Sitting down with the Atlanta Falcons preseason game one opponent
As the Atlanta Falcons get ready to head to Canton for Thursday night football, Blogging Dirty sat down with this week’s opponent to discuss what the Falcons will see Thursday night from the Broncos.
Predominantly Orange co-site expert Ty Walden took some time to discuss what he expects to see from the Broncos both Thursday night when they take on the Atlanta Falcons as well as some of his expectations for the 2019 NFL season.
Blogging Dirty: The Broncos have their third head coach in the last five seasons, what are the expectations for year one of Fangio?
Predominantly Orange: Fangio brings that old school nonsense approach. It has been discussed that defensive minded coaches have some bright spots, but does not always equal success. I think Fangio will be successful as head coach. There might be some growing pains since this is his first head coaching gig. But I do not think it’ll take long for him to get it all working.
Blogging Dirty: QB play has been a problem the last several years for Denver. Flacco is under .500 as a starter since winning the Super Bowl in 2012, will Flacco be an actual improvement?
Predominantly Orange: I honestly believe he will be. Out of the four QB’s to start for Denver since Manning’s retirement, Trevor Siemian was the most successful, granted on par for a good amount of games. 2017 proved to be a fluke for Case Keenum. And I don’t even want to get started on Osweiler or Lynch.
Flacco brings true veteran leadership to the Broncos. The offense Denver will run fits him. And Joe will have a huge chip on his shoulder. I think he’ll perform better than we all expect. Just hope that leads to wins.
Blogging Dirty: What area of need is most pressing coming into 2019?
Predominantly Orange: Offensive Line and Inside Linebacker. For our offense to succeed, that O-Line needs to improve. Thank goodness for Mike Munchak. He should make them better.
Inside linebacker has issues covering tight ends and running backs, so they need to show improvement.
Blogging Dirty: Which rookie is expected to make the biggest impact for Denver in 2019?
Predominantly Orange: Noah Fant. Joe Flacco loves his tight ends and I believe that will help Fant flourish in the Broncos offense. Expect Flacco to develop a chemistry with him during preseason and to provide excitement in 2019.
Blogging Dirty: Which starters should Falcons fans expect to not see Thursday evening?
Predominantly Orange: I don’t think we will see the majority of them on Thursday. You could see perhaps one or two out there for a series. But I believe this game will be used to get a look at the backups. No worries about seeing Von Miller terrorizing the offense or Phillip Lindsay running wild.