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 that sealed the team’s postseason fate Von Miller Jersey White , the crew at First and 10 @ 10 on Orange and Blue Radio considered whether it is important (to fans) for the Broncos to avoid a losing season and finish 8-8 or if losing for a better draft position might ultimately be better for the team.And this morphed into a much more interesting conversation about what the road map should be for the Broncos’ addressing the quarterback situation down the road.Case Keenum is about to finish a very mediocre - some would say sub-par - first season of a two-year contract. Given his salary and cap hit, it’s highly unlikely the Broncos do anything to unload Keenum in the offseason. But after a game in which Keenum led the offense to just one touchdown (and a total of 16 points, one shy of the win) but also threw two interceptions, it is clear No. 4 is not the long-term answer - and may not even finish the 2019 season as the starter if a better young prospect could come along.So what do the Broncos do in the 2019 Draft? The 2020 Draft? Free agency in 2020?The way Andrew Mason sees it (check out the 15-minute mark of the broadcast), a good approach for the Broncos would be to find a quarterback in the second or third round of the 2019 Draft - like Duke’s David Jones or NC State’s Ryan Finley - and see how he might develop behind Keenum next year. And maybe if Keenum has a very average or below average year, the rookie gets the reins. Listen to "Podcast 1st and 10 12-17-18 HOUR 1" on Spreaker.“Get them in your building, see how they’re coming along in practice and preseason, maybe they get an opportunity later on, and if they end up being the guy that shows signs of being one of those outstanding quarterbacks down the line, then you don’t have to pick a quarterback in 2020,” Mason noted. “But if they don’t show that ceiling, then you haven’t wasted too much in draft capital, you used a second day pick but then you’re still free to pick ‘that guy’ in 2020.”Mason used Seahawks’ Russell Wilson as an example. Seattle had planned to make Matt Flynn the starting QB in 2012. And when the Seahawks came to Denver for a preseason game, Wilson played the entire second half and showed enough for coaches to deem him the starter.“He ends up being beyond anyone’s expectations and seizes the job,” Mason added. “But if he hadn’t developed, the Seahawks would have just picked another young quarterback down the line.”That approach seems to be the right one for the Broncos, Mase argues, saying the main thing is that it’s “important to have as many options as possible when planning for both short and long term.” “Because for all the questions around the organization right now, the long-term quarterback answer is question No.1,” Mason said. “That’s the question you have to answer, and you can overcommit resources until you get that answer.”I like Mase’s thinking because so far the quarterback class in 2019 is not looking outstanding - or at least the few good ones within the Broncos’ reach - and the Broncos have some other needs on defense that could be a good use of the first-round pick (and if you want to suggest trading Von Miller for a QB, don’t even talk to me). Looking for a potential gem on Day 2 of the draft who could either turn out to be brilliant or just “ok” would at least let the Broncos know if they must go after a QB in 2020.But I’m curious how you would advise John Elway on the QB situation for the short or long term? His coordinators keep vouching for his attention to the details - and that bodes well for a much-improved team." Denver Broncos PodcastsDenver Broncos NewsSSB PodcastVic Fangio wasn’t kidding when he said ‘no more death by inches’New,27commentsHis coordinators keep vouching for his attention to the details - and that bodes well for a much-improved team.MDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Vic Fangio wasn’t kidding when he said ‘no more death by inches’TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailGood morning, Broncos Country!Mandatory mini-camp is underway, and so far it’s a lot of the same as most years - Peyton Manning is still the most popular guy to photograph/tweet about (even when in street clothes); reporters still fan over the quarterback completing a long bomb down field; players still think the “new” scheme is super exciting and going to showcase their besttalents; and the head coach is still very complimentary about his players and...Wait.That last one isn’t the same at all.Scratch that.Vic Fangio is doing no such thing. In fact, he’s almost doing the opposite. For instance, consider his comments about several marquis players:On Von Miller:On Chris Harris Jr.:On what he’s learned about Joe Flacco:On Brendan Langley at wide receiver:On how young quarterbacks need to improveIf we’ve written it once, we’ve written it a thousand times on here - Fangio is a no-nonsense coach. And as my good friend Larry Dyer III at “Bears Talk Underground” reminded me, “Fangio could give zero F’s what you think of what he’s doing.”Jess Place, Tim Lynch and I talked about this on our podcast this week - Fangio’s approach is genuine - and it is such a relief.Because this time of year, as Broncos fans Royce Freeman Jersey , we tend to get very optimistic about our team’s chances. The good, bad and ugly of the previous season has mostly disappeared, and the promise of a new season with a new approach, better scheme, good players added is staring us down, begging us to believe in a playoff-bound, ass-kicking team with a new QB who will take us to the Promise Land.As Mancar noted, “the great thing about football is the rebirth of positivity and hype every year.”But for the first time since Gary Kubiak became head coach in 2015 (and before that, who knows) - the excitement actually feels believable. Like, it’s not just the Kool-Aid; the team is actually good.Because Fangio is getting it done, and it’s already noticeable in the attitudes of players - from not wanting to be the idiot whose screwup on the field is watched by everyone on film to believing they all have to earn their spot on the roster, no matter what their name is.Ed Donatell, defensive coordinator who has worked with Fangio for years, said this is exactly who Fangio has always been.“He really has never changed very much in eight years,” Donatell said. “It’s just what I thought it would be when he took over as the head coach. He’s really into the game management part of it and the details and the little things and that’s showing up in our football team.”Rich Scangarello, a first-time offensive coordinator, said it has been exciting being part of “Vic’s plan” because of the details he worries about - and therefore prepares for - in situational football.“He’s going to force the players and the coaches into uncomfortable situations that remind them of game day,” Scangarello said. “With that comes the task of thinking fast and putting guys in positions to make plays, and them having to think on their own on the field. ...I’m really excited about it and the guys have embraced it. I think it’s made us a better team.”I certainly think so, but you can think what you want.Either way, Fangio will give zero Fs what either of us thinks and just continue to coach football.Horse Tracks - docllv’s picks of the dayNotes from Broncos minicamp, Day 2Joe Flacco and Courtland Sutton connected for multiple touchdowns ... and game management and situational football continued to be at the heart of the team’s on-field work.Observations from Day 1 of Broncos mandatory minicamp – The AthleticJoe Flacco shows off his "cannon" for an arm, Vic Fangio sees improvement in Von Miller and much more.Horse TracksManning Men Visit Broncos During Day 2 Of Mini-Camp – CBS DenverDenver's "sheriff" made an appearance at the Broncos' mini-camp on Wednesday.Denver Broncos: Archie and Peyton Manning attended practice WednesdayArchie and Peyton Manning watched the Broncos' second minicamp practice of 2019 in person.Denver Broncos: Drew Lock ‘slowly making strides’ at minicamp practiceBroncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock is on the right track.Scangarello: Lindsay is 'one of the more dynamic players' in NFLRich Scangarello can't wait to unleash Phillip Lindsay in the Broncos' offense.Broncos RB Lindsay (wrist) to be ready for campBroncos coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that running back Phillip Lindsay, who is recovering from right wrist surgery, will be ready for full participation when training camp begins next month.Leaving a legacy: An inside look at how Von Miller is putting his stamp on NFL history via his Pass Rush SummitIf Las Vegas is an oasis in the midst of a desert, Miller’s third annual Pass Rush Summit may be the lone haven for defenders looking to make an impact in an increasingly offensively minded league.Instant chemistry over cauliflower sold Gerald McCoy on Panthers - Carolina Panthers Blog- ESPNThe fellowship that Gerald McCoy felt with Panthers players over a vegan lunch last week put Carolina over the top.Broncos' Ron Leary glad to be back at his preferred right guard position, and more from Day 2 of minicampRon Leary said Wednesday he is back at home as the Broncos’ right guard, debunking the belief that left guard was his preferred position.Ron Leary has 'no restrictions' in practice, Phillip Lindsay set to return for training camp“I feel like I’m very close,” Lindsay said.Denver Broncos news: NFL announces finalized 2019 preseason scheduleWe now know the dates and times for all of the Broncos' 2019 preseason games.
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