Mentor or Adversary: The NFL Veteran’s Dilemma

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

 

We hear it all the time… “That veteran will be mentoring the young guys, showing them the ropes.” But is that really true? And even more, is it really fair to expect a veteran who wants the starting job to spend any time at all helping the rookie who wants to take his job?

That seems to be the big story in Denver this week as quarterback Joe Flacco is taking heat for saying it’s not his job to be a mentor to newly drafted QB Drew Lock.

And I don’t blame him.

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Future playmakers found in the late rounds of NFC/AFC West drafts

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

When people talk about NFL stars who were found in the late rounds of the draft, there are a few names that are always brought up. Tom Brady, Richard Sherman, Bo Jackson, Terrell Davis… it’s a long list. The western divisions in both conferences have a tendency to find these players regularly and turn them into superstars. Let’s take a look at this year’s picks and see if there could be another future star.

You can find an entire list of AFC draft picks for each team here.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs have found some fantastic late round steals in the past. KR Dante Hall, DE Jared Allen, and most recently G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. This year late round gem could also be an offensive line player.

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Marlin Briscoe: The first African American quarterback

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

To look at the NFL today it’s hard to imagine it without the diversity it displays, but there was a time when there wasn’t. In honor of Black History Month, we will look at the changes the NFL has gone through as it pertains to African American players.

Let’s begin with a pioneer in his own right, Marlin Briscoe.

African Americans have been a part of the American Football evolution as far back as the 1920s with players like Fitz Pollard and Bobby Marshall leading the way. The position of quarterback had not been a position that was openly offered to African Americans, but in 1968 that all changed with Marlin Briscoe.

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Nick Foles decides its time to move on from the Eagles. Where does he go?

Dayna O’Gorman
NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Always a bridesmaid, never the bride.

Even after being named MVP of a Super Bowl LII, even after saving the Eagles 2018 season and taking them to the playoffs, Philadelphia continued to tell quarterback Nick Foles he just wasn’t good enough. QB Carson Wentz, who has been injured the last two seasons, will be their starter. Foles decided that it was time to move on, and he paid $2 million to do it.

The Eagles had picked up Foles $20 million option, but that would mean he would continue to carry a clipboard for Wentz. Foles paid the fee to be released from that option, but Philadelphia still has the ability to franchise tag him. This would give the team the ability to trade him. It has been reported that multiple teams are interested in bringing Foles on board. This isn’t surprising considering the state of the quarterback situation in the NFL.

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Denver Broncos blow late 4th quarter lead

Leora Ruzin, Denver Broncos Reporter

By Leora Ruzin // @LeoraKitty78

Kansas City Chiefs 27 – Denver Broncos 23

It’s officially time to start panicking, Broncos Country. The 2018 season is eerily feeling like a repeat of the 2017 season, and we all know how that ended.

The Denver Broncos fell to division rival Kansas City Chiefs after holding a sizable lead for the majority of the game, and are 2-2 on the season. Experts expected the Broncos to lose in a blow-out, which might have been easier for fans to accept.

Instead, the Broncos kept the pace with the Chiefs during the first three quarters, only to fall apart in the last quarter.

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Broncos defeat the Raiders in a classic 4th quarter comeback

Leora Ruzin, Denver Broncos Reporter

By Leora Ruzin // @LeoraKitty78

Raiders 19-20 Broncos

After coming from behind in the 4th quarter to beat the Oakland Raiders, the Denver Broncos remain undefeated.

It is way too early in the season to celebrate though, especially when you play in the same division as the scary-looking Kansas City Chiefs. This should give any Denver fan a reason to be cautiously optimistic.

The Broncos continue to struggle on offense, as quarterback Case Keenum works through the playbook learning curve. Keenum finished the night 19/35, with 222 yards, and one interception. These are stats that would make anyone itchy to hit that ejection seat.

His regression from Week 1 should not be an immediate cause for alarm, however. Halftime adjustments, particularly on the offense, helped the team finally find the end zone in the 2nd half. Keenum was calmer in the pocket during the 2nd half. He even scored a touchdown on a QB keeper early in the 4th quarter.

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Denver Broncos defeat Seattle Seahawks after a balanced attack on offense and defense

Official Reporter, Denver Broncos

By Leora Ruzin // @LeoraKitty78

Denver Broncos- 27, Seattle Seahawks- 24

 

The Denver Broncos are coming off one of the most disappointing seasons since the McDaniels era (5-11, 4th place in the AFC West).  This, after coming off a slightly-less disappointing season in 2016 (9-7, 3rd place in the AFC West).

Once quarterback Peyton Manning retired, and offensive coordinator Wade Phillips left to go to the Los Angeles Rams, the team fell into disarray. When Head Coach Gary Kubiak retired the end of the 2016 season, the proverbial last nail on the coffin was hammered down. It’s crazy to think that this is the team that won Super Bowl 50, and yet, here we are.

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Is it weekend at Bernie’s for Broncos or does Elway have a plan?

OTFB Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

If you like short pieces to read, this is one. If you left the country for a month-long walkabout, don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything. The 2018 Broncos look exactly like the 2017 Broncos except they released a starting cornerback and signed a third string one.  They also signed an expensive quarterback, who has to prove himself.

That’s it, kiddies. Seriously.

Well, I lied. They also allowed free agent wide receiver Bennie Fowler and their former second-round pick WR Cody Latimer to walk. Either Elway believes this team only needed quarterback Case Keenum, or he has a ton of transactions up his sleeve.

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Broncos / John Elway starts making moves

OTFB Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

 

After being very quiet since the season ended, the Denver Broncos have made a few moves. They picked up Chris Harris, Jr’s option of $1.1 million. This makes his contract for the year guaranteed.

They traded Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams where he will be reunited with Wade Phillips, Denver’s former super bowl winning defensive coordinator. He’ll also be teaming up with another former player, Kayvon Webster.

In the trade, Denver received a fifth round draft pick, and many believe this was a low ball move. However, a source said that he wasn’t happy with Vance Joseph or the way the defense was being run. Publicly, he said everything was swell.

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Will Denver Get Their Quarterback?

OTFB Broncos Reporter

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.

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