One of those things

"I'm sorry" are the two hardest words to say in the English language. Mike Shanahan learned that this week, when he had to apologize to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen for drafting Maurice Clarett.

There are a few things I know for sure. One, I'm praying nonstop for the good folks living on the Gulf Coast, and you should be too. Two, the touch football scene in "Wedding Crashers" damn near killed me. And three, "I'm sorry" are the two hardest words to say in the English language.

Mike Shanahan learned that this week, when he had to apologize to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen for making a bonehead decision and drafting Maurice Clarett in the third round, essentially wasting the pick.

Don't get me wrong; I can't really say anything to the guy. I mean I was the lone columnist who thought it was a great pick and that the guy would be a huge asset to the team in the future.

When it comes to Humble Pie, I much prefer the band to the actual pie. But what can you do? It's not even my first time being really wrong about something; this must have happened at least once or twice before in my life. With Shanahan, the fact that he figured it out this soon is a blessing.

Remember Marcus Nash? Me either. Deltha O'Neal? A little too well, if you know what I mean.

It could have been worse. I was fully expecting Shanahan, despite all evidence to the contrary, keeping Slow Mo around all season, and perhaps into next season's camp, as insurance. Looks like that won't be a problem after all.

Ron Dayne, or "Ro" as I've taken to calling him, beat him out of the job. Ron Dayne? RON DAYNE! Heisman-winning, high-stepping, arm tackle-breaking Ron Dayne, who was last seen sitting on the bench in New Jersey wearing Giants blue, got the gig in orange. Big Ten backs are apparently interchangeable.

No mo' Slow Mo, So Go Ro.

Adios. Happy trails, Maurice. May you live to run another day.

With the final preseason warm up on the way, it's time to take a good look at this team. Mo is gone. Jake Plummer will start at QB, Mike Anderson at tailback, with Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie as the starting wideouts. I like our offense.

A couple of the Browns looked good in predominantly-orange, and I'm excited about the possibilities of a healthy Trevor Pryce. Champ will be back. Darrent Williams is going to be a player. John Lynch will be solid as always, and our linebacker corps is as good as anyone's in the league. I like our defense.

Special teams, well… um, open sticky note to Jason Elam: If you don't stop missing easy field goals, we're gonna have problems. Don't make me come down there. I know you're a legend in this town, and I've admired you for a long time. But there will be a lot of people who are pretty upset if you keep missing those chip shots. Just letting you know. Todd Sauerbrun has been tearing it up, and if he keeps kicking the way he has been, overall, I like our special teams.

Charlie Adams – Way to go, dude.

All in all, I think this will be a pretty good season for the men in orange. In fact, I'm changing my prediction from 10-6 to 12-4. And that's final.

Just don't quote me.

Sam DeWitt is a regular columnist for He lives in the Denver area and bleeds orange for the Broncos. Any questions or comments can be sent to

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