I think the Broncos at San Francisco sets up as a trap game. The Niners have nothing to lose and plenty of inspiration. We are down to rookie receivers, and they have cornerback Richard Sherman. Our secondary is in shambles. And the best we can really hope for from Case Keenum is not to throw interceptions.
Mark, gives fair warning
Kiz: I recall a time when Mike Shanahan would walk fuming into a news conference after a Denver loss, and a teenage son would be standing in the back of the room, his young jaw tight with irritation, in the tradition of a family that never accepts defeat. When looking for their current coach, the Broncos decided against hiring Kyle Shanahan. He hasn’t forgotten. During a season when everything has gone wrong for the Niners, this is his Super Bowl.
The Broncos are kidding themselves if they believe this team is for real as a playoff contender. The games won recently were gifted to them: the Bengals with no quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger literally handing Denver a win, and Philip Rivers being Philip Rivers. The Broncos did win, so give them some credit. My real concern is not that they might make the playoffs, but they might keep a coach who has shown no real signs of being competent. I believe making the playoffs could be among the worst things that might happen to the Broncos.
Phil, keeping it real
Kiz: It’s all about the scoreboard, baby. If the Broncos go from 3-6 and the pits to 10-6 and the playoffs within a span of two months, Joseph is more likely to be named NFL coach of the year than be fired, regardless of what you, I or any critic might think.
While the appointment of Mel Tucker as CU football coach looks great, it has always bothered me Jon Embree and Eric Bieniemy were never given a fair chance to implement their program after taking over a bare cupboard, with not even a Cody Hawkins at quarterback. A few years later, guess who is running the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs offense. It sure ain’t Dan Hawkins or Mike MacIntyre. Hint: His initials are E.B. Think the Buffs might have benefited from his vision, not to mention his lifelong ties to CU? I just hope Tucker doesn’t have a kid that wants to play for the Buffs.
Kiz: Tucker and his wife are proud parents of two teenage sons. If they want to play college football, I hear their dad has a pretty decent connection to Nick Saban.
And today’s parting shot is a blessing for the wicked.
I have read your columns for years and just finished your article on the Broncos’ rookie class. I have to write sermons every week, so I know good writing when I come across it! I don’t always agree with everything you have to say, Kiz, but you are so clear in your thinking and communication. God has gifted you with amazing talents! Keep writing word pictures, and we will read it with joy.
Pastor Dave, in holiday spirit