Will Denver Get Their Quarterback?

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By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

 

Let’s talk about the quarterback situation.  If quarterback Kirk Cousins were to take a leap of faith and sign with Denver while under construction, keeping QB Trevor Siemian would be a smart move. He’s super cheap, has experience and knows the new playbook. Plus, no fan would spend their life on Twitter trashing Cousins to get Siemian. This would be the lone exception to keep him.  If Denver drafts a quarterback, there is no way you want Siemian around.  If the rookie fails, the fans will be calling for Siemian.  Hopefully, Denver has learned from the past.  As long as Trevor Siemian is on the team, the fans are always going to want him under center.

Which leads to the current starting QB, Paxton Lynch. You read that right because that’s how they ended the season. While 99% of the Denver media and fans had him buried and gone, Ian Rappaport just dashed their hopes and dreams by spending the day strongly hinting he’s staying. In which case, no way you keep Siemian.

Gambling on Lynch is actually their best bet because with him they can draft a big playmaker in the first round of the draft.  Then they can sign some big talent, keep talent and fill every hole. They could be a balanced team like Minnesota and Jacksonville. He actually would give them the best chance to win because for the first time he has the same coach, scheme, and playbook. This gives him a leg up.  Plus he’ll have a team of weapons since the Broncos wouldn’t have put all their money in bringing in a new QB.

With Cousins, they will be severely limited in free agency. They would need him to play so well, he can cover up the holes, which he wasn’t able to do in Washington. The team won’t be completely fixed because you can only do so much in the draft. A rookie will spend more time losing than winning because that’s what most of them do. Whether they go with Lynch or a rookie, you don’t want Siemian, you want a journeyman like QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh McCown. Since I don’t see Cousins in Denver, Siemian is gone.

With Kansas City trading away cornerback Marcus Peters and QB Alex Smith, it appears they are also doing some reloading which would be the perfect time for Denver to do the same.   By the way, Kansas City head coach Andy Reid wanted Lynch, it’s partly why Elway moved up in the draft.  Elway wanted to cut off Arizona who was going to take Lynch, plus keep him away from Kansas City and Dallas. Because of that, Reid learned and moved up to get QB Patrick Mahomes. Makes sense for Denver to do the same.  Rebuild and use the QB that Reid wanted.

 

Things are starting to move in the NFL as we head into the combine.  Can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

 

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2018 Denver Broncos Moves: All Talk, No Action

OTFB Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

In Broncos Country, the word is Rumors. Not Fleetwood Mac’s album, but the non-stop speculation from “sources”. So much talk, so little action.

Sources say defensive back Aqib Talib, wide receiver  Emmanuel Sanders, and quarterback Trevor Siemian are on the trading block. In addition, names like running back C.J. Anderson, outside linebacker Brandon Marshall and linebacker Todd Davis have also been rumored. Add defensive end Shane Ray to that list and you get the picture.

WR Cody Latimer is a free agent, as are WRs Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor. Tight end Virgil Green is one as well. WR Demaryius Thomas is due 1.1 to keep his contract going. Center Matt Paradis is a restricted free agent. Seems like I just listed 1/2 our team.

Here’s What I think: Sanders is on the block because he had a problem in Texas and the team didn’t know about it. A veteran like him should know to contact your team and that everything always comes out, so not contacting the team says a lot. He could be kept to entice a guy like QB Kirk Cousins; however, he and Thomas are aging and always hurt.

Talib is rumored to be available because the thought is Denver needs cap space for Cousins and that cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Brendan Langley can replace him. Talib has lost a step and I’m still mad at him because of the Week 17 loss.  I disagree on Cousins in Denver and that the other two can replace Aqib.  With that said, if Denver wants to bring in some fresh blood in a rebuild, I can see this, but not because of Cousins or that Roby is better.

Anderson returning seems like a dismal chance because of his age and in a run-first system, he barely got a 1,000 yards.  The offensive line was actually pretty good as run graters. Not to mention, they have two young backs they need to get going and most likely will draft a third.

Trading Shane Ray is ridiculous. He was injured last season and when he came back late in the year, he wasn’t 100%. I say they sign OLB Shaquil Barrett and keep Ray.  As far as the interior linebackers, I hope Denver drafts LSU LB Tremaine Edmunds. Marshall has too much dead money to cut him and a team won’t pick it up in a trade because of age and injury history. Not to mention, he was the lead tackler.  This will leave Davis on the hot seat.

 

Soon enough, all this talk will turn into action, and it’ll be fun to see what happens!

 

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The State of the Denver Broncos

OTFB Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole  

Can 2017 be erased from my mind, please? Not sure anyone could have predicted the rotten outcome of this season, unless they were me screaming about what not to do for the last two years. Being “right” has been no consolation.

What John Elway does with the quarterback will either be his downfall or his saving grace. He’s a God in Broncos Country, but he’s sliding. Outside of signing Peyton Manning, he’s botched the handling of this position since 2012 and the disasters of his poor decisions (or allowing his coaches to make them) are now front and center. Continue reading “The State of the Denver Broncos”

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

 

The votes are in.

The newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard.

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Ushering in the 2018 NFL Honors Award Winners

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Musicians have the Grammys, Actors have the Emmys and Thespians have the Tonys. But for professional NFL athletes, their recognition comes through the NFL Honors Award.

Saturday night the celebration of a year of excellence in the NFL was ushered in with rookies and veterans alike.

Here is a list of the winners from the NFL Honors:

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Tennessee Titans Defeat Kansas City Chiefs By One Point

Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Titans 22 – Chiefs 21

The first half of the game belonged to the Kansas City Chiefs.  They scored on a touchdown by Chiefs’ running back Kareem Hunt, who ran the ball in from the one-yard line.  They scored another TD when tight end Travis Kelce caught a 14-yard pass from quarterback Alex Smith.  Not a good start for the Tennessee Titans

Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota was leading a good drive during the second quarter until he threw an interception to cornerback Marcus Peters; Titans head coach Mike Mularkey later stated that it was Titan wide receiver Corey Davis’ fault as Davis didn’t run his route correctly. The Titans have had this “miscommunication” and “execution” problem throughout this season.  It has frustrated the coaches and the fans and has lead to much speculation about the security of the coaching positions in Tennessee.

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Titans Over Chiefs In Wild Card

Official Tennessee Titans Fan Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Titans 22 – Chiefs 21

Throughout the past two weeks, there has been a lot of rumblings in the press and on social media about head coach Mike Mularkey’s job security.  The Tennessee Titans lost three games in a row. Most of the wins this year have been determined to be “ugly wins” and most of the games have been low scoring or “boring”.  

When the press asked Mularkey if he felt that he was close to losing his job if he didn’t make the playoffs, he responded:  “I haven’t had support to say I was (secure). I just assumed the worst”.  The press conference video of this exchange was heartbreaking, Mularkey was quite emotional when questioned about his job security.  Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk has addressed the situation with this statement:

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Titans Playoff Preview

Official Tennessee Titans Fan Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Today’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be Mike Mularkey’s first playoff game as head coach.  This AFC wildcard game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium.   

The Chiefs (10-6) have three main weapons in the form of tight end Travis Kelce, running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Tyreek Hill.  The Chiefs also will have home field advantage and a veteran quarterback in Alex Smith, who will be well rested coming into this game.  The Chiefs had rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in as their starter last week.  

Coach Mularkey had this to say about playing at Arrowhead: “Tough place to play. Good football team. We played them there last year in another close game, so we’re not as familiar playing them this year.”  

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The final countdown for the Broncos season

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

 

The Chiefs have secured their playoff spot and a win or loss changes nothing in their seeding. They can sit or start whomever they want for however long they want. On Sunday, their only known starter will be rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes. This could make it tough to game plan for Denver IF they really want to win.

For Denver, they could be playing to lose because general manager John Elway is scouting quarterbacks and the best way to get a top one is to lose. However, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas needs 108 yards to reach 1,000 for the season and running back CJ Anderson needs 54 yards to reach his 1,000. He’s averaging 63 a game so that one should be easy. 108 yards for Thomas will be tougher, as he’s only had one game all season over 100 yards which was against the Giants.

With two QBs only having three starts between them, it’s tough to scout this game. However, since head coach Andy Reid drafted Mahomes and wants him as his future (ironically, he wanted quarterback Paxton Lynch, but Elway moved up to take him away), he’ll put a game plan together to give him every chance to succeed and win.

With that said, It sounds like Denver will be starting their top defensive guys. This should help get the ball back to Denver quickly since Mahones hasn’t faced a defense like the Broncos. Getting the ball in Lynch’s hands will be instrumental in Thomas getting his yards. Plus Elway needs to see Lynch throw more than the ten times he did against Oakland a few weeks ago.

Head Coach Vance Joseph has said he wants Lynch to run.  If he bases a game plan around Lynch running and not his arm, the Broncos may be doomed to lose at home because of his injured ankle. WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer, receivers #2 and #3 look to be out, leaving Thomas, Jordan Taylor and Bennie Fowler as the three. Taylor and Fowler will need to be at the top of their game in order to pull coverage away from Thomas so he can get his yardage if they let Lynch throw.

Kansas City has an offense built around the run, so if Denver shows up to win, they should be able to stop it and force Mahones to throw. He’ll want to toss it deep as the gunslinger he is and since defensive back Aqib Talib may not be back next season, he could make sure Mahomes remembers his name.

If tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill play, Mahones has a chance, if not, it’ll be a long day.

The key to both sides is the same. Stop these strong-armed quarterbacks from throwing deep and to their top receiver. The difference will be that Mahones has nothing to lose.  If he misses, throws interceptions and incompletions, his job is secure, so he should be able to play with no pressure. The press, fans, and Reid are behind him and will excuse a new starter’s mistakes.

For Lynch, the opposite is true. Denver press has portrayed him as the enemy because they championed for QB Trevor Siemian, any mistake he makes will be ripped to shreds by the media and fans who follow them. In addition, head coach Vance Joesph is clearly not a fan.

This will put massive pressure on him to perform. If he does well, they’ll say it was against second stringers, if he stumbles, they’ll say how crappy because it’s against second stringers. His key will be to shut out the outside world and just play. A tough challenge when he could be playing for a job.

Hopefully, Joseph puts Thomas, Anderson, and winning over a handful of spots in the draft. Fans deserve it and after this crappy season, and it would be a good reward for the players. Go Broncos!

 

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Eagles Clinch Home Field Advantage

Official Eagles Reporter

By Roxaan Herrera

Eagles 19 – Raiders 10

 

All wins are not equal. Sure, a win is a win and it’s a step closer to the ultimate goal.  However, how you win does say a lot about a team. Monday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders was one of the most embarrassing wins I’ve witnessed in my fourteen years as an Eagles fan.  Have there been some prior to 2003? Of course, but I didn’t see them so it doesn’t count. We’re talking about my feelings here.

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