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Are the Broncos Ready To Compete Now? Not According To Mark Kiszla


The Denver Post's Mark Kiszla is supposed to make arguments that provoke discussion, and his latest effort is no different. Kiszla asks if giving Elvis Dumervil a long-term, expensive contract is worth it:

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Is Dumervil worth a multiyear contract in the neighborhood of $65 million, with more than half the money guaranteed, no matter how long his 5-foot-11, 248-pound body holds up against the strain of being an undersized playmaker in a violent game?

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The brutally honest answer is: No.

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Dumervil is a fearsome pass rusher, but his every-down impact is no match for NFL linebackers such as Patrick Willis or James Harrison.

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Instead of explaining how that last sentence is true, Kiszla's piece turns into an attack on the Broncos' commitment to winning. Is the team reinvesting its money into its players? Does the team want to win right now, with the possibility of a lockout looming?

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And then comes an attack on the Tim Tebow selection. The "win now" mentality often comes at too great a price. The cliched phrase that "Rome wasn't built in a day" does actually say something. Everyone's going to fall at some point, but before that point arrives isn't it better to have a long period of success? Winning right now at the expense of the future punishes everyone.

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