Monday, October 8, 2018

Orlando Franklin/John Davis at the Bronco QB Club

104.3 The Fan's new team of former Bronco Orlando Franklin and sportscaster John Davis were our special guest speakers at the Denver Broncos Quarterback Club meeting tonight. Orlando and John have a talk show on the Fan during Bronco games where they give in game commentary on game action and take questions/comments from fans interacting with them on facebook live. Orlando has special insight into the team as a former Bronco and NFL offensive lineman, and John provides the fan perspective (his family are long time Bronco season ticket holders). Together they make a great team, and they shared their expertise at our Quarterback Club dinner meeting. Below is a paraphrase of some of Orlando Franklin's comments (Orlando took questions from John Davis and from our group):

Should the Broncos get rid of Vance Joseph?

"I would not recommend firing Vance during the season.  Who would replace him?  The team doesn't have a good replacement among the current assistant coaches.  I do recommend that Vance take over the defensive play calling from Joe Woods.  Vance was a good defensive coordinator for Miami - I think he would call more tight coverages to take advantage of the Broncos strong pass rush."

Should Case Keenum be replaced as starting quarterback?

"No.  Case gives the team the best chance to win games.  Chad Kelly isn't ready yet.  The Broncos need to rely more on their running game. Throwing the ball 51 times will not work. I do think the Broncos should have traded for Teddy Bridgewater to give Case some competition.  Case played his best for Minnesota last year because his starting job was always in question - he could play better here if he had more competition for the starting job."

Are the Broncos using Von Miller correctly?

"They need to keep Von on the field.  In the Seattle game Von played 88% of the defensive snaps and that was his best game this season.  Then for Oakland he played 73% of the snaps, and 68% of the snaps for the KC game.  The more repetitions a player gets in a game the better he gets.  Von can take over a game and he can handle an increased work load.

I was in the same draft class as Von. When I went against him in practice that year I wondered 'am I good enough to play in this league?' as Von would beat me constantly.  Then I played against Dallas and I realized Von is a special talent - the others I would face were not nearly as good."

Is the Broncos season a lost cause?

"I still believe in this team.  The strength of the team are the running backs and the defensive line.  Some fans complain about Devonte Booker playing but Booker is lights out in pass protection (the best of the backs). The other position groups need to step up their game."

What about Garett Bolles?

"I thought Garett played well the first two weeks.  On the road he has struggled.  In the Baltimore game he was looking for the snap of the ball too much and that put him in bad position. He needs to change up his sets more."

"What was it like playing for Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow, and Phillip Rivers?"

"Tim had great energy but relied on Chris Kuper (offensive right guard) to put us in the right position.  Peyton always had us in the right position,  When I first heard we were getting Peyton me and Ryan Clady high fived each other.  Little did I know playing with Peyton was the most stress I've had in my life! He was very demanding - he'd call a play at the line we hadn't used in 8 weeks.  But he elevated our play.  After one play Peyton yelled at me to say 'what the hell are you doing!?' A former teammate of mine at the U of Miami was a linebacker on the other side and yelled, 'yeah Franklin - what the hell are you doing?!!' I know he isn't popular with the Denver fans but Phillip Rivers is a great guy.  I felt more relaxed around Phillip compared to Peyton.  Peyton was a practical jokester so you never knew what he was going to pull next."

Who was the toughest player you played against?

"In my rookie year I played against Tommy Kelly of the Raiders.  I got a good pancake block against him (I was 330 pounds at the time) and was laying on top of him.  Tommy lifted me off of himself like I was a rag doll.  That guy was super strong - I couldn't believe it."

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Overall it was another great evening of football talk with a football insider like Orlando with John Davis and the qb club group asking questions to get further insight into the team and the NFL.

Find out more about the QB Club at our website here.



Saturday, September 15, 2018

Haven Moses at the Bronco QB Club


The Bronco QB Club hosted Haven Moses at our lunch meeting today.  This former Broncos wide receiver told us entertaining stories of his playing days, including his big game in the AFC Championship January 1, 1978 (Haven caught 5 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns that day!)


Club members Tom Jacobsen and Jamie Teumer displayed jerseys from that great 1977 Bronco team from their collection of Bronco memorabilia.  Seeing the jerseys from that era reminded me how many Bronco legends played on that 77 team!

From my Bronco memorabilia collection I took this photo of Haven with an old Rocky Mountain News telling the story of the Broncos amazing victory in that 78 AFC Championship game.

The QB Club consists of fans of all ages.  After speaking Haven graciously met with the fans in attendance (including this young girl) taking pictures and signing autographs.


The highlight of the meeting was hearing Haven speak about his playing days.  A summary of some of his comments:

  • Haven didn't intend to have a career in football - rather he was focused on getting a good education.  He played safety for his high school team.  Haven's Mom forced him to go to an awards dinner after graduation.  "What do you plan to do with your life, Haven?" a visiting coach at the dinner asked.  "I need to get a job," said Haven.  "How would you like to continue to play football?" said the coach.  This resulted in an offer to play at a Callifornia Junior College which Haven accepted.
  • The California Juco system at the time, Haven related, played a high quality of football.  OJ Simpson was in Haven's league.  Haven played defensive back.  For one game the team's starting wide receivers were injured, so his coach asked him to play out of position at receiver that day.  Don Coryell, the legendary coach who was then at San Diego State, happened to be scouting another player on Haven's team but couldn't help notice Haven's performance (2 touchdowns as Haven filled in at wide receiver). Coryell gave Haven a scholarship offer to play at San Diego State.
  • Haven's junior college performance got the notice of other coaches, too.  Haven received an offer to play for USC (then coached by John McKay) as a defensive back.  "I would have been 4th or 5th on the USC depth chart," Haven related, "a small fish in a big pound.  I was more interested in getting a good education, so I chose the San Diego State offer instead."  Had Haven accepted the USC offer, he would have been OJ Simpson's roommate.
  • At San Diego State one of the assistant coaches was John Madden.  "In addition to their football duties, coaches taught classes in those days.  My future wife Joyce took a class from John Madden!"  Later when the Broncos would play the Raiders, Madden always made a point to talk to Haven after the game (including that big AFC Championship game in 1978).  "I never hated the Raiders (largely because of his relationship with Madden) - I respected them," said Haven.
  • Haven really liked playing for John Ralston, and thought Ralston didn't get enough credit for the 1977 team.  "John built the core of that team with good drafting," he said.  While he liked Red Miller's coaching he thought Miller didn't have the same skill as Ralston in building a team.  "After the 77 season, Miller let go of Lonnie Perrin, and didn't play Otis Armstrong as much.  Three years later Miller was gone."
  • Haven talked about that big AFC Championship win over the Raiders.  "We were ready to play with Norris Weese at quarterback and we felt we would win - we were a team," he said when asked if the team was concerned about quarterback Craig Morton's health.  Morton did play, and the offensive line did a wonderful job protecting Morton.  "We didn't pass too much in that game - Lonnie and Otis behind our offensive line really sealed the win as we didn't want to give the ball back to Kenny Stabler - Stabler was really warming up in the 4th quarter," Haven explained.
  • Haven was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills - the #9 pick in the 1968 draft.  "Me and Larry Csonka were the only non-linemen picked in those first 9 selections," Haven said.  When former Bronco coach Lou Saban went to Buffalo to coach the Bills in 1972 Lou wanted to emphasize the running game (with OJ Simpson).  "Lou wanted me to wear bigger pads so I could block for OJ," said Haven.  "I was glad to get traded to Denver mid-season."
  • Haven said he played 14 years and never had a serious injury.  "I only dropped 4 passes in my career - and those were in practice," he joked.  Long time Bronco fans like me remember Haven for the sure hands he had.
I so much enjoyed the chance to meet Haven (I was a 21 year old sitting in the South Stands for that big 1978 AFC title game).  I remarked to Haven how cold it was but how I was so excited I didn't notice,  "One of the coldest games I ever played in," said Haven.

The Bronco QB Club will have more meetings this season - check our the club's web page here.






Saturday, September 8, 2018

My 2018 Denver Broncos Predictions

My annual Bronco predictions for 2018 will look at grouping of games and my predicted record in those games:

Sep. 9 Seattle Seahawks 
 Sep. 16 Oakland Raiders 
 Sep. 23 at Baltimore Ravens 
 Oct. 1 Kansas City Chiefs 
 Oct. 7 at New York Jets

 3 wins, 2 losses 

The schedule works in the Broncos favor with a relatively easy start to the season. The Broncos are always tough to beat at home so starting with two very winnable games at Mile High helps. If the Broncos aren't 2-0 on Sept 17th it could be a sign of trouble ahead. That Seattle game isn't a gimme, Seattle coach Pete Carroll soundly outcoached John Fox in Super Bowl 48 and is one of the better coaches in the NFL, but the 2018 Seattle team is not the same as those Seahawk SB Champs. They still have Russell Wilson at qb though. Oakland will be last in the division, I predict, so that should be a win. How good will the Broncos be as a road team? The Baltimore and Jets games are winnable. KC I think takes a step back with the talented but inexperienced Mahomes at quarterback. I'll say 3 wins 2 losses with 4 wins 1 loss as a very good possibility. If the Broncos can go 4-1 it could setup a playoff run rather than what I predict below. 

Oct. 14 LA Rams 2:05 pm 
Oct. 18 at Arizona Cardinals 
Oct. 28 at KC Chiefs 
Nov 4 Houston 

 2 wins 2 losses 

 Now the schedule gets tougher. The Rams are Peter King's pick to get to the Super Bowl from the NFC and I think that's a good guess. KC is always a tough road game. At Arizona should be a win, and I say the Broncos beat Houston though the Texans will be a tough matchup if qb Deshaun Watson and jj watt are healthy.

Nov. 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dec. 2 at Cincinnati Bengals 
Dec. 9 at San Francisco 49er 
Dec. 15 Cleveland Browns 

2 wins 2 losses. 

3 tough games followed by what should be a gimme against the Browns. I say the Broncos surprise to win one of the first 3.

Dec. 24 at Oakland Raiders 
Dec. 30 Los Angeles Chargers

1 win 1 loss 

As mentioned, Oakland will be terrible so that's a win. The Chargers game can go either way. If the Chargers have the division clinched by now a Broncos win is a definite possibility. But I think the Chargers will still be playing for something this final week and will win. So that's 8 wins 8 losses overall. Better than last year but falling just a game or two short of making the playoffs. I wouldn't characterize an 8-8 record as a successful season. Making the playoffs, even as a wildcard, would be. There's a possibility of a 10-6 record if the team can go 4-1 in their first 5 games, and 2-0 in the last two is in play if the Broncos are in contention for a playoff spot.

Other thoughts:

Case Keenum - I like the Broncos new starting quarterback. But Keenum has to show the accuracy in passing that he didn't display in preseason games where he was frequently off target. Keenum was one of the most accurate passers in the NFL last year, and he looked sharp in training camp, so I expect he'll settle down.

Offensive line - Keenum and the Broncos won't do anything unless the offensive line improves from last season. Preseason results are encouraging here, with right tackle Jared Veldheer a good addition.

Bradley Chubb - Most everyone was happy with the Broncos selection of Bradley Chubb in the first round (including me). Chubb did not wow anyone in the preseason but I think eventually his talent will come through. It might be a rough start, though, against a veteran Seattle team who could take advantage of the rookie's inexperience.

Should the Broncos have taken a qb in the 2018 draft? Much as the draft reviews on Chubb were good, this may have been the year where the Broncos should have taken advantage of their early draft position to get a quarterback. The team only had to move up two spots to take 21 year old Sam Darnold, who is already going to start for the Jets and who Tony Romo called the next great NFL quarterback. Josh Rosen was available to the broncos at pick 5 and he's shown promise in the preseason.

Departure of Talib - I think the Broncos will miss him, and the "no fly zone" secondary won't be as good. Hopefully a better offense will make up for that.

Courtland Sutton - he looks to be the next great Broncos wide receiver based on his performance in camp. He looks better to me than Demaryius Thomas did as a rookie, and Thomas turned out to be one of the best Bronco wide receivers ever.

I'll be there on Sunday for what will be my 50th year owning Bronco season tickets. Go Broncos!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Fantasy Football: 2018 Auction League

I have enjoyed playing Fantasy Football since the mid-90's.  A few years ago I started an online auction league where fantasy teams bid to get ALL of their players through an online auction.

This is a PPR league (Point Per Reception) where each of the 12 teams has a $200 budget to fill their 16 player roster with these starters each week:

Quarterback (QB)     1      
Running Back (RB)     2      
Wide Receiver (WR)     3     
Tight End (TE)     1      
Wildcard One     1    (QB, RB, WR, or TE)
Wildcard Two     1    (RB, WR, or TE - note a team can have a maximum of 2 quarterbacks count for their weekly score, the 2nd wildcard does not include the quarterback position)


With the rest being bench players. The kicker and team defense positions are not part of the league’s scoring.

Here are this year's auction results.  One team, Super Bowl Shufflers, only was in the auction room for a few minutes and then had to leave unexpectedly.  So the results are more reflective of a 11 team auction rather than a 12 team (with the Shufflers getting a bunch of $1 players at the end)

If you are interested in playing in this league in 2019 leave a comment below.


ROCKY MOUNTAIN AUCTION LEAGUE 2018

AUCTION - By Value
Pick Player Team Amount
Bell, Le'Veon - PIT Cheers 62 
Brown, Antonio - PIT Giant Steps 60 
Gurley II, Todd - LAR Winter 59  
Johnson, David - ARI Andrew's Luck 55
Kamara, Alvin - NO Bash Boys 54 
Elliott, Ezekiel - DAL The Ghost and the Darkness 53
Hopkins, DeAndre - HOU The Ghost and the Darkness 51 
Barkley, Saquon (R) - NYG Bash Boys 51
Fournette, Leonard - JAX Cheers 49 
Gordon, Melvin - LAC Giant Steps 49 
Beckham Jr., Odell - NYG Andrew's Luck 47 
McCaffrey, Christian - CAR Monday Night Magic 47 
Hunt, Kareem - KC Gridiron Terminator 46
Rodgers, Aaron - GB The Ghost and the Darkness 41 
Jones, Julio - ATL Andrew's Luck 40  
Cook, Dalvin - MIN Cheers 40
Gronkowski, Rob - NE EricAndRob 39
Thomas, Michael - NO Monday Night Magic 39 
Freeman, Devonta - ATL EricAndRob 38
Adams, Davante - GB Monday Night Magic 36 
Allen, Keenan - LAC EricAndRob 36 
Howard, Jordan - CHI Dead Puppies 31 
Mixon, Joe - CIN Giant Steps 30
McCoy, LeSean - BUF Winter 28 
Wilson, Russell - SEA Bash Boys 28
Watson, Deshaun - HOU Gridiron Terminator 27 
Kelce, Travis - KC Gridiron Terminator 27  
Evans, Mike - TB The Fighting Quakers 26  
Green, A.J. - CIN Winter 25  
Hill, Tyreek - KC The Fighting Quakers 25 
McKinnon, Jerick - SF Dead Puppies 24 
Miller, Lamar - HOU Monday Night Magic 23  
Lewis, Dion - TEN Winter 23 
Thielen, Adam - MIN Giant Steps 23 
Brady, Tom - NE Andrew's Luck 23
Hilton, T.Y. - IND Winter 23 
Diggs, Stefon - MIN Bash Boys 22  
Baldwin, Doug - SEA The Fighting Quakers 20  
Roethlisberger, Ben - PIT The Fighting Quakers 20 
Drake, Kenyan - MIA Gridiron Terminator 19 
Rivers, Philip - LAC EricAndRob 19 
Ajayi, Jay - PHI EricAndRob 17
Ertz, Zach - PHI The Fighting Quakers 17 
Cooper, Amari - OAK EricAndRob 17 
Henry, Derrick - TEN Gridiron Terminator 16 
Brees, Drew - NO Giant Steps 16 
Cousins, Kirk - MIN Monday Night Magic 16  
Cooks, Brandin - LAR The Fighting Quakers 16 
Mahomes II, Patrick - KC Gridiron Terminator 15
Stafford, Matthew - DET The Fighting Quakers 15 
Newton, Cam - CAR Dead Puppies 15 
Robinson II, Allen - CHI Dead Puppies 15 
Manning, Eli - NYG The Fighting Quakers 15 
Garoppolo, Jimmy - SF EricAndRob 14  
Freeman, Royce (R) - DEN Bash Boys 14 
Ryan, Matt - ATL Dead Puppies 14 
Rudolph, Kyle - MIN Dead Puppies 14
Smith, Alex - WAS The Ghost and the Darkness 14 
Collins, Alex - BAL Andrew's Luck 13
Smith-Schuster, JuJu - PIT Gridiron Terminator 13 
Fitzgerald, Larry - ARI Cheers 13 
Landry, Jarvis - CLE Gridiron Terminator 13  
Keenum, Case - DEN Cheers 12 
Thomas, Demaryius - DEN Dead Puppies 12 
Luck, Andrew - IND Winter 11 
Tate, Golden - DET Giant Steps 11 
Coleman, Tevin - ATL Dead Puppies 11
Cohen, Tarik - CHI Dead Puppies 11 
Hogan, Chris - NE Dead Puppies 10 
Sanders, Emmanuel - DEN Dead Puppies 9
Gordon, Josh - CLE The Fighting Quakers 9 
Goff, Jared - LAR Andrew's Luck 9  
Engram, Evan - NYG The Fighting Quakers 9 
Dalton, Andy - CIN Dead Puppies 9  
Mariota, Marcus - TEN Winter 7  
Nelson, Jordy - OAK Cheers 7
Carr, Derek - OAK Dead Puppies 7 
Winston, Jameis - TB Monday Night Magic 7  
Ingram, Mark - NO EricAndRob 7 
Graham, Jimmy - GB Dead Puppies 7 
Tannehill, Ryan - MIA Cheers 7 
Edelman, Julian - NE Bash Boys 7 
Booker, Devontae - DEN The Ghost and the Darkness 6 
Prescott, Dak - DAL Winter 6 
Jones Jr., Marvin - DET Dead Puppies 6  
Trubisky, Mitchell - CHI Bash Boys 6 
Njoku, David - CLE Monday Night Magic 6 
Johnson, Kerryon (R) - DET The Fighting Quakers 5 
Woods, Robert - LAR Dead Puppies 5 
Davis, Corey - TEN Gridiron Terminator 5
Wentz, Carson - PHI Winter 4
Olsen, Greg - CAR The Fighting Quakers 4 
Hyde, Carlos - CLE The Fighting Quakers 4 
Mayfield, Baker (R) - CLE Monday Night Magic 4 
Crabtree, Michael - BAL Winter 4
Taylor, Tyrod - CLE Bash Boys 4 
Michel, Sony (R) - NE The Ghost and the Darkness 4 
Jones II, Ronald (R) - TB Bash Boys 4 
Walker, Delanie - TEN The Ghost and the Darkness 4 
Reed, Jordan - WAS The Ghost and the Darkness 4 
Williams, Mike - LAC The Ghost and the Darkness 4 
Burton, Trey - CHI Gridiron Terminator 4 
Jeffery, Alshon - PHI The Fighting Quakers 3 
Bortles, Blake - JAX Monday Night Magic 3
Barber, Peyton - TB Winter 3 
Funchess, Devin - CAR Bash Boys 3 
Cobb, Randall - GB The Ghost and the Darkness 3  
Darnold, Sam (R) - NYJ Andrew's Luck 3 
Parker, DeVante - MIA The Ghost and the Darkness 3  
Carson, Chris - SEA The Fighting Quakers 3 
Agholor, Nelson - PHI Gridiron Terminator 3 
Doyle, Jack - IND EricAndRob 3 
Williams, Jamaal - GB The Fighting Quakers 3
Burkhead, Rex - NE Monday Night Magic 3  
Fuller V, Will - HOU The Ghost and the Darkness 3
Kupp, Cooper - LAR Gridiron Terminator 3  
Penny, Rashaad (R) - SEA Winter 2 
Lynch, Marshawn - OAK Winter 2 
Bradford, Sam - ARI Giant Steps 2
Anderson, Robby - NYJ EricAndRob 2 
Watkins, Sammy - KC Gridiron Terminator 2 
Ekeler, Austin - LAC The Ghost and the Darkness 2  
Flacco, Joe - BAL EricAndRob 2 
Crowell, Isaiah - NYJ The Ghost and the Darkness 2  
Stills, Kenny - MIA Monday Night Magic 2  
Benjamin, Kelvin - BUF Cheers 2 
Anderson, C.J. - CAR Bash Boys 2 
Jones, Aaron - GB Monday Night Magic 2 
Goodwin, Marquise - SF Monday Night Magic 2 
Clement, Corey - PHI Andrew's Luck 2 
Ridley, Calvin (R) - ATL Gridiron Terminator 2 
White, James - NE EricAndRob 2 
Cole, Keelan - JAX Monday Night Magic 2 
Thompson, Chris - WAS Monday Night Magic 2 
Ebron, Eric - IND Andrew's Luck 1 
Rosen, Josh (R) - ARI Andrew's Luck 1 
Allen, Josh (R) - BUF Bash Boys 1 
Chubb, Nick (R) - CLE The Ghost and the Darkness 1 
Powell, Bilal - NYJ Gridiron Terminator 1  
Butt, Jake - DEN Bash Boys 1 
Bryant, Dez - (N/A) The Ghost and the Darkness 1 
Eifert, Tyler - CIN Winter 1
Johnson Jr., Duke - CLE Andrew's Luck 1 
Garcon, Pierre - SF Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Cook, Jared - OAK Bash Boys 1 
Seferian-Jenkins, Austin - JAX Giant Steps 1 
Brate, Cameron - TB Cheers 1  
Gallup, Michael (R) - DAL Andrew's Luck 1 
Mack, Marlon - IND Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Montgomery, Ty - GB Bash Boys 1  
Crowder, Jamison - WAS Cheers 1 
Shepard, Sterling - NYG Winter 1 
Westbrook, Dede - JAX Gridiron Terminator 1 
Hurns, Allen - DAL EricAndRob 1 
Peterson, Adrian - WAS Bash Boys 1 
Moore, D.J. (R) - CAR Giant Steps 1 
Gore, Frank - MIA Cheers 1 
Ivory, Chris - BUF Winter 1  
Godwin, Chris - TB Monday Night Magic 1 
Richardson Jr., Paul - WAS Andrew's Luck 1
Murray, Latavius - MIN Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Golladay, Kenny - DET EricAndRob 1 
Ross, John - CIN Giant Steps 1
Jackson, Lamar (R) - BAL Cheers 1 
Lockett, Tyler - SEA Andrew's Luck 1 
Kittle, George - SF Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Williams, Jonathan - NO EricAndRob 1  
Foles, Nick - PHI Giant Steps 1 
Howard, O.J. - TB Cheers 1 
Gesicki, Mike (R) - MIA Andrew's Luck 1 
Meredith, Cameron - NO Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Doctson, Josh - WAS EricAndRob 1 
Martin, Doug - OAK Giant Steps 1 
Blount, LeGarrette - DET Cheers 1 
Sutton, Courtland (R) - DEN Andrew's Luck 1 
Matthews, Rishard - TEN Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Watson, Benjamin - NO Giant Steps 1
Sanu, Mohamed - ATL Cheers 1 
Jackson, DeSean - TB Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Kirk, Christian (R) - ARI Giant Steps 1 
McCown, Josh - NYJ Cheers 1  
Bernard, Giovani - CIN Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Allison, Geronimo - GB Giant Steps 1
McCarron, AJ - BUF Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Ballage, Kalen (R) - MIA Giant Steps 1 
Hines, Nyheim (R) - IND Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Kelley, Rob - WAS Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Breida, Matt - SF Super Bowl Shufflers 1  
Celek, Garrett - SF Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Riddick, Theo - DET Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
Miller, Anthony (R) - CHI Super Bowl Shufflers 1  
Ginn Jr., Ted - NO Super Bowl Shufflers 1 

AUCTION - In Order Picked
Pick Player Team Amount
1 Gurley II, Todd - LAR Winter 59  
2 Njoku, David - CLE Monday Night Magic 6 
3 Elliott, Ezekiel - DAL The Ghost and the Darkness 53
4 Smith, Alex - WAS The Ghost and the Darkness 14 
 5 Hopkins, DeAndre - HOU The Ghost and the Darkness 51 
6 Drake, Kenyan - MIA Gridiron Terminator 19 
7 Wilson, Russell - SEA Bash Boys 28
8 Cook, Dalvin - MIN Cheers 40
9 Bell, Le'Veon - PIT Cheers 62 
10 Johnson, David - ARI Andrew's Luck 55
11 Brown, Antonio - PIT Giant Steps 60 
12 Kamara, Alvin - NO Bash Boys 54 
13 Jeffery, Alshon - PHI The Fighting Quakers 3 
14 Beckham Jr., Odell - NYG Andrew's Luck 47 
15 McCaffrey, Christian - CAR Monday Night Magic 47 
16 Rodgers, Aaron - GB The Ghost and the Darkness 41 
17 Fournette, Leonard - JAX Cheers 49 
18 Miller, Lamar - HOU Monday Night Magic 23  
19 Barkley, Saquon (R) - NYG Bash Boys 51
20 McCoy, LeSean - BUF Winter 28 
21 Evans, Mike - TB The Fighting Quakers 26  
22 Jones, Julio - ATL Andrew's Luck 40  
23 Hunt, Kareem - KC Gridiron Terminator 46
24 Gordon, Melvin - LAC Giant Steps 49 
25 McKinnon, Jerick - SF Dead Puppies 24 
26 Freeman, Devonta - ATL EricAndRob 38 
27 Gronkowski, Rob - NE EricAndRob 39
28 Rivers, Philip - LAC EricAndRob 19 
29 Adams, Davante - GB Monday Night Magic 36 
30 Lewis, Dion - TEN Winter 23 
31 Mixon, Joe - CIN Giant Steps 30 
32 Thielen, Adam - MIN Giant Steps 23 
33 Thomas, Michael - NO Monday Night Magic 39 
34 Allen, Keenan - LAC EricAndRob 36 
35 Howard, Jordan - CHI Dead Puppies 31 
36 Henry, Derrick - TEN Gridiron Terminator 16 
37 Watson, Deshaun - HOU Gridiron Terminator 27 
38 Freeman, Royce (R) - DEN Bash Boys 14 
39 Mahomes II, Patrick - KC Gridiron Terminator 15 
40 Brady, Tom - NE Andrew's Luck 23
41 Green, A.J. - CIN Winter 25  
42 Kelce, Travis - KC Gridiron Terminator 27  
43 Booker, Devontae - DEN The Ghost and the Darkness 6 
44 Gordon, Josh - CLE The Fighting Quakers 9 
45 Hill, Tyreek - KC The Fighting Quakers 25 
46 Diggs, Stefon - MIN Bash Boys 22  
47 Baldwin, Doug - SEA The Fighting Quakers 20  
48 Hilton, T.Y. - IND Winter 23 
49 Goff, Jared - LAR Andrew's Luck 9  
50 Brees, Drew - NO Giant Steps 16 
51 Cousins, Kirk - MIN Monday Night Magic 16  
52 Ryan, Matt - ATL Dead Puppies 14 
53 Ajayi, Jay - PHI EricAndRob 17
54 Ertz, Zach - PHI The Fighting Quakers 17 
55 Sanders, Emmanuel - DEN Dead Puppies 9
56 Luck, Andrew - IND Winter 11 
57 Wentz, Carson - PHI Winter 4
58 Collins, Alex - BAL Andrew's Luck 13
59 Cooper, Amari - OAK EricAndRob 17 
60 Newton, Cam - CAR Dead Puppies 15 
61 Garoppolo, Jimmy - SF EricAndRob 14 
62 Mariota, Marcus - TEN Winter 7  
63 Bortles, Blake - JAX Monday Night Magic 3
64 Stafford, Matthew - DET The Fighting Quakers 15 
65 Cooks, Brandin - LAR The Fighting Quakers 16 
66 Smith-Schuster, JuJu - PIT Gridiron Terminator 13 
67 Roethlisberger, Ben - PIT The Fighting Quakers 20 
68 Engram, Evan - NYG The Fighting Quakers 9 
69 Nelson, Jordy - OAK Cheers 7
70 Fitzgerald, Larry - ARI Cheers 13 
71 Penny, Rashaad (R) - SEA Winter 2 
72 Carr, Derek - OAK Dead Puppies 7 
73 Prescott, Dak - DAL Winter 6 
74 Trubisky, Mitchell - CHI Bash Boys 6 
75 Keenum, Case - DEN Cheers 12 
76 Barber, Peyton - TB Winter 3 
77 Robinson II, Allen - CHI Dead Puppies 15 
78 Olsen, Greg - CAR The Fighting Quakers 4 
79 Winston, Jameis - TB Monday Night Magic 7  
80 Ingram, Mark - NO EricAndRob 7 
81 Graham, Jimmy - GB Dead Puppies 7 
82 Hyde, Carlos - CLE The Fighting Quakers 4 
83 Tannehill, Ryan - MIA Cheers 7 
84 Manning, Eli - NYG The Fighting Quakers 15 
85 Lynch, Marshawn - OAK Winter 2 
86 Dalton, Andy - CIN Dead Puppies 9  
87 Landry, Jarvis - CLE Gridiron Terminator 13  
88 Ebron, Eric - IND Andrew's Luck 1 
89 Thomas, Demaryius - DEN Dead Puppies 12 
90 Tate, Golden - DET Giant Steps 11 
91 Mayfield, Baker (R) - CLE Monday Night Magic 4 
92 Funchess, Devin - CAR Bash Boys 3 
93 Jones Jr., Marvin - DET Dead Puppies 6  
94 Darnold, Sam (R) - NYJ Andrew's Luck 3 
95 Crabtree, Michael - BAL Winter 4
96 Taylor, Tyrod - CLE Bash Boys 4 
97 Johnson, Kerryon (R) - DET The Fighting Quakers 5 
98 Bradford, Sam - ARI Giant Steps 2 
99 Michel, Sony (R) - NE The Ghost and the Darkness 4 
100 Ekeler, Austin - LAC The Ghost and the Darkness 2 
101 Jones II, Ronald (R) - TB Bash Boys 4 
102 Walker, Delanie - TEN The Ghost and the Darkness 4 
103 Reed, Jordan - WAS The Ghost and the Darkness 4 
104 Hogan, Chris - NE Dead Puppies 10 
105 Coleman, Tevin - ATL Dead Puppies 11
106 Watkins, Sammy - KC Gridiron Terminator 2 
107 Woods, Robert - LAR Dead Puppies 5 
108 Edelman, Julian - NE Bash Boys 7 
109 Cohen, Tarik - CHI Dead Puppies 11 
110 Flacco, Joe - BAL EricAndRob 2 
111 Crowell, Isaiah - NYJ The Ghost and the Darkness 2  
112 Rosen, Josh (R) - ARI Andrew's Luck 1 
113 Davis, Corey - TEN Gridiron Terminator 5
 114 Rudolph, Kyle - MIN Dead Puppies 14  
115 Allen, Josh (R) - BUF Bash Boys 1 
116 Cobb, Randall - GB The Ghost and the Darkness 3  
117 Chubb, Nick (R) - CLE The Ghost and the Darkness 1 
118 Parker, DeVante - MIA The Ghost and the Darkness 3  
119 Doyle, Jack - IND EricAndRob 3 
120 Williams, Jamaal - GB The Fighting Quakers 3
121 Powell, Bilal - NYJ Gridiron Terminator 1  
122 Burkhead, Rex - NE Monday Night Magic 3  
123 Williams, Mike - LAC The Ghost and the Darkness 4 
124 Fuller V, Will - HOU The Ghost and the Darkness 3
125 Benjamin, Kelvin - BUF Cheers 2 
126 Butt, Jake - DEN Bash Boys 1 
127 Anderson, Robby - NYJ EricAndRob 2 
128 Bryant, Dez - (N/A) The Ghost and the Darkness 1 
129 Burton, Trey - CHI Gridiron Terminator 4 
130 Eifert, Tyler - CIN Winter 1
131 Carson, Chris - SEA The Fighting Quakers 3 
132 Agholor, Nelson - PHI Gridiron Terminator 3 
133 Anderson, C.J. - CAR Bash Boys 2 
134 Johnson Jr., Duke - CLE Andrew's Luck 1 
135 Garcon, Pierre - SF Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
136 Stills, Kenny - MIA Monday Night Magic 2  
137 Cook, Jared - OAK Bash Boys 1 
138 Seferian-Jenkins, Austin - JAX Giant Steps 1 
139 Brate, Cameron - TB Cheers 1  
140 Kupp, Cooper - LAR Gridiron Terminator 3  
141 Jones, Aaron - GB Monday Night Magic 2 
142 Goodwin, Marquise - SF Monday Night Magic 2 
143 Gallup, Michael (R) - DAL Andrew's Luck 1 
144 Mack, Marlon - IND Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
145 Clement, Corey - PHI Andrew's Luck 2 
146 Montgomery, Ty - GB Bash Boys 1  
147 Ridley, Calvin (R) - ATL Gridiron Terminator 2 
148 Crowder, Jamison - WAS Cheers 1 
149 Shepard, Sterling - NYG Winter 1 
150 Westbrook, Dede - JAX Gridiron Terminator 1 
151 White, James - NE EricAndRob 2 
152 Cole, Keelan - JAX Monday Night Magic 2 
153 Thompson, Chris - WAS Monday Night Magic 2 
154 Hurns, Allen - DAL EricAndRob 1 
155 Peterson, Adrian - WAS Bash Boys 1 
156 Moore, D.J. (R) - CAR Giant Steps 1 
157 Gore, Frank - MIA Cheers 1 
158 Ivory, Chris - BUF Winter 1  
159 Godwin, Chris - TB Monday Night Magic 1 
160 Richardson Jr., Paul - WAS Andrew's Luck 1
161 Murray, Latavius - MIN Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
162 Golladay, Kenny - DET EricAndRob 1 
163 Ross, John - CIN Giant Steps 1
164 Jackson, Lamar (R) - BAL Cheers 1 
165 Lockett, Tyler - SEA Andrew's Luck 1 
166 Kittle, George - SF Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
167 Williams, Jonathan - NO EricAndRob 1  
168 Foles, Nick - PHI Giant Steps 1 
169 Howard, O.J. - TB Cheers 1 
170 Gesicki, Mike (R) - MIA Andrew's Luck 1 
171 Meredith, Cameron - NO Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
172 Doctson, Josh - WAS EricAndRob 1 
173 Martin, Doug - OAK Giant Steps 1 
174 Blount, LeGarrette - DET Cheers 1 
175 Sutton, Courtland (R) - DEN Andrew's Luck 1 
176 Matthews, Rishard - TEN Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
177 Watson, Benjamin - NO Giant Steps 1
178 Sanu, Mohamed - ATL Cheers 1 
179 Jackson, DeSean - TB Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
180 Kirk, Christian (R) - ARI Giant Steps 1 
181 McCown, Josh - NYJ Cheers 1  
182 Bernard, Giovani - CIN Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
183 Allison, Geronimo - GB Giant Steps 1
184 McCarron, AJ - BUF Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
185 Ballage, Kalen (R) - MIA Giant Steps 1 
186 Hines, Nyheim (R) - IND Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
187 Kelley, Rob - WAS Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
188 Breida, Matt - SF Super Bowl Shufflers 1  
189 Celek, Garrett - SF Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
190 Riddick, Theo - DET Super Bowl Shufflers 1 
191 Miller, Anthony (R) - CHI Super Bowl Shufflers 1  
192 Ginn Jr., Ted - NO Super Bowl Shufflers 1 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Simon Fletcher at the Denver Broncos QB Club


Some of you may know that I am President of the Denver Broncos Quarterback Club, a long time booster club for the team.  Tonight for our kickoff meeting for the 2018 season we featured Broncos Ring of Famer and all time sacks leader Simon Fletcher as our guest speaker.  As you can see from the picture above Simon is still in great shape!

Simon told us he was drafted by Dan Reeves and the Broncos in 1985,  He was told before the draft that Denver was looking to take him in the second round, but when the Broncos took wide receiver Vance Johnson earlier in the second round he figured he would go to the Steelers or the Redskins, teams that also expressed interest in Simon before the draft.  But Dan Reeves traded for another second round pick and nabbed Simon for the Broncos (pick #54 overall in the 1985 draft)

Simon told of when he first met Dan Reeves after the draft.  "Are you Simon Fletcher?" Reeves asked.  "Where's the rest of you?"  It seems the scouts had told Reeves Simon was 270 pounds, but at the time Simon weighed in a 221 pounds.  "We better fatten  you up," Reeves told him.

Simon told us about his long Bronco career.  "I didn't start until my 3rd year," he said.  In his 11 year Broncos career he never missed a game due to injury,  He was very appreciative of the Bronco fans.  When he arrived in Denver he was a single Dad with a young daughter named Ashley.  "The Denver fans were great in welcoming me and Ashley," he said, "they gave Ashley so many stuffed animals I couldn't count them all."  To this day Simon says he doesn't turn down a request from Bronco fans (we at the QB Club were very appreciative of him driving down from Cheyenne to speak to us tonight)

Simon took questions from the fans:

"Who was your favorite quarterback to sack?"

Whoever was wearing Silver and Black, replied Simon.  That drew quite a cheer from our Raider hating group!

"Who was the best offensive lineman you played against?"

Gary Zimmerman.  Wade Phillips was smart enough to move me to the other side against the Vikings, though, and I had 4 sacks that day (his 4 sacks in one game still is tied for a franchise record)

"What was it like to play for Joel Collier?"

Joel Collier was on the Ring of Fame committee when they selected me, so I am very appreciative of that.  Joel's defenses were as complicated as Dan Reeves' offenses.  He was so thorough - we practiced against all different types of formations.  Joel would put you in position to make plays.  Joel was also no nonsense - you worked hard or you didn't play.

"What do you think of the new NFL tackling rules?"

For what we were paid my entire salary would go towards fines!  A defensive player has to defend himself when the ball carrier lowers his shoulder.


Simon told other stories this night, entertaining a packed house at our Quarterback club meeting.  Afterwards he met with each fan individually to sign autographs and take pictures.  It was a great night of interacting with one of the Broncos' all time best players!

Today Simon runs a barbeque business.  He currently lives in Cheyenne and told us of his plans to open his own restaurant in Milliken, Colorado later this year or in the Spring.  


Our meeting also featured an old time jersey display from our Vice President Tom Jacobsen's collection - featuring star defensive players of the Broncos past.  And one of the original Bronco striped socks, from Tom's collection, was on display too!

The Denver Broncos QB Club will have more meetings this Fall - for more information visit the club's website.  

 

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Visiting Broncos Training Camp August 15, 2018



Today I visited Denver Broncos training camp for the first time in three years.  This was the last day preseason practices were open to the public, and it was also special because the Chicago Bears were in town for a joint practice.

A long line of cars greeted us as we arrived at 9 am, 1/2 hour before the start of the practice.  No worries, though, as the parking was ample with attendants directing us to where to park.  Very well organized compared to my training camp visits in the past.


There were a bunch of Bears fans in attendance - a rare chance to see their favorite team practice in a different city.  Somebody tell these guys to get updated jerseys!

 
 Even though gates opened at 8 am and by the time we got to the field it was 9:15 am, we found there was ample space on the hill overlooking the practice fields.  We were able to get a good spot.


The Broncos and Bears ran a number of drills against each other.  My observations match what I've been hearing in past training camp reports:

  • New QB Case Keenum is impressive.  He was very accurate with his passes this day, and showed better touch on his deep ball than I expected.  As long as he doesn't get hurt and the offensive line can protect him, we'll be fine at quarterback.
  • New 2nd string QB Chad Kelly had his moments but was inconsistent.  I saw him miss a crossing pattern over the middle to an open receiver that would have been an interception in a real game.  But I like his upside, I think bringing in a veteran as backup qb would be a good move, keeping Kelly on the roster to develop as the 3rd stringer.
  • Forget Paxton Lynch.  The sooner the team moves on from Paxton the better.
  • Wide receiver Courtland Sutton is for real.  He looks better to me than Demaryius Thomas did as a rookie (at 6' 3" both are big receivers with Courtland showing good hands and speed at today's practice)
  • Surprisingly, tight end Jeff Heuerman looked good.  Stay healthy Jeff!
  • Other than dropping a wide open swing pass from Keenum, Royce Freeman looks like the best Broncos running back.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Broncos 2018 Draft Thoughts

I like to follow different NFL draft analysts to get a consensus feel for the Broncos draft class. Overall I liked what Elway did in the draft. Some comments:

Bradley Chubb - a steal at pick 5. Before the draft I was concern they'd pick the ohio state cornerback (Ward) - thankfully the Browns did us a favor by taking Ward not Chubb. I didn't like how Vance Joseph immediately said Chubb would be a linebacker and be "in the linebacker room". Chubb is an immense talent - can the current coaching staff use him correctly? (not wanting to see another DeMarcus Walker situation)

Courtland Sutton wr - he's the pick I see the most disagreement about among the draft gurus I follow. Some say "a steal! a first round talent!" another had him 10th on his list of wr's, another had him 20th! I liked the highlights I saw from his college days (good hands, good at winning one to one battles in traffic). Can he get separation from NFL cornerbacks? Is he just a Bennie Fowler type? Elway said afterwards they were after an offensive lineman early in the draft but it didn't work out. I think the Bronco draft would have been overall stronger with a solid offensive lineman here (even if they had to trade up) rather than Sutton. But I'll root for Sutton to be DT's eventual replacement.

Royce Freeman rb - great pick. Some say "he has alot of miles on him" due to heavy usage in his four years at Oregon. I say that proves he's durable.

Yiadom cb - seems ok will be good on special teams at a minimum

Jewell lb - I like when the Broncos pick productive team leader types who played in a big time conference, and who may have slipped in the draft due to athleticism issues. Jewell looks to be that type of player. I was hoping for qb Lualetta in the 4th (a Gary Kubiak type - smart, accurate with average arm strength). When the Broncos took Jewell I thought the Giants could take Lualetta before the Broncos next pick, and that's exactly what happened.

Hamilton wr - looks like a good pick. Another productive ncaa player, team leader type, in a big time conference. The next pick, Fumagalli, fits that mold too.

Jones, Bierria - look to be decent 6th round gambles

David Williams - no rating service I follow had him as a draftable player. Heck, he's just a 7th rounder, if he doesn't work out no big loss.

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I think the sooner the team moves on from Paxton Lynch the better. I hope Chad Kelly beats Lynch out and I wish the Broncos had taken a qb somewhere in the draft as a development type. Overall, though, this draft looks good on paper.