Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The 12-4 Denver Broncos clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs on Sunday by beating the 4-12 San Diego Chargers behind the injured/benched Peyton Manning who came on in relief of Brock Osweiler to get the win.
  • Because of course he did.
  • Nothing else has made sense this season. So why should we expect it to start now?
  • The Broncos started this season with seven straight wins.
  • But four of those wins came via crazy last second plays.
  • That makes no sense.
  • Denver then lost two games in a row and Manning looked to possibly be finished.
  • He was benched in Week 10 against the Chiefs with a foot injury but we all knew what had really happened.
  • Father Time had finally caught up with him.
  • The Broncos then proceeded to win three straight games under backup quarterback Brock Osweiler including a win over the undefeated defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
  • Which doesn’t really make much sense.
  • But Denver then dropped back to back games against the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • And Denver led both of those games in convincing fashion in the first half.
  • That certainly didn’t make any sense.
  • But the Broncos somehow found a way to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime last week coming back from a 14 point deficit to clinch a playoff berth.
  • And then on Sunday, the top seeded Patriots lost their second game in a row and the Broncos scored on their second play from scrimmage, a 72 yard pass from Osweiler to Demaryius Thomas. And it looked like the Broncos would cruise to the top seed.
  • But then they turned it over five times and the 4-11 Chargers took a 13-7 lead in the third quarter.
  • With so much to gain for the Broncos from a win, and nothing to gain for the Chargers, none of this was making any sense.
  • So head coach Gary Kubiak decided to go with his gut. Brock Osweiler hadn’t played poorly. But the Broncos needed a boost.
  • He reinserted Manning into the lineup.
  • The hometown crowd went wild and the Broncos reeled off 20 second half points to get the win and clinch the top seed in the AFC.
  • Manning went a very workmanlike 5 for 9 for 69 yards. No touchdowns. No interceptions. But no turnovers while he was in the game.
  • And no one dared to put the ball on the ground with the Sheriff on the field.
  • Denver now heads into the postseason with homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
  • The Broncos have beaten the No. 2 and No 3 seeds in the AFC (New England and Cincinnati) but have lost to the two Wild Card teams (Kansas City and Pittsburgh).
  • Oh and we have no idea who the starting quarterback is going to be.
  • Which when you think about it… the way this season has gone…kind of makes perfect sense.

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

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  • Oh sure I could write just another Daly Doses article here… but ’tis the season to be jolly. So enjoy!
  • Jingle bells, Broncos smell, Denver lost again
  • Demaryius T just dropped a pass and we can’t stop Big Ben
  • Von can’t sack, Colquitt can’t punt, Peyton’s in a boot
  • Denver fans are miserable, playoffs could be moot
  • Jingle bells, third downs smell, this offense halts the chains
  • All of those fans that were cheering for Brock are jumping off that train
  • Jingle bells, running game smells, the line keeps missing blocks
  • Thought Kubiak could run the ball
  • But now I’m missing Fox

 

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Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • The clattering sound you heard on Sunday was not the sound of Santa Claus and his reindeer making an early stop in the Mile High City.
  • It was the sound of numerous Denver Bronco fans scrambling back off of the Brock Osweiler bandwagon and trying to jump on the Peyton Manning side again.
  • Osweiler lost his first game as a starter as the Broncos fell to the 6-7 Oakland Raiders at home 15-12.
  • The young quarterback went 35 for 51 for 308 yards but failed to get the Broncos into the end zone even once as Denver was forced to settle for short field goals again and again.
  • Blame Brock if you want to, but I’ve got news for you, the Bronco offensive line was so porous on Sunday that it wouldnt have mattered who was playing quarterback.
  • Osweiler… Manning… I mean you could have put Tom Brady or Joe Montana back there and they would have gotten beat up too.
  • Okay…maybe John Elway could have still won that game despite the pass rush.
  • The Duke could do anything.
  • Well…except build even an average offensive line this year.
  • I’ve heard a number of people giving Denver right tackle Michael Schofield a hard time after he allowed Raider linebacker Khalil Mack to be in the Broncos’ backfield all day.
  • But that wasn’t all Schofield’s fault.
  • Head coach Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison repeatedly failed to recognize this mismatch and control Mack with another blocker.
  • They allowed one player to completely destroy their offense.
  • The last guy to do that was Kyle Orton.
  • Wouldn’t this have been a perfect situation to utilize tight end Virgil Green, who is a noted excellent blocker, against Mack?
  • I will admit though, that Schofield has to take a little of the blame for failing to wear football cleats, and instead choosing to play Sunday’s game in roller skates.
  • A gutsy, but in the end, flawed choice.
  • Live and learn, young man. Live and learn.
  • Now the Broncos have lost their grip on the top seed in AFC and the road to the playoffs seemingly goes through Foxborough once again.
  • With all of their injuries this Bronco team is now holding on for dear life to even make the postseason.
  • And even if they make it, there’s no way they can go to New England and win.
  • But I have learned one thing abut this NFL season so far.
  • Just when we think we have it figured out…
  • We still don’t know anything.

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

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  • Another week and another crazy finish for those cardiac kids, the Denver Broncos.
  • The Broncos overcame a fourteen point deficit not once, but twice, defeating the defending Super Bowl champion and undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday night 30-24 in overtime.
  • The story after the game by many fans and “experts” in the media was how valiantly the Patriots had battled despite being without five to six starters, including Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Rob Gronkowski who was carted off in the fourth quarter.
  • The Broncos celebrated like they had won something important but they had basically just  beaten a junior varsity team.
  • Nevermind the fact the Broncos are playing with out All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady, starting quarterback and future hall of famer Peyton Manning, and All-Pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Plus starting defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, starting strong safety TJ Ward, and All Pro right guard Louis Vasquez all left early in the game with injuries and would not return.
  • But it was just the Patriots that were battling the injuries, right?
  • As usual, the poor Patriots just can’t catch a break.
  • And then there were the bad calls that went against New England.
  • The offensive pass interference call against Gronkowski and the defensive holding call against Patrick Chung were both very questionable. Surely these were the reasons for the Patriots loss.
  • Turn on any major sports network and they will tell you how it was the referees, not the Broncos, who actually won the game.
  • “The Patriots did everything right, but the referees just stole the game from them!”
  • The Pats blaming the refs reeks of a parent who refuses to believe that their daughter is pregnant due to anything other than immaculate conception.
  • First off, New England pointing out that NFL referees miss some calls is like Kobe Bryant telling us that his skills are fading.
  • It might be new to you…but trust me, the rest of us already knew.
  • But in order to believe the Patriots were in fact robbed, you will need to look the other way on the 179 yards rushing that the Patriots defense allowed to a team that has been averaging just 94 yards on the ground per game.
  • You will need to overlook the punt fumbled by wide receiver Chris Harper that breathed some life into a Denver team that was gasping for air.
  • You will also need to ignore the poor play calling by Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels, and the two incomplete passes by (gasp) the Golden Boy Tom Brady on the late game drive, in which the Patriot offense stopped the clock twice and gave the Denver offense plenty of time to score late.
  • So maybe the injuries and the referees are what cost the Patriots.
  • Or maybe they made some mistakes and were beaten by a scrappy Bronco team that executed a little better down the stretch.
  • Either way, for the Patriots, this loss had to be very… deflating.

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

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  • The Denver Broncos ended their two game losing streak on Sunday by knocking off the Chicago Bears 17-15.
  • Denver won the game off of two turnovers from former Bronco quarterback Jay Cutler.
  • They also got some assistance from former head coach John Fox.
  • Fox chose not to take a chip shot field goal early in the fourth quarter, opting instead to go for it, and show Bronco fans that he lives by the seat of his conservative fuddy-duddy pants.
  • And then on what would have been the game tying two point conversion he decided to attempt a run up the middle despite the success Cutler was having in the passing game.
  • Cutler committing turnovers and Fox making questionable coaching moves?
  • That, my friends, is the definition of a sweet win.
  • I’m no John Fox hater, he’s a very good coach who has won everywhere he has been. He has this Bears team contending for a playoff spot in the NFC which might be the most impressive accomplishment in his career.
  • But those two plays completely encapsulate Fox’s coaching career.
  • On the other side, the Broncos were playing without Peyton Manning for the first time since 2012, when Tim Tebow was starting a playoff game.
  • Brock Osweiler filled in admirably for Manning going 20 for 27 for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
  • That’s the good news.
  • Or is it?
  • If Osweiler continues to play well are the Broncos going to bench the future Hall of Famer?
  • The undefeated New England Patriots come to town next Sunday night for a prime time matchup.
  • And head coach Gary Kubiak has already named Osweiler the starter as Manning is still nursing his injured foot.
  • That is what is wrong with Manning, right?
  • I mean, we have heard a number of ailments from the Broncos coaching staff this season.
  • Training camp: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but he doesn’t have any feeling his fingers, so that makes it tough.”
  • Preseason: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but his is nursing a sore shoulder, so he didnt have much velocity.”
  • Raiders game: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but he has a rib injury, that was bothering him on the deep ball.”
  • Colts game: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but he has a partially torn plantar fascia, that is limiting his throwing motion.”
  • Chiefs game: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but his enormous head just fell off onto the ground, which caused him to throw a couple of errant balls.”
  • I hope Manning comes back and I do still believe that he should be the starter for this team if he is healthy.
  • But it is clear that his body is giving out on him.
  • And no amount of rest can fix old.

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

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  • The Denver Broncos lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2012 on Sunday getting blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs 29-13 in Denver.
  • The last time the Broncos lost two games in a row was in Peyton Manning’s first season in the Mile High City.
  • And now this time it could be in his last season.
  • I don’t want to throw dirt on Manning just yet and I am still of the belief that if he is healthy he is the best option for this team.
  • For all of the yelling that the armchair quarterbacks are doing Brock Osweiler is still an unproven player whose only real game success has come against third team players in garbage time.
  • The good news is that the Chicago Bears defense is made up of a few third string types so Osweiler might feel right at home on Sunday.
  • I mean, maybe he really is the heir apparent to Manning and just needs an opportunity to show what he can do.
  • But this NFL quarterback stuff is tough and we are probably kidding ourselves if we think Brock isn’t going to take some lumps.
  • So which is the worse case scenario for the Broncos?
  • Brock Osweiler plays and looks great in relief of Manning. Now you have a true quarterback controversy. The inexperienced backup is actually better than the Hall of Famer.
  • And here we thought the only way we could have a quarterback controversy with Peyton Manning was if Tim Tebow was still in town.
  • But I digress.
  • OR what if Osweiler struggles just as Manning did? And now you have to take a hard look at the makeup of this roster and the coaching staff that is overseeing them.
  • I can tell you which scenario John Elway is hoping for.
  • Because some of these issues do have to go back to the Duke.
  • He assembled this coaching staff, he amassed this offensive line, and he failed to address the void left behind when Julius Thomas and Wes Welker did not return this season.
  • The 2015 Denver Broncos are at a crossroads. And we have to hope that Elway has installed the correct people to put them back on the right track.
  • C’mon Johnny, it’s time to pull out another amazing comeback.

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

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  • The Denver Broncos suffered the first loss of their season on Sunday, falling to the Colts in Indianapolis 27-24.
  • The Bronco defense that was being compared to some of the greatest defenses of all time came crashing back to earth, allowing the Colts to gain 365 yards, and to convert 12/20 third downs.
  • Denver was down 17-0 to a sub-.500 Colts team before they woke up in the second half and actually started to play.
  • Apparently they were still in the locker room reading articles from the Packer game proclaiming their greatness.
  • So is this team a favorite for the Super Bowl with one of the greatest defenses ever? Or has this all been a fraud of a seaon where the Broncos have simply taken advantage of a soft schedule?
  • As usual, the truth is probably somewhere in between.
  • The Broncos haven’t played a murderer’s row schedule but you can’t take away the fact that this team has faced and completely shut down Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers.
  • And this defense has also held a few up and coming quarterbacks like Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater well below their seasonal averages.
  • As is usually the case this season will probably come down to whether or not Peyton Manning can beat Tom Brady.
  • Late in the game against the Colts with the Broncos trailing by three points, and trying desperately to get the ball back, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib was flagged for intentionally poking Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye.
  • The penalty gave the Colts a first down and they were able to run out the clock and preserve the victory.
  • Excuses for why Aqib Talib poked Dwayne Allen in the eye on Sunday: “His eye looked over-inflated. I was just trying to let some air out of it like Tom Brady would.”
  • Talib has now been suspended by the NFL for one game.
  • What Talib did was inexcusable. It was a poor decision at a bad time that cost him and his team. He should be suspended for one game for stupidity if nothing else.
  • But if I understand this correctly, poke another NFL player in the eye equals one game.
  • Rip off another players helmet and try to smash his skull with your helmet like Bengals cornerback Adam Jones did to Raiders rookie Amari Cooper earlier this season equals no games. And by the way, Jones has a history of violence.
  • Excuses for why Aqib Talib poked Dwayne Allen in the eye on Sunday: “I thought he had an eyelash.”
  • NFL players can also beat up females like Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy did, be found guilty, pay off the victim to make her go into hiding, and get right back onto the playing field after just four games.
  • Oh I know, Hardy had to sit out ten games in 2014 while the NFL tried to decide what to do with him. But he was paid.
  • In the real world we call that a “paid vacation”.
  • Excuses for why Aqib Talib poked Dwayne Allen in the eye on Sunday: “I’ve been working on my Moe Howard impression.”
  • Good thing Talib didnt get Allen in BOTH eyes. He probably would have gotten a TWO game supension.
  • Excuses for why Aqib Talib poked Dwayne Allen in the eye on Sunday: “I was trying to save him from watching that horrible Monday night game between the Chargers and the Bears.”

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

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  • There are a lot of broken ankles in the Rocky Mountain region this week.
  • People that had given up on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were jumping off the bandwagon right and left.
  • “He’s too old.”
  • “He’s washed up.”
  • They should bench him for Brock Osweiler.”
  • Now the Broncos throttle the Green Bay Packers in prime time and there are people scrambling to get back on the wagon.
  • So if you see people limping around you will know why.
  • “We knew it all along!”
  • “We always believed in you, Peyton!”
  • “The Broncos are going to win the Super Bowl!”
  • Well someone was saying those things before the Packer game.
  • But not you, right?
  • Yeah, me neither.
  • The Broncos rolled up 500 yards of offense on a Packer team that looks like they could be the class of the NFC.
  • Of course, being the best team in the NFC doesnt quite have the same appeal as it used to.
  • These days it’s like saying you go out for drinks with Bill Cosby.
  • It sounded a lot cooler back in the 80’s.
  • The Super Bowl will go through the AFC again and it will probably go through either Foxborough or Denver.
  • And yes, the Broncos face the Patriots in Denver in Week 12, for what could basically be a playoff game for home field advantage in the playoffs.
  • You know who wasn’t overly impressed with the Broncos win over the Packers?
  • Apparently Bronco president John Elway.
  • Less than 24 hours after the big win over the Packers, Elway looked at the lack of production at the tight end position (23 total catches between Owen Daniels and Virgil Green) and decided to pull the trigger on a trade that could have some significant impact. The Broncos basically traded a sixth round draft pick in 2017 to San Francisco for Niners tight end Vernon Davis.
  • The 31 year old veteran has over 400 catches and 55 touchdowns in his 10 year career.
  • Could he be the security blanket that Peyton Manning so desperately needs within the Bronco offense?
  • If so that trade could prove to be a steal for Elway and the Broncos.
  • The 2015-2016 Denver Nuggets opened the season last week with a big win over the Houston Rockets!
  • Maybe my prediction about the Nuggets finishing fourth out of five in the Northwest Division this year was wrong? Maybe this young team is going to come together under new head coach Mike Malone and Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried, and Danilo Gallinari are a good nucleus and are going to shock the basketball world by making the playoffs.
  • Of course then they came crashing back to earth by losing to the Timberwolves and the Thunder by an average of 21 points.
  • When it comes to this Nuggets franchise, man I’m tired of being right.

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Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

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  • The Denver Broncos are 6-0 so why aren’t fans in Denver happier?
  • Peyton Manning is quite simply a victim of his own success.
  • On Sunday, as the Broncos eked out another win, Twitter was abuzz with the trending topic: #BenchManning
  • I understand that the fans want more offense. And how can you blame them?
  • We are an instant message society and Manning has put up instant offense over the duration of his career.
  • So what if he is winning?
  • We demand to be entertained!
  • I think ESPN is currently doing an Outside the Lines special on how Peyton grimaces when he throws the ball.
  • “This means something!”
  • Maybe. Or maybe that’s just how his face looks.
  • You’ve just never noticed because you’ve been watching a wide receiver dancing around in the end zone after he caught a touchdown for the past 17 years.
  • Yes, the offense is struggling and Manning is having a hard time adapting to Gary Kubiak’s system.
  • It could be worse.
  • Imagine if the Broncos were running that fake punt play that the Colts ran Sunday night against the Patriots.
  • That may have been the stupidest moment in NFL history.
  • Well…next to John Fox kneeling on the ball in 2013 against the Ravens.
  • Do you realize that this is basically the third system that Manning has had in the past 12 months?
  • It was last November against the St Louis Rams that Peyton took a few shots and suddenly the wide open, pass-happy Peyton Manning offense was gone.
  • John Fox installed a run first offense and the Broncos started a slow steady decline that ended with a playoff loss and Fox getting fired.
  • So maybe Manning is just struggling to play in yet another new system, with a rebuilt offensive line, after playing in basically one system for most of his career.
  • Or maybe Peyton Manning is washed up and it is time to move on.
  • But I bet there are about 22 other NFL quarterbacks who would trade all of their stats with Peyton to be 6-0.
  • Think that Philip Rivers wouldn’t trade his league leading offense to actually be a playoff contender?
  • Rivers is putting up 353 yard per game and has 12 passing touchdowns.
  • And the San Diego Chargers are in 3rd place in the AFC West at 2-4, one game behind the Oakland Raiders, and four games behind Denver.
  • At least Peyton has one Super Bowl win.
  • Rivers’ biggest accomplishment is outdueling Jay Cutler.
  • I’ll wait while that last statement sinks in.

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • There is s_mething missing with the Denver Br_nc_s. I can’t quite my finger _n it but they l__k a little _ff.
  • Which quarterback has more interceptions this season?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Sam Bradford?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Colin Kaepernick?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Branden Weeden?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Jay Cutler?
  • I hope you picked A.
  • Every time.
  • After Week 5 Manning has now thrown seven picks. More than each Bradford and Kaepernick (5). And more than Cutler (3) and Weeden (2) combined.
  • I know that Manning’s physical skills have diminished, but what is more disturbing to me is the fact that the interceptions aren’t always a physical mistake.
  • We are also seeing poor decisions and bad reads.
  • A number of these interceptions are mental mistakes.
  • Which is odd for a guy who wears a size 11 5/8 hat.
  • Is this simply a product of a new Gary Kubiak system? Or are we watching a future Hall-of-Famer completely collapse before our eyes?
  • I know the offensive line is a mess. And that definitely hasn’t helped.
  • The Broncos completely rebuilt their offensive front- starting four new players including two players with no true NFL experience.
  • In fact, they traded away experienced offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston during the preseason.
  • And now they have some injuries too.
  • I give John Elway a ton of credit for rebuilding this team to be a tougher, more physical team, that should be more dangerous in January.
  • But this OL mess is also his fault.
  • Orlando Franklin is now in San Diego. Philip Blake was a complete bust. Vinston Painter can’t make a team.
  • Those were Elway’s draft picks.
  • Yet for all of the flaws of Peyton Manning and the offense, this team is still finding a way to win every week. And both he and the offensive line should improve.
  • And by the way, the aforementioned quarterbacks have just seven wins combined between all four of them.
  • Manning has five wins on his own.
  • I know there are those screaming for the Broncos to bench Manning.
  • But it isn’t time to throw Brock Osweiler to the wolves just yet.
  • Can you imagine how deflating that would be to this defense to completely rebuild the offense right now? Manning is a leader and a veteran. They do trust him.
  • And the word “deflating” is a negative term here.
  • This isn’t New England.