I’m not on the Denver bandwagon just yet, because most NFL teams are better than the Chiefs. There’s no way to win with this scheme without at least minimal efficacy from the pass game, and Tebow—who is completing 46 percent of his passes—doesn’t seem like a great bet to meet even that threshold…If nothing else, the rest of the Broncos’ season will be a fascinating controlled experiment in whether these types of schemes can work in the NFL.
Broncos’ Elway: Game vs. Kansas City dictated heavy rushing attack
“Tim’s going to have to throw the ball the rest of the year, there’s no question,” Elway said. “We want Tim to be able to throw from the pocket, (but) we’re not trying to make him a pocket passer.”
The Dejected Faces Of Mark Sanchez
The one thing that did bring great joy was the body language of Mark Sanchez, whose moods ranged from misery to dejection to bike-pedaling, sisyphean existential despair.
This Game of Inches
For all his struggles as a passer, Tebow is a wildly effective and efficient runner, and we know from past research that running quarterbacks increase the yards per carry garnered by their running backs. Good coaches put their personnel in situations that highlight their abilities and hide their weaknesses, and that’s exactly what the Broncos are doing with Tim Tebow and their offense. And since they’re playing Darrelle Revis and the Jets this Thursday, it makes sense for them to stick with the super-heavy rushing attack.
Audibles at the Line: Week 10
Mike Tanier: This week’s gameplan was more option-specific, with a lot of counters and some triple-option stuff. And of course, the effectiveness amounted to 17 points against a so-so defense. So I will be writing the “can this be kept up” article for NBC, and must figure out how to pad “no” out to 900 words or so.
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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Last week, the Broncos wore out a college play and rode it to a divisional road win. Yesterday, they employed the high school strategy of running the ball 87% of the time in a road division game, and it worked - Denver won at Arrowhead 17-10 (box score). What will they do on Thursday night when the Jets come to town? Punt on third down? Who cares, right? After all, the Broncos are just a game below .500 now and that same margin behind the first-place Raiders (5-4), tied with the Chargers and Chiefs at 4-5.
In case it wasn't abundantly clear after Tim Tebow did not attempt a single pass during the fourth quarter in Oakland with the game on the line, yesterday absolutely confirmed that John Fox and Mike McCoy do not trust their young QB to throw the ball. It was a record-setting day in that regard: in 51.5 seasons of Broncos football, the team had never attempted fewer than 11 passes in a game; yesterday Tebow threw eight passes and completed two of them. This marked just the third time Denver had as few as two pass completions in a game; the first two instances were in 1966 and 1967, both blowout losses. Denver's 55 rushing attempts were their most since twice topping that figure in 1978.
If today's game were a movie script, I'd pitch it as Nine Men In The Box meets Three Tight Ends and a Little Tebow.
The Broncos wrote a
high low-concept treatment that included great field position, a run-stuffing defense, and a whole lot of ground game.
The theme of today's flick? When the other team can't stop you from running, why stop running?
The Broncos attempted four pass plays in the first half, but were up 10-0.
That's one hell of a first act. For their second and third, they gave more of the same. On the day, the Broncos completed just two passes.
Is this John Fox football? Mike McCoy madness? Tim Tebow intangibles?
Whatever it is, it's enough to keep the Broncos one game out of first place. And the game is over so fast, you've still got time to run Sunday errands.
Let's get to The Postives, The Negatives, and The Who The Heck Knows.
Enjoy the games, and Go Broncos! Inactive for Denver today are LB Wesley Woodyard, CB Cassius Vaughn, S Rafael Bush, FB Quinn Johnson, G Manny Ramirez, T Tony Hills, and DE Derrick Harvey. Obviously, the absence of Woodyard could loom large, and hopefully the emergence of Chris Harris will help make up for the loss of Vaughn. Inactive for KC are QB Ricky Stanzi, LB Demorrio Williams, T Steve Maneri, WR Jerheme Urban, TE Anthony Becht, DL Brandon Bair, and DL Jerrell Powe. Here are the rest of the day's inactives.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Dave Krieger stresses in his column today, one of the keys to the potential success of the zone read is that defenses are not used to facing it. Krieger reminds us that teams like Miami, Tennessee and Atlanta have gone to the Wildcat or a version of the option in recent years to compensate for a less-than-stellar passing game. As usual, the key today will be whether Tim Tebow can keep the Chiefs defense honest with his arm, and if he can exploit enough of the single-coverage matchups he's sure to see. If so, Tebow will have his third road victory of the season, he'll be above .500 as an NFL starter, and the Broncos will be just a game out of first place in the AFC West. We'll see what happens...
I can save you three hours this morning.
The Broncos will win 15-14. That's a 52.07% chance.
That's what the probabilities say. What does everyone else say?
Hit the jump and find out.
Enjoy the game today, everyone.