May 20, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) after organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Wes Welker Effect



How much of a difference will Wes Welker make for the Denver Broncos? After posting five seasons of 100+ catches from Tom Brady and the Patriots, Welker will be a face to watch for in the weeks leading up to our game against the Denver Broncos on November 10th. Welker is extremely lethal after the catch and knows how to get good separation from defenders. Both Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker posted 1,000 yard seasons last year, and this could spell trouble having three 1,000-yard receivers at Peyton Manning’s disposal.

We can expect to see plenty of three wide receiver sets from Adam Gase and the Denver Broncos with Thomas and Decker lining up wide and Welker in the slot. Adam Gase who? That’s exactly what I said, the new offensive coordinator of the Broncos. The Chargers have the same fortune with a heavy line-up of capable receivers in DX, M80, Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen with Ken Whisenhunt dialing up the scheme, the difference is none of our receivers have ever posted a single 1,000-yard season in their NFL careers. That’s one up for Denver with the proven receivers, but that’s one up for the Chargers for having a proven offensive coordinator. The Wiz will have plenty of options with capable running backs and tight ends to shake up defenses, hopefully that’ll be enough, pound for pound to counter what Denver might dish out.

After the signing of Welker, the Chargers made a nice set of moves by drafting a savvy linebacker in Manti Te’o who had 7 interceptions at Notre Dame last season and one of the fastest cornerbacks in the draft in Steve Williams. Te’o will be watching the ball like a hawk, while Williams will be on Welker’s heels. It isn’t to say that the rookies will have the ability to go toe to toe with Welker but this could be a stellar upgrade to an aging Takeo Spikes or a miscued Marcus Gilchrist.
Did the Chargers do enough to bring the fight to Denver? Signing Welker was a nice move but we will not be going quietly into the night without getting our knuckles bloody, see you in November, Donks!

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  • Peter Thompson

    It’s not even if you can stop Welker,Thomas, or Decker. It’s can you stop them when it counts? Playing Denver is going to be a shoot out. I think we are capable of going toe to toe. The offensive line is better, and Dumervil is gone. Not too scared of Phillips.. just a feeling. We just need Cox, Taylor, and Weddle to have monster games, and the secondary can’t crumble when the heat gets turned up. Now that Jammer is gone… and I don’t see Wright being much worse than Cason was… we at least have a shot at stopping those short 3rd down sideline passes, and red zone schemes. Remember Cason in that Jets game? I would be shocked if Shareece had a game like that. Denver’s weakness is going to be their run game. They are leaning on Moreno, a rookie Ball, and Hillman. I don’t think our run defense is going to let them take the ball out of Peyton Manning’s hands.. Which may lead to those Te’O INT’s. On offense, I want to see Rivers make a fool of Jammer. That’s their other weakness. Maybe even an aging Champ Bailey too. When all is said and done.. I want OUR slot receiver, to make Welker look like Child’s play.

    • arnie

      it all starts with the 7 guys up front. they have to control…no. dominate the line of scrimmage, harass/hurry/sack manning and limit the amount of big plays out of the back field. That is when you make plays that count against Welker, Thomas or Decker.

  • Joel

    I remember those games in 2009-2010 were the chargers pummeled manning when he was still a colt. And I can see it happening again to him in Denver…freeney can say hello old friend I see you don’t have a red jersey on.
    We also have a big ace up the sleeve in mike McCoy, he really does know the Donkeys team from behind the lines and knows their weaknesses and strengths to a great degree because he cAlled the plays

    • mrorange

      McCoy came from Denver. In fact before Denver he was still with fox in Carolina. We are a good team this year. I truly respect McCoy. But I don’t understand the chargers fans thinking they only have this 3 headed monster in Denver. We also have Tamme and Dresden. Those two do major damage. Word on the street is we also got the new antonio gates. Julius Thomas. Mccoy knows Thomas is good. I always have liked Rivers. When protected he is a top 5. I think We in Denver have a killer team. Elway has been a miracle for us. We also have a great zone blocking upgrade in coaching this year with mazzu taking a backseat to Gibbs. I then dare you to look at montee ball highlights. That’s our new chopper. As far as Shaun phillips goes he has one job. Rush. Jammer is a backup. and we have only upgraded the secondary. This is what you have to review. Not just 3 receivers.

      I know this the dolts will be better than last year. You guys are a good team. I hope you only lose 2 games this season. Wink. Good luck guys. Go Broncos.

      • Joel

        I don’t think the broncos are a bad team by any stretch… They have made some good off season additions like all teams have done to some degree of success… The thing I’m waiting to see is A. How much of an effect will the loss of mike McCoy affect the broncos? (If at all) and B. will MM be able to give the chargers an advantage against Denver with his insider knowledge? I expect it to be a dog fight.

  • Joel

    The chargers ex players who are playing for the broncos aren’t gonna make that big of a difference because we have a completely rebuilt team with different coaches calling a completely different system so it’s not like they will know the plays the chargers are calling. Well with norv anyone could predict that! Run, run, throw.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Although The Donkeys look like the ultimate team of play makers they do not scare me at all. The best put together team doesn’t necessarily mean it will succeed unless it can successfully gel together. The Chargers could have the greatest team in the making thanks to a whole new Head Coach with the right recipe for winning football games. A philosophy and way of doing things that can make a less than perfect team contend for a championship. “Never complain, never explain, find solutions.” BOLT POWER!!!!

  • Cgoodness13

    We should just leave welker uncovered like the giants did

    • arnie

      LOL. he won’t make that mistake twice…

  • miketuck

    Yes, here’s the one I can’t wait to see, Jared Johnson covering Welker in the slot. The Chargers are going to really realize that Johnson is a good tackler, but his lack of speed and getting off blockers will kill any chance at a blitzing OLB or coverage. Shaun Phillips was the man.