I just took a job working on as a staff writer at my school Newspaper, The Catalyst. While exciting, I will add that by no means is this a great feat. They were in need of another writer. I can write about whatever I want, so I think I’ll be doing weekly pieces on Denver Sports Teams. I will be pairing my articles with a sports blog (possibly by converting this one).
My advisor Steve Hayward says that writing should always be fun, or you shouldn’t be a writer. I have a lot of fun writing sports journalism, because nowadays all of these journalists are writing the same way and using a hackneyed rhetoric. I like to shake things up and get creative. Here is my first article:
The Broncos Eye The Playoffs: Denver’s Team is so foreign to the NFL that it is looking more and more like it’s from a galaxy far, far away
By Henry McKenna
On the dark side of the ball, Denver should consider itself lucky it does not have to game plan for Tim Tebow, because all of the other teams in this league try to throw the ball around forty times a game. This plays into Denver’s strength, who have a punishing tandem of explosive pass rushers. Once a young padawan with endless potential, Von Milleris has quickly turned into the Darth Vader of pass rushing in the AFC West. His comrade, Elvis Dumervil, has complemented him like the Vader’s predecessor Darth Maul, and together they fight lineman for control of the pocket. With 10.5 sacks, Miller uses the dark side of the force to choke the offense’s neck and rushes the quarter back to either make a bad decision or get swiftly dropped to the ground in a breathless state. One moment that stood out to me was on a third down in overtime at San Diego. Miller used quick hands, like light sabers, and evaded the lineman’s block. This rush got him a huge tackle-for-loss. San Diego’s kicker, around five yards deeper than a play earlier, missed the uprights by a slim margin. This handed the ball over to Tim Tebow, who did not flinch in leading the team to a field goal and the victory. The best part about this defense is that even if the pass-rush can’t get to the quarterback, Brian Dawkins sits and waits to strike, like the Darth Sidious, The Emperor. He directs his fellow defensive players, while getting his hands dirty at the same time by rushing the passer and getting tackles for loss in the rushing game. Major Wright is a young guy out of Florida, and he is starting to develop his play reading ability. Finally, you can’t mention Denver’s defense without mentioning Champ Bailey, anchoring this defense year in and year out.
John Fox’s Coaching Job
John Fox, unfortunately in no way looks like Yoda, but he has certainly done a good job setting another young savior up to succeed. Any other year, he would deserve the Coach of the Year award. Jim Harbaugh, however, has elevated his team’s performance like he is using Jedi mind tricks to relax Quarterback Alex Smith. Regardless of the award, he has thought of an offense so foreign that he must have been looking at football leagues in Tatoine (or my high school coach’s playbook). His rushing attack has stumped defenses, and created long drives that eliminate their opponent’s time of possession. Then, their effective defense limits their opposing team’s point total, so that a certain quarterback can win them the game.
The Rushing Attack
On the light side of the ball, Tim Tebow, the Luke Skywalker of a desperate Denver metropolis, is channeling the force to win games. His thumping rushes present all sorts of game plan issues for opposing defenses in a predominantly passing league. Don’t get me wrong. He won’t be able to take his team to the playoffs without his defense, but the same could be said about any quarterback not named Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, or Tom Brady. Great defenses are how teams win Championships in any sport. Period. I won’t jump to any conclusions by saying the Broncos team is going to win the Super Bowl. They do, however, have the most rushing yards in the NFL, which is a result of the most clutch, Jedi, I mean quarterback in the NFL right now. Tebow’s read option has opened up a rushing advantage for Willis McGahee, who has found the Bronco in himself and has been running wild. Tebow’s passing statistics are getting better too, probably as a result of the run setting up an easier passing game. Ironically, the two players that Josh MacDaniels (the predecessor of John Fox) drafted have found a bond that he was hoping for. Too bad he isn’t there to say I told you so, and he can’t exactly boast about what he’s done with the Rams. Anyways, watch Demaryius Thomas and Tebow build their connection in the upcoming weeks. This connection is particularly important because, historically, teams tend to catch on to game planning against an NFL option attack, and frankly Tebow will need some help elevating his passing game to a respectable level. This young receiver has the physical gifts to be Chewbacca out there, terrorizing defenders like they are storm troopers.
As they trust the force, I see a schedule ahead that can keep the Broncos (from far, far away) in wildcard contention. Once they make the playoffs, they will be a matchup nightmare for the poor team that did not get the first round bye. This week, they face an injured Chicago, who is missing their two offensive studs, Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. To put the cherry on top, Von Miller sounds like he will be back from injury for that game. Then, they have a tough game against New England that Denver will probably lose at home. The following week, they will have to stifle the Bills offense in Buffalo, which has been done by five strait teams. Finally, they should finish the season with a close game and a victory in Kansas City.