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Brady Quinn

B_1 The Denver Broncos acquire Brady Quinn.

The Broncos acquired the former first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Browns for fullback Peyton Hillis, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional pick in 2012.

Not a good sign if you are Kyle Orton and want a new contract and as for Chris Simms, well it’s been nice to know you.  It will be interesting to see if Josh McDaniels opens up the starting QB job in training camp.  While Kyle Orton did a serviceable job in 2009, he didn’t exactly cause teams to fear his arm and rarely threw the ball downfield.  While Quinn was horrible in Cleveland, he didn’t have a lot to work with, didn’t have the support of the head coach but is familiar with the New England offense from his days at Notre Dame.  It should be interesting.

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The Confessions of a NFL Addict

The NFL season is almost here and I am coming to grips with my ongoing addiction to NFL football.  Since it is a changing addiction, I thought I would offer up where I am at this year.

  • I am planning to take Thursday and Friday of the NFL draft in 2010 as vacation days.
  • I can only follow about 300 people on Twitter without missing Tweets all over the place (hint if someone says they are following 3,000 people, that aren’t following anyone).  I have had to make some tough choices on who to cut since I am following @richeisen, @OGochocinco, @YahooSportsNFL @Adam_Schefter, @RealMikeSilver, @SI_PeterKing, @tim_micallef, @Denver_Broncos, and @jamiedukes.  Sadly it meant that there were some cuts that had to be made.  I’ll follow @wendycooper, @coopermark, and @mcgrowl in the off season.
  • I have recently made a couple of dinner reservations under Steve DeBerg and one under Ron Mexico.  Speaking of Mr. Mexico, every time I have ever prepared a sermon, I have looked for an appropriate place to make a Ron Mexico reference and after years of study, I have concluded, there is no appropriate place.  That being said, I do think that would make a worthy topic of a Masters thesis.
  • Instant Replay by Jerry Kramer I recently re-read Instant Replay by Green Bay Packer great, Jerry Kramer.  If you haven’t read it, it is one of the great sports biographies of all time and shows how close those Green Bay Packer’s teams under Vince Lombardi really were.
  • I bought Wendy some Denver Broncos ear rings last year for our anniversary (actually she picked them out).
  • We woke up to Mark watching the NFL Network last week.  I cried a tear of joy.
  • Not only did the original pre-season game with Kyle Orton throwing all of those touchdowns make me upset but so did both times I watched the rerun of the game.
  • Speaking of Kyle Orton, I am thinking of growing a really bad neck beard as a sign of solidarity.

Kyle Orton and his beard while with the Chicago Bears

  • Today I got out my combination of John Elway cards, including the 1989 Pro-Set John Elway card, which I count as my favorite card of all time, dusted them off and displayed them in a tacky place to drive Wendy crazy until the Super Bowl is over or she threatens me with a divorce.
  • I tried to convince Wendy that we name Oliver, Thurston Goal Cooper.  That didn’t go over well either.

Maybe I do need some professional help… at least until the Kyle Orton neck beard grows in.

A New Era Starts in Denver

Charles Robinson writes in Yahoo! Sports about new coach Josh McDaniel and new QB Kyle Orton.

kyleorton1 “The distance you throw the ball down the field, to me at times it can be very overrated,” he said. “I’m worried about accuracy. I’m concerned with them reading the plays the right way, getting it to the people that need to have it on time. For the amount of times you throw the ball 60 yards in a season, I think that’s significantly overrated, unless you’re a team that’s going to throw 10 of those passes a game, which we’re not.”

McDaniels doesn’t say this in a cocky or naïve fashion – two labels that were tattooed on his forehead by some media during the Cutler fallout. Instead, he says it with a few core beliefs when it comes to Orton.

First, in four years in the league, Orton has been given the chance for realistic progress only twice: first as a rookie in 2005, and then again last season as Chicago’s primary starter. And both times, areas of his game became appreciably better. Second, Orton is still young (26), and McDaniels sees room for every area of his game to grow – be it mechanics, decision-making, defensive recognition and so on.

“We think we can make him better,” McDaniels says. “We think we can make him a really competitive, solid quarterback in our system. I’m never going to think otherwise. Everything can get better. He can improve in every area. If [a quarterback] ever stops believing he can get better at something, then he’s lost an edge.”

He says this with supreme confidence. He never lacks for that. It’s a byproduct of being the son of legendary Ohio high school coach Thom McDaniels, and then shimmying up the coaching ladder during his 20s under the tutelage of Nick Saban and Bill Belichick.

He has stolen volumes of knowledge from all of them. Preparation and detail from his father, like knowing that when a player watches film, he should be just as concerned with everything going on in the picture as he is with the activity surrounding himself. Relentless work ethic from Saban, who expected almost scientific precision in practice and games. And the ability to mold and tie together all aspects of coaching, motivation and leadership from Belichick.