On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM MDT Orange Night Ride

    The year's Orange Ride is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2014 with a start time of 4:30 p.m. from the Denver City and County Building. We have put together a list of activities leading up to that night's Broncos game against San Diego. We hope to see you there!
    3-4 p.m. Pregame fan rally in front of Denver City and County Building
    4:30 p.m. Ride departs Denver City and County Building to Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    5:00 p.m. Ride arrives at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    5-6 p.m. Orange Ride pregame tailgate party at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    6:00 p.m. Orange Ride departs stadium to Tavern Downtown to watch the Broncos game
    6:25 p.m. Watch the Broncos game while enjoying Tavern Downtown’s food and drink specials
    And don't forget that the Broncos and Denver B-cycle have teamed up to offer a new bike valet service for home games for the 2014 season, giving fans a place to park their bike in a secure place staffed by B-cycle volunteers!
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 6:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers The Denver Broncos take on AFC West opponent the San Diego Chargers on Thursady Night Football on NFL Network.
  • Sat., Oct. 25, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM MDT Broncos Bunch Trick-or-Treat

    Broncos Bunch Trick-or-Treat

    Sign up at http://broncosbunch.com

  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos at New England Patriots The Denver Broncos travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a rematch of the 2013 AFC Championship. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 2:05 PM MST Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders The Denver Broncos face their AFC West foe Oakland Raiders on the road. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 16, 2014 11:00 AM MST Denver Broncos at St. Louis Rams The Denver Broncos face the St. Louis Rams on the road at 11 a.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 23, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins The Denver Broncos take on the AFC East Miami Dolphins. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Nov. 25, 2014 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM MST Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution Denver Rescue Mission Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 6:30 PM MST Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs The Denver Broncos travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face AFC West foe the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
  • Sun., Dec. 07, 2014 2:05 PM MST Play 60/Fuel Up to Play 60 Tribute Game Play 60/Fuel Up to Play 60 tribute game. Teams will be recognized before the team's game against the Buffalo Bills.

News & Blogs

Print
RSS

Notes on Broncos' Pro Bowl Selections

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Independent Analyst Andrew Mason takes his take on the Broncos' Pro Bowlers

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Peyton Manning's selection to the 2014 Pro Bowl was not simply a slam dunk. It was a basket by goaltending call -- guaranteed points, no matter where the shot was launched or what the trajectory could have been. Had Manning not been selected, the Pro Bowl balloting would have had the legitimacy of your average North Korean election.

But beyond that, the Broncos can be satisfied with their Pro Bowl haul, which includes two first-timers who few projected to be in this spot at the start of the season: placekicker Matt Prater and tight end Julius Thomas.

No player broke through from national obscurity more than Thomas did this year, while Prater soared from 25th in the league in field-goal percentage to first in one year, punctuating it with his league-record 64-yard blast against Tennessee. 

Guard Louis Vasquez is also a first-timer, but his selection was not a surprise relative to preseason expectations. His momentum toward this accomplishment has built for two years, and crested in a season in which he has yet to allow a sack. If Vasquez remains healthy, this could be the first of a gaggle of Pro Bowl selections for the five-year veteran.

There was some question about Demaryius Thomas earning his second bid, because the league's pool of elite receivers is so deep. Seven have more receptions, six have more receiving yardage, eight have more yards per game, and six have more first downs. But no wide receiver has more touchdowns, being in the top 10 in all of those categories resulted in an overall profile that made him a worthy selection.

If there is a surprise among the selections, it is that Terrance Knighton did not even make the list of alternates. While this has been a breakthrough season for Knighton, he did not truly emerge until recent games, when he has held up the defensive line in the wake of injuries to Kevin Vickerson and Derek Wolfe. If Knighton continues his stellar play, he should be in the Pro Bowl mix a year from now. 

INFERRING THE VOTE:

We don't know how the coaches and players voted -- each group counts for one-third of the final vote -- but we do know about the fan voting, and the 19 Broncos that ranked among the top 10 vote-getters at each position.

From that, we can surmise the following:

• Prater did slightly better among players and coaches than he did among fans, where he ranked third, which would have placed him as the first alternate.

• Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was significantly better; he was not among the top 10 cornerbacks in the fan voting, but as an alternate, finished well in the player and coach voting.

• The respect of players and coaches for Von Miller is deep. Miller was not among the top 10 fan-vote getters among outside linebackers, but as an alternate, he must have received strong nods from his peers. 

• There was a discrepancy between fan and player/coach voting for center Manny Ramirez (second in the fan vote, alternate) and guard Zane Beadles (first in the fan vote, alternate).

• With eight wide receivers in the game, Wes Welker (fifth in the fan vote) would have qualified for the game if only the fan vote counted. He was an alternate. Eric Decker was 10th in the fan voting and would have just missed the game if only the fan ballots counted; he is an alternate.

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.