Everyone is juiced up with quarterback Case Keenum’s precision and accuracy. I think the biggest difference he brings isn’t so much the precision and accuracy, but the fact Denver now has a clear-cut starter guys can rely on. I’m stoked to see a cohesive offense kick butt.
Zach, Legend High School
Kiz: When Mayor Michael Hancock visited practice Friday and asked if the Broncos would be a better team in 2018, I offered an answer I thought a mayor might dig: Count on Keenum to be an unflappable leader in all situations. But, early in camp, there remains one great unknown. As quarterback of the Vikings, when his protection broke down during the NFC championship game, Keenum committed two costly turnovers that lit the fuse on a 38-7 loss to Philadelphia. If the Denver offensive line has failed to improve in a major way, Keenum will be unflappable while explaining losses more painful than anybody in Broncos Country wants to imagine.
In recent your column on Paxton Lynch, you should have reminded readers Minnesota will also likely play their new multimillion-dollar quarterback for only a few series in the upcoming exhibition game against Denver, with Kirk Cousins to be followed on the field by You Know Who. Now there will be drama for you. Trevor Siemian versus Lynch at Mile High. Can’t wait.
William, Northwestern alum
Kiz: The compassionate souls here at Kickin’ It Headquarters would like to offer Lynch a little friendly career advice. Paxton, play well against Siemian. Or at this time next week, John Elway will be on the phone, looking for a veteran QB.
I’m surprised there has been little mention of the trade that got away from Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich. I’m sure Orioles reliever Zach Britton for Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers would’ve been a trade to help both teams. Jake McGee is giving games away.
Marc, repping the 970
Kiz: The Rockies are loathe to give up prospects, much less Rodgers, the crown jewel of their farm system. But here’s guessing the Orioles would’ve taken young pitcher Riley Pint atop a package for Britton. I’m less confident Bridich would’ve been crazy about my idea.
Kiz, the answer to your question as to what Mike MacIntyre’s “coach of the year” hardware is worth: a quarter. And that’s 25 cents in cold, hard cash! You’re talking about a guy who after four long years has maybe come to the realization you shouldn’t address players as “kids.”
Chris, Lone Tree
Kiz: Bold prediction: If the Buffs win Sept. 8 at Nebraska, they’ll go bowling at season’s end. Should Colorado lose to the Huskers, however, Mac and his “kids” might travel a bumpy road.
And today’s parting shot takes umbrage with my opinion that a game at Coors Field with the Rockies in the playoff race makes for more compelling theater than a Broncos practice during training camp.
That’s lazy, Kiz. In a metro area of three million people, we can enjoy both the Rockies and Broncos. You are the 104.3 of print, manufacturing controversy where there’s none.