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It seems to me that the Broncos need to focus on the offensive line. Why would we continue to pursue free-agent linemen when it hasn't seemed to work so far. Why not draft O-linemen and let them come up in the system so that we can have good O-lines for the future?
-- Paul Baccus
You can say that free-agent linemen haven't worked for the Broncos, but then you'd overlook the fact that the only guard to earn first-team All-Pro honors as a Bronco, Louis Vasquez, joined the team as an unrestricted free agent in 2013. Or that Ryan Harris returned to the team as a free agent in 2015 and solidified the tackle spot in a pinch after Ryan Clady suffered a season-ending torn ACL.
The best play to rebuild this offensive line on the fly -- and provide the best chance for 2017 -- is to fortify the starting lineup via free agency, and then draft for depth and development, giving the Broncos the luxury of not having to rush younger linemen into the lineup before they're ready unless a wave of injuries strikes.
-- Matt Nunez
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Is there any chance that we switch our home jerseys back to blue & the Orange to Alternate because of the so-called "curse " of the orange in the Super Bowl?
-- David A.
No, because there's certainly not a similar "curse" in the regular season and in postseason games played at home. The Broncos have gone 83-38 (.686) at home in blue jerseys since 1997, and 37-13 (.740) in orange jerseys at home in that span -- with both tallies including postseason results. (They're 1-0 in home games played in white jerseys since 1997.)
As I have mentioned in this space before, orange is a unique identity, as the Broncos are the league's only team using orange as their primary home jersey color. Seven other teams have navy blue as their primary color on their regular non-white jerseys, and 13 wear some shade of blue as either a primary or alternate jersey color.
Why be one of many when you can stand out on your own?
-- Robert Martinez
Because boxing and better footwork when throwing aren't appreciably connected. Boxing can help with quickness, conditioning, balance and the ability to avoid contact, but the footwork required to throw a football is completely different than anything in boxing.
A lot of people have been predicting the Broncos taking an offensive lineman in the first round of the Draft. I believe the Broncos should take the best player on the board with the 20th pick and by that I believe a McCaffrey or Cook should go to the Broncos if they are still available. What do you think?
-- Ethan Stanton
As for the two players you mention, I could see Christian McCaffrey falling to the No. 20 pick, but I don't see that being the case for Dalvin Cook.
A key moment in the home defeat to the Chiefs last season was the illegal formation penalty imposed on the Broncos during a Chiefs field goal attempt. This ultimately resulted in the Chiefs scoring a touchdown, instead of the field goal. Can you explain to me who was at fault for the penalty -- did the players on field mess up, were the coaches at fault, or was it a deliberate ploy that the Broncos gambled they would get away with?
-- Neil Galbraith
There was nothing deliberate about it. According to then-Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis, it was a "horrible mistake to make at that time" by one player lining up on the wrong side of the center.
Could you see the Broncos trading away the first-round pick?
-- Joel Rinlee
Anything is possible, and John Elway has done it before, dealing the pick in 2012 to move down for extra selections. But the value of getting the fifth-year option on a first-round pick -- and thus giving you cost control for five seasons on any Round 1 selection, rather than four years for players taken in the second round and beyond -- makes it less appetizing to trade that selection.
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