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  • Originally posted by AC1 View Post
    If we hadn't lost 8 RBs to IR, the point in bold might have been valid.

    Also, are you trying to suggest that a coach who, apart from Bobby Turner, is the only common factor in 14 years of superior running game, loses his judgment and understanding of the running game for exactly one season?

    My point was that when your team ranks 28th in rushing attempts, it indicates that the head coach does not trust the running game much. I never said that Shanahan didn't trust his system. You made that assumption. The lack of faith in his running game for exactly one season also co-incided with 8 RBs going on IR. I'd say the reason for the lack of faith is obvious.
    It seems odd that a coach can lose his faith in the running game when they were 2nd in yards per attempt in the league. Only the Giants got more production out of their running game (yards wise) for the amount of utilization than did the Broncos. And where did I say that the coach had lost faith in his system? (whatever that is)
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    • Originally posted by knoxman36and2 View Post
      We caught the league by surprise in the first few games by coming out throwing the ball much more than in the past. Instead of a balanced attack, we wound up heavily favoring the passing attack and neglecting the rushing attack.

      By the time the 1st 3 games had been played? Any team facing the Broncos knew we weren't running the ball as we had in years past. By midway through the season, teams were actively gameplanning to stop our passing attack, and largely ignoring our rushing.

      The emphasis for any defense facing us was to stop the pass and limit its effectiveness. We often got good yardage in the rushing attack simply because none of our opponents were keeping an extra man in the box to defend the run. Their safeties were too busy doubling up on our wideouts or giving over coverage on our tight ends. "IF" we had been as effective in the rushing attack as we had been in the past? You would have seen yardage being contested much more fiercely and extra personnel being brought up close to the line of scrimmage to counter it.

      I personally believe that our opponents knew we didn't have a stellar RB that they needed to fear, when it came to breaking off the big run or scoring long yardage TD's. Our rushing attack was the most dominant when Hillis was running the ball and plowing through tackles. His longest runs were less than 20 yards though and even though he consistently got us 3-5 yards per carry there was no homerun threat. You have to account for what opposing defenses were preparing for and how they played the run or pass when facing us to get an accurate idea of why our stats looked the way they did in our rushing game.
      So, you are saying that Cutler’s numbers were inflated during the first half of the season because teams were playing them honest and the running game produced the vast amount of their rushing yardage during the second half of the year. Does anyone have a link to the game by game stats so we may see the exact percentages of the changes?
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      • Originally posted by JTC View Post
        So, you are saying that Cutler’s numbers were inflated during the first half of the season because teams were playing them honest and the running game produced the vast amount of their rushing yardage during the second half of the year. Does anyone have a link to the game by game stats so we may see the exact percentages of the changes?
        I'll try to find that, in the meantime here is an interesting take with stats on the evolution of the Bronco running game.

        http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/2...the-denver-rus

        Here's the closest I've found on game by game.

        http://www.pro-football-reference.co...s/den/2008.htm

        While it is only one of many contributors look at the turnovers in the games we lost.
        Last edited by oldster; 04-16-2009, 10:53 PM. Reason: Addition

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        • Originally posted by oldster View Post
          I'll try to find that, in the meantime here is an interesting take with stats on the evolution of the Bronco running game.

          http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/2...the-denver-rus

          Here's the closest I've found on game by game.

          http://www.pro-football-reference.co...s/den/2008.htm

          While it is only one of many contributors look at the turnovers in the games we lost.
          Those are some interesting stats in the first article. Stats wise, the Broncos had their best running game for the last 3 years last year.

          Breaking it down by half seasons as per the previous post that suggested the Broncos caught the league by surprise with their pass happy offence.

          The stats do not say the # of attempts.

          Rushing yards for the first half - 842 yards - 105 yards per game
          Passing yards for the first half - 2150 yards- 269 yards per game
          Total yards for the first half - 2992 yards- 374 yards per game
          Record – 4 and 4

          Rushing yards for the second half – 1020 yards - 127 yards per game
          Passing yards for the second half – 2321 yards - 290 yards per game
          Total yards for the second half - 3341 yards - 417 yards per game
          Record – 4 and 4

          I added these up with a calculator, so mistakes are possible.

          Also, they had 30 turnovers. I’ve got Jay with 18 interceptions and 2 fumbles lost for a total of 20 of the 30.
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