El­way-led Bron­cos flunk­ing free agency

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Mark Kis­zla: mk­is­zla@den­ver­post.com or @markkis­zla Read­ers talk and colum­nist Mark Kis­zla re­sponds

Yawn mower. You are right about John El­way’s whiffs in free agency. The NFL Net­work doesn’t even men­tion our sign­ings, and you know why. Bor­ing! El­way cov­ered up his whiffs on of­fen­sive line­men Rus­sell Okung and Don­ald Stephen­son with Ron Leary and Mene­lik Watson. Yawn. Then, on the de­fen­sive line, there was no Calais Camp­bell sign­ing, and El­way cov­ers that up with Do­mata Peko and some guy named Zach Kerr. You get what you pay for, John. Why can’t you spend on the of­fense like you did on the de­fense af­ter the Su­per Bowl de­ba­cle against Seat­tle? I want to draft Chris­tian McCaf­frey in the first round! If the Bron­cos are go­ing to be 8-8 or 9-7, I want to at least watch the kid play. Give us a spark! Todd, sea­son-ticket holder

Kiz: Hey, ev­ery­body loves a bar­gain. But to brighten up the locker room at Dove Val­ley, what El­way bought in free agency is the foot­ball equiv­a­lent of a porch couch and a Dump­ster lamp. As a Mid­west­erner who moved to Colorado for the sun­shine, I don’t spend my days in­side a dark room, grad­ing NFL game video. Those ded­i­cated chaps at Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus do, though. And these are the grades PFF gave to Den­ver’s sign­ings in free agency: Leary, B; Watson, D; and Peko, F.

Po­lit­i­cal foot­ball. Just be­cause El­way’s sup­port of Supreme Court nom­i­nee Neil Gor­such doesn’t fit your lib­eral views, you bash El­way. El­way didn’t dis­grace our mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and our flag like Bron­cos linebacker Bran­don Mar­shall did. Greg, con­ser­va­tively speak­ing

Kiz: While we might oc­ca­sion­ally bash El­way for his foot­ball moves, we ap­plaud both El­way and Mar­shall for car­ing about mat­ters out­side the lines of a foot­ball field. But want to know the truth? The lowlifes here at Kickin’ It Head­quar­ters would rather ar­gue about beer than pol­i­tics. Be­cause we know what’s re­ally im­por­tant.

Pass­ing judg­ment. There is a ma­jor dou­ble stan­dard be­tween El­way and Colin Kaeper­nick ex­press­ing their views. It’s OK for an ath­lete to have po­lit­i­cal views, so long as he is white. It’s harder for Kaeper­nick to speak out and eas­ier for El­way to be heard. Bren­nan, Brook­lyn, N.Y.

Kiz: Ah, so­cial me­dia. What else pro­vides such a won­der­ful fo­rum for be­ing anti-so­cial to any­one who dis­agrees with the view from our lit­tle corner of the Twit­ter­verse?

United state­ment. Keep pol­i­tics out of sports. Pol­i­tics di­vide. Sports should unite. B.L., united in or­ange

Kiz: Well, there’s cer­tainly noth­ing like watch­ing the denizens of Oak­land’s Black Hole shout ob­scen­i­ties at Bron­co­ma­ni­acs to re­mind us that sports are what bring Amer­ica to­gether for one big group hug.

Home­made grudge. And to­day’s part­ing shot is a warning: If Nuggets fans were irked when cen­ter Jusuf Nur­kic pouted on the Den­ver bench, they’re go­ing to be re­ally mad if he leads Port­land to the fi­nal play­off berth in the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

I hope Nur­kic ul­ti­mately fails in Port­land and all of his dreams fall apart. He never truly un­der­stood what it means to be a Nugget. Fran­cis, holds a grudge

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