Ugh, not feeling this signing of running back Melvin Gordon at all. You’re telling me the Broncos couldn’t have drafted 85% of Gordon for way less cheddar?
Kiz: I’ve given enthusiastic thumbs-ups to the acquisitions of Jurrell Casey and Graham Glasgow. But $13.5 million guaranteed for a soon-to-be 27-year-old running back coming off a meh season, with a nagging history of both fumbling and injury? Sorry, but that’s stupid money. It’s also an insult to Phillip Lindsay, who not only produced back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons but also has become a heart-and-soul leader in the locker room. Money is the only way to show a player true love in the NFL, and when a team doesn’t take care of its good people, they notice. Every time. (Ask Chris Harris.) While I’ve advocated for the Broncos to add another ballcarrier to take some load off Lindsay’s shoulders, it could’ve been done in draft with far greater cost efficiency. This deal? Smells cheesy to me.
Bro, stop! Gordon is way better than Lindsay. Love the underdog/overachiever story, but Lindsay is best suited for change-of-pace back. He’s never going to put up the workhorse numbers like Gordon.
Brandon, Wasatch Mountains man
Kiz: I’ll gladly acknowledge Gordon is well-suited to gaining the plow-horse yards to move the chains, and he poses a more dangerous passing target than Lindsay. But the staff here at Kickin’ It Headquarters calls balderdash on your claim Gordon is way better overall. As well as running for more yards per game, Lindsay has superior yards per carry (4.9) output than Gordon (4.0), whose salary will dwarf what Lindsay earns. Sixteen backs (including Lindsay) gained more than 1,000 yards last season. Only two of those 16 (Carlos Hyde and Mark Ingram) were older than Gordon. Running back is a young man’s game.
Unless a vaccine for the coronavirus comes out soon, we are just doing the slow-infection approach to conquering this pandemic, and you can’t do that with 70,000 people in a football stadium. There is not going to be an NFL season this year. So it’s really kind of moot to argue about Gordon’s impact on the Broncos.
Sly, smarty cat
Kiz: No NFL season is certainly possible. But it’s also a distinct possibility (slim, I pray) that some of us won’t be alive in November. Why let a pandemic stop us from engaging and having lively sports conversation now? Gordon getting rich while working stiffs get laid off is tough to swallow. But the normalcy of the NFL’s silly free-agency season does provide entertainment while we’re hunkering down.
And today’s parting shot answers this compelling question: Were you more fond of the Case Keenum or Joe Flacco era of Broncos football?
I will never forgive John Elway for making me watch a quarterback who is at least 50 percent responsible for my most heartbreaking moment as a Broncos fan (the loss to Baltimore in the 2012 NFL playoffs). So I preferred Case Keesum (as Elway called him at the introductory press conference).