October 10, 2012 may turn out to be the day that turned the fates of two AFC teams as a viable playoff picture emerges over the next few weeks. That is the day that Gary Kubiak, Head Coach of the Houston Texans decided to release return man Trindon Holliday to bring in LB Barrett Ruud in order to fill the void left when LB Brian Cushing was lost for the season. The Denver Broncos put in the claim for Holliday which now seems like another solid addition by Executive VP John Elway.
Throughout the 2012 NFL season, the Broncos have added players like LB Keith Brooking and C Dan Koppen, who have come in for injured players and stepped up without missing a beat. The loss the past few weeks of CB Tracy Porter due to seizure symptoms has seen Chris Harris and Tony Carter fill in masterfully, and LBs Wesley Woodyard, Nate Irving and Danny Trevathan have done a great job while not having D.J. Williams to suspension and Joe Mays to injury.
Everything that Elway has done seems to have the Midas touch this year. Since the 5’5″ Holliday fumbled in his first game for Denver against the San Diego Chargers, he has clearly given a tremendous spark to the special teams unit. Holliday has a Broncos record kickoff return for 105 yard TD against the Cincinnati Bengals, and a 76 yard punt return for a TD against the Carolina Panthers.
Although the punt return should have been called a touchback because of Holliday fumbling at the one yard line, it held up and sometimes it happens like that. The one thing that should not be mistaken, however, is the fact that all three aspects of the Broncos are now considered a danger for any opponent.
The offense and defense are among the league’s best, and now, because of Holliday, Elway has completed the trifecta of explosiveness to give the Broncos every opportunity to succeed. When Kubiak released Holliday on that October night, he could never have foreseen the ability of Holliday, being that the Texans special teams was one of the worst in the league. But these words he spoke to the media may very well ring true:
“By no means is it a statement or anything about what we thought of Trindon,” Kubiak said. “We have not been playing up to par on special teams, giving returners the opportunity. That had nothing to do with it. You never know, our paths may cross again. But we wish him the best. He did a good job, he earned his way onto this team, but we had to make a tough decision.”
Kubiak just better hope it is not in the AFC Championship game that their paths meet again. If so, something tells me the story line will take off like a Holliday return right down the sideline. And believe me, that is the last thing that Kubiak would want to see.
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