The REAL hero of the 2011 Denver Broncos.

Want to find a guy to praise for the Broncos winning streak that never got any love? The guy that REALLY set Broncos records that year?

Britton Colquitt.

No, really.

Often overlooked is the importance of having a good punter when your team is terribly inefficient at moving the ball. Accoring to Football Outsiders the Denver Broncos ranked 26th in the league in “Down Success Rate” (which measures the percentage of down series that result in a first down or touchdown) and 29th best team overall in punts per drive. The three teams worse than the Broncos in moving the chains were St. Louis (2-14), Jacksonville(5-11), and Cleveland(4-12).

Anyone else seeing a pattern? Apparently in the NFL if you’re punting alot you’re usually not scoring. When you’re not scoring, you’re usually losing.

Here’s where Colquitt comes in.

Because of Tim Tebow’s inability to move the chains or score for long stretches of games (26th in the league in points-per-drive) Colquitt landed #5 ALL-TIME in the NFL record books for punt yards with 4,783. His 101 punts was only 4 punts less than Donnie Jones’ 105 for the 2-14 St. Louis Rams. He had 7 or more punt games EIGHT times during the Broncos streak, often and regularly pinning opponents deep in their own territory. Amazingly enough, even though Denver’s drives often stalled in their own territory the Broncos special teams still ranked 16th overall in average opposition starting field position. Thanks to a great punting game, Denver’s defense was able to bail out an ailing offense more often than not.

So there you have it, folks. The REAL hero of the 2011 Denver Broncos.

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My take on the whole Aaron Hernandez thing…

I’m a big believer of innocent until proven guilty. 

But this guy?

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How am I supposed to believe he’s innocent? He starts destroying evidence, and that’s what…coincidental?  Maybe he thinks his money would protect him from a life in prison. Maybe he’s just a moron. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that it could be both.

Manning wants the offense to be faster

Memo to NFL: “you’re screwed.”

 

from PFT:

 

At this time last year, Peyton Manning was just getting to know his teammates on the Broncos offense.

Everyone’s more familiar with one another this time around and Manning would like to use that familiarity as a springboard to an offense that plays faster in 2013. The Broncos ranked second in the league in scoring last year while running 68.13 plays per game, about six less a game than the Patriots ran on their way to leading the league in scoring. Manning told Mark Klszla of the Denver Post that he wants to see the Broncos closer to New England in that metric.

“For whatever reason, our offense plays better the faster we go. I think that was clear cut last season. The receivers liked it; they got into a rhythm,” Manning said. “Anything we can do as an offense to build off that, anything we can do to make us more efficient as an offense, that’s what we’re looking to do.”

The Broncos appear to be in good position to kick things up a notch in the tempo department. Wide receiver Wes Welker is the most prominent new face on the Broncos offense and, as illustrated above, he brings plenty of experience playing in fast-paced schemes with him from New England. If they did add seven snaps a game on offense, it would mean 112 more chances for Manning to connect with Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.

That scenario bodes well for Manning, the receivers and the Broncos as a whole. It’s not quite as rosy an outlook for opposing defenses.

Injury bug hits the Broncos

Probably time to either stop doing fully padded practices or start practicing with airbags tied to the players.

Hillman, Leonard, Kuper, Carter, Vickerson, Trevathan, Porter

Im actually surprised that Knowshown “What’s a hole, and how do I hit it” Moreno hasn’t been dinged up yet.