The 2011 season has been a rollercoaster ride for the Denver Broncos. It started with very inconsistent play from Kyle Orton, and the defense. The Broncos were able to be close in the early games, but ultimately started with a 1-4 record. Over the first five games, Kyle Orton uncharacteristically turned the ball over too often, and John Fox decided to give Tim Tebow a chance to play. This is where the season took a turn that no one really expected.
Since Tim Tebow took over as the Broncos starting quarterback, the team has a ridiculous 5-1 record. While the games are always close (except for the Detroit blowout loss), the difference is that the Broncos score touchdowns when they make it to the redzone, and don’t turn the ball over. One of the knocks on Kyle Orton was that he could lead the team down the field, but couldn’t get the ball in the end zone. Tim Tebow may not consistently lead the team down the field, but when he does get in the redzone, the Broncos tend to score touchdowns. Another knock on Orton was that he didn’t lift his game when the team needed him to (4th quarter comebacks and game-winning drives). Tim Tebow plays his absolute best football when the game is on the line, and the team needs him to make plays.
Lost in the Tim Tebow hysteria is the fact that the Broncos defense is playing lights out. Von Miller is making a name for himself as one of the best defensive players in all of football. Elvis Dumervil is back to getting pressure on the quarterback, and with Miller on the opposite side, the Broncos have probably the best pass rush duo in the NFL. The run defense is pretty solid overall, even though they did give up quite a few yards to the Chargers. It appears that Marcus Thomas and Brodrick Bunkley are a better DT tandem than most of us expected. Brian Dawkins, Champ Bailey, Quinton Carter and Andre Goodman are playing great in the secondary. The Broncos defense is starting to come together, and they’re making it tough for opposing offenses to move the ball.
Many football experts don’t think the Broncos can keep winning the way they have recently.
Critics will point to the fact that Tim Tebow is not throwing the ball enough, and that he is not accurate. I can’t argue with them, but I can argue that he is getting better, and he is doing a good job with the current game plans. The Broncos coaches are not asking Tebow to sling the ball all over the field. They’re asking him to methodically move the ball with a mix of runs, and the occasional pass on third down. So far this tactic has worked well, but I think its time to open things up a bit. Last week Tebow passed the ball the best he has all season. He still ended up with a 50% completion percentage, but he threw some great passes when he needed to. Also, there were two key drops on 3rd downs that stalled drives – both of these passes were on the money, and should have been caught. Of course, none of the experts will bring up the drops, they’ll just chalk them up as incompletions.
I think that with the Broncos remaining schedule, they can win the AFC West, and make it to the playoffs. This may be laughable to some experts such as Merril Hoge and Boomer Esiason, but it can happen. Not only do I think the Broncos can make the playoffs, I think they could do a little damage as well. What do they say wins championships? A good rush offense, and good defense. Even with the move towards heavy passing offenses, the NFL playoffs require a good running game and a good defense. The weather can get nasty in January, which makes a good running game important. The Broncos currently have the #1 rushing offense in the NFL. Tim Tebow is getting better in the passing game, and the defense is rock solid.
If the Broncos get a crack at the playoffs, they might be a scary team to take on…
Common Ground Golf Course - Aurora, CO.
Common Ground Golf Course is located about 15 minutes southeast of downtown Denver, in Aurora, CO. The course was designed by world renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak. The facility at Common Ground includes a world-class 18-hole championship golf course, a short course devoted to Junior Golf development, a full-service practice facility and a caddie program. In 2012, Common Ground will be the supporting course for the U.S. Amateur from August 13th thru 19th at Cherry Hills Country Club.
Common Ground is surrounded by tall native grass, trees and an abundance of wildlife. While reviewing Common Ground, Denver Sports Blog writers Chad & Jeremy Fleming encountered a deer, and coyotes could be heard howling from the open natural areas surrounding the course. The location of Common Ground is ideal for city golfers as it is close to downtown Denver, but you get the feel you're away from the city. There are great views of the mountains off to the west, the Denver skyline can be seen off in the distance, and of course there is wildlife all around.
As they will tell you at Common Ground, there are two important things to know before teeing it up and experiencing the course for the first time:
1) Take advantage of the generous fairways that are available on most of the holes on the championship course. The fairways are often wide, and are lined by strategically placed sand traps and thick native grass. With a good tee shot in the fairway, your ball can roll for a long time down the fairways, which are pretty quick.
2) Stay out of the native grass! This may seem like a bit of an obvious statement, but it has never been truer. Having played many courses around Denver with native grass, Common Ground sticks out as having perhaps the toughest native areas around town.
While playing Common Ground, the most surprising thing about the course were the lightning quick greens. Most of the greens are large, include a good deal of break, and are very fast. The greens at Common Ground can provide a tough challenge, but they can also be very rewarding. Our group faired pretty well on the greens, and even managed to drop a few difficult putts. The best put of the day came on about a 40 footer that dropped for par on hole #14.
Hole 6 - This 147 yard par 3 is dogleg left with a lake on the immediate left of the fairway. Unless you’re very confident with the distance and placement of your irons, the safe play is to the right of the water. The water hazard provides a nice challenge on this hole but if you can make the green it is well worth it. The green is large and includes a great deal of break.
Hole 8 – This 337 yard par 4 is relatively straight with a large bunker on the right side, about 230 yard from the tee box. Placement is key on this hole with bunkers directly in front on both sides of the green. The pin placement for us was in the back of the green and left little room for error on our approach shots.
Hole 13 – This 408 yard par 4 was one of the more challenging holes. On the right side of the fairway lies a large bunker roughly 200 yards out. The dogleg right is challenging with thick native grasses on the left side with another bunker in the middle of the second shot. Also, bunkers line the sides and back of the green.
Hole 18 – If you like bunkers this is the hole for you. This 539 yard par 5 is surrounded by native grass and has large trees on the right side of the fairway. On the left of the fairway lies a bunker 250 yards out. The second shot must be towards the left side of the fairway with 3 bunkers lining the right side. For those wishing for birdie, watch out for the bunkers on the right side of the green.
Common Ground Golf Course
10300 E. Golfers Way
Aurora, CO 80010
The Denver Broncos biggest free agent signee, Ty Warren was injured in practice earlier this week. It is being reported that he partially tore his his triceps tendon. The triceps tendon is important as it allows for the elbow to be straightened. Ty Warren plays one of the most violent positions in football -- the interior of the defensive line. Warren likely will not be able to play this year, unless his injury is not as severe as it has been reported.
Preliminary reports have said that Warren had a partial tear, about 70 percent of his triceps tendon is torn. While this has not been confirmed by the Broncos, it has become the talk of Denver sports for the last couple days. Dr. David Geier, who runs a medical website and sports injury directory, offered to explain what the recovery for a torn triceps tendon would be.
Dr. David Geier: "Treatment involves surgery to repair the tendon. The surgeon will make an incision over the back of the elbow to expose the ruptured tendon and repair it to bone. The repair involves placing stitches in the tendon and anchoring them to the tip of the elbow either with suture anchors or through tunnels drilled in the bone. As with most tendon repairs, the surgeon then has to get the tendon to heal in that position. Healing involves immobilizing the elbow to prevent stress on the repair for several weeks. Gradually motion is started slowly and progressed over many weeks. When full motion of the elbow has been restored, strengthening of the triceps muscle and other muscles of the upper extremity is started. Unfortunately, the full recovery process is a long one. Return to sports can take many months, and therefore this is usually a season-ending injury."
To read the full article on Tricep Tendon Ruptures, click here: http://www.drdavidgeier.com/injuries/triceps-tendon-rupture/
This is not good news for Broncos fans. However, it should be noted that it may be possible for Warren to return this season. The reports of a partial tear are not confirmed as of yet, at least to what degree. Also, former Broncos defensive end Alfred Williams said on his radio show yesterday that he played most of the 1997 Super Bowl season with a partially torn tricep. While Williams said he was able to play through the injury, he thinks it would be more difficult for Warren, as he plays defensive tackle, and takes a pounding on basically every play. At the very least, Broncos fans should count on not having Ty Warren for roughly 8 weeks of the season. The Broncos are saying they will re-evaluate the injury to determine if it needs surgery. If the injury needs surgery, Warren will definitely miss the remainder of the 2011 season.
Update: As of 8-18-11 the Broncos have decided to move forward with surgery for Ty Warren. The hope is that he will be able to make it back between 3-6 months after surgery. If he's able to return closer to 3 months, he would be able to play some this season. Last year the Broncos waited to make a decision with Elvis Dumervil, and he ended up missing the entire season. While it is a longshot that Warren will play this season, there is still a small chance he will return.
Sitting watching tape off bronco offense from last year! Orton or Tebow? It’s embarrassing to think the broncos could win with tebow!!
Orton or tebow? QB play is not just about who works hard gives rare rare college speeches or who is a good guy!! Because orton works hard
Heavy words from a guy that has never been known to be a quarterback guru, or a special player himself. Why did he feel like he needed to go to Twitter to share his thoughts? hmm. I'm about 99% sure this was done for a few reasons:
And is a good guy as well. It’s about who can play!! I just watched Tebow throw 5 out routes to a wide open WR! He was 1 for 5! 2 went in
Dirt 2 in the stands! That throwing motion he changed? U can’t change who u r! Just watched 2 throws and he throws like he did in college!!
College credentials do not transfer to NFL raw raw speeches do not work! You must poses a skill set to play! Tebow struggle with accuracy!
The Denver Broncos 2011 Training Camp has started off with lots of buzz. The quarterback situation is crazy to say the least. Fans want to see Tim Tebow, the Broncos want to trade Kyle Orton, and the rest of the country seems to be focused on the quarterback soap opera at Dove Valley. There is a new coach in town that actually wants to focus on defense (John Fox), and the transition back to 4-3 from 3-4 has begun. It's an exciting and time to be a Broncos fan, that's for sure!
To view a slideshow of the Broncos training camp, click here: Broncos Photos
Practice Friday afternoon at Dove Valley was in front of a packed house. Fans were basically sitting on top of each other as they crammed in around the practice field. There was certainly excitement in the air, and the players seemed to be just as excited as the fans. In fact, some of the players were so excited, they got a little more physical than they probably should have. Safety David Bruton was tackling guys like it was a full contact practice, and the pads were not even on. You could definitely see the players had an itch to strap on the helmets and make some noise.
1) Fans can't get enough of Tim Tebow. Everytime he fired a pass, fans looked on with nervous anticipation. If the pass was complete, the fans did lots of cheering him on. If the pass fell incomplete, fans yelled out encouragement to the second year quarterback.
2) Kyle Orton did not interact with Tim Tebow at all. The closest the two came was about 5 feet apart, and never spoke to each other (from what I saw, as well as others sitting around me). A majority of the time they were at least 10-20 yards apart.
3) Brady Quinn has a loyal following, especially from the ladies. Quinn made some good throws, and each time the female fans let him know they still have love for him.
4. Orlando Franklin is a huge man! The rookie Right Tackle is a big guy and looks like he'll bring some much needed physicality to the run game. For a long time Broncos fan, a lineman of his size is a little weird to see.
5. Von Miller looks the part. The rookie #2 overall pick is lightning quick off the ball, and should provide a solid 1-2 pass rush tandem with Elvis Dumervil.
6. The 2011 Denver Broncos look like they have fun. Last year, fun was a bad word with Josh McDaniels around. This year the players look more loose, and smiles could be seen all over the practice field.
7. Eddie Royal will be a bigger part of the offense this year. It looks like Royal will play in the slot in 3 receiver sets, and will get plenty of time opposite Brandon Lloyd in base formations.
8. The defense will have lots of speed. There are many smaller looking players on defense this year, many of which have some serious speed. There should be a great deal of competition for the secondary positions as there is a great mix of young and old fighting for starting spots, especially at safety.
9. Von Miller will be more of a hybrid than an "outside linebacker". During passing situations, Miller always lined up as a defensive end opposite Elvis Dumervil. While Miller went to the defensive end spot, Robert Ayers squeezed in to the defensive tackle spot to help rush the passer. This means he will most likely spend more time rushing the quarterback than covering tight ends.
10. Elvis Dumervil should get plenty of opportunities for sacks this season. As noted above, Von Miller will help take the double-teams away from Dumervil. Also, it appears Dumervil will always line up on the weakside, or the side with no tight end. This will make it difficult for opposing teams to double team him.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter via twitter, the Denver Broncos have signed #2 overall pick Von Miller to an undisclosed contract. This is good news to Broncos fans as they look forward to seeing a revamped defense under new Head Coach, John Fox. The terms of Miller's contract have not been released, but it is speculated to be a 4 year deal, with a team option for a 5th year.
The Broncos announced yesterday that Von Miller will be wearing jersey #58 this season. This is partially in honor of his favorite player, Derrick Thomas. Hopefully Broncos fans will see Von Miller terrorize opposing quarterbacks the way Derrick Thomas used to terrorize John Elway.
Today is a good day for Broncos fans.
Do you think Von Miller will be able to help lead the Broncos defense back to being the orange crush?
According to the Denver Post's Mike Klis, Kyle Orton has been put on the trade block by the Denver Broncos. This is really no surprise to anyone that has followed the Broncos over the last couple seasons. Orton has had some great numbers, and has really made a name for himself across the league. However most Broncos fans have seen enough and are ready for the next John Elway replacement to roll into town. Kyle Orton is a stand-up guy, a hard worker and a good football player. His departure from Denver simply boils down to his lack of playmaking in the red zone, poor performance on third downs, and an inability to avoid any pressure that comes his way. Orton will be a good quarterback for a team with a great offensive line, a good defense, and offensive playmakers around him.
Just imagine if Josh McDaniels had not drafted Tim Tebow...Kyle Orton may not be going anywhere....
Possible landing spots for Kyle Orton:
Arizona Cardinals: Not likely to happen, only because Arizona really wants Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles. If that trade were to fall through, or the asking price was too high for Arizona to pull the trigger, Orton could end up there.
Seattle Seahawks: Matt Hasselbeck is all but gone from Seattle. They're left with Charlie Whitehurst as the most dependable quarterback option they have. It's possible Hasselbeck stays, but more than likely Seattle makes a splash and brings in a quarterback via trade or free agency.
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have had more quarterbacks the last ten years than Al Davis has had nationally televised verbal diarrhea incidents. Chad Henne is a good athlete with a strong arm, but he just can't seem to put it all together. It looks like Miami will be in need of a quarterback for the long-term, and Orton could be the guy.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are in serious need of a veteran quarterback. The Tavaris Jackson experiment seems to be over, and his biggest supporter, former coach Brad Childress is gone. There is a new regime in place, and there will be many changes made. The Vikings drafted Christian Ponder in the first round, but he will not be ready to start this season.
Tennessee Titans: Vince Young has had his chance, and has been hit or miss. There is a new coaching staff in place, and changes are on the way. Kerry Collins finally threw in the towel, and Tennessee is left with little at the quarterback position. I see the Titans as a very likely place for Kyle Orton to end up.
Where do you think Kyle Orton will end up?
What will the Broncos get for him?