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Back to wasting time

Posted by sburk44 on December 21, 2009

7-6 BABY!

What a terrible Monday to decide to get back into a regular posting routine…no time to waste bitching about a loss to the raiders though…too many other things to talk/complain about:

1) Lets say you gamble and I gave you -250 odds that one of the following teams win: San Diego, Indy, New Orleans, plus 1 more of your choice will win the Super Bowl. Do you take the -250 and what other team do you take?

2) During my month long neglecting of the blog – a few people have left some great little gems.

-Thanks to Gargs for betting on Wyo during the border war – no doubt giving them good karma for the NEW MEXICO BOWL win – which was by far the best sports moment of the weekend for Denver/Wyo/Mountain time zone fans.

-Mr. J Theide is dominating the messages without so much as a peep from me. So sir – a few thoughts – then I will send you an e-mail to invite you to become an author and make your own posts. (1) The Brian Kelly rumors already don’t sound good…Scared of recruiting an disciplining African American players, violent abusive temper, and subtly looks like my dad from a profile angle. Actually – that last one is not so much a bad thing -just kinda weird. (2) Your NBA take is diseased…the product is solid and the prices are no more ridiculous than any random NHL game or MLB game in a decent market. At least half of the games on every night features an interesting match up with fun and LIKABLE stars…LeBron, Nash, CPIII, Durantula, Melo, Dirk, D-Ho, Kobe, Wade, (ok – Kobe is fun to hate and I am not sure if Melo is “likable”, but all of a sudden this league has more people with their shit together than the NFL (more on this in a later post))

3) Thank you Tiger – only your little sextcapades could have brough linds and I’s guilty pleasures of sports and gossip together in such a neat little package. We talk more than ever these days – and its all because of your nasty little ambien habits.

4) Nuggets 2 game slide makes this team’s record deceptive. NOT a good defensive team without all top 4 stars playing well – no depth in the front court and Chauncy looks old this year. Its too early to concede everything to the Lakers – but if the Kobbettes do falter in some way (injury), then we are not the team to pick up the slack – currently, that would be Dallas.

5) Ok – a little bitching about the Broncos: I had to watch the game via the redzone channel – which apparently does not switch to a crappy game (ours) in the red zone when their marquee game (eagles?) are at the 50? anyway – I missed the redzone disasters for Orton and Co. until that 4th Q must-have TD after the Stokley catch. A fade to Scheffler, on thrid down? Can someone show McD the percentage of completed fade routes to tight ends in the league this year? Im just guessing – but its gotta be under 10%. Also – what did Hillis do to McD’s family?

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HIT ‘EM IN THE GUT!

Posted by the fanatic on October 31, 2009

Once again, the Broncos are in one of the best football games of the weekend.  Denver V Baltimore.   When John Jesus Krishna Clayton (He prefers JC for short) predicted we would go 3-13 if we were lucky, it was hard to imagine that we would be the highlight game 3 out of 4 weeks  in a row.  Furthermore, we will be the highlight game next Monday against Pit, we will be the highlight game two weeks later with SD, then the Giants, and two weeks after that against IND.  Guess that is what happens when a really good team plays a really tough schedule.

  1. General Pace of the Game:  This game is going to be for football lovers, not casual fans.  The punters are going to get a workout.  Likely, the FG kickers will oft be in action.  Both teams have the same general game strategy: Hit ‘em in the gut, hit ‘em hard, win the field position battle – win the game.  The thing that worries me about the chances of going far in the playoffs starts with this stretch of “great games” – we are playing bal, pit, nyg, philly, and for the sake of this argument, oak … those are a lot of physical defenses and opportunities to get hurt.
  2. Offense:  In my previous post, I spent most of the time talking about either turn overs or the defense (in some cases, both).  I want to focus a little more on strategy this week.  The middle of Baltimore’s defense is ferocious.  Ray “the knife” Lewis still has it and Terrell Suggs is flat out great, and they have the best true NT in the game.  The McD game plan philosophy is simple: avoid & neutralize their strengths while exploiting their weaknesses.  When looking at their D, you can bet we are going to look to avoid the middle of the field.  I expect to see buckhalter and YesShon! attacking the perimeter more than in previous weeks.  We will have to go between the tackles to keep them honest, however.  And while I have been calling Hillis’ number for weeks now, I would prefer to use Jordan up the gut (I don’t want to risk Lewis killin Hillis).  That is not to say I don’t want a lot of Hillis action though.  The next phase of the game is neutralizing their weakness.  We need to for them into nickel and dime packages a lot.  That means 3 and 4 wide out sets.

For every bit as good as the middle of their defense has been, their perimeter (particularly CBs) are not good.  In fact, without Cortland Finnegan, their CBs are weak.  So, forcing them into a nickel where they have to put their 3rd best CB in place of Ray Lewis sounds like a great deal.  Better yet, in the dime they also take Suggs off the field.  So what does that look like for denver?

  1. The speed set.  4 true receivers.  Marshall, Royal, Gaffney, Stokely.  It is a basic double slot set where the under guys look to work the sideline, Marshall works the sideline deep, and Royal starts wide and looks to create a deep seem down the middle.  Probably my least favorite option, but this one almost assure Ray Lewis to be on the sideline.
  2. 3WR and a TE.  Normally I like sheffler as the receiving TE.  Not this week.  While he is a monster match up for every defense and my feature prominently in the 2nd half, I prefer a set where Graham (or Quinn) is the big target.  Honestly, those guys are just more physical and will wear them out more quickly.
  3. My favorite option.  A single back (Hillis), Single TE (Probably Graham, but Quinn would be fine), 3 WR set.  The TE stays in pass protection and Hillis goes wide.  Lewis is already off the field, so when we throw a quick out to Hillis, he gets to (literally) run over their smaller corners and safeties.  Look for this set at key junctures in games and look for us to use it to set the pace for physicality early.  I think this set is money.
  4. One final set that I think will be really difficult for Bal to play against … a 2WR, 2TE, 2Back set.  Brandon and Eddie split wide, Graham and Sheff at TE, and Hillis and YesShon as the backs.  After using Graham in the passing game, they will have to respect him as a target, as with Hillis.  This set is a monster option because the D has no idea who the targets are at the line of scrimmage.  While there is honestly a max of 4 check downs (and maybe a dump option), all players from the D point of view are viable.  I don’t expect to see this much in the passing game because it leaves their middle of the field with its best personnel, but it might be used in really obvious running situations for misdirection.
  5. Goal line.  Denver must find a way to get goal line yardage against their D line, otherwise my fantasy kicker could have a big day (not good from the POV of this post).  This is the one situation where I want Hillis to be the ball carrier against Lewis and company.  I also think we need to use the 3TE set here to establish the line of scrimmage.  Besides, that still leaves Sheffler and B Marsh as passing targets on the goal line.  Plain and simple though, we need to score TDs.
  6. Defense.  Every week is a favorable match up for your defense when you have the best defense in football.  This week is no exception.  There are several things I like this week for this matchup.
    1. Flacco is still learning his checkdowns, which is obvious because he can hold on to the ball too long.
    2. This is a very bad defense to hold on to the ball too long against.
    3. ChampBaileyFEAR:  There are always two sides of a coin.  This stare is the strikes fear into the hearts of 31 men in the NFL.  However, Vincent Jackson, Randy Moss, and Roy Williams do not scare Champ Bailey.  Do you think he is afraid of old man Derrick Mason?  Their receivers are nothing special and will have a very tough time finding space and creating separation against our secondary.  This will make Flacco hold on to the ball longer.
    4. I expect DOOM to have some more sacks, but I also think it will be a quiet 1st half for him because their game plan will be to double team him.
    5. NFL/To adjust for this, expect Denver to send DJ up the gut and and make Flacco look like this.  One hit like that, and that will be the end of double teaming DOOM.
    6. RUN D.  This is the key to the game.  BAL has a great running game and we must stop the run.  Making them one dimensional is a guaranteed win for us.  This goes back to our secondary discussion.  Because their receivers are not that good and because Goodman is the most underrated CB in the league and we have a guy named Champ, we have really good options for this.  1. Move B. Dawk into the box frequently.  This will punish their running game.  It also makes him a ligit threat for the safety blitz.  See above strategies for freeing up DOOM.
    7. We must prevent them from 3rd and short as BAL has one of the best 3rd conversion percentages – all related to the efficiency of their run D.
  1. Keys to the Game:
    1. I mentioned in my last novella of a post – we must figure out a way to get things going in the 1st quarter.  This is more important this week than any previous.
    2. Use the score board to your advantage.  Sounds obvious – but if we can get up on BAL by 10-14 early, they are more likely to abandon the run.  They will not beat us by passing and our defenders are less likely to be injured.
    3. Special Teams:  I didn’t focus on this through the rest of the post.  I should have.  We have a new punter whose specialty is field position.  This is going to be key in this game.  No more line drive punts, no more touchbacks when punting from the opponents 45.  Both are unacceptable.   Also, I alluded to this earlier … but Spencer Larsen is back, healthy, and ready to take someone’s head off.  Having your gunner on coverage teams is key, and Larsen is actually one of the best in the game.  If he doesn’t decapitate the ball carrier, he takes out 3 guys trying to do so.  Look for this to be the most improved phase of our game.
    4. Blitz:  Like playing SD, over committing on blitz packages leaves bubble screens wide open.  BAL loves this play as much as Norv  “the playground bully” loves to pile extra touchdowns on KC.  We were burned early against SD with this type of play, but adjusted extremely well to it in the 2nd half.  I expect BAL to try it early and often.  I don’t expect it to work.
    5. Blitz:  Dump their QB.  Its Nolan’s philosophy, so expect heat up the middle early and from the outside the rest of the game.  BAL has only given up 7 sacks in 3 games …. I expect close to that many tomorrow.  However, only if we can establish the line of scrimmage and get ahead on the score board.
    My Prediction:  Denver 26, Baltimore 16

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Systems – QB’s, coaches, and the stupidity of the media

Posted by ajbeitscher on October 28, 2009

Not to harp but I’m amazed by how people are paid plenty of money to give their opinions and create ridiculous arguments that are so flawed it would be better served on a turkey sandwich with rye….if that’s your thing.  Note the following from the esteemed John Clayton:

Q: With the sudden success of Kyle Orton in what is the Patriots’ “system” in Denver after not much success before that, and the success of Matt Cassel last year in the same system after not even playing in college and not playing as well this year, is it time to consider whether it’s actually the system that breeds success and that Tom Brady might not be as good a QB without being in this system? Hmmm, interesting question and point.  Mr. Clayton, your thoughts…

A: Brady would be good in any system. He’s just a great quarterback. Brady was successful before the Patriots added Wes Welker and Randy Moss, but after they came to New England, the offense rose to its highest level. Sorry John but you didn’t answer this question at all with this statement.  Brady has been in this system for his entire career.  Welker and Moss didn’t create this system….I digress.  Joe Montana was a “system” quarterback, but he proved he could move the system to Kansas City in his declining years and still be a playoff quarterback. So Montana was good because he “moved” his “system” to Kansas City?….not sure I follow.  Can Montana make the choice as to what system the team uses? Wouldn’t they have had different systems?   Sure, the system is good, but the system Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick developed around Brady only made his skills better. Ok, fair, even good point, I’ll buy that…some credence building up….  Orton is succeeding in Denver because his receivers are good and have good run-after-the-catch ability. Matt Cassel is struggling in Kansas City because his receivers lack those skills.  Wha?!  How does this have anything to do with the above question or your answer.  You’re saying that merely by the receivers being able to have RAC ability the Orton is doing better than Cassel?  Is this your NFL system John Clayton?  Receivers who have the ability to run after the catch?  Name me 5 current receivers who don’t know how to run after the catch?  That’s the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard….can anybody explain this logic?

other points about the above:

– Orton is playing out of his mind because he can brew coffee almost every drop….maybe he’s even good.  Aside from that, for receivers to have RAC ability don’t they need to be catching the ball in stride?  And therefore and accurately thrown ball? Is accuracy not a highly valued thing in the NFL?  I mean isn’t Jamarcus Russell proof enough of this?  And maybe that whole NFL line thing is important…..

And in terms of Orton not being good before hand, his career numbers before Denver: 33 games, 21-12 W-L, 30:27 Td:INT ratio and a (505/913) 55.3 completion %.  Those of he who shall not be named: 37 games, 17-20 W-L, 54:37 Td:Int ratio, and a (762/1220) 62.5 completion %.

So for one person being a God-sent “franchise” QB and the other being a cast off I’m not sure who is who….wait I look at the W-L records and…get the “wrong” answer….hmmm.

The more I see football the more I am convinced that a coach who can truly create a system for his players, as opposed to finding players for his system is the most important piece of the puzzle.  Unless you can get a coach to play quarterback….but that guy’s name is Peyton Manning.

Other’s thoughts?….discuss!

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WTF Kinda Week

Posted by spongebobmyshow on October 20, 2009

Now is it just me or was this week just on the weirder side of things?  Both in my personal life and across the nation I think some really bizarre shit went down.  The kind of stuff that just makes you turn around and ask yourself “What the fuck? Really? Did that shit really just happen?”  So here is my recap of some of the crazy shit that went down this week, in chronological order and arbitrarily starting on Sunday.

#1) Broncos go 5-0:  Now I am not the biggest sports fan around and so I certainly didn’t listen to all the pre-season stuff that got said about the Broncos.  This past Sunday was also one of the few times I actually sat down  and watched a Broncos game.  All I had heard is that we weren’t supposed to be that good and even during brunch everyone (and by everyone I mean my brother) was saying they didn’t expect the Broncos to win.  I don’t have anything intelligent or profound to say about the game itself, just that it was fun and it went into overtime and it had a lot of people asking “The Broncos are 5-0?!?! WTF??”

#2 Rockies Get Eliminated in NLDS-  Now I was at this game, not to mention sitting next to Phillies fans, and it was just absolutely heartbreaking.  To be ONE FUCKING PITCH away with your start closer on the mound and see him give up a two run double was terrible.  I don’t know how you real sports fans suffer through this shit year after year.  I am trying to think of an appropriate “breaking up with someone” analogy, but I think all of you out there get what I mean.  I also realized that I saw both the first and last games played at Coors Field this season and I feel like I can officially call myself a Rockies fan.

#3) 4th Major Bodily Substance Encountered at Work-  Some of the time at work I do things that are fun, productive, and truly rewarding.  The other 95% of things are not.  This weeks fun task was helping a kid clean up his own shit after accidentally defecating on the floor.  I had thus far encountered blood, vomit (often a mixture of both), and urine.  I was hoping I could make it without actual shit, but I was wrong.

#4) Nation Enthralled by Empty Weather Balloon- I think this is the biggest WTF moment of the week, if not the year so far.  Now I didn’t get a chance to watch all the craziness on Thursday, so when I got home and found out the nation spent half the day worrying about a kid in a balloon, so much so they shut down the airport and re-routed flights in and out of DIA, I was like WTF??  This whole event is just so damned bizarre and this family so fucking crazy it kinda makes your head spin.

So there you have it… my biggest WTF moments of the week.  If you have any yourself, feel free to share.

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Joe is Alive

Posted by sburk44 on October 19, 2009

This came through G-chat last night:

joseph: all is well in orange and blue land … found a place with satellite for tomorrow!

So…apparently he is getting along just fine in Central America. He will be interrupting the honeymoon tonight to hang out at some seedy Costa Rican gentleman’s club with a satellite dish to get Monday Night Football.

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A New Favorite Athlete

Posted by sburk44 on October 15, 2009

The list of my favorite athletes (the ones I cheer for as individuals because the are so dominant) is small:

Chris Paul

Roger Federer

and…Ryan Clady

This man is an animal. I dont think there is a better Left Tackle in the NFL right now. Focus on him Monday night – Watch his quick feet, the way he demolishes people on the run block, and the way he makes the best pass rushers look like they are going no where. Watching some replays last week though – I think I saw him give up a sack (which made me really sad) – which would be his FIRST full sack of his career (only 1/2 sack last year to Seymour – who he stoned this year). McDaniels says his physical gifts make him dominant – but implies that his mental aspect – his ability to actually change his looks he gives defenders – make him potentially an all timer (i.e. Orlando Pace, Jonathan Ogden). The Amazing thing about this Bronco O-line – is the the Right Tackle – Ryan Harris –  also had a fantastic season last year and could probably start LT for a lot of teams. He Seemed to have a fantastic game Sunday.

I love You

I love You

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Post Week 5 Broncos Links

Posted by sburk44 on October 14, 2009

Here are some great links from my wasting of (at least) 5 minutes enjoying reactions to the broncos 5-0 start.

Vonnie Holliday interview – a great one in which he dissects the forced fumble and reveals some of the specifics about why this D and team is much better under new leadership

This is this great video breakdown of the 98 yard drive…If this link does not take you to the correct video – just select the drive of the week from the host of options on the page.

Hilarious youtube clip of pre-season Bronco predictions

What else have you found…?

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Why we were not expecting much from Orton

Posted by sburk44 on October 14, 2009

The Orton Montage

The Orton Montage

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