Having conquered the JuCo ranks, reigned over the 1-AA (it will always be 1-AA. I refuse to remember which is FBS and which is FCS – okay that’s a lie but calling 1-AA FCS is something I refuse to do), and set themselves apart from the non-power 5 college football world (murdering any poor ‘power conference’ foe that was unlucky enough to draw them in a bowl game), the logical next step for the Boise State Men’s Football Team would have been to set their eyes on a National Championship and College Football dominance.
That would have been the conventional thing to do, but whether it is with the blue turf (for the millionth GD time the thing about the birds is made up please stop asking me), trick plays, taking guys who weren’t heavily recruited them and making them stars, or being located in Idaho, the Boise State Broncos have always been anything but conventional.
Instead of taking over college football, which would have been easy, obvious and mainstream, the Broncos decided to take over the professional level. Zig when everyone expects you to zag. So Boise State.
Consider the past month or so:
Kellen Moore was named the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys (becauseRomogothurtandtwootherguysweredumpsterfires, but whatever). What did he do from there?
Go -0-2 Jump out and throw for 430 yards in just his second NFL start. It took him 3 years to get into an NFL game, but when he got in there he showed why he is the greatest quarterback in the world. So what it took him 3 years? I graduated 3 years ago and I still think about how I can get back into pro hockey like 3 times a day, despite the fact that I’m like 85% done with law school.
(But seriously, despite a few bad throws, when he got settled in, Kellen made some impressive throws and moved the offense consistantly. A lack of timing-which 3 years of rust probably had something to do with- led to a few more picks than you would like to see, but he showed he can play in the NFL, at least as a passable backup.)
Then, yesterday, the Bucks fired Lovie Smith. The Bucks have came under fire because of the way it went down or because they ‘didn’t give Lovie enough of a chance’ (which is dumb but not the point), but the reason seemed to be that they like Dirk Kotter, their offensive coordinator, and want to make him the head man before he gets scooped up by another team.
That’s former Boise State Broncos head coach, Dirk Kotter. So to recap, the Broncos, in the span of a few weeks, got their first ever starting quarterback in the NFL, and will likely have a former coach taking over an NFL job. Not a bad little run.
That’s not all though…among the other highlights:
Dougie was back, as you know if you
also have fantasy football ruining your life play fantasy.
Former Boise State RB Doug Martin named 2015 NFL First-Team All-Pro. 2nd in the NFL for rushing yards this season with 1,402.
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) January 8, 2016
Demarcus Lawrence became the beast on the Dallas edge he was at Boise:
— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) January 8, 2016
Jay Ajayi…uh…played? (Okay he didn’t have a scorching rookie year but he showed flashes. He’ll be back).
Someone called Matt Paradis the best center in the league. (And I’ll take their word for it because there are 3 types of people in the world: those that evaluate line play for a living, those who admit they can’t evaluate line play, and liars).
…and a bunch of other guys made impacts on NFL rosters.
Not a bad start to what is sure to be the #BoiseNFLTakeOver