Kurt Warner breaks down film of Broncos QB Russell Wilson

What are the Broncos getting in Russell Wilson? Kurt Warner breaks down the film.

Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson traded in his Seattle wings for Denver’s horsepower.

As we await training camp, fellow Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner is in the lab breaking down film. What a (football) guy.

Before breaking down Wilson’s film, Warner gives the former his flowers, saying, “A lot of excitement in Denver about what Russell Wilson brings to the table along with a really good roster, really good defense, a lot of young talent offensively. And there should be a lot of excitement. Russell Wilson [is] one of the best quarterbacks in the league and as I watch tape on him, I get more and more impressed.”

Now, to the tape.

Warner takes a look at how well Wilson is at “the second-level throws.” In Warner’s words, he means the 15- to 25-yard throws. Or “the deep overs,” he says.

Displaying a play of the Seahawks in the red-zone, Warner breaks down the route concepts and the defensive look. Typically, the defense’s coverage dictates where the ball’s going to go pre-snap. That’s why defenses disguise coverage. That’s also why teams prefer mobile QBs in the modern era of football in case a play breaks down. As you can see, the most physical sport in the world is mostly mental. With physical attributes only highlighted if the right split-second decision is made.

In this play, though, there’s a single high safety. Meaning the defense is in a Cover 1 or 3 scheme. For reference, Cover 2 or 4 would have the defense showing two high safeties. Also, typically, the defense is running zone if the CBs have their backs to the sideline and man if lined straight up on the opposing WR.

So if the defense shows a single high safety with the CBs’ backs facing the sideline, it’s likely a Cover 1 or 3 zone. But if the CBs are lined up straight on their opposing WRs, it’s Cover 1 or 3 man. In the play Warner dissects, the defense is in a Cover 1 or 3 zone defense pre-snap.

How you attack a single high safety, as any elite Madden gamer knows, is by sending vertical routes at the safety. Especially in a zone play. The lame-duck safety is going to have to pick a vertical to cover, in theory, and the other side will be open for the pitch and catch. It’s exactly what Wilson does. Although the first-read isn’t open. Wilson doesn’t force the throw; instead, scoring a touchdown by going down his progressions to see who is open.

Check out Warner breaking down the tape in the above video, and be sure to check out his YouTube channel: Kurt Warner x QBConfidential.

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Broncos RB Melvin Gordon rejects ‘bad teammate’ narrative

“I’ve never had a teammate ever, — since high school, since little league — ever tell me I was a bad teammate,” Melvin Gordon told Jim Rome.

You will be held accountable for the things you say.

The Denver Post‘s Sean Keeler wrote an article two weeks ripping Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon. To each their own.

“With No. 25, there’s not much footing left when it comes to finding middle ground. Depending on whom you ask, Gordon is either an underrated, strong, confident, misunderstood fantasy-league workhorse or a selfish, me-first, fumble-prone headache,” Keeler wrote in The Denver Post on June 14.

It would have been understandable if Gordon didn’t reply. A wise man, in the words of Tanya Masse, once said nothing. But the problem with not replying to every disparaging comment is that the same detractors will think you don’t get that they’re talking about you. Which brings home the point of not replying (because they’re stupid). But sometimes you have to let it out and tell people how off they are.

Appearing on The Jim Rome Show last Wednesday, Gordon clapped back at Keeler’s “trash article.” The former’s words, not this lowly blogger’s. Gordon actually doesn’t have a problem with the article except for the bad teammate part, saying, “I’ve never had a teammate ever, — since high school, since little league — ever tell me I was a bad teammate.”

Gordon added that he prides himself on “being [a] good teammate” and that he doesn’t “sugarcoat anything.” Listen to Gordon’s comments above. He addresses article around the 1:50 mark.

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Broncos pleased with Albert Okwuegbunam’s progress

“He took a gigantic step during that second week of OTAs,” Justin Outten said of Albert Okwuegbunam. “He’s a very talented player.”

When the Denver Broncos acquired Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks earlier this offseason, they had to trade three players and multiple draft picks in exchange for the star quarterback.

One of the players Denver sent to Seattle was tight end Noah Fant, who had been the team’s No. 1 tight end since 2019. With Fant now out of the picture, third-year tight end Albert Okwuegbunam will get an opportunity to emerge as the team’s top receiving TE this summer.

First, “Albert O” will have to learn the offense of the team’s new coaching staff. So far, so good.

“Albert has really stepped up mentally,” offensive coordinator Justin Outten said on June 14. “This playbook is not easy and then with the position that he plays, you know he took a gigantic step during that second week of OTAs. I thought that he did a really good job of owning his job and not trying to do too much. I thought he did a really good job in the run game protection and the pass game, opening up and rolling.

“He’s a very talented player and a very explosive player and just honing in on the details that allow him to come through with all of his talent instead of just limiting himself to one aspect or the other.”

Okwuegbunam caught 33 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games (six starts) last season. He will face competition for the TE1 job — including third-round draft pick Greg Dulcich — but Okwuegbunam seems to be the early favorite to start in Week 1.

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Broncos OC Justin Outten on QB Russell Wilson: ‘He’s a pro’s pro’

“He’s a pro’s pro,” Broncos OC Justin Outten said of QB Russell Wilson. “He’s a really good guy to work with.”

Russell Wilson’s a nine-time Pro Bowler, a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year recipient and a Super Bowl champion.

He knows football, and he knows what he does best. But that doesn’t mean Wilson is uncoachable. On the contrary, Wilson has worked with the Denver Broncos’ coaching staff to adjust to a new offense by listening and learning while also making suggestions without overstepping.

“He’s a pro’s pro,” Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten said on June 14. “You’ll give him some information and it will be a little bit outside of the box. He’ll look at you funny and he’ll see it work and then it comes to fruition. He’s a really good guy to work with.

“He gives you feedback, and we also give him feedback. He’s very coachable and in the position that he’s in, he could easily tell us, ‘It’s my way or the highway.’ He’s been very good about just getting around the system and learning it all and asking questions every single day. It’s been great.”

Denver’s staff has the resume worthy of Wilson’s trust. Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett served as the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator when quarterback Aaron Rodgers won back-to-back NFL MVP awards over the last two seasons. Outten is a Hackett understudy who learned the offense in Green Bay and is now helping teach it in Denver.

Wilson’s bought in, and while it might be unrealistic for fans to expect an NFL MVP season right away, there’s no denying that the Broncos’ new scheme is quarterback-friendly. This offense should suit Wilson well.

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Broncos players react to Avs winning Stanley Cup

We won in hockey, now let’s do it in football!

Denver Broncos players celebrated the Colorado Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup on Sunday night on Twitter.

After the Broncos’ official Twitter account tweeted out congratulations to the city’s hockey team, several Broncos players jumped in on the fun. “Turn the lights off,” The Broncos official Twitter account tweeted. “CARRY THE CUP HOME!”

On Sunday night, the Colorado Avalanche downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. It’s the former’s third championship in franchise history.

From newly-acquired quarterback Russell Wilson to rookie edge rusher Nik Botinno, a slew of Broncos players congratulated the Avalanche players.

Nathaniel Hackett eager to see energy and juice from Avs’ playoff games at Broncos’ games

“Bring that energy and bring that juice — that’s what we need,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said of the support Avs fans gave this season.

The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup on Sunday night.

Now, it’s Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett that’s eager to see the energy and juice from the city’s playoff hockey games transfer over to the city’s football games this fall.

It’s been seven seasons since the Broncos made the playoffs. But that’s expected to change this season with Russell Wilson in town. And the fact the Broncos have the seventh-best Super Bowl odds helps that exclamation. That, by the way, is despite not having a winning record since 2016 (9-7).

Hackett attended several of the Avs’ home playoff games earlier in the playoffs and he came away impressed with the atmosphere.

“To be able to bring that to the Denver Broncos and bring that energy and bring that juice — that’s what we need, what we want and what we want to be a part of because we’re the Denver Broncos,” Hackett said on June 6. “We want to bring it because what’s going on in that arena when the Avalanche play is unbelievable. I feel sorry for [opponents that] come in there.”

Broncos Country wouldn’t mind fans in attendance mimicking the Avalanche’s fanbase during home games at Empower Field at Mile High this fall. Perhaps the Broncos fans can rival the “12s” that occupy the Seattle Seahawks fanbase. Fittingly, the Wilson-led Broncos will face off against the Seahawks (and the 12s) in Week 1 this season.

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Marlin Briscoe, AFL’s first Black starting quarterback, dies at 76

Marlin Briscoe started five games at QB for the Broncos in 1968, making him the first Black QB to start in the Super Bowl era.

Marlin Briscoe, who was the first Black starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era, died at age 76 on Monday, according to a report from the Associated Press. Briscoe died of pneumonia at a California hospital.

Briscoe was a star quarterback at Omaha University, but the Denver Broncos drafted him as a wide receiver in 1968. The Broncos eventually gave him an opportunity at QB and he did not disappoint, passing for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns while adding 308 yards and three more scores on the ground in five starts.

Despite his impressive performance as a rookie, the Broncos did not plan to play Briscoe at quarterback in 1969 so he asked to be cut. Denver granted his request, but Briscoe unfortunately did not get an opportunity to play QB with another team.

Briscoe went on to play wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 1970. He later won a pair of Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins as a receiver, including Miami’s perfect 17-0 season in 1972.

After three seasons with the Dolphins, Briscoe went on to spend time with the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots. He caught 224 passes for 3,537 yards and 30 touchdowns during his nine-year career.

The Broncos named their season-long diversity coaching internship the “Marlin Briscoe Diversity Coaching Fellowship” last summer.

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ESPN’s Eric Moody thinks Russell Wilson could finish as QB1 in fantasy football this year

Russell Wilson, QB1 in fantasy football this year? One pundit thinks it could happen 👀

As we wait for training camp to start next month, let’s do some fantasy football prep.

A game about the game of football, fantasy football, because of the internet, has brought together millions worldwide. And entering next season, ESPN’s Eric Moody believes newly-acquired quarterback Russell Wilson is a strong bet to finish as QB1 in fantasy football this fall.

“In Denver, Wilson has the offensive players to succeed,” Moody wrote on ESPN.com. “[Courtland] Sutton and [Jerry] Jeudy will both benefit under him, and he will have adequate secondary receiving support from Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler to push him beyond 4,100 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. Patrick and Sutton are particularly intriguing because they are huge receivers with large catch radiuses who will complement Wilson’s career completion rate of 65%. The Broncos are loaded with young playmakers who have all shown flashes in the league, but were held back by subpar quarterback play and conservative playcalling.”

That’s right, Broncos Country, this is the year to be a homer in your fantasy football leagues! We haven’t had that luxury since Peyton Manning was putting up video game numbers 2012-’14 (most notably in 2013). Funny enough, because life is funny, Wilson will become the first QB to play for a team he defeated in the Super Bowl. Check out the rest of Moody’s reasoning on ESPN’s website.

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Broncos’ offensive line competition could drag out into preseason

Who will the Broncos start on the OL this year? That’s tough to predict because the competition’s just getting started.

Who’s going to start on the offensive line for the Denver Broncos this season?

Your guess is as good as ours.

The Broncos have multiple options at every position on the line but only four starting spots up for grabs. Right now, it only seems safe to say one job — Garett Bolles at left tackle — is a lock.

At guard, Denver’s list of candidates includes Graham Glasgow, Dalton Risner, Quinn Meinerz, Netane Muti and rookie Luke Wattenberg. Five players competing for two spots.

At center, Lloyd Cushenberry is the incumbent, but Meinerz, Glasgow and Wattenberg could all push him for the starting job due to their versatility.

At right tackle, Billy Turner and Tom Compton will be competing with Calvin Anderson to replace Bobby Massie, who started in 2021.

With a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new offensive line coach and a new blocking scheme, the Broncos could see several shakeups on the offensive line this summer, so projecting a starting lineup is tough this early in the offseason.

It might not get much easier to predict until the end of preseason, either, because Denver’s staff has a big competition planned.

“It’s going to be a competitive environment in that room all the way through training camp,” offensive coordinator Justin Outten said on June 14. “Like I’ve said before, when the pads come on, that’s traditionally when you start to see the movement and you see the solidification up front. That’s when you get an idea of who your guys are going to be.”

Outten wouldn’t give a timeline for when the starting five would be chosen other than to say “ideally” it will be decided by Week 1. May the best five win.

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Check out highlights from Russell Wilson’s passing camp in Denver

After the Broncos wrapped up minicamp, QB Russell Wilson held a passing camp for youth football players in Denver.

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson hosted his annual Passing Academy in Denver for youth football players after the team wrapped up minicamp two weeks ago.

Wilson invited the Broncos’ mascot and his new teammates to help bring the camp to life. While Wilson brought smiles to campers’ faces, the new Broncos quarterback squeezed all the football juice out of his campers as he led them through drills.

Check out the highlights:

The camp took place at Chaparral High School on June 17. It’s the first time the Broncos QB has hosted the camp in Denver. The summertime is when football players love to get the youth out for a skills camp, so it was only fitting for Wilson to bring a camp to his new home.

People can debate about Wilson’s persona and whether or not his “Lets Ride” mantra is cringe-worthy or not, but those narratives can quietly go out the window whenever a person hosts a camp for our youth.

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