Schon: Where We Stand on Cutdown Day

David Kircus is among a handfull of players the Denver Broncos are expected to release today - Check out the full story...

You can put any preseason spin on it you want - the Denver Broncos have issues. Issues with an anemic offense, a porous defense and a game plan with about as much firepower as a 1972 Ford Pinto.

Think about it - a first team defense with the likes of Champ Bailey, Dre' Bly and John Lynch, gives up 44 points/542-yards against the juggernaut of San Francisco, Dallas and Cleveland? Is anybody else concerned? Anyone? Bueller…Bueller?

"I think anytime you talk about a ‘unit' you have to talk to about 11 guys going in the same direction," Mike Shanahan told reporters. "If one guy's just a little bit off it can make you look average pretty quickly. So we have a couple weeks to straighten out those things and hopefully we can get there."

Fortunately the starters are expected to rest this Thursday in the final preseason game of the year - I'd hate to think what could happen against a powerhouse like the Arizona Cardinals.

... Getting popped with felony assault charges for pummeling a guy's face at a late night off season party proved costly for David Kircus - the four year veteran is among eight players the Broncos are expected to release later today.

Other cuts include defensive end Kenard Lang, defensive tackle Demetrin Veal, receiver David Terrell, fullback Troy Fleming, tailback Cedric Cobbs, tight end Teyo Johnson and kicker Brandon Pace.

... The depth chart on the offensive line seems to be falling into place - Matt Lepsis is ready to roll at left tackle - Ben Hamilton will sit with complications from a concussion earlier in camp with Chris Myers set to fill his spot until further notice.

... Rookie RB Selvin Young's 96-yard performance against the Browns made quite an impact among his teammates in the backfield - Travis Henry, Mike Bell and Andre Hall were all back at practice Monday after missing last week with injuries.

Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past ten years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.

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