Last weekend, the Denver Broncos were exciting again for just under 24 hours.
Their roster of mediocre quarterbacks was in quarantine, a wide-range practice squad receiver was getting ready to take snaps, and we had no idea what awaited us at Empower Field on Sunday afternoon.
Unfortunately, the weird thing we got wasn’t exactly the weird thing the Grading the Week office staff were hoping for.
The Kendall Hinton Game – A-
Sure, there were a few Wildcat snaps. Even a few crazy times.
But where was the Wishbone? The statue of Liberty? Heck, just a Phillip Lindsay pass?
Emergency quarterback Kendall Hinton certainly did his best against a talented New Orleans Saints defense. No one at Grading the Week blames him for the awful thing we had to endure, even if he made more passes to the opposite team (2) than to the Broncos (1).
But maybe, just maybe, that horror of an NFL football game was the best thing that happened to the Broncos franchise since it won Super Bowl 50.
How, you ask?
Well, we can only assume that this triggered Beth Bowlen Wallace, the second eldest of the late Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s seven children, to come out three days later and call for a ” smooth and timely transition “to a new owner.
There is no doubt that Pat Bowlen would have moved mountains to make sure the Broncos didn’t get into the precarious position the NFL put them on last Sunday. There’s even less doubt that Commissioner Roger Goodell – the most fake tough guys ever to put on a blazer – would have agreed to those demands.
Obviously, the NFL wanted to send a message about how it treated the Broncos, and they could do it to Denver because the franchise doesn’t hold the sway it once did under Mr. B.
If the end result of Sunday’s travesty is that it forced the bickering Bowling kids to finally sell the team, then we can only consider it an exciting success.
Karl Dorrell – A +
Okay, we admit it.
Grading the Week office staff weren’t exactly thrilled when CU announced Dorrell as the new head soccer coach in the past off-season.
In retrospect, we may have been overly affected by his unspectacular run at UCLA from 2003 to ’07 – one that started with a streak of four consecutive Bruins coaches not making it to a Rose Bowl (eight of the previous nine made it to Pasadena at least once).
But it seems that Dorrell has learned a thing or two from his time in Westwood.
What he’s done to lead the Buffs to a 3-0 start this fall is nothing short of spectacular as he was hired in late February, held zero spring training sessions and had to install his vision for the Buffs amid the chaos of 2020.
Three wins would have been impressive if the Buffs had played 10 games. To do it in three with a quarterback who played safety last year, Dorrell would have to be shortlisted for Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year.
If the Buffs win and Dorrell doesn’t receive that honor, they might as well melt the damn thing and turn it into a paperweight.