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  • NFL: What’s Wrong With the Denver Broncos’ Offense

    http://www.cheatsheet.com/sports/nfl...-offense.html/

    Jimmie Kaylor

    The Denver Broncos are one of five remaining unbeaten teams in the National Football League. They are 5-0 and well on their way to winning a fifth-straight AFC West division title. Nonetheless, there is still far more pessimism than optimism around the league regarding the outlook for the remainder of the Broncos’ 2015 season.

    On paper, the Broncos appear to have perhaps the most complete roster in the league. But, as we’ve learned so many times, having a talented roster doesn’t guarantee success in the NFL. The Denver defense has been nothing short of outstanding in all five of the team’s games this season. In fact, they are on pace to go down as the best defense the league has ever seen, statistically speaking. Offensively, the Broncos have been nothing short of a disaster – even with a future first-ballot Hall of Famer at quarterback in Peyton Manning. And ironically, it has been Manning who has been taking most of the heat for Denver’s offensive struggles.


    While shouldering the responsibility when things go poorly (and receiving the bulk of the praise when things go well) is something that naturally comes with playing quarterback in the NFL, it’s wrong and short-sided to place all of the blame on Manning for the Broncos’ offensive shortcomings this season. Is Manning partially to blame? Yes, he is, without a doubt. There is no arguing that Father Time is catching up to Manning – like he does with all players who play in the league for a decade or more. With that being said, the 39-year-old quarterback is still fully capable of playing well enough to lead the Broncos on a deep postseason run in 2015, even if he is nowhere close to being the same quarterback he was when he set league records for passing yards and touchdown passes in a single season just two years ago.

    So if Manning isn’t the culprit, who is really to blame for the Broncos’ offensive woes in 2015? Is it new head coach Gary Kubiak (pictured above)? No, we can’t say that it is, even if his zone-blocking scheme isn’t really conducive to the offensive personnel on Denver’s roster. Is it the team’s stable of running backs – C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, and Juwan Thompson — who have failed to meet expectations up to this point? Partially, but they are not the biggest issue. Rather than continuing down that list, we’ll just get right to the point. The biggest issue with the Broncos’ lackluster offense is the play of their offensive line, specifically at offensive tackle and center, and their tight ends.

    Here is a look at how each player each of the Broncos’ offensive tackles, their center, and their tight ends — who have received significant playing time — have graded out this year according to Pro Football Focus (PFF):

    Ty Sambrailo 3 starts at left tackle
    PFF Grade: -10.3

    Ryan Harris 3 starts at right tackle, 2 starts at left tackle
    PFF Grade: -9.8

    Michael Schofield 2 starts at right tackle
    PFF Grade: -2.7

    Matt Paradis 5 starts at center
    PFF Grade: -3.3

    Owen Daniels 298 offensive snaps
    PFF Grade: -2.4

    Virgil Green 128 offensive snaps
    PFF Grade: -0.8


    If you have had a chance to watch Denver play, you don’t have to be a football expert to see that they are consistently losing the battle at the line of scrimmage. As a result, the once proud Broncos offense now ranks 30th in the league in total yards per game, 21st in the league in sacks allowed, 31st in yards per rushing attempt, and 25th in the league in yards per pass attempt.

    On the few occasions where the Broncos’ line has given Manning a pocket to throw from, the five-time NFL MVP has looked like a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback. Likewise, on the few occasions where the line has gotten a push or given their running backs room to operate without getting hit in the backfield, the Broncos have had a respectable rushing attack.

    As for the tight end position, Owen Daniels and Virgil Green have not only been virtually non-factors in the passing game, but neither player has been effective as a run blocker.

    In an era where NFL coverage is driven by fantasy football statistics and performances, fans often overlook offensive line play and forget that half of a tight end’s job description is blocking. It’s easy to look at Manning’s stat line and pin Denver’s offensive incompetence on the 14-time Pro Bowler, who has thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes in 2015. Similarly, it would also be easy to place the blame on Anderson, who has zero rushing touchdowns and is averaging a measly 2.6 yards per carry this season. If you take the time to look deeper into the situation, you will find that the common denominator for both players’ struggles (and the struggles of the Broncos’ offense as a whole) is an offensive line group and tight end duo that are among the worst in the league.
    BENCH Owen Daniels and sign Tebow!! That will solve all our problems!
    Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

  • #2
    Originally posted by Hadez View Post
    http://www.cheatsheet.com/sports/nfl...-offense.html/



    BENCH Owen Daniels and sign Tebow!! That will solve all our problems!
    Even mentioning his name should be enough to earn you a ban....
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    • #3
      Id lure Plummer out of retirement before id resign T.

      Dont want to get a ban! Lol

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Freyaka View Post
        Even mentioning his name should be enough to earn you a ban....
        I like the kid. Like what he stands for even if I do not share the same beliefs. Enjoyed his time as a Bronco.

        It is his cult like followers that I am pretty sure everyone takes issue with.
        Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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        • #5
          NFL: What’s Wrong With the Denver Broncos’ Offense?

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          • #6
            Would Manning be playing better with a better offensive line? Probably. But since we don't really have the option of getting a better offensive line, wouldn't it make more sense to start a more mobile quarterback who can actually avoid pressure? I was so jealous this weekend watching some of these quarterbacks side step or roll out of the pocket to avoid a sack and make a solid play.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Skylan View Post
              Would Manning be playing better with a better offensive line? Probably. But since we don't really have the option of getting a better offensive line, wouldn't it make more sense to start a more mobile quarterback who can actually avoid pressure? I was so jealous this weekend watching some of these quarterbacks side step or roll out of the pocket to avoid a sack and make a solid play.

              And/or complete passes over 5-10 yards accurately and with zip.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mel B. View Post
                And/or complete passes over 5-10 yards accurately and with zip.
                Hell I'd be content with a QB that would throw it 4 yards when we need three instead of throwing it behind the line...THROW IT PAST THE FREAKING STICKS!!! /rant

                I get so tired of this team consistently utilizing these short, worthless plays on 3rd and whatever instead of actually throwing for the first down.


                What? We need 5 yards? Let's throw a bubble screen, that'll fool em good!
                Last edited by Freyaka; 10-13-2015, 12:09 PM.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Freyaka View Post
                  Hell I'd be content with a QB that would throw it 4 yards when we need three instead of throwing it behind the line...THROW IT PAST THE FREAKING STICKS!!! /rant

                  I get so tired of this team consistently utilizing these short, worthless plays on 3rd and whatever instead of actually throwing for the first down.


                  What? We need 5 yards? Let's throw a bubble screen, that'll fool em good!
                  yea this gets me too

                  Some of it is not the qb. One third down play I was mad because PM threw into double coverage. Then while watching the play again with my DVR I noticed that was the ONLY route that would get the first down.

                  It makes me wonder....do these people actually have plays for 3rd and 12 or is the reason they want to be in 3rd and 5 is because that is the only down and distance they have plays for.
                  Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hadez View Post
                    I like the kid. Like what he stands for even if I do not share the same beliefs. Enjoyed his time as a Bronco.

                    It is his cult like followers that I am pretty sure everyone takes issue with.
                    The same could be said for the Peytonites.

                    I was guiding last weekend so had to listen to the game on Sirius. After watching the offensive lowlights, it would appear their is plenty of blame to go around but it looks an awful lot like the 2014 second half team when PM was hurt and the rest of the offense gave up. Far be it from me to contradict what Elway and company think is best for this unit right now but to the casual observer, Peyton looks done.

                    I can't help but believe PM's Monarch status is clouding the decision making process at this time. Nothing short of an injury or a blowout loss will effect a change at signal caller for the immediate future. With this D the blowout ain't happening, with PM hitting the turf if someone even gets close the injury isn't likely either. We squeak by Cleveland and see how things go with the Pats and the Pack hoping for the best.

                    Let's do this...
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                    • #11
                      I'm so glad Jimmie Kaylor told us. I had no idea.
                      "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Freyaka View Post
                        What? We need 5 yards? Let's throw a bubble screen, that'll fool em good!
                        I'd be happy if I never see us run another bubble screen
                        "There is no plan B. Plan A is to win the Super Bowl" - John Elway
                        PLAN A ACCOMPLISHED 2/7/16!!!
                        LSU 15-0 2019 BCS Champions...Geaux Tigers :dance:

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by samparnell View Post
                          I'm so glad Jimmie Kaylor told us. I had no idea.
                          I don't know this Jimmie guy but since he can't even get how many teams are still undefeated correct ... I don't even know what the rest of the article said. I did see he mentioned PFF.

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                          • #14
                            No one needs to write a big long article to state the obvious:

                            The Broncos Offensive line is losing the battles at the Line of Scrimmage. It takes more than one guy winning a battle on a play.

                            The RB's are missing cutback lanes. Hillman tries to bounce outside every time. He'd miss a cutback lane if it was lit with airport runway lights.

                            CJ Anderson looks like Montee Ball-- who switched them?

                            Manning is heaving the ball to a $70-Million Receiver that drops passes.

                            Owen Daniels could not get separation from an old woman in a walker. It wouldn't matter if he did because he'd drop it anyways.

                            There are just too many players under-performing in an offense that is not sure what it wants to do. Every week the plan is to establish a run-dominant offense-- yet it fails and falls back to bubble screens from the shotgun and crossing routes. Whether it is 6 men in the box or 9 men in the box, doesn't matter because they can't block a jack in the box.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hadez View Post
                              http://www.cheatsheet.com/sports/nfl...-offense.html/



                              BENCH Owen Daniels and sign Tebow!! That will solve all our problems!
                              Weird how they went with PFF to back their claim of it being everyone's fault but Manning's when PFF has manning rated as one of the worst QBs in the league

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