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New Number Six the Broncos Big Fix?

Mister not so irrelevant Chad Kelly recently mentioned in an interview on 104.3 The Fan, that he is planning to wear number six for the Denver Broncos. Like most jersey numbers from a team with a history dating back to 1960, the history is a bit of a mixed bag. As many kickers as quarterbacks have donned the number, but with competition like Bubby Brister, Jay Cutler and even worn by Brock Osweiler during his rookie season, Chad Kelly could be the best six Denver has ever had.

Of course we're getting ahead of ourselves, the jersey number selection isn't official yet for the newest batch of draft picks, and we aren't even sure if the brash rookie out of Ole Miss will make the final roster. But I'm thinking he will.

First off, how much fun would it be to spend an afternoon with John Elway's contact list?

In the old days we needed a rolodex or phone books, or little tiny hand scrawled notebooks with phone numbers and now smart phones can stack up a lifetime of direct …
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To Romo or Not to Romo?

That is the question this week as many folks in and around the National Football League speculate on the future of current Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo.
If he is indeed released by Dallas, the rumors continue to point toward Denver as possible destination for the 36-year old signal caller.
And based on the online fan feedback, there doesn't seem to be a lot of love for the idea.
Should Denver go after the oft-injured veteran?
Absolutely.
Hang with me a second Broncos Country. Yes. He's Romo. He's the dude who couldn't hold the ball for an extra point try. He's the one who has the injured reserve on speed dial. He's old. And for crying out loud he's a freaking Cowboy!
But Tony Romo is also a really, really good quarterback when he's healthy.
A healthy Romo is flat out better than the youthful tandem of Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. Both players may end up as fine quarterbacks someday. They just aren't Super Bowl ready. Do you know how we kn…

Giving Vance the Chance

Count me among the surprised fans of Broncos Country.

I knew two years ago that John Elway, the esteemed NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and current  Denver Broncos ExecutiveVice President of Football Operations, had a strong interest in Vance Joseph.

Joseph was interviewed to be the next defensive coordinator here in Denver, but the Cincinnati Bengals made the rare refusal when a coach has an opportunity to be promoted via hire by an opposing team. The Bengals held firm as Joseph was deemed too valuable to let go. Thus, the Broncos turned to Wade Phillips, a guy who hadn't been in the game for a year.

And that turned out to be a pretty good twist of fate for the Broncos as they marched on to a Super Bowl title.

Former Colorado Buffalo Vance Jospeh did get his promotion from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins. As all the world of the NFL seems to be connected to Denver in some form or fashion, former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who obv…

Are the Broncos Being Too Careful At Quarterback?

Of course there is a quarterback controversy the instant a soon-to-be Hall of Fame signal caller hangs up his cleats for the final time.  As Peyton Manning moves on to the next phase of his life, the Denver Broncos are attempting to defend a SuperBowl Championship.

Only seven NFL teams have successfully defended their titles with a consecutive championship. The Broncos are one of those seven teams going back to 1998-1999. It isn't as 'easy' anymore in this presumed age of parity -- the last team to repeat was the New England Patriots over a decade ago in 2004-2005.  The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team to ever accomplish the feat twice.  Denver could join some elite company on the all time NFL records list, if they can find someone qualified to take every offensive snap to start the new season.

In this case, this was not really a controversy the Broncos were expecting after their victory parade in February.  Back-up Brock Osweiler did a solid job of leading the team t…

If a Quarterback Sees Elway's Shadow....

Is it six more weeks of bad weather games or a career with non-championship team?

With the recent completion of the NFL Draft, the dust is finally settling on a pigskin version of Groundhog Day.  Just over a month after Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow and offered the promise of an early spring, newly signed Houston Texan quarterback Brock Osweiler flew south for the remaining winter.

And at 18 million dollars per season, that provides a lot of warmth.

Who could blame a guy who was benched in favor of an aging, surefire first ballot Hall of Fame signal caller in the form of Peyton Manning?

If a player thinks more sunshine and a bag full of money are all of the answers to life, then I'm certain Brock will be happy in his new digs.  But I do wonder if running away from the daunting shadow of championship quarterbacks will ultimately haunt the former Bronco.

The past is only prologue but the Denver Broncos, in the Pat Bowlen era are the winningest team in the NFL, with a .6…

Five Decades of Me and SuperBowls...

I can't always remember where I put my Jeep keys, but I always know number of the Super Bowl being played in front of me.  We're essentially the same age, the Super Bowl and me.

Fifty years old, it's time for Super Bowl 50.

And, as the old school traditionalist, I'm slightly disappointed the National Football League is skipping a year of Roman numerals to help highlight the 50th title game. Although history reminds us the first two SuperBowls were actually called, "The AFL-NFL World Championship Game" which is a tad formal.

Of course throwing around the Roman numeral "L" is something that could be confusing to the uninformed.  After all, the object of the season finale is to earn a "W" --- right?

I do have some memories that date all the way back to when I was two years old, but none of them include watching the early SuperBowls.  So, the year I turned three, was the first time Super Bowl was utilized to describe the third match-up between…

Best Day Ever in the Underwear Department

So one of the coolest moments in my existence was also the most awkward. I met one of my childhood sports heroes.  And I met him in the underwear sales section of a department store. Wait. We’re going to need some context. And maybe a robe or something. First, the who. The best pitcher in the history of baseball is Jim Palmer.  He had 268 career wins, a lifetime ERA 0f 2.86, first ballot Hall-of-Famer with 92.6 percent of the vote, 6-time American League All-Star, four Gold Gloves, eight 20-game winning seasons,  THREE time CY Young Award winner (finished second in the voting twice and third once as well), and THREE times a World Champion with the Baltimore Orioles. The other who in this is me, of course. Born in Maryland wearing an Orioles T-Shirt.  It is a medical miracle to jump out of the womb wearing clothes.  Superman had that famous red blanket he turned into his cape.  My superpower was fandom.  A gift of Orioles fandom handed down from my grandfather.  I use my powers, prima…