Adam Schefter on D&C: Broncos ‘an unstoppable force’ like 2007 Patriots
|09.30.13 at 9:56 am ET|
Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday to discuss the indomitable Broncos and a couple of injured Patriots.
Denver won a showdown of possibly the two fastest, most lethal offenses when the Eagles and new coach Chip Kelly visited the the Mile High City. The Broncos won in the fashion that they’ve won every game this season: a blowout. Denver moved to 4-0 with a 52-20 win and pushed its point differential to an NFL-high plus-88.
Schefter likened the Peyton Manning-led offense to the 2007 AFC champion Patriots.
“Just think back to what you saw in 2007, you saw an unstoppable force, you saw a team that you knew was going to chew up and spit out the opposition every single Sunday, you saw a team that could not be stop, could not be slowed, a team that was going to put up numbers, stats, yards, everything, and Denver is the same kind of offensive outfit right now,” Schefter said.
Manning already has accumulated 1,470 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions in just four games, throwing the ball to a variety of playmakers including wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker along with tight end Julius Thomas.
“It looks like right now they can’t be slowed down,” Schefter said. “Now, again, somebody at some point will be able to take them on, I’m sure, circumstances change, the year goes on, injuries happen, dynamics change, but right now they look unbeatable.”
Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork reportedly suffered a season-ending Achilles tear in Sunday night’s 30-23 victory over the Falcons, leading to speculation about who the team might bring in to fill the void.
“I think you have to do something there if indeed Vince Wilfork is out for the year, and I don’t know if it’s true, but I’m sure it is if The Boston Globe is reporting it,” Schefter said. “Assuming that he’s done for the year, I think you’ve got a case there where you’ve got a major hole there.”
Schefter mentioned former Patriots Richard Seymour and Kyle Love as potential replacements who could return to ease the pain of losing Wilfork. But he cautioned that there is no quick fix to losing one of the best defensive players in football.
“You can go bring back Kyle Love, I don’t know that they will go that direction,” Schefter said. “Richard Seymour last I heard was not going to play unless he got paid a lot of money, and I don’t know if that’s the Patriot way, and if there were somebody on the street that were that good, there were 31 other teams that would have signed him by now.”
Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots reportedly disagree on his readiness to return to the football field after five surgeries in the past year.
“I don’t think it’s Gronkowski and the Patriots, to be honest with you, but I do think there are people who are influencing Gronkowski, who are urging caution,” Schefter said. “At a time when the players are watching him in practice the last two weeks, running around, catching passes, making moves, even getting tackled. And they’re watching him during practice and they’re saying ‘ready to play’ and then he doesn’t play, and so it creates a little bit of an odd dynamic.”
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