Found March 15, 2013 on Helmet and Pads Required:
PLAYERS: Wes Welker
TEAMS: Denver Broncos

Super Bowls aren’t won in March but if you lived in Denver, or turned on the TV since March 12th, you would think the Denver Broncos have done so with them signing, err, I mean stealing Wes Welker from the team that everyone loves to hate, the New England Patriots. That said, as Wes Welker was being introduced as a member of the Denver Broncos yesterday afternoon. It occurred to me that as big of a weapon he will be for Peyton to have at his disposal. He may, and most likely isn’t what Peyton and the Broncos needed to compete for a Championship. In fact, he isn’t…… I know it may be hard for some if not most to see or understand what I’m about to say as we live in the “Madden Generation” of sports. Where it’s not about if you score, but how fancy you can score because it’s more important to be able to make Sports Center’s “Top Plays” than just score and do what you can to win the game. #JustSaying That said, signing Wes Welker to a 2 year deal, albeit a very financially sound deal, was a mistake. Yes, I said it, a mistake. The upgrade of Welker over Brandon Stokley looks very good on paper and I’m sure it will on the field too. But was the passing game the reason Denver didn’t get past the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs? Was it the reason why the Broncos won 11 straight after starting the season 2-3? No, it wasn’t. Last I checked, the Broncos ranked in the top five in offense and defense. The wide out trio of Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Stokley were very potent as it was somewhat expected to be as Peyton Manning has the ability to make chicken salad out of chicken “you know what”. I’m not saying that wideout trio is trash, but you and I know that Peyton can make it happen with just about anyone. Hence the “Blair White Project” and making a 6th round pick named Pierre Garcon a household name back in Indy a few years ago. Where Denver needed the most help on offense is in the running game, especially since it was an issue going into last season. The guy they should have gone after was none other than former St. Louis Rams, now Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson. Most likely he has another two good years in him and considering the Broncos are really trying to win NOW, he would be a good “rent a player” type fit. Yes, I know the Broncos drafted Ronnie Hillman and have high hopes for him. But as we saw, he has issues in pass protection and can’t run between the tackles which is what you need to be able to do to have an effective run game. That’s how you move the chains and kill the clock. Remember “Clock Killin” Corey Dillon? New England signed him late in his career and he helped them in a big way to win a Super Bowl? Jackson would solve a lot of issues the Broncos offense had at times this year, including the playoffs, along with saving Peyton’s arm strength. In case you didn’t know/hear/read, according to reports after the playoff loss to Baltimore. Rumor has it that the reason John Fox didn’t try and score with 30 seconds left on the clock and two timeouts in regulation, is because Peyton’s arm was fatigued. If true, that may explain the entire 4th quarter as the Broncos couldn’t seem to get any rhythm on offense and didn’t have an effective run game to kill some clock and force the Ravens to do something they hadn’t been able to do all year long. Defend the run. Steven Jackson very well could be a new version of “Clock Killin” Corey as he can run between the tackles and is a much better pass blocker than any running back the Broncos have on their roster. A solid run game is something Peyton needs at this point in his career, due to the unknown of how strong his arm truly is and how long it can hold up. Reducing the amount plays that are rely on his arm to win games is very important, and may be the key to Denver winning a Super Bowl with Peyton at QB. I would think John Elway who he himself didn’t win a title until he was in his twilight years and had a great run game behind him, would see this being more of a priority than adding to a passing game that was already great. In fact, back when John was playing, he had one of the most famous lines ever spoken by a QB when he said…. “I don’t get paid to make plays on 1st and 2nd down. I get paid to make plays on 3rd down.” -John Elway However, it seems as if he thinks its okay to let Peyton make plays on every down instead of providing him with a good running game that can help him make plays. Even the pass happy 2009 New Orleans Saints won a Super Bowl by still being able to run the ball when they needed to. Denver really can’t. Since Elway has taken over personnel decisions for the Broncos, he has done a great job of putting a very good team on the field. But if there is one thing you can nitpick at right now. It’s his lack of being able to address the run game which is the key to not only getting to, but possibly winning a Super Bowl with a QB that isn’t who he used to be physically.

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