What appeared to be incredibly stupid to some, may prove itself a stroke of genius for the Denver Broncos.
After acquiring every defensive off-cast the Cleveland Browns had to offer, drafting highly controversial running back Maurice Clarett, picking up the baggage surrounding punter Todd Sauerbrun, to the signing of aged veteran Jerry Rice, the Broncos have become the NFL's shelter for misguided, mismanaged and mistake-ridden multi-millionaires.
Scoff all you want, there's gold in the hills of the Mile High City, you just have to dig deep enough.
Nobody thought George Karl would coach the Nuggets into this year's playoffs, or that Jake Plummer would shatter John Elway's passing record, but it happened. Who would have thought that the Rockies would, well…. Ok forget about the Rockies, I'm telling you this one is playing out perfectly for the Broncos.
It's the kind of take no prisoners' approach that Denver's lacked since No. 7 started peddling cars and hanging out with Jon Bon Jovi in the Arena Football League.
Even Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis would be shocked by the Broncos recent moves if he was still coherent.
Plummer to Lelie, Plummer to Rice, Clarett up the middle and as announcer Dave Logan would say, "that's a Denver Broncos touchdown."
From the best of the best - to the thugs on the bench, they're all here and ready to take this team beyond a third consecutive one and done in Indianapolis.
Remember, three strikes and you're out.
Just ask Mike Shanahan.
"We think what we've done is worth taking a chance," Shanahan quipped.
Mastermind or Mastermind-less, after a decade on the job, if the risks ultimately prove to be his Rocky Mountain Swan Song, at least he'll go down swinging.
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