What if Montee Ball stinks? It's a question we haven't really touched on too much here, so let's talk about it for a second. The Broncos are all-in on the aptly named running back, but what if Ball proves to be like, I don't know, Lance Ball? Clearly, that's the gamble the Broncos are taking, though I do believe that Montee Ball will be an effective starting back for your Denver Broncos. But the Broncos are now "chasing Lombardi" as general manager John Elway said at the NFL owners meetings. For all intents and purposes, Denver must look at this season as its final shot to win a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning. That's the mindset. That's why Elway went all Spearmint Rhino on free agents, making it rain with dollar bills. Yet at running back, the Broncos have an unproven starter. It's funny because, on one hand, running back is a vital position in an NFL offense, a person whose production, timeliness and brawny blocking is imperative for a NASCAR offense such as Denver's. But on the other hand, this one-time glamour position has lost some luster. Teams have a platoon thing going on, teams don't draft running backs high (not one went in the 2013 first round) and aren't as willing to invest in the Eric Dickersons of this era. Point in case, of course, is our old buddy Knowshon Moreno. Last season, he ran for 1,038 yards with 10 touchdowns AND caught an additional 60 passes. In 1996, I can only imagine the free agency frenzy to get a glamour back. Teams would've flown Coolio to their facility to give the free agent a private concert.
Montee Ball remains a good gamble at Broncos running back
Denver Post | Mar 27