Well Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler, and yes even Jay Cutler have left the building; have moved on to other teams. Most “Media Experts” bemoaned the Broncos Offense as now lacking anything resembling a play-maker, Weapons to make the offense productive.
What we have since found out is that unlike last year we don’t just have one Weapon, we have many!
Let’s start with the latest addition to the arsenal, the secret weapon Demaryius “Bay Bay” Thomas. Thomas the quiet, soft spoken humble freak of athletic nature was raised up out of his silo, and fired at an unsuspecting Seahawks team in Mile High. His first Drive his huge frame and unbelievable speed accounted for 4 catches and 50 plus yards.
The Seahawks admitted in the person of Lawyer Malloy “We had no idea he was that big or that fast” and Thomas’ post game comments included “I knew they had no tape on me!. Before he was through he had grabbed 8 of the 9 balls thrown his way in limited action and a TD catch from Orton that left a db literally on the ground watching him run!
The league may not have had tape on him before, but they do now!
Denver finally found a running game behind a improved and quickly gelling patchwork Broncos offensive line. Beadles second game ever at Right Tackle showed he had much improved giving credence to his intelligence and McDaniels’ faith in his talent.
This allowed both Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno to run with much greater efficiency and consistency. Moreno especially showed improvement to make big plays and showed great second effort in tough yardage situations. Moreno will very shortly be a major contributing weapon in the Broncos armory!
I would and could list another handful of our receivers individually but I would be here all day. Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney, and even Eric Decker have shown that they can be Big time clutch receivers and rack up 10 catches and 100 yards in any game. Lloyd and Royal have repeatedly shown they will take advantage of opportunities to make the big catch and move the chains or even score.
The one I am begrudgingly admitting has made this all possible is Kyle Orton. Yes people who know me I said it, Kyle Orton so far has been a weapons. He has shown great improvement in a few areas. He has shown that he can run a believable play fake. Last year the Broncos ran 3 play fakes and 2 boot-legs all year because Kyle just couldn’t pull them off. He ran more than that in the first quarter last Sunday and quite convincingly on more than one occasion to the point he fooled the cameras and the commentators.
Also his boots, roll-outs and scrambles in and out of the pocket show that he has been pushed to improve and somehow done it. Also he has found a medium ball and occasionally a long ball for the first time in his career.
Orton’s improved unpredictability and ability to stretch the field a bit more has forced defenses to play honest and opened up both the running game and the passing game. Another thing effected has been the sustaining of drives. Sunday against the Seahawks the Broncos were 13 of 16 on third down at one point and had multiple 80 yard drives leading to nearly 40 minutes of possession time. The Broncos big play ability allowed the Broncos to completely dominate the Seahawks on both sides of the ball.
(We owe a great debt of appreciation to Ben McDaniels our underrated QB coach. He just might make a silk purse out of Kyle’s pig’s ear!)
Amazingly enough that is only the short list of potential play makers, weapons for the broncos. You could add in Cox, Thompson, Willis, to that list of weapons as well. The arrival of Maroney makes adds big play potential to an already powerful backfield.
All in all the “Experts” were what I would consider ignorant, ill informed and biased when assessing the “Weapons” on the Broncos on both sides of the ball. As Denver showed against the Seahawks Sunday, the armory is well fitted and Josh McDaniels have the Broncos Locked and Loaded!