ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It's been another busy week at Dove Valley -- Owner and CEO Pat Bowlen was honored for his commitment to the community, Tom Nalen was elected to the Ring of Fame and we're now smack dab in the middle of OTAs.
In other words, there's plenty to talk about. So let's get to this week's questions. Thanks as always for your submissions -- you can tweet them to me every week using the hashtag #GrayMatter.
That's a fun question to ponder. And probably a good guess, but it might even be a little high (or low? I can never decide how to say that correctly). Pro Football Focus ranked Miller No. 4 in their Top 101 of 2012, and CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco wrote that Miller is the eighth-best player in the league in his Top 100 list. Miller was the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, after all, so if that holds to form, J.J. Watt would be the only defender ranked above him. It seems to me he should finish in the top 10, but we'll have to wait and see. You never know with these rankings -- I mean, Maxim ranked Miley Cyrus No. 1 in their Hot 100. So it's clearly an inexact science.
@graycaldwell u see any surprises coming from camp to make the roster?— Karl White (@KarlWhite4) May 23, 2013
There's always a good chance to look dumb -- or like a genius -- when throwing out guesses like this. But here are a few names:
@graycaldwell What do you think the Broncos will do at Center this year?Is it Walton's job to lose?— Tim Walker (@Tim0612a) May 18, 2013
At the combine this year, Fox said Walton is "definitely the starter." Just like everyone else on the roster -- save maybe Peyton Manning -- he'll have to compete for the job, but that's the starting point. While Walton is still rehabbing from an ankle injury, guard
I don't claim to be a brilliant fantasy football player, so take this with a grain of salt -- but I'd say
I think that's kind of up to
@graycaldwell what do you predict the Broncos' record will end up being?— Gabriel Cruz Felix (@gabrielcfelix) April 22, 2013
It's always fun to think about, but I'm also always hesitant to give a number. It brings me back to one of my favorite blogs from Jim Saccomano.
He wrote it back in 2010, covering the excitement that abounds whenever the next season's schedule is announced. He recalled asking a coach his thoughts on the schedule and got a quick response: "Looks like we have eight at home and eight away."
Here's how Sacco closed out the blog:
What does it all mean?
It means what it always means.
If you don’t prepare are practice well you are in danger of getting your teeth kicked in every week, home or away, no matter the foe. And if you do practice and prepare well, you can win any game on the schedule, no matter who the opponent is, no matter where, no matter what day or time of day.
Every coach knows it is all about how you study and work and prepare, and then carrying every one of those good habits over to game day.
We all start off with eight at home and eight away. The NFL is the world’s greatest meritocracy, and we’ll see who merits what as the season moves along.