By Gil Whiteley, DENVER DAILY NEWS
As in life, the anticipation is always much bigger than the event; you can ask my ex-high school girlfriend.
Jay Cutler was in town last night, and nothing much happened except the Denver Broncos fans that he rated as sixes mightily booed him, but they booed him like nines.
Neither Chicago nor Denver looked very good, In fact, booth these teams may be in for a long season.
Quarterback Kyle Orton can’t seem to lead any of his receivers on crossing routes and missed several guys badly, who were just standing there after running a button hook.
Orton not the answer
Orton can’t play a lick. He’s the athletic equivalent of Don Knotts, fumbling for his bullet. The Broncos receivers were routinely running routs short of the first down marker and turning punters Brett Kern and Britton Colquitt into an MVP candidates.
If this is the Josh McDaniels Denver’s getting, then Denver got got. If it wasn’t for Peyton Hillis and Devin Hester, this Broncos and Bears game was unwatchable.
In keeping with Josh speak, injuries are now called either upper of lower extremity injuries. We get the hemisphere of the anatomy, not a specific body part. They wouldn’t let the media in the press box that Orton injured his hand, even though it was reported on the radio and TV immediately.
This is it, Denver. This is the Broncos in the last appearance by the regulars. None of them are expected to play in the last preseason game, but who knows? Seventy-six thousand of you signed up for 10 games of the most boring football of your lifetime. Look out, Detroit, here come the Denver Broncos.
To his credit, Cutler wasn’t sacked but was hurried several times and knocked on his can by Dumervil three times in the first half. Thanks for being in the building, Elvis.
I’m officially on the McDaniels watch. He has done nothing to impress me, or anyone else in the Rocky Mountain Region. The Broncos are supposed to know who can play by this time in the preseason. I’m not sure who can play, or what formation they’re supposed to be in. The real problem is that the Broncos don’t know, either.
Other than a couple of individuals (Hillis, Eddie Royal and Dumervil), this Broncos’ effort was a mess. Josh McDaniels is ill prepared to be a head coach in the National Football League. That doesn’t mean he won’t be someday, but yesterday wasn’t it.
The over/under for the Broncos this season is now at seven games in the win column. That is looking like the biggest no brainer in the history of no brainers. I should know, I’m accused of having no brain every week of my life.
The Broncos will have trouble winning four games in 2009.
Have a nice fall.
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