The obvious connection between the Redskins and Broncos is the Champ for Portis trade, but as one AP writer noted, Josh McDaniels is in the same past predicament as Coach Zorn last year, rookie coach at 6-2:
Which takes us to Josh McDaniels, this year's new kid on the block who could do no wrong. He has the Denver Broncos at 6-2, but the two losses have come in the last two games. Has the league started to figure him out? Are the Broncos' flaws greater than they appeared at 6-0? Will he meet the same fate as Zorn?
It's hard to say, but I didn't like the Broncos before the season and I don't like them now. Kyle Orton to me is a QB who has peaked, and that is not a good thing. I had a phone call with Karl Mecklenberg yesterday (that post coming early next week), and he said that he thought Josh tried to instill too much game plan last week, which led to some confusion. Hmm. Too much game plan? Must be nice to have that luxury. From what I recall last year, Zorn instilled too LITTLE game plan as to keep it simple for Campbell and the offense. Opposing teams figured that out real quick, which led to the disastrous tanking of 2008.
Some notes coming into this game:
QB JASON CAMPBELL, who passed for a career-high 3,245 yards last year, has 1,677 yards and is on pace for his second consecutive 3,000-yard season. Campbell would join Pro Football Hall of Famer SONNY JURGENSEN (1966-67), JOE THEISMANN (1983-84) and MARK RYPIEN (1991-92) as the only quarterbacks in team history with back-to-back 3,000 yard seasons
RB CLINTON PORTIS has rushed for 494 yards and aims for his fifth 1,000-yard season as a Redskin. Portis is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN RIGGINS for the most 1,000-yard rushing seasons in club history with four. It's going to be a tough mark for CP to make this year.
DE ANDRE CARTER (6.5) and rookie LB BRIAN ORAKPO (5.5) are on target to become the first set of Redskins to each post at least 10 sacks in a season since....CAN YOU NAME THE LAST SKINS DUO TO ACCOMPLISH THIS FEAT?