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On April 9th Bradley Chubb Broncos Jersey , 2018, I published a Horse Tracks article that detailed how Steve Atwater stacked up against other safeties/defensive backs already enshrined in the Hall of Fame. With just days to go before official selection takes place, I present you with that article once again. ***Could you tell the story of the NFL without mentioning the player’s impact on the game?This seems to be the rule-of-thumb that everybody who debates Pro Football Hall of Fame eligibility turns to when it comes to players. Has it always been this way? If you look at the history of the Hall of Fame, you’ll notice a bunch of names among the shining stars that you’ve most likely never heard of. In 1963, the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class consisted of 17 enshrinees. From Jim Thorpe to Sammy Baugh, there are plenty of recognizable names. But as the years go forward, there are names I’ve never heard of and I began to wonder... Could the NFL’s story be told without some of these people? Surely, there had to be someone not nearly as qualified as the Broncos’ own Steve Atwater and his candidacy for enshrinement. After these past frustrating years of Atwater not breaking through, there has to be someone fans could point out and say, “See?! If this guy got in, then why the heck isn’t Steve in?”It turns out that at the safety/defensive back positions there were only three names I didn’t recognize - Emlen Tunnell, Willie Wood and Yale Lary. Just who are these guys that got the nod while Atwater waits?Who is Emlen Tunnell?I was more than a little embarrassed that I didn’t know about Emlen Tunnell. He is without a doubt someone who left a mark on the game we all love. To quote his wikipedia page:Although he was by no means the first African American to play in the NFL, to break a color barrier at the time he did, was no small feat. Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson had only made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers the year before Tunnell’s career with the Giants began. The amount of racial prejudice and bigotry he must have endured just to suit up had to be immense...and to put up record-breaking stats like he did is nothing short of Hall of Fame-worthy. How does Atwater stack up? Atwater’s 24 interceptions, 408 return yards Von Miller Jersey White , and complete disinterest in the punting game doesn’t speak to a lack of qualifications on Steve’s part. It speaks to how incredible Emlen Tunnell’s career really was. It’s a travesty he’s not better known today.Who is Willie Wood? Via his Wikipedia page. How does Woods look compared to Steve Atwater?Atwater was voted First-team All-Pro in 1991 and 1992, was a Second-Team All-Pro in 1996, and was UPI First Team All-AFC in 1993 and 1995. While Wood’s honors are indeed impressive, most were from a pre-AFL/NFL merger NFL.At most there were just 16 teams to draw these accolades from until 1970 when the merger was officially complete. After the merger, there were no All-Pro considerations for Wood. It’s needs to be said that Steve Atwater had to garner his recognition with at most 31 teams competing in the pool.Atwater went to eight Pro Bowls and was a member of the 1990s all decade team. Like Wood, Atwater won two Super Bowls. I know it drives our old school NFC friends a little crazy when we don’t weigh their pre-merger NFL Championships as heavily as we do Super Bowls, but let’s be honest... With only 13 teams in the NFL during Wood’s rookie year, how could a team not win championships more often? When it comes to league recognition and championships (that matter), Steve Atwater is right there with Willie Wood.Who is Yale Lary? Now for the last name I didn’t recognize on the Hall of Fame enshrinement rosters at safety - Yale Lary. Via his wikipedia page. Like with Wood, Lary played in an era of markedly fewer NFL franchises. In fact, when Lary came into the league his rookie year, there were just 12 NFL teams and one of them was the Dallas Texans in their first failed iteration. That’s not to take away from his accomplishments on the field. His stats are no joke and he is indeed worthy of his place of honor in Canton. Also like with Wood, Atwater’s Pro Bowl appearances and league recognition are on par with what Lary did. It’s tough to compare championships between the two since winning the AFC during Atwater’s career was much more difficult than winning all of the NFL in Lary’s time. I’m going to swing out and say that the stones in Atwater’s Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII rings out number the stones in the Lions 1952, 1953, and 1957 combined championship rings for a reason. So what did we learn?We learned that even though I had never heard of these three men Royce Freeman Jersey , they were in no way not deserving of their enduring recognition at the Professional Football Hall of Fame. What’s more, I learned that Steve Atwater checks all the same boxes when it comes to qualifying for enshrinement. Not only that, you can’t tell the story of the NFL without Atwater knocking Nigerian Nightmare square on his fanny. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team.Broncos fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.The Denver Broncos sit at 3-6, which happens to be exactly where they sat record-wise through nine games in 2017. In our weekly survey, just 6% of fans still felt confidence in this team and I have a strong feeling most of those are fans from rival blogs.This team has fought through some close losses and it just feels like they are closer to the win columns this year than they did last year. However, they are still 3-6, which means there is a mixed bag of standouts and duds through nine games. Here’s how we graded the team through the first part of the season. I picked the top vote-getters and included anyone else mentioned at the end. Grade: FVance Joseph: Few people within the Broncos organization have been move disappointing than Joseph. His coaching decisions in game have left many of us wondering what he is trying to do and his 8-17 record is the worst winning percentage of any Broncos head coaching since the 1960s. Bill Musgrave: Few things have frustrated fans more than the offensive playcalling through nine games. With one of the leagues best rushing attacks, Musgrave consistently abandons the run in favor of a Case Keenum-led aerial assault. An assault that typically leads to few touchdowns. Not only that, but the passing plays Musgrave wants to run are the kind that Keenum has struggled to be successful under. Chad Kelly: The reasons for this are plainly obvious. Grade: DCase Keenum: It has been your average Case Keenum season. He is slightly better than his pre-2017 average and well below his 2017 breakout season. With 2400 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, he has been able to do just enough to lose some close games. The Broncos do need a long-term quarterback, but with proper coaching and playcalling they could find success with Keenum. It just hasn’t happened.Bradley Roby: Missing the game against the Houston Texans was probably a blessing for Roby. He’s had a couple of great games John Elway Jersey , but he has been far more of a liability than a starting-caliber cornerback this season. Those couple of quality performances are the only reason he is here and not lower. Garett Bolles: Bolles should be playing right tackle. His technique and athleticism is not good enough to hold down the left side without committing those frustrating holding penalties - which he currently leads the NFL in. If the Broncos continue to hold him on the left side, then the first round bust label talk is going to get louder. Grade: CJoe Woods: The lone bright spot has been the defense. Even though the unit is no longer elite on the talent side of things, they are coming up big where it matters the most in keeping games close. It just seems like if they hold the highest scoring team in the NFL to 27-points, their offense scores 23 or if they hold a team to 19-points, their offense scores 17. It’s just not working out for wins. However, giving up 593 yards rushing in two games is why Woods gets a mixed-bag kind of grade here.Justin Simmons: As the Broncos secondary tries to work on communication, the most obvious struggles have come from Simmons. The young safety has been caught out of position on more than a few easy touchdowns. Hopefully that is just a young player struggling to catch on to a new things, but the Broncos need him to limit those moving forward.Grade: BChris Harris Jr: The Broncos have one elite cornerback in Chris Harris Jr. and teams are scheming the ball away from him as much as possible. It’s gotten so frustrating for Harris that he lamented that this season is feeling a lot like last season to him. He is a big reason why this defense is still good, but Harris can’t be everywhere and defenses are finding those holes. Emmanuel Sanders: Sanders is having himself a good season as his chemistry with Keenum has grown. Through nine games, Sanders has 56 receptions for 707 yards and three touchdowns. John Elway even went so far as to say Sanders’ play is what made the decision to trade Demaryius Thomas to the Texans much easier. Royce Freeman: Despite only getting the ball over 10 times in a game on three occasions this season, Freeman has shown he has great vision and a shifty running style that can be very successful in this league. He has 309 yards rushing on just 71 carries this season before missing the last two games with an ankle injury. Grade: AVon Miller: All Von needed was a partner in crime and he found that in rookie Bradley Chubb. Miller is averaging a sack a game and is coming up big in key moments. It’s good to see Von Miller be able to do Von Miller things with fewer double and triple teams in games.Bradley Chubb: Just one sack separates rookie Chubb from former Super Bowl MVP Miller through nine games. After a slow start, Chubb has been on a terror in October winning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month. He also has an inside track to win Defensive Rookie of the Year, especially if the sacks keep piling up for the young player.Phillip Lindsay: For the first time in his NFL career, Lindsay finished a game under 4.5 yards per carry against the Texans. He now has 110 carries for 591 yards for a whooping 5.4 yards per carry as an undrafted rookie. He started his career setting records and he gets a resounding A+ grade from everyone here at Mile High Report. We look forward to seeing this kid play every week!Who gets your grades through the first half of the season?
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