Andrew Harbaugh | October 3rd, 2019
My son Eli who is three years old recently discovered the movie Wreck-It Ralph and he is absolutely in love with it. The movie is premised around a video game called Fix-It Felix Jr. where the main character uses a golden hammer that fixes everything he touches. Well, I found a handy dandy golden keyboard so I’m going to give this a shot and fix every winless team with my golden touch.
The teams I have left to cover are the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals. Each day this week I will be making stops to all these places and giving them some ideas on just how they can turn things around both immediately and long term.
So far I have only fixed the Dolphins with all of their draft picks and cap room I think that can be a pretty easy turn around if done properly, you can find that piece here.
Now just as a reminder, each team being featured will be given a free agent target, trade target, a move to make internally, and a three-round mock just because I’m feeling extra generous.
Onto Denver and that Rocky Mountain mess of a situation.
Trade Target: Trent Williams
It’s no secret that John Elway has grown tired of former first-round pick Garett Bolles after going after him for his constant holding penalties. Yes, the Broncos brought in Ja‘Wuan James from Miami last year in free agency but they still have a massive offensive line needs. Making a move for a former All-Pro tackle just makes too much sense for Denver as they rebuild this offense.
Short term Joe Flacco has been playing rather well this year as Benjamin Allbright noted on twitter this past week he is on pace for a career-high in yards and completion percentage. Making this move helps Flacco now and potential long term answer in wait with Drew Lock.
Free Agent Target: Joe Schobert
Now it’s no secret that I am a Browns fan if you follow me on Twitter so seeing Schobert leave pains me to contemplate, but he will be out of Cleveland’s wheelhouse in terms of money. Schobert has been a Pro Bowler in Cleveland, recorded 192 tackles, 2 interceptions, 12 passes defended, and 7.5 sacks and is deserving of a bigger contract and Denver has a need at linebacker that Schobert would fill tenfold.
Schobert makes his best plays when he is dropping back in pass coverage and has shown he has a knack for finding the ball and causing turnovers. On a defense led by Vic Fangio, he would love to add a player like Schobert to man the middle of both the run and pass defense.
Internal Move: Trade Away Von Miller
Okay before we light the torches and pitchforks hear me out, imagine the haul you could get for Miller?
Khalil Mack was able to fetch two firsts, a third and a sixth and in reality that seemed a little light. Now as for Miller, they could realistically also receive a package centered around two firsts if he were to go to a contender. Denver is not going to win the AFC West anytime soon as long as Brett Veach keeps the Chiefs loaded up around Pat Mahomes.
Oakland has the right idea with loading up on draft picks and rebuilding that way, Denver would be wise to follow suit especially with the 2020 and 2021 classes being as deep as they are at so many positions.
- Grant Delpit, S, LSU
- Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
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