I had the privilege of attending my first Broncos game in quite a few years last night. Funny that this season I'm almost more interested in seeing a pre-season game than a regular season one. And since I have finals coming up I don't have time for a full blog, so here are my thoughts from the game.....
-Champ Bailey is still Champ Bailey, they tried about 5 passes his way which ended up 1-5 with the only catch on 3rd down and Champ brought TO down short of the first. If he stays healthy he still is as good if not better than anyone in the game.
-Kyle Orton will have a great season. Orton really isn't a bad QB, I wouldn't say he is a great one either. But in a contract year, Orton will break out. He looked great last night. I expect about 20+ TD's to around 7-10 picks, which will lead to a team like Seattle paying way too much for him in 2011.
-Brady Quinn is a bust. He was EASILY the worst QB on the field for either team last night. The guy is going to be a career back up, he has no confidence in his passes, and after seeing them, he really shouldn't.
-The RB's need to get healthy FAST! Of the guys that dressed Fargus is the only one that belongs in the NFL, and he didn't see much if any time (I don't remember seeing him get on the field at all). -Our first team was actually better than theirs! When it was first team vs. first team we led 14-0, Cincy's first TD actually came with their starters driving against our second string.
-This team is kind of weak, it seemed like about every other play someone was hurt. Not sure how to fix that, maybe better conditioning.
-NOBODY 1st team 2nd team or 3rd team could stop the run. I didn't see quite a few guys out there, Dawkins for example didn't dress, so I'm hoping that is the reason why.
-Our WR's should be just fine. Lloyd, Stokley, Eddie Royal (who WILL break out this year), Jabar Gaffney, Demaryious Thomas, and Eric Decker make for quite a bit of versatility and depth at WR. Didn't see Thomas or Decker play, but the others were impressive.
-AND finally, what about Tebow? I came to Paul Brown Stadium to watch Tebow with high expectations, and left VERY impressed with the kid. The entire game he stayed involved with coaches and players, seemed interested with every single offensive play, even when he wasn't in the game. The guy warmed up about ever 30 seconds, we were joking that he may start warming up with fans soon, b/c he was wearing everyone on the team and the coaches out. The next thing I noticed was how BIG Tebow really is, the guy is bigger than most all of our TE's, and about right in the middle for the size of the Line Backers. Now, once he took the field, Tebow was stuck with not much protection, and NOTHING for WR's (i'd be surprised if any of the WR's in the game when he was even make the team). Despite that he moved well in the pocket, got the ball out on a couple of plays that would be losses with any other QB out there. He made a couple of GREAT passes down field, one of which was a VERY bad drop, Tebow stayed out and walked back in with that WR, likely showing those leadership skills we saw at Florida. Then there was the TD drive, which while it was impressive, remember that it was run against 3rd string prevent defense.
So, in conclusion, I'm still unsure as to where this team will fall this season. I almost feel like it's another year that I wouldn't be shocked at 10-6 or 6-10. Orton will keep us in games this year, and as for the future, I would bet anything I own that Tebow is one of the next big stars of the NFL. Keep the Tebow Kool-Aid coming, b/c I don't think I'm going to run out any time soon!