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2009 Preview: Offense Looking To Top NFL

February 7, 2009

Jay Cutler

Last week Josh did his 2009 Preview for the Defense and now I am going to present you with the 2009 Preview for the Offense as we gear up for the 2009 Off-season. Enjoy!

Jay Cutler is going into next season as maybe the third best Quarterback in the NFL. I think he might even be at the level as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in another few years if he isn’t already. With him comes and this is actually a true fact, the second best Wide Receiver duo in the NFL. Marshall and Royal finished second for most receiving yards and most catches. Also we have the second best Offensive Line in the NFL second to only the Titans.

So when you put all of that together with an acclaimed Head Coach who in New England created one of the most potent offenses in NFL History you are bound for some success. The question of course is defense but that is not my job to talk about. The question is how we will attack some other positions other than QB, Wide Receiver, and Offensive Line. 

The first question is Running Back. It is the only real hole on the offense. I think it is time that we keep nickel and diming the position and get a full time starter and somebody that can hold the position down for a couple of years. We can expect Josh McDaniels to agree with me on that. 

There are a couple of ways we could do this. Two very good free agent running backs are going to be Darren Sproles and Brandon Jacobs. Neither have been confirmed as free agents but there is still a likeliness that both might end up in free agency. If that is the case I would go Darren Sproles. While Jacobs is better statistically, I like exciting, fast players and Sproles is just that.

Darren Sproles Runs and Runs

Darren Sproles Runs and Runs

While small, Darren Sproles I think could actually make it as a starting Running Back. He will be the favorite at this point to be our big free agent signing. I think that he could do a good job of teaming up with a certain Peyton Hillis also. Sproles could be our finesse runner taking 75% of our snaps and Hillis our hammer back; will take the other 25%. 

We could also try to draft one. From round 1 to 3 we could find a high quality running back. For instance in the first round if we wanted to have a really, really, really good Running Back we might want to get Chris Wells or Knowshon Moreno. 

The Broncos could also draft a running back in another round like the second or third. Lesean McCoy or Shonn Greene both might be fantastic picks and could actually start. In the third round Rashad Jennings or Javon Ringer might be able to not take the whole load immediately but could work there way into that. 

A decision that will be tough but I am looking forward to the Broncos making is whether it is time to start Tony Scheffler. I know he has injury concerns but he is heads and heels better than Daniel Graham. I would give him the job no matter what the risk and use Graham as a nice backup. 

Predicted Depth Chart:

QB: Jay Cutler/Darrell Hackney

HB: Darren Sproles/Peyton Hillis/Jeremiah Johnson

FB: Spencer Larsen/Peyton Hillis

WR: Brandon Marshall/Eddie Royal/Brandon Stokley/Chad Jackson

TE: Tony Scheffler/Daniel Graham

LT: Ryan Clady/Tyler Polumbus

RT: Ryan Harris/Tyler Polumbus

C: Casey Wiegmann/Kory Lichtensteiger

LG: Ben Hamilton/Erik Peers

RG: Chris Kuper/Erick Peers

  1. mark in MI permalink
    February 6, 2009 9:33 PM

    I couldn’t disagree with you more when it come to your RB predictions. first off, jacobs will never see free agency, niether will sproles. and who would want sproles to get 75% of the carries? the chargers don’t even want that. I’m actually shocked that a bronco fan would even want to see that.derrick ward would be the only free agent RB that I see fitting the new system. as for the TE, graham is a much better blocker than scheffler and given the bronco RBs he was need to open up the running game. if you’ve watched our new offense being run the last few years in new england, you would realize that the pats don’t use their TEs much.

    • February 6, 2009 9:46 PM

      Darren Sproles fits our system well honestly. We are a pass first team but because of the exceptional speed that Sproles bring he will be able to take more of an advantage with the Zone Blocking System that we have in place where running backs can try to move quickly to fit the blocking at the time not to mention the “amoeba” system which running backs use their speed to make plays on the system. Also the effect Scheffler has had in the passing game, when he gets 5 or more catches we are 5-1 last year. he will get those more often if we start him and again if sproles comes to denver his unique speed will not use blocking as much.

  2. mark in MI permalink
    February 6, 2009 9:45 PM

    derek ward would fit very nicely. he’s an every down back who has every tool that a NFL starting RB needs. I especially like his hands. that’s a big need in this new offense. look at kevin faulk in this system, he had 50-60 catches playing part time last season. Hillis actually fits well also.

  3. mark in MI permalink
    February 7, 2009 9:47 AM

    There is NO way a RB as small as he is can carry the ball 300+ times (which would be your 75%) Any GM that would even consider it wouldn’t be long for his job. there is a reason Sproles only had around 60 carries for 300ish yards. HES A SPOT GUY. HES ONLY GOOD FOR ABOUT 5 MAYBE 10 CARRIES A GAME.

    • February 7, 2009 10:03 AM

      Look at how many times we ran the ball last year vs how we usually do. Josh McDaniels works in a pass first offense where we won’t need to run the ball as much. 75% I don’t see being 300+ carries on this new team. I understand your opinion, I just respectfully disagree.

  4. mark in MI permalink
    February 7, 2009 9:57 AM

    Re Sheffler: I’m very familiar with him. he went to WMU which is about 20 miles from where I live. Shefflers got a lot of physical abillity. (good quickness and hands) the only problem is Denvers gonna have to decide what’s more important out of the TE spot, blocking or receiving. Shanny ran a lot of 2 TE formations which put Sheff on the field more. the new offense won’t feature this nearly as much. Add in the fact that sheffler isn’t that tough and always seems to have a nagging injury and I think its gonna lead to less snaps for Sheff

  5. Wes Choate permalink
    February 8, 2009 10:31 AM

    I have one name for your guys, Ryan Torrain. We don’t need to pick up a back in free agency, though i do like the third round draft pick of Ringer. And if McDaniels does leave Sheffler out of the offense than he too is an idiot and well hopefully leave as fast as he came in. The offense won’t be completely like the pats offense. McDaniels, if he’s worth his weight in coaching, will mold the two styles. There’s no reason to fix something that isn’t broken

  6. February 8, 2009 10:42 AM

    Wes, if it wasn’t for that second injury this season I would think Ryan Torain too but it is hard after that many injuries. Also with Shanny gone he will need to get McDaniels to like him. It is an interesting idea though and definitely a possibility.

  7. Mark in MI permalink
    February 8, 2009 9:02 PM

    I too liked Ryan Torain but I don’t see the guy ever being able to stay healthy being a feature back. Now as far as Javon Ringer goes. I hate that pick. Again being from MI I saw a lot of his games. he’s not a tough runner. I think he’s the prototypical good college RB but I don’t see his game translating well on sundays. He wasn’t as impressive on a consistant basis as you’d like to see. if Denvers going to use a first day pick on a RB then I’d rather see them try to land shonn green in the 2nd round. The Broncos have proven that they can move the ball between the 20’s on the ground the last 4 or 5 years. The problem is we struggle like hell inside the red zone. if we can find a guy with good vision that is able to get the “tough” yards than by all means draft him. but javon ringer is not that guy.

    • February 8, 2009 9:25 PM

      I like Javon Ringer but not for our situation. A guy like Jeremiah Johnson who plays perfectly in the spread offense might be good and we could get in the fourth round…

  8. Mark in MI permalink
    February 8, 2009 10:12 PM

    I think we just like different types of RB’s. I prefer the 220-235 lbs RB’s that have a good balance of speed and power where as I think you prefer the smaller faster 180- 200 lbs guys. in my opinion those smaller backs don’t seem to do as well inside the 20 yard line and I think that’s what we lack. those small guys are great when your playing madden but when the defenders aren’t spread out in the red zone they usually struggle in real life. look at the great TD scorers in recent memory. most of them fit the mode that I’m talking about with their style of play. for example: terrell davis, priest holmes, LT, shaun alexander (for a few yrs) larry johnson, emmitt smith, these guys all were big touchdown scorers. now I know there has also been good smaller backs in the red zone, marshall faulk and westbrook come to mind, but I think that was due more so to their pass catching ability. besides we’ve tried the small back thing a lot the last few years with selvin, tatum, quentin griffin,andre hall and others. let’s get back to the “one cut and go” backs that used to do so well for us. (davis, portis) anyway its nice to talk bronco football with people. I don’t get to that often in my parts. I found this blog by accident and I don’t know how many people post here but I’d be interested to hear from other readers what type of back works best for us. thanks for the forum.

  9. February 9, 2009 2:34 PM

    well we are glad you found it mark. 🙂 the one reason that i do like the speed backs is that i think that they are a bit more electrifying. The way it looks now, for the first time in a long time we are going to have a pass first offense. that means that we need people in the backfield who are going to be exciting when they do run the ball. not just well balanced like LT, holmes, and alexander who were the focus of the offense.

  10. Broncos Boy permalink
    February 9, 2009 2:40 PM

    I am with Mark here. We need a more balanced backfield and if we want another super bowl we need to give cutler a more stablle backfield. Darren Sproles wouldn’t bring that.

  11. February 10, 2009 10:31 AM

    Broncos suck 3 game lead with 3 to go and they lose all of them’ when they only had to win one to win the divison.
    Can us ay biggest regular season choke job ever.

    • February 10, 2009 6:10 PM

      oh chargersrukebroncossuck. first off i do not think your an idiot just because you can’t type rule correctly and that you didn’t even think to spaces between your name. i don’t even think that you are a total idiot because you go around vandalizing other peoples blogs with senseless comments based on just fandom. but you are a chargers fan which means i do.

  12. Mark in MI permalink
    February 11, 2009 12:24 PM

    posts from charger fans ruke! what are san diego fans gonna do if their team moves north to LA? Will they make the drive north to watch their “past his prime” aging RB, or their loud mouth QB or even that one year wonder cromartie? who knows, maybe their fans will make the trip to watch the brilliant Norv Turner weave another last second loss for his team. I love charger fans!

  13. Wes Choate permalink
    February 12, 2009 8:33 AM

    thata boy Garret! Dig into him. Chargersrule guy, um, you are an idiot. Just in case you weren’t sure

  14. February 13, 2009 10:23 AM

    Maybe withint the nexyt few years we’llssee the broncos playing in something called the playoffs.
    But i doubt now that the rat is gone.

  15. mark in MI permalink
    February 14, 2009 12:25 PM

    how many superbowls have the chargers won?

  16. sssvip23 permalink
    February 26, 2009 6:03 AM

    You all have bad arguement, the broncos are young (look at roster) and yet they are slowly but surely making their way up. Yes they had a 3 game losing steak and lost to the chargers in the wildcard, but as if the raiders, cheifs, and chargers didn’t have a bad season. Raiders lost more then most of their games (this has been going on for some time) and hell so did the cheifs. Now I know the broncos lost to them, but i believe it was because of the 50-50% chance of wining in that conference (think about it). Chargers are on the path of falling behind. Yes their good ,but thats all they are. We’ll see who falls under the bus this year.

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