Denver Broncos Audio Zone: Analysis
Horsin' Around: Assessing the Broncos three years on from Super Bowl 50
Three years ago this week, the Broncos scaled the sport's ultimate mountaintop. Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards reflect on what has happened since then, starting with the path at quarterback since Peyton Manning's final game (5:30). "It's amazing to think about all the what-ifs," Edwards says. At 19:00, Mason reflects on how the Broncos took steps forward in building a deep roster in 2018, but still need to string together good drafts to get the club's depth to the level of teams like New England. They also share memories of Super Bowl 50 (25:50), noting, "It still somehow doesn't seem real." Subscribe to the Broncos Audio Zone in iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you download your podcasts!
Hall of Famer James Lofton: 'Nobody hit harder' than Steve Atwater
Lofton, who is also a Hall of Fame voter, joined Tyler Polumbus and Andy Lindahl on Orange and Blue 760 to discuss Atwater's Hall candidacy. "Nobody hit harder and nobody was a better tackler, because not only did he hit hard, he tackled guys," Lofton said. "... You think he should be in. You wonder why he hasn't gone in, but I also understand the selection process, that it's so thin a margin between being in and not being in."
Brian Billick: Vic Fangio an 'outstanding coach at every level'
Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, who hired Vic Fangio to join his staff in Baltimore in 2006, joined Justin Adams and Brandon Krisztal from Radio Row on Orange and Blue 760 to discuss what he likes about the Broncos' hiring of Fangio.
Jets OL Kelvin Beachum: Broncos have 'a jewel' in Mike Munchak
"I think he's going to continue to develop that offensive line," said Beachum, who played for new Offensive Line Coach Mike Munchak in Pittsburgh. Beachum joined Andy Lindahl and Tyler Polumbus on Orange and Blue 760 from Radio Row this week and said, "Munch is the best, and y'all have a jewel,"
NFL Network analyst Cynthia Frelund breaks down Super Bowl LIII
Frelund joined Brandon Krisztal and Justin Adams on Orange and Blue 760 from Radio Row on Wednesday to discuss what to expect from the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.
Breaking down Day 2 of Senior Bowl practices
Weather forced the Senior Bowl to move its practices inside, but there was still plenty for Steve Atwater, Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards to break down. They also catch up with Kansas State's Dalton Risner at 18:48 to find out how the week is going for the Wellington, Colorado product, and talk with new father Kahlen Sanders (36:14), whose massive week includes outstanding on-field work at the Senior Bowl and the news that his fiancee delivered their first child.
Horsin' Around: Quarterbacks, coaching-staff moves and Rod Smith
Andrew Mason, Ryan Edwards and Andy Lindahl of Orange and Blue 760 take a look at the Senior Bowl, the draft and how the coaching moves could affect the direction in which the Broncos could go in the offseason. At 11:42, Andy says, "I'm not of the mindset that [the] No. 10 [pick] has to be a quarterback," spurring some discussion. Later, Ring of Fame Rod Smith joins Mase, Ryan and Steve Atwater in the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse (38:12) to discuss the future of the Broncos' offense and what he expects from the 2018 rookies in their second season.
East-West Shrine Game practice breakdown with Jon Ledyard
Ledyard of The Draft Network joined Steve Atwater, Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards from St. Petersburg, Florida, to talk about some standouts from the Shrine Game practices, led by Kansas defensive lineman Daniel Wise. Ledyard also discussed the quarterbacks at the Shrine Game, focusing on Boise State's Brett Rypien and Mississippi's Jordan Ta'amu.
Horsin' Around: Tyler Polumbus, and Hall of Fame chatter with two voters
How do players see Vic Fangio's words? Find out from former Bronco Tyler Polumbus at 0:49, as the Orange and Blue 760 morning co-host and Broncos Radio Network analyst shares his thoughts on the message from the Broncos' new head coach (2:06). Then listen to Hall of Fame voters Scott Garceau from Baltimore (15:34) and Gary Myers from New York (22:15) tell Steve Atwater, Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards about Atwater's Hall of Fame chances!
Broncos Audio Zone: Derek Wolfe and Vic Fangio's desire to avoid "death by inches"
Fangio's leadership could be just what the Broncos need, as Derek Wolfe tells Steve Atwater, Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards at 0:38. Wolfe expects the new coach to "bring a different type of discipline" to the team. Wolfe also talks about how some of the details, and says that getting discipline right starts in the meetings (9:01). Steve, Mase and Ryan then share what they took away from Fangio's introduction to Broncos Country (17:33).
Breaking down the Vic Fangio hire with Dave Logan and Ian Rapoport
Take a deep dive inside the Broncos' hire of Vic Fangio with the Orange and Blue 760 crew! First, Tyler Polumbus, Andrew Mason, Ryan Edwards and Andy Lindahl gather in the Pat Bowlen Studio Fieldhouse to give their impressions on the news and its impact (0:34). NFL Network's Ian Rapoport then joins Andrew, Ryan and Steve Atwater at 7:56 to discuss the news, saying that Fangio "takes [the defense] to another level." Voice of the Broncos Dave Logan then calls in to discuss the move at 11:03. Finally, Andrew takes a look at other comparable hires in NFL history, and says that Mike Zimmer and Buddy Ryan offer potential templates and comparisons to Fangio.
Bears radio analyst Tom Thayer on Vic Fangio
Thayer told Andy Lindahl and Tyler Polumbus that being around the run-pass-option-heavy attack the Bears ran last year will help him if he gets a head-coaching shot. "I think he got to see the updated offense, and I think that will help him as a head coach making decisions for the entire team," Thayer said on Orange and Blue 760.
Jim Mora: Vic Fangio 'should be a head coach already'
Former NFL head coach Jim Mora, who had Vic Fangio as an assistant with the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and the USFL's Philadelphia Stars, joined Justin Adams and Brandon Krisztal to shower praise on his protege. "I'm surprised that he hasn't had opportunities in the past," Mora said. "... He's extremely smart and he's got a great way with players.'
Horsin' Around: Quickly moving on
The regular season finished just a week ago, but with the focus on the next head coach and offseason plans, it already seems like much longer than that to Andrew Mason and Andy Lindahl of Orange and Blue 760. They discuss coaching possibilities, dive into President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway's comments about "shaking the tree" to find the answer at QB, and much more.
Examining Mike Munchak's head-coaching years
TitansOnline.com's Jim Wyatt, who has covered the Titans for two decades, joined Andrew Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards on Orange and Blue 760 to discuss Munchak's three years as Tennessee's head coach and how he might fare better if he receives another opportunity.
Breaking down the resume of Mike Munchak
The "First and Ten at Ten" crew of Steve Atwater, Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards takes a deep dive into Mike Munchak's career, including some numbers that reveal the degree of his impact on the Steelers' offensive line the last five seasons.
Mike Sherman: Zac Taylor an 'even-tempered, very cerebral' coach
Sherman, a former Packers head coach who hired Taylor as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M and worked with him on the Miami Dolphins' staff, joined Ray Crockett and Marc Stout to discuss Taylor's attributes as a potential head coach. Sherman, who is also Taylor's father-in-law, said the 35-year-old Taylor "doesn't get too high, and doesn't get too low."
Tommy Tuberville: Zac Taylor will 'knock it out of the park'
"He's going to be one of the rising stars in this business. He's as good as they're going to be," said Tuberville, a long-time college head coach who hired head-coaching candidate Zac Taylor as his offensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati for the 2016 season.
Broncos Audio Zone: What comes next?
"There are no short cuts," Broncos President/CEO Joe Ellis said, and that's where this podcast begins. Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards go into the locker room to discuss the decision to relieve Vance Joseph of his duties and what changes could be coming with Justin Simmons (1:16) and Shelby Harris (7:12). Then, Chris Harris Jr. answers media questions with characteristic candor (14:21), and at 18:10, Mason, Edwards and Ring of Famer Steve Atwater discuss what Harris' sentiments mean.
Mason's Power Rankings: Ravens soar into top five
Baltimore's recent form has it atop the AFC North -- and ahead of AFC West standouts from Kansas City and Los Angeles in Andrew Mason's power rankings. The Broncos fell to No. 19. Find out where everyone stands, from the top (New Orleans) to the bottom (Arizona).
Mason's Power Rankings: Chargers move up
How far did the Broncos fall in their loss? Did the Chargers' win over the Chiefs move them past their rivals from the Midwest? And which ranking was so absurd that Steve Atwater could only shake his head in exasperation? Find out in Andrew Mason's by-the-numbers power rankings for Week 15.
Broncos Audio Zone: Simon Fletcher passes the torch
Simon Fletcher held the Broncos' sack record for over two decades. Saturday, he watched Von Miller break his club mark -- and then personally congratulated Miller on his accomplishment. Fletcher shared his thoughts on Miller, the record he held and the Broncos' D with Andrew Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards. After that chat, Mase, Steve and Ryan tip their caps to players who did well in the loss to Cleveland.
Broncos Audio Zone: DaeSean Hamilton and Reuben Droughns
We go into the locker room to talk with WR DaeSean Hamilton (0:32) about his first touchdown, his increased workload and to get his scouting report on Baker Mayfield (3:17), a teammate of his at the Senior Bowl last January. Then, former Broncos and Browns running back Reuben Droughns drops by (5:52) to discuss the Browns and the impact of Baker Mayfield on not just the team, but the city of Cleveland (12:15). Droughns also shares his thoughts on Cleveland cuisine (6:16), which yields a discussion of the "Polish Boy" sandwich (7:13), a blizzard of kielbasa, coleslaw, french fries and barbecue sauce. Reuben said he'd had the sandwich, which led Steve Atwater to reply, "Did you make it to work the next day?" Subscribe to the Broncos Audio Zone in iTunes, Stitcher or Google today!
Mason's Power Rankings: Bears soar to top three
Chicago's win over the Los Angeles Rams gave them a boost within the top 10 spots, while the Broncos slid four notches after losing to the 49ers. Find out where everyone stands in Andrew Mason's by-the-stats rankings.
Horsin' Around: 49ers postgame
"This loss defies description," as Andrew Mason says in the opening moments. But he and Ryan Edwards of "First and Ten at Ten" on Orange and Blue 760 take a swing at analyzing it anyway, as they deconstruct all that went awry for the Broncos in their 20-14 loss to the 49ers.
Broncos Audio Zone: Bradley Roby and what's next without Emmanuel Sanders
"Where do we go from here?" That's the question in Broncos Country after Sanders' Achilles tendon injury. Andrew Mason and Justin Adams offer answers for how the offense can compensate and adapt. Then, Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards talk to Roby (12:17), who must step up in the wake of Chris Harris Jr.'s fibula injury.
Mason's Week 14 Power Rankings: Broncos into top dozen
Despite a loss, New Orleans kept its top spot. But how far did the Broncos rise after their third straight win -- and where do the other teams in the AFC West sit? Find out in Andrew Mason's power rankings -- with some analysis from Ring of Famer Steve Atwater.
Mason's Power Rankings: Broncos move up a notch
The Broncos moved up to No. 15 following their win over Pittsburgh -- which had the biggest tumble within the top half of the league. Find out where everyone in the league stacks up in Mase's crunch-the-numbers rankings!
Horsin' Around: Steelers postgame with Matt LaCosse
The Broncos were outgained by 219 yards Sunday. So how did they win? Andrew Mason, Ryan Edwards and Justin Adams of Orange and Blue 760 break it all down and analyze what Sunday's 24-17 win over Pittsburgh could mean. At 25:56, Mase and Ryan talk with Matt LaCosse about his first regular-season touchdown, the celebration that followed and the offense's improvement at avoiding turnovers.
Horsin' Around: River Cracraft, Shelby Harris, Steelers and holiday leftovers
We've got another stuffed cornucopia of a podcast for you on Thanksgiving weekend! First, new first-team punt returner River Cracraft joins Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards (1:00) to talk about his readiness for the role. Then they check in with Shelby Harris (6:54), who explains the key to disrupting Ben Roethlisberger (8:28). Finally, Andy Lindahl joins Mase to talk Steelers, defense in the current era and their love of canned jellied cranberry sauce -- which is shared by Case Keenum (10:26).
Mason's Week 12 Power Rankings: Colts sprinting up
There was minimal change at the top -- the Saints remained No. 1 while the Rams and Chiefs changed spots after Monday night's thriller. The Colts were among the big risers -- moving up five spots -- but the Broncos also rose three positions. Where did everyone shake out? Find out as Andrew Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards break down the league from No. 1 to No. 32 (Arizona).
Broncos Audio Zone: Game balls and Billy Turner
There were plenty of plaudits to go around from the Broncos' win over the Chargers, and they start with the offensive line, which allowed just three pressures and no sacks. Andrew Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards break it all down before handing the reins to Justin Adams and Brandon Krisztal, who catch up with Turner in the locker room.
Horsin' Around: Chargers postgame with Colby Wadman
For the first time in 34 years, the Broncos won a game in which they gained 325 or fewer yards and allowed 475 or more yards. Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards of Orange and Blue 760 break down how the Broncos won a game that was filled with moments that could have knocked them out, but didn't, allowing them to eke out a win that keeps hope alive. Mason also chats with punter Colby Wadman to talk about the game's first big turning point -- his fake-punt completion to Andy Janovich.
Mason's Week 11 Power Rankings: Saints rise to top
A 51-14 destruction of the Bengals gave the Saints the numbers to edge out the Chiefs and Rams for the top spot in Andrew Mason's rankings, which he discussed with Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards on "First and Ten at Ten" Tuesday morning.
Mason's Power Rankings: Chiefs rise to top
The Chiefs moved up in the wake of the Rams' loss at New Orleans. The Broncos, despite their loss, moved up two spots. Meanwhile, Miami, despite its 5-4 mark, remains mired at 26th. Why? Find out here, and see why Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards question Mase's rankings.
Horsin' Around: Texans postgame
In the wake of the Broncos' 19-17 loss to the Texans, Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards of "First and Ten at Ten" on Orange and Blue 760 break it all down.
Mason's Power Rankings: Broncos hold steady
The Rams remain at the top, the Broncos are still No. 18. Who landed where after Week 8? Find out in the latest rankings as Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards break down the league.
Broncos Audio Zone: Devontae Booker, hat tips and cap throws
In the Tuesday roundup, we've got running back Devontae Booker with Brandon Krisztal and Justin Adams (0:21), our weekly breakdown of standouts and frustrating moments in the tip-your-cap (5:06) and throw-your-hat (17:30) segments, and finally, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport to discuss trade-deadline possibilities (32:56) with Andy Lindahl and Tyler Polumbus.
Horsin' Around: Chiefs postgame
As was the case two weeks earlier against the Rams, a late Broncos surge was not enough. Penalties, turnovers and a 30-7 Chiefs run in the middle of the game combined to doom the Broncos to defeat. Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards of Orange and Blue 760 disseminate the defeat, how it happened and what it means -- including a number that made Edwards say, "Wow," in disbelief. They also answer some listener questions about the game and what it could mean. Don't forget to subscribe to the Broncos Audio Zone in iTunes!
Horsin' Around: Chiefs pregame and Will Parks
With Darian Stewart out, Will Parks is expected to start, and he joins Andrew Mason, Steve Atwater and Andrew Mason for a locker-room conversation (30:50). Before that, Mason and Orange and Blue 760's Andy Lindahl drift around before talking about the Chiefs game. The meanderings include a failed attempt to get a toddler-age Broncos fan on the podcast (5:32) -- he turned and ran -- before they finally convince Broncos TV's Matt Boyer (17:25) and Orange and Blue 760's Ryan Edwards (25:50) to join them, with Edwards discussing the notion of looking at the next four games as a cluster in which a 2-2 record could put the Broncos in position to contend for the playoffs. Subscribe to the Broncos Audio Zone in iTunes and leave a rating if you like what you hear!
Mason's power rankings: Broncos the big risers
The Broncos are the biggest risers in Mason's stat-based Power Rankings after their romp over the Cardinals. How much did they move up? Where do the Chiefs stand heading into Sunday's duel with the Broncos? And who brings up the rear? Find out in the Week 8 Power Rankings as Mason breaks down where the teams stand with Ring of Famer Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards.
Broncos Audio Zone: October 16
The Broncos' shortest work week of the season is under way, and we've got you covered in the Audio Zone. First, Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards talk to DL Zach Kerr about the defensive struggles and their hopes for a rebound (0:30). Andrew and Ryan are then joined by Steve Atwater as they tip their caps to last Sunday's standouts (4:35) -- including Courtland Sutton -- and throw their hats about what went wrong (11:41). Voice of the Broncos Dave Logan then breaks down where the Broncos stand as he joins Steve, Ryan and Andrew in the studio (22:15). Subscribe to the Broncos Audio Zone in iTunes and leave a review if you like what you hear!
Horsin' Around: Rams postgame
Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards of Orange and Blue 760 break down what went wrong in the Broncos' 23-20 loss to the Rams, what comes next and what the Broncos can take from the defeat that could make them better.
Horsin' Around: Billy Turner, Rams preview and more
The Broncos' season is at a crucial point, and we've got a jam-packed pregame podcast to get you ready for Sunday's game. First, Andrew Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards talk with Billy Turner (0:52), who will step in once again for Jared Veldheer at right tackle. Turner also talks about his practice duels in Miami with Rams DL Ndamukong Suh (4:26) and how he thinks those can help him. Then, the three catch up with rookie WR DaeSean Hamilton to talk about the offense, Hamilton's role and how he continues to improve and grow (6:09). Next up to break down the Rams and discuss Broncos QB Case Keenum is Fox Sports' Jen Hale (14:26), who will be the sideline reporter on Sunday's telecast. Finally, Edwards and Mason return to break down Denver's potential paths to victory (27:22). Subscribe to the Broncos Audio Zone on iTunes and give a review if you like what you hear!
Mason's Week 6 power rankings: Rams sit at top
The Rams, who will visit Denver on Sunday, still lead the way. The Broncos, meanwhile, fell nine spots after their 34-16 loss to the Jets last Sunday. Find out where everyone stacks up in Mase's by-the-numbers rankings.
Horsin' Around: Jets aftermath
Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards take a look back at the Broncos' third consecutive loss and examine where the team can go from here as two unbeaten teams loom in the next three weeks. Subscribe to the Broncos Audio Zone on iTunes, and be sure to leave a review if you like what you hear!
CBS' Dan Fouts breaks down Broncos-Jets
The Hall of Fame quarterback and CBS analyst joins Ray Crockett and Marc Stout to discuss the growth of the Broncos' running game and how it can help Case Keenum (2:40), the progress of Jets QB Sam Darnold (3:40), where Case Keenum stands as he continues to adjust to his new team (5:36) and how he feels the Broncos' defense and running game look better compared with last year (7:26).
Broncos Audio Zone, featuring Brandon Marshall
Andrew Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards start by catching up with Brandon Marshall (0:49) to talk about the $50,000 donation he and the Broncos gave to kick-start a new endeavor of his Williams-Marshall Cares Leadership Program. Marshall also analyzes the Broncos' defensive work against the Chiefs (3:02), what the defense learned from the second-and-30 letdown (4:36) and what it will face in Jets QB Sam Darnold (6:22). Then, Mase gets into his power rankings (8:44) with Steve and Ryan before the three get distracted by the aftermath of Monday's missed delay-of-game call (10:49). At 12:30, Steve takes the discussion down another rabbit hole when he details his unusual dream, Finally, it's back to the power rankings (14:30), starting with the Rams at the top.
Horsin' Around: Broncos-Chiefs postgame
There's a lot to deconstruct in the wake of the Broncos' 27-23 defeat to the Chiefs in Week 4. Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards of Orange and Blue 760 break it all down.
Mason's Week 4 power rankings
Washington let Kirk Cousins go and traded for Alex Smith, and this week, Smith's team had the biggest jump (11 spots), while Cousins' Vikings had the longest fall (eight spots). Where did everyone shake out, including the Broncos after their loss? Find out as Andrew Mason reveals his Week 4 rankings -- with pithy commentary from Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards.
Mason's Week 3 Power Rankings
From the top (Rams) to the bottom (Bills) and everywhere in between (including the Broncos, of course), here's the only power rankings you'll need after two regular-season games.
"First and Ten at Ten" picks the Week 2 games
Steve Atwater, Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards make their Week 2 picks.
CBS' Trent Green on Broncos-Raiders, Case Keenum
The Pro Bowl QB-turned-analyst will call Sunday's game with Greg Gumbel and Bruce Arians. He joined Marc Stout and Andy Lindahl to discuss the matchup and how Keenum's career arc has some parallels with his own.
Broncos Audio Zone Daily: September 13
Andrew Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards begin by catching up with CB Adam Jones (0:30). Then, Andy Lindahl and Tyler Polumbus talk with WR Emmanuel Sanders about his Week 1 performance, his front flip and the positive attributes of Case Keenum. Finally, Pro Football Focus analyst Mike Renner joins Mason, Atwater and Edwards to discuss the Broncos' Week 1 performance (12:05).
Bruce Arians: Case Keenum 'doesn't blink; that's what I really like about him'
Arians, a former member of the NFL's Competition Committee, also shared his thoughts on this year's rules changes in a conversation with Brandon Krisztal and former Broncos running back Reuben Droughns. "I'm all about player safety," he said. Arians will analyze Sunday's Broncos-Raiders game for CBS.
Mason's Week 2 power rankings
The Rams are at the top; the Bills are at the bottom. The Broncos are somewhere in between. Where? Andrew Mason tells you as he breaks down his power rankings with Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards.
Broncos Audio Zone Daily: September 11
The Broncos have Tuesday off, as usual, but there's plenty to tide you over in Tuesday's podcast. At 0:25, Andrew Mason and Ryan Edwards give out their Week 1 game balls -- including one for the entire O-line. Then we check in with Garett Bolles, who had perhaps his best game Sunday (16:06). Finally, Ryan and Mase catch up with Shelby Harris (18:46), who actually had Pro Football Focus' highest grade for a Broncos defender Sunday.
Broncos Audio Zone Daily: September 6
The countdown to Seattle is on. First, Andrew Mason talks with Shane Ray about expectations for the Broncos' 2018 defense (0:38). Next, Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus joins Mason and the rest of the "First and Ten at Ten" crew for his weekly breakdown (7:40). Ray Crockett and Marc Stout then catch up with Fox Sports' Dick Stockton (21:32) before we reach the nexus of the Brandon Marshall universe (33:41). You can subscribe to the Broncos Audio Zone on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn or other podcast apps right now!
Broncos Audio Zone Daily: Aug. 28
Andrew Mason, Steve Atwater and Ryan Edwards start it off by catching up with RB De'Angelo Henderson (0:30), who faces a key game Thursday night in the preseason finale. Mason then explains why he was so impressed with one comment from QB Chad Kelly on Tuesday (3:29). Finally, at 5:32, Mason, Atwater and Edwards take their shot at guessing the 53-man roster in a segment from "First and Ten at Ten."