Bowlen's mistake. Get ready for a long season Denver, unless they pull something else out of their you know what, for Mcdaniels you'd have to get his head out of their first to make room.
Posted on: January 23, 2009 6:49 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2009 7:00 pm
Herm Edwards Fired by the Chiefs, Mike Shanahan next..
As you all have read, Herm Edwards was fired today by the Kansas City Chiefs. Edwards was a very mediocre 15-34 with the Chiefs in 3 years. He did have one year left on his contract, and many thought there was a shot he would be retained by Scott Pioli. Not the case. He was fired today, here's what Pioli had to say...
"Since my arrival last week, Herm and I have had several conversations as part of my overall evaluation of the football operation, After careful consideration, Clark and I felt that it was best to make a change. What I conveyed last week in the press conference I still believe to be true -- Herm is a great man and a tremendous football coach. He respects the game and the league, and he is passionate about his players and his craft." Pioli said in a statement reported on ESPN.com.
ESPN also reports from inside sources that Mike Shanahan is close to a deal with the Chiefs. This would come as a shock to anyone who knows the AFC West. Many thought with the respect Shanahan has for Broncos team owner Pat Bowlen that he would never even consider joining an AFC West foe, well it looks like he might defy all of the odds.
This will come as a nice surprise and scare for anyone living in Denver. Everyone in that city loved Shanahan and respected him very much. Now how will they feel having to face their former master mind on the opposing sidelines two times a year. Ouch. <!-- INLINE NFL.com Video (BEGIN) -->
Posted on: December 31, 2008 12:59 pm
Will Bill Cowher be the next head coach of the Denver Broncos??
Obviously there have been no indications of this and this is just speculation, but it would be a great fit. If Cowher were to take any coaching jobs in the NFL that are currently available the Broncos make the most sense. It's easily the best coaching job available on the market right now. Go ahead try and argue it, the Jets are overshadowed by the Giants, the Lions, well they're the Lions, the Raiders - two words, Al Davis. That's another no. The Browns, no thanks.
Cowher would be smart to take the Broncos job, there may not be this kind of job available next season.
Here's why he fits.
He left Pittsburgh with a franchise QB, solid offense and an always good defense. He would come to Denver and have Jay Cutler, one of the premier quarter backs in the league. He'd be able to bring in some of his people as Shanahan was the active GM after firing Ted Sundquist last season. While the defense may not be good, he can make it good in a short time. The Broncos looked daisy like on defense, they didn't bump receivers off the line, instead gave them 10 yard cushions giving the quick out away on every play. Not to mention the weak safety play and lack of QB pressure. But the Broncos do have the 12th pick, look for it to be defensive.
In one offseason Cowher can turn this team around. He's got the offense and Pat Bowlen isn't scared to spend money so he can revamp the defense through free agency and the draft.
Look for the Broncos and Cowher to make contact this week. Watch.