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Raiders have Broncos on the run

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 7:17 pm in Oakland Raiders.

In the days leading up to the first day of training camp, I’ll review the state of the rest of the AFC West and how they match up with the Raiders, as well as all Raiders position groups heading into the first practice on July 24. Today’s entry takes a look at the Denver Broncos.

If there is one thing Mike Shanahan enjoys more than beating Al Davis and reminding him of the bonus money he insists he is owed, it is the way his Denver teams have been physically superior through their ability to run the ball.

That changed in 2007, and when Davis was tallying up the plusses and minuses of Lane Kiffin’s first season, one of the biggest things in his favor was the way his teams played against Shanahan and the Broncos.

They came within a Sebastian Janikowski field goal hitting an upright of sweeping Denver for the first time since 2002, falling 23-20 in overtime in Week 2 and manhandling the Broncos 34-20 in Week 13.

You wonder if Davis’ favorite moment of the entire season wasn’t the sight of watching Shanahan sit on the ball on Denver’s final possession, essentially saying “uncle” as Justin Fargas ran for 146 yards, the Raiders gained 175 and ran up a 10-minute advantage in time of possession.

The Raiders beating the Broncos on the ground is real man bites dog stuff, as Shanahan’s 20-6 record against Oakland since 1995 has been in great measure due to Denver’s rushing superiority.

Oakland outrushed Denver 2,086 to 1,957 last season _ only the third time in Shanahan’s 13 years the Raiders gained more yards than the Broncos on the ground.

What’s more, it was accomplished with an offense in large measure stolen from the Broncos _ zone blocking, lots of bootlegs and and getting effective yardage from different running backs.

Whether the Raiders can continue beating the Broncos at their own game will be determined quickly _ Denver is at Oakland in a late Monday night game at the Coliseum in Week 1.

Broncos review

Denver was 7-9 in the AFC West, 1-1 against the Raiders. Ranked 9th in rushing, 11th in total offense, 19th in total defense, 30th in rushing defense.

What’s new

Running back Travis Henry, a rare Denver foray into free agency for a running back, was dumped after being a no-show in the offseason program and faces a suspension under the NFL substance abuse policy.

The Broncos will run by committee with Selvin Young and free agent acquisition Michael Pittman. Fourth-round draft pick Ryan Torian of Arizona State has the classic look of a one-cut, zone-blocking runner.

Linebacker Boss Bailey, brother of cornerback Champ Bailey, joins the defense, along with San Diego castoff Marlon McCree at safety. Niko Koutovides, a free agent from Seattle, will also play a large role.

What’s to like

Quarterback Jay Cutler’s mysterious weight loss last season was solved. He has Type 1 diabetes and must constantly monitor his blood sugar. The word is Cutler not only looks healthy, but is throwing the ball extremely well and appears confident and secure, perhaps relieved he knows what he is dealing with.

Not content to go the usual route with castoffs, the Broncos used a first-round pick on tackle Ryan Clady, who was a zone-blocking terror at Boise State and a perfect fit for the system.

What’s not

There was a lot of snickering when the Broncos cut Javon Walker rather than pay him a $5 millon roster bonus, only to have the Raiders sink some $16 million into him during free agency. It no doubt got louder when Walker ended up getting rolled in Las Vegas.

But the Broncos best not laugh too loud. The wideout expected to make the big plays, Brandon Marshall, sliced tendons in an offseason accident. He says he slipped on a McDonald’s bag and fell through a television set.

Considering Denver’s offseason acquisitions at wide receiver were Keary Colbert and DarrellJackson, joining Brandon Stokely, the Broncos have issues outside.

Those creaking sounds are coming from Denver’s center position. They went younger at center, signing 13-year veteran Casey Wiegmann from the Chiefs and relegating 15-year vet Tom Nalen to backup status.

Tears of joy were wept in Oakland when perennial Raider-killer Jason Elam escaped to Atlanta as a free agent. The place kickers going to camp are Matt Prater and Garrett Hartley.

There were no huge moves by the Broncos in the offseason defensively despite giving up 409 points, more than even the Raiders (398).

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  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Einstein, do your neighbors know you pay money to spend time in a black hole?

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    Anybody who calls himself Einstein, is obviously an idiot.

  • Dakota

    test

  • http://raiders.com RaiderTW

    If you guys really want to get under MR’s skin, ever time you see him posting his boring “Al Davis is a no good S#!t” diatribe then just change your posting name to MR. Every post should be from MR on the page until the MoRon is gone. Try it. He’s in here doing it to get (unwarrented) attention.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    All I know is this:

    Hey Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Why is it that when you click on your name, it goes to http://www.dontbotherresponding.com ??????

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com SilverNblack666

    yeah that’s like driving a big truck because you lack manliness.

    The Broncos are weak and Cutler is not going to last all year with his diabetes. I say they are the new bottom dwellers in our division. Them and KC.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    All I know is,

    When you click on Bo’s moniker you get this:

    Server not found

    Firefox can’t find the server at http://www.dontbotherresponding.com.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com SilverNblack666

    Great Idea RaiderTW I bet it works too

  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Someone get an ambulance over to the Harbor Bay Safeway, KoolKell is stroking out…

  • El Dirty

    TW

    I’m down.. I think this way he will be gone for good.

  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Nevermind, I already called 911 and told them… “don’t bother responding”.
    ;)

  • Dakota

    TW,

    Your plan will not stop him…his goal is to destroy this blog, and your plan will just help him by spreading chaos.

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Rebel_(singer)

    what a douche…….

  • mcfaddenswagon

    Don’t worry Jerry tried to put a blog up to give us something to talk about, the first week. Thats a while away, come next thursday this blog will be filled with interesting convo, players getting injured, cutt, performing well in camp, the pads are about to be on yah digg.

  • mcfaddenswagon

    Mr. and his group of bandits, or the one man band, are playing touch football, people will ignore his rants of raiders this raiders that, once people start hitting each other they lack the insight to conversate on such topics, because off all there previous post people will pay them no attention. He will be forced to switch his name and try to act like somebody else for people to pay attention to him.

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    how much access will Jerry have to traing camp..?????

  • mcfaddenswagon

    He’s a insider, well i know that the guy that writes in the actual paper, contra costa times, was there and had daily reports, along with quotes and plays of the day, so i figure so will this blog. no 100% thou

  • http://www.Raiders.com Oakglenn

    # 408RAIDER Says:
    July 17th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    how much access will Jerry have to traing camp..?????

    408 he’ll be watching practice thru a rip in the fence until Raider security escorts him out. That’s how much.

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    OG

    i certainly hope so!!!! :P

  • mcfaddenswagon

    oakglenn i’m starting to think your a raider hater.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    This is the first time I’ve posted anything all day. This is the “real” KoolKell, by the way.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    If you guys are as tired of all the BS that goes on around here, contact the following:

    Chris Myers
    Senior Producer
    Bay Area News Group – East Bay

    His email is cpmyers@bayareanewsgroup.com

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    Mcfaddenswagon

    1st of all im digging ur name almost as good as Howies neckroll & ArtShells hat.. next I hope ur rite and we get the mad coverage everyday.. Im so ready to get this party started..

  • mcfaddenswagon

    Thanks man appreciate it i actually put some thought into it haha, but yeah will get this ship going in the right direction. I read the early blogs and they really talk footballt then it seems towards midday, they all get tired of MR.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    Just Imagine,

    Someone’s dedicated his life to destroying a blog. His life must be hell.

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    LOL

    The IT guy gave me the heads up( it appears Im hogging up all the bandwidt) I told him WTF?? I use my personal laptop so whats ur beef?? His reply was ur lucky ur a RAIDER FAN!!!!!!

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    Dude never sleeps, works, goes on vacation, go on a date. He sits on this blog 24/7 excersising his “power”

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    so I guess I gotta stop downloading movies @ work :( he said Im all good to blog tho

  • Rob

    I still think we need Chris Henry. MR dont bother responding….

  • http://raiders.com RaiderTW

    Dakota Says:
    TW,
    Your plan will not stop him…his goal is to destroy this blog, and your plan will just help him by spreading chaos.

    I didn’t say anything about stopping him, hell, I just want all of us to F*ck with him like he does us. He’ll have no more individuality he craves.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    He’s a psycho, that’s all there is to it.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    Yes you are, realizing your problem is the 1st step

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    This is the only way he can interact with society, I guess.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    Does Jerry give a damn? Hell No! Raider Fans are always treated like sheit. Same ole, same ole.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    Does the Management of this Blog give a damn?

    Hell no, they like the post count. for all we know the Troll is the Moderator.

  • Mistabrown

    Actually the only way to get under skin is to not respond to his posts. The problem with that is, people in here don’t have enough self control to not engage him and those people are really just as messed up as he is they just dont know it.

    # RaiderTW Says:
    July 17th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    If you guys really want to get under MR’s skin, ever time you see him posting his boring “Al Davis is a no good S#!t” diatribe then just change your posting name to MR. Every post should be from MR on the page until the MoRon is gone. Try it. He’s in here doing it to get (unwarrented) attention.

  • Mistabrown

    KK, you could be OakGlenn, MR, and all the rest of those goons since your thick in the middle of all this manure…

  • Mistabrown

    What management there is none.

    # KoolKell Says:
    July 17th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Does the Management of this Blog give a damn?

    Hell no, they like the post count. for all we know the Troll is the Moderator.

  • mcfaddenswagon

    question….opening game, announcing our offense, who comes out at starting rb, fargas or Mcfadden?

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    You wish you were KoolKell, but why?

  • Mistabrown

    KK, the only other person than you calling for Jerry to reg this blog is ME so think what you want.

    My name has been hijacked only half dozen times that Im aware of you are complaining of it everyday so I dunno..

    Guess we will find out who is who if Jerry makes this halfway house registered.

    stfu moron?

    What are you 12 ?

  • Dakota

    RaiderTW Says:
    July 17th, 2008 at 1:50 pm
    Dakota Says:
    TW,
    Your plan will not stop him…his goal is to destroy this blog, and your plan will just help him by spreading chaos.

    I didn’t say anything about stopping him, hell, I just want all of us to F*ck with him like he does us. He’ll have no more individuality he craves.
    ____________________________________________________

    Well, then go for it…

  • mcfaddenswagon

    i would rather read dakota talk about christianity in western civilization rather then this nonsense.

  • Dakota

    Let’s hope Fargas only gets about 50 touches this season barring injury to McFadden and/or Bush…that would mean great things for our two young stud RBs.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    I just don’t understand why somebody would want to use somebody else’s name? Do you get your jollies that way?

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    McFadden,

    I would too, but, this troll is determined. I’ll get the managements’s attention if I have to go back and forth with this bastard until one of us is banned.

  • Mistabrown

    It doesnt matter to me who starts. Once the game gets under way everybody is going to touch the ball. DMAC will turn those 12 yard runs by Fargas into 30-60 yard TD’s.

    Cut Jordan, trade Fargas for a draft pick, open competition at kicker position, fire RR.

  • http://www.car.org/ KoolKell

    If some of you bystanders would complain maybe something would get done.

  • Dakota

    mcfaddenswagon Says:
    July 17th, 2008 at 2:12 pm
    i would rather read dakota talk about christianity in western civilization rather then this nonsense.
    _______________________________________________________

    You know, I have rarely ever brought up religion in this blog…I usually bring something up like abortion, or politics, and that sparks K-rock and TW and others to respond…but I can’t remember ever thumping the bible in here…I don’t even go to church…

    maybe I am wrong…I do drink and post sometimes…

  • 137

    Good question. We could potentially have 8 new starters vs. last year’s first game (WR, WR, RT, C, LT, QB, RB, FB).