How to fix the Denver Broncos

On February 7, 2016 the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers to win Super Bowl 50. It was the third time that the Broncos hoisted the Lombardi trophy in their history. But since that third Super Bowl victory, the Broncos haven’t been able to make it back to the playoffs; in 2016 the Broncos posted a record of 9-7, in 2017 5-11, in 2018 6-10, and currently in 2019 they sit at 3-6 at week 11. There are many reasons as to why the Broncos have fallen out of the playoff picture. Denver has become a team that has fallen short of the playoffs, so what can they can do in order to get back to a championship contending team?

After Denver won Super Bowl 50, they lost many key members to their championship winning team. The biggest loss to the team was future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning to retirement. Even though Manning had one of the worst seasons of his career in his final year, he still brought much needed leadership to this team that helped them win Super Bowl 50. After Manning’s departure it has been a revolving door of quarterbacks for the Broncos. President of Football Operations and General Manager of the Broncos, John Elway, has struggled be able to bring in quarterback talent. Which is ironic because Elway is considered to be one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Since Manning the Broncos have used Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, and now Brandon Allen. All have under performed while under center, and Allen made his first career start in week 9 and won by throwing for 193 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against the Cleveland Browns. While he played well, we can’t expect this trend will continue after just one performance. We will have to seen him perform at this level for the rest of the season, and if he does then the Broncos should look for him to be the starter for next season. If he does not meet expectations then the Broncos could look to see if Drew Lock is healthy enough to play next season. Lock suffered a sprained thumb in a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers and has been on injured reserve since. If he is not healthy enough, the Broncos should trade him and look to draft a quarterback with their first round pick in the 2020 draft. In the upcoming draft there will be many good quarterbacks to choose from, including Joe Burrow from LSU, Justin Herbert from Oregon, Jake Fromm from Georgia, and Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama. Getting consistent quarterback play will help this offense get back to what it was just a few seasons ago, and help this team take a good step in the right direction.

Another big concern for this team is their offensive line. Up front the offensive linemen for Denver have been awful, with poor blocking and an insane amount of penalties. Ronald Leary was acquired by Denver in 2017 and has been a disappointment by committing too many holding penalties. Before coming to Denver, Leary was apart of one of the best Offensive lines in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. But since coming to Denver he has been a huge letdown. He will be a free agent next season, and it would be wise to let the 31 year old veteran walk in free agency. Garett Bolles, who Denver drafted in the first round of 2017 out of Utah, has been a waste of draft pick with constant penalties, poor blocking, and a bad attitude overall. Denver believed they had solved some of their struggle on the O-line last off season by trading for Ja’wuan James to help lock down the right tackle position for the foreseeable future, but James has been injured almost the whole season. the one bright spot on this Offensive line for the Broncos is Dalton Risner, who Denver drafted in the second round of last years draft out of Kansas State. he has done a good job of protecting against threats on opponents interior defensive lines at the left guard spot, but everywhere else on the O-line needs some improvement. Denver should look to draft some O-line talent in the mid to later rounds of next years draft, or perhaps try to lure some one over in free agency. A good player to try and recruit would be Trent Williams, who is currently the seven-time pro bowl left tackle for the Washington Redskins, who just recently ended his holdout with the team. Williams has openly expressed that he no longer wants to be in Washington, and ended his holdout because he wanted to play football and he wanted to be paid for this season, not because he wanted to be apart of the Redskins organization.

Another position Denver isn’t very deep at is at wide receiver, as over the past two seasons Denver has traded Demaryious Thomas to the Houston Texans and just recently Emmanuel Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers. These moves have left Denver very limited when it comes to wide receivers. Second year player Courtland Sutton has blossomed as the teams best wide receiver, but other than that the receivers for Denver aren’t very productive. The entire pass game for Denver is limited as Sutton, rookie tight end Noah Fant, and the two running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, are about the only players targeted in the pass game. Denver needs to bring in more weapons to be used in the passing game, preferably a veteran receiver who can help make this offensive more productive and to mentor the younger receivers and help them hone their craft. A good name to consider would be AJ Green, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Adding a guy like Green to this offense will help make it more productive and open the offense up more for the younger receivers to get involved. The last area that the Broncos need to address in their secondary, as many of them will be free agents after this season, including staring corner Chris Harris Jr. and starting safety Justin Simmons. Harris Jr. is unlikely to sign another contract with the Broncos and is expected to be go of before next season. Simmons has been a very productive young player for this team, and should be resigned after this season. Denver did bring over Kareem Jackson from the Texans and Bryce Callahan from the Bears this past off season, but at 31 Jackson might not have many good years of football left, and Callahan has not played in game with the Broncos yet, after a foot injury in July. Denver needs to address it’s secondary this off season through free agency or the draft, in order to help this defense become lethal the stopping the pass.

In conclusion Denver has a lot of work to do if they want to return to dominant team they were only a few seasons ago. This process can’t be expected to be completed in just one season, it could be done over the course of the next few seasons if Denver makes good decisions with it’s free agents and draft picks. Denver has some solid players on both sides of the ball, such as Phillip Lindsay and Courtland Sutton on offense, and Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, who should resume play next season after suffering a torn ACL in week four against the Jaguars, on defense. Now they just have to fill the holes they have, and they should once again be a forced to be reckoned with in the NFL.

Disney Plus and Chill

If you love all things Disney – keep reading, if you don’t – keep reading because you still may be a fan of all the new and different content Disney Plus will be coming out with through their livestream service on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

As if Disney is not already killing the game in the entertainment industry, they have found a way to go even further in their success. Disney Plus is not only a livestream service featuring much of Disney’s greatest films, they will also be featuring Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, and original content created by Disney Plus.

If that doesn’t have you hooked instantly, then you should also know that it will only be $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year to have access to some of your favorite childhood films, even dating back to one of my personal favorites, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 1937. Not to mention, other original Disney films such as Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Robin Hood and many more will be available at the swing of your wand (or remote, whichever). Not a fan of the Disney classics? Don’t worry, everyone loves the new Avengers: End Game and all things Star Wars, in which Disney will be releasing an original series called The Mandalorian. And if you’re still not into Marvel or Star Wars, that leaves Pixar and National Geographic – in which case you’d only be lying to yourself if you didn’t love animated films like Toy Story, Monsters Inc., or The Incredibles or the high-quality education National Geographic brings. Am I right?

There will also be one of WZIP and The University of Akron’s alumna involved in multiple projects with Disney Plus – actress, writer, producer, and aspiring back-up singer for Janet Jackson – the lovely and kind, Yvette Nicole Brown. She will be in both The Big Fib and the new live adaptation film of Lady and the Tramp. Who doesn’t love a movie about dogs from two different worlds falling in love? And the spaghetti scene? I know I’ll be sitting on my couch with a pint of ice cream in hand as soon as Disney Plus is released this Tuesday. For a complete list of all the series and films Disney Plus will have to date, you can go to Forbes website:

Written By: Angela Graczyk

The Keys of Leadership

            Being a leader is more than just being in charge of people. In order to be a good leader, you need to have some qualities that not everybody has.

            Even though this is going to sound cliché, one of the most important qualities that needs to be present in a good leader is to be a good listener. The people you lead need to be able to feel like you care about them. If you really listen to what someone said and show true interest, then you will be able to understand what they need in order to be successful.

            Understanding is another for sure quality needed. With understanding also comes flexibility. There are situations that come up that cannot be foreseen and emergency situations that do arise. In times like these, you need to be able to see the situation from the other person’s shoes and see things from their perspective. Being able to be flexible to help accommodate the people you lead, makes them want to work harder and appreciate the work that they are doing.

            Respect is also another key factor that needs to be present in a leader. If you show respect towards someone, they are most likely going to reciprocate that respect. Acting like they are beneath you is an absolute do not. They will lose all respect they have for you and will not want to get any work done or work for you. That is how you get an unproductive team. Showing respect, while being firm and making sure everyone is doing what they need to do, is a great way to possibly make some friends and be a great leader.  

You need to make sure that the people you lead feel like they are important to you and show that they are actual people and not some acquaintances that you casually know and are in charge of. Doing this will most likely lead them to be more productive and happier people in general and make them actually like the job they are doing.  Following these main keys to leadership is how you are going to be a great leader and be successful at it. So, if you are offered a position in leadership, ask yourself if you have these qualities in you and if you answer yes, then you will be set up for success.

“Celebrity Relationships”

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When we think of celebrities, it’s easy to think that we know the majority of their daily lives. We hear about them in the news, read about them in articles, and follow them on social media. But when it comes to their relationships, how much do we really get to see? 

Take Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott for example. People, especially myself, were shocked to hear about their split considering their social media facade showed no signs of troubled waters. But when it comes to social media, the only content that usually gets posted is, in fact, a facade. 

Kylie and Travis had rumors speculating that they were secretly engaged and even secretly married. They filmed YouTube videos together and even more recently did a photo-shoot together. Then suddenly, the duo was no longer an item. 

So how much do we really know about celebrity relationships? Is it really as glorified as it seems? It makes it you wonder if it’s almost harder to be in a relationship as a celebrity because everyone expects to see every aspect of your life. Either way, we’re rooting for you Kylie and Travis.

Cheers to Spooky Season (AKA The Season of Procrastination)

Everyone’s favorite season has finally arrived… yes, spooky season. The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp and Halloween is just right around the corner. Yes… let me repeat that… Halloween is just right around the corner. Today is October 28th, which means Halloween is in exactly 3 days and chances are the majority of people are rummaging through their closets to find the perfect costume for that party everyone is going to this weekend. The sweet smell of procrastination, something we are all a little too familiar with but luckily this article will hopefully be able to help some of the procrastinators (like myself) put their mind at ease by providing a few easy last minute ideas. (Also, this is the year of being clever, not basic so unfortunately a black cat or being a nerd will not be on the list) 

Costume #1: A Tourist

This costume is simple but not quite basic. Just go borrow your dad’s old Hawaiian shirt or find one at Goodwill for just a couple bucks! Then all you have to do is put on some sunglasses and rub some white paint on your nose and there it is, you look like your ready for vacay. If you really want to spice things up grab some extra accessories like pool floaties, an old map or a camera!

Costume #2: Sugar Mama/ Sugar Daddy

This is such an easy and funny last minute costume. Dress up in your flashiest clothes and then borrow a baby carrier and put a bag of sugar on it. Then you are literally a sugar mama or sugar daddy.

Costume #3: Ballerina 

For all of you girls out there who want to do something cute yet simple for Halloween this costume is perfect. All you need is a one-piece and a tutu and then just put your hair in a high bun. For an extra accessory add a tiara and turn yourself into a ballerina princess. 

Costume #4: 50 Shades of Grey (Literally)

This costume is probably one of the easiest ( and most punnable) costumes to put together. Make a quick trip to The Home Depot and grab a whole bunch of gray color samples and tape them onto a gray shirt and BOOM you’re “50 shades of Grey”.

Costume #5: A Boxer 

One last costume that is super easy to put together last minute for both guys and girls is a boxer. Grab some shorts, sneakers, boxing gloves and a robe!