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Broncos @ 49ers: My Take

August 16, 2009

Picture 3For those of you who didn’t know, I was at the game yesterday and just for the record – Kyle Orton looked just as bad in person. If not worse. 

Now, I would first like to say this: I am not giving up on Kyle Orton. Broncos fans, actually football fans in general, are as fickle as they come. I’m not going to be one of those fans. Anyone who is jumping on the Chris Simms bandwagon already, is acting ridiculous. 

I’m not giving up on him just yet. And Josh McDaniels isn’t either, so don’t think that Orton will be benched this week. 

The truth is, McDaniels has staked not only his name, but his entire reputation on the shoulders of Kyle Orton. I still like him, but he isn’t the player who I would like to stake mine on. McDaniels hand chose him from a plethora of QB’s that other teams offered him including Jason Campbell as well as many others.

So before we get into anything else, let’s go in depth as to how Kyle Orton played. Orton clearly knows how to drive his team across the field. He showed decent accuracy on short to medium passes most of the first half. The problem was when he got into the endzone. It was obvious that he lost a lot of confidence and got quite nervous. 

You just can’t do that. Because when you do that, defenses can just smell that. Orton began to lose pocket presence and didn’t display any control over that offense in the endzone. His mechanics looked okay. His 5-7 step drops looked just fine. He couldn’t seem to read the defense well though. He would throw it right into the defenses hands in some occasions. I wouldn’t even call them mistakes but just terrible decisions. 

It’s a bit complicated. Ortons’ final interception was the most interesting one though. He clearly under threw the ball, and had he put a bit more zip onto it, it would have been a completion and Stokley would have been able to break away. Orton doesn’t know how to use his arm strength.

I also noticed that Orton didn’t take his time. He tried to get the ball away as quickly as possible, even if no receivers were open and he had time to throw. That may have bothered me the most about how he played. 

On the other hand, Chris Simms played very, very well. I was pleasantly surprised. Unlike Orton, he controlled the huddle as well as the offense as a whole. He made very few mistakes and played with a very obvious confidence. I think the best thing he showed all day though, was the ability to adapt and adjust in his touchdown to McKinley. 

Picture 6When I saw the botched snap, I was ready to give up. But Simms was able to recover to the ball, run away from a collapsing pocket and he still threw a 30 yard pass to Kenny McKinley for a Touchdown. It was an excellent display of just what Chris Simms was made of.

The only problem I had with Chris Simms was that sometimes he would get nervous and just throw it to his running back, if he didn’t see anyone open. I don’t blame him, most people would do the same thing. But the problem was he got used to using that running back and would throw 2 to 3 straight passes to his running back.

That was good for Darius Walker though. Darius Walker, our 5th string running back who was out on the field with Simms on his last drive of the game, looked excellent. I have named him as my favorite unknown player and he proved that he had talent.

Walker displayed excellent field vision and fought for the extra yard on every single carry. He impressed me a lot. 

But maybe the thing that was the most promising, was the defense. While we weren’t able to force any turnovers, we seemed like we were actually able to stop their offense. Our running defense needed work but there were some great plays against the pass game. For instance when Alphonso Smith was able to put get his hand on a pass to a 49ers receiver, preventing a huge play the crowd went wild.

Even San Francisco fans next to me were clapping for that excellent play. 

The passing game wasn’t spectacular to the naked eye but it showed lots of promise. The first team defense, didn’t let up one BIG play. Yes, a couple of first downs were let up, but overall they played very well. The main thing that I noticed was that not once, was a player wide open. Not once. That was something that this defense just couldn’t do next year.

Also our Safeties weren’t missing tackles. Another thing that we didn’t see next year. I honestly feel that if we can fix our QB situation we could be playoff contenders. As a whole we are a very good team. We’ll see what the rest of the Pre-Season brings but right now there are a lot of questions that need to be answered.

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3 Comments
  1. Jon Krause permalink
    August 16, 2009 2:12 PM

    Did you take those pictures? Nice, are the on BM’s FB?

    • August 16, 2009 2:15 PM

      Yup, but they are not on the facebook page. I will upload them to twitter eventually.

  2. Jon Krause permalink
    August 16, 2009 2:27 PM

    awesome! =D look forward 2 that

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