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  • Denver Broncos can salvage title hopes by fixing these issues: Horse Tracks

    http://www.milehighreport.com/2014/1...e-issues-horse

    Embarrassing losses have the tendency to magnify issues with a team. Super Bowl 43 taught the Broncos they would need better pass protection, someone besides Demaryius Thomas to stretch a secondary, and a smothering defense that could keep games close. The loss earlier to Seattle showed that the Broncos made strides on defense and to their receiving corps with the acquisition of Emmanuel Sanders. The loss to New England should have taught the Broncos an improvement needed to be made in the running game, and perhaps it did. After that game Paul Cornick (albeit injured) was replaced by Louis Vasquez, who was replaced by Manny Ramirez, who was replaced by Will Montgomery.

    Here's what the Broncos can learn from their loss to the Rams.




    The offense needs balance

    This was a 13-7 game heading into halftime. They started off the game running the ball just twice in the first 15 plays. At halftime, . They would run the ball three more times on the next 16 plays for a grand total of 6 rushes (19%) and 31 passes (81%). By the end of the game, the Broncos would have 66 offensive plays with 10 rush plays and 56 pass plays (2 sacks included).

    A run pass ratio of 15/85 is not going to help this team win tough games. Need more proof?

    Loss to NE: 17 rushes, 57 passes (29/71)

    Loss to SEA: 20 rushes, 50 passes (40/60)

    Denver's most balanced win on the season probably came against San Francisco where they ran the ball 27 out of 56 plays (48/52).

    Historically, the Manning-led Broncos offense has been most efficient and effective when the rush to pass ratio is no more than 60/40 in favor of the pass.

    But the Offensive Line play has been terrible...

    Sign Incognito and put people back where they belong

    Incognito plays LG. Sign him, move Franklin back to RT, move Vasquez back to RG, and keep Clady and Montgomery in place.

    If you're hesitant to sign an _______, you know because _______s shouldn't be playing such an aggressive sport as football, take your pick on the next in shape, ready to play free agent LG. I'm not a pro scout so I'm not even sure if that guy exists.

    Regardless, all the penalties, all the issues in pass protection, all the issues opening up running lanes would immediately start to get better because people won't be playing out of place.

    The Broncos have 6 games to figure this issue out. If they stand pat or do nothing, this team will be one and done in the playoffs if they manage to get there.

    Offense needs to scale back 11 personnel and make a real effort to run the ball

    You don't build the running game off of draws and shotgun handoffs. Those are tools to exploit a defense, not something you should build your foundation upon.

    Julius Thomas is banged up, Virgil Green is banged up, Tamme isn't a blocker, so use an extra linemen for the time being.

    In the Patriots win against the Colts on Sunday night, they used an extra lineman on 37 snaps; Bill Barnwell himself couldn't recall another game where an extra lineman was used so often. From where I'm standing, Wes Welker is not adding much to the offense. The playaction game has suffered and this is a way to get it back on track. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders can beat coverages without the help of Wes Welker.

    When Virgil and Jullius are ready to go, the Broncos need to be using their 12 package just as much as their 11 package, and they need to line Virgil up more to play the role of a true fullback.

    11 personnel has effectively done what opposing defenses aim to do: make the Broncos one dimensional. So long as there is a pass rush, Peyton Manning can be neutralized.

    Defense needs to stop using Talib as a zone corner

    All we heard about when the Broncos signed Aqib Talib and TJ Ward was how much more physical our secondary would be. Del Rio bought in and even tried to make the Broncos a carbon copy of the Seattle defense running a lot of their base and early down coverage calls out of Cover 3. The issue is we don't have the safeties for it. This past week we saw a breakdown on deep coverage when Quinton Carter bit on an underneath route, leaving Roby one on one with Kenny Britt who earned a step on the rookie.

    Bradley Roby has been burned for more big plays than any other defender in coverage, yet Aqib Talib has still allowed more yardage on his targets than the rookie. Both he and Harris need to be playing press man coverage.

    If you're worried about big plays over the top, give help and make sure that Rahim the dream doesn't jump on anything underneath.

    McManus needs to go

    You know something is wrong when John Fox would rather go for it on 4th down rather than try a 50 yard field goal in a dome.

    Though there are mitigating circumstances behind the move from Prater to McManus, this has the chance at becoming a move every bit as bad as McDaniels cutting Brett Kern for Mitch Berger midseason back in '09.

    McManus was a mistake, he cost you a 7th round pick, oh well. Move on.

    Special Teams should enhance a team's chances of winning not hinder them.

    There might be a tough game where you need a clutch kick from 40-50 yards out.

    These are the most glaring issues with the Broncos, and until they are fixed, the Broncos are not a team that can contend for a Super Bowl. You're stacking the deck so far in other teams' favor that you're asking for a miracle run to lift the Lombardi Trophy.
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    The Broncos were 50%/50% run/pass against the Jets and Niners. This topic of balance is familiar. Gase and Manning need to cultivate a series-oriented rushing attack to complement PAP.

    They need to shuffle the O-Line to their best run blocking configuration. O-Linemen take run steps on PAP anyway. If half the plays were runs and half the passes play-action, three of every four plays would look like run to the D.

    A series is based on one play to which the D must adjust; then the adjustments are attacked. It's systematic, not grab-bag like the way Manning/Gase call run plays. All of this has been previously stated.
    Last edited by samparnell; 11-19-2014, 05:30 AM. Reason: spell
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    • #3
      Well we're going to find out after the dolphin game what this teams intentions are.
      A healthy Kenneth Dixon is a top 5 NFL RB.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by samparnell View Post
        The Broncos were 50%/50% run/pass against the Jets and Niners. This topic of balance is familiar. Gase and Manning need to cultivate a series-oriented rushing attack to complement PAP.
        Absolutely

        I know I'm just recycling stats, but it's worth emphasising

        5-0 when rushing yards are +100
        2-3 when -100

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        • #5
          Nice post. I don't agree with signing Incognito, simply because I dislike blatantly dirty players. But, I COMPLETELY agree with putting everyone back to their original positions and finding a LG. Every week, I drive a buddy crazy because I complain about the lack of running. I was stoked when CJ and Hillman had their good games and actually thought Denver had decided to commit to a run/pass mix.
          Last edited by Broncos1963; 11-18-2014, 02:11 PM.

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          • #6
            Most of us have been saying the same thing. We will find how they adjust Sunday.

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            • #7
              1) Agree that playing musical chairs with offensive lineman at this point in the season needs to stop.

              2) Agree that you need to run out of run formations to establish a run game. I've said back when Montee Ball was running that the issue wasn't Ball. And obviously you need to try to run. We abandoned it completely down 0-10 against the Rams. A score of 0-10 isn't ideal, but it's also not bad enough to justify a 10000:1 pass-to-run ratio...not at that point.

              A lot of this is self-evident to the casual observer, and the coaches mostly insist on playing dumb during press time but a lot of this actually isn't a major change. We still have the talent. I'd actually like to see the o-line that we started the season with if we don't sign anyone. I don't personally care much whether we sign Richie or not, but my concern is less about his personality, as much as the fact you can't just step into this offensive system. I don't care if you're an all-universe guard...the o line needs to hear Manning and understand the communications like everyone else. We don't need more false starts because a new guy doesn't understand when Manning isn't actually snapping the ball.

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              • #8
                yes come sunday will find out a lot about what kind a character this team has in how we bounce back...

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                • #9
                  1. Use the TEs to block -- on the outside for runs to the outside, and inside as lead blockers on inside runs.
                  2. Use Welker in the slot to block safeties on the inside. He did it well in New England.

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                  • #10
                    If we must.. put Cornick and Clark in RT in a 6 man line formation with one less TE. we have to get with running the ball!!!

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                    • #11
                      Put everyone back in their original positions and work on it every day. We will have to be patient, which is hard when we aren't being very successful. It will help the passing game.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hesky View Post
                        Absolutely

                        I know I'm just recycling stats, but it's worth emphasising

                        5-0 when rushing yards are +100
                        2-3 when -100
                        Not sure if this tells anything about DEN. Teams with more than 100 rush yds usually dominate, and win.

                        Overall, the league is .667 this year when runs for over 100 yds, and .297 when runs less than 100.

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                        • #13
                          I thought they moved Franklin not just because they let Beadles go but because he really didn't do well at RT last season. I guess if he's the best of the worse you go with him but that doesn't sound that great.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by arapaho View Post
                            http://www.milehighreport.com/2014/1...e-issues-horse

                            Embarrassing losses have the tendency to magnify issues with a team. Super Bowl 43 taught the Broncos they would need better pass protection, someone besides Demaryius Thomas to stretch a secondary, and a smothering defense that could keep games close. The loss earlier to Seattle showed that the Broncos made strides on defense and to their receiving corps with the acquisition of Emmanuel Sanders. The loss to New England should have taught the Broncos an improvement needed to be made in the running game, and perhaps it did. After that game Paul Cornick (albeit injured) was replaced by Louis Vasquez, who was replaced by Manny Ramirez, who was replaced by Will Montgomery.

                            Here's what the Broncos can learn from their loss to the Rams.




                            The offense needs balance

                            This was a 13-7 game heading into halftime. They started off the game running the ball just twice in the first 15 plays. At halftime, . They would run the ball three more times on the next 16 plays for a grand total of 6 rushes (19%) and 31 passes (81%). By the end of the game, the Broncos would have 66 offensive plays with 10 rush plays and 56 pass plays (2 sacks included).

                            A run pass ratio of 15/85 is not going to help this team win tough games. Need more proof?

                            Loss to NE: 17 rushes, 57 passes (29/71)

                            Loss to SEA: 20 rushes, 50 passes (40/60)

                            Denver's most balanced win on the season probably came against San Francisco where they ran the ball 27 out of 56 plays (48/52).

                            Historically, the Manning-led Broncos offense has been most efficient and effective when the rush to pass ratio is no more than 60/40 in favor of the pass.

                            But the Offensive Line play has been terrible...

                            Sign Incognito and put people back where they belong

                            Incognito plays LG. Sign him, move Franklin back to RT, move Vasquez back to RG, and keep Clady and Montgomery in place.

                            If you're hesitant to sign an _______, you know because _______s shouldn't be playing such an aggressive sport as football, take your pick on the next in shape, ready to play free agent LG. I'm not a pro scout so I'm not even sure if that guy exists.

                            Regardless, all the penalties, all the issues in pass protection, all the issues opening up running lanes would immediately start to get better because people won't be playing out of place.

                            The Broncos have 6 games to figure this issue out. If they stand pat or do nothing, this team will be one and done in the playoffs if they manage to get there.

                            Offense needs to scale back 11 personnel and make a real effort to run the ball

                            You don't build the running game off of draws and shotgun handoffs. Those are tools to exploit a defense, not something you should build your foundation upon.

                            Julius Thomas is banged up, Virgil Green is banged up, Tamme isn't a blocker, so use an extra linemen for the time being.

                            In the Patriots win against the Colts on Sunday night, they used an extra lineman on 37 snaps; Bill Barnwell himself couldn't recall another game where an extra lineman was used so often. From where I'm standing, Wes Welker is not adding much to the offense. The playaction game has suffered and this is a way to get it back on track. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders can beat coverages without the help of Wes Welker.

                            When Virgil and Jullius are ready to go, the Broncos need to be using their 12 package just as much as their 11 package, and they need to line Virgil up more to play the role of a true fullback.

                            11 personnel has effectively done what opposing defenses aim to do: make the Broncos one dimensional. So long as there is a pass rush, Peyton Manning can be neutralized.

                            Defense needs to stop using Talib as a zone corner

                            All we heard about when the Broncos signed Aqib Talib and TJ Ward was how much more physical our secondary would be. Del Rio bought in and even tried to make the Broncos a carbon copy of the Seattle defense running a lot of their base and early down coverage calls out of Cover 3. The issue is we don't have the safeties for it. This past week we saw a breakdown on deep coverage when Quinton Carter bit on an underneath route, leaving Roby one on one with Kenny Britt who earned a step on the rookie.

                            Bradley Roby has been burned for more big plays than any other defender in coverage, yet Aqib Talib has still allowed more yardage on his targets than the rookie. Both he and Harris need to be playing press man coverage.

                            If you're worried about big plays over the top, give help and make sure that Rahim the dream doesn't jump on anything underneath.

                            McManus needs to go

                            You know something is wrong when John Fox would rather go for it on 4th down rather than try a 50 yard field goal in a dome.

                            Though there are mitigating circumstances behind the move from Prater to McManus, this has the chance at becoming a move every bit as bad as McDaniels cutting Brett Kern for Mitch Berger midseason back in '09.

                            McManus was a mistake, he cost you a 7th round pick, oh well. Move on.

                            Special Teams should enhance a team's chances of winning not hinder them.

                            There might be a tough game where you need a clutch kick from 40-50 yards out.

                            These are the most glaring issues with the Broncos, and until they are fixed, the Broncos are not a team that can contend for a Super Bowl. You're stacking the deck so far in other teams' favor that you're asking for a miracle run to lift the Lombardi Trophy.
                            Great article. I agree with every word of it.

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