How to stop Peyton Manning: The Kansas City defense has a tall order this week
The Chiefs have the right combination of personnel and scheme to do battle with Peyton Manning: multiple fronts, a great secondary, the ability to generate extreme pressure with just four or five rushers.
A vicious pass rush and tight man coverage have long been the formula for slowing Peyton Manning and his offense. But the larger issue for Kansas City (and Tanier closes with this same thought) is coming up with enough points of their own to defeat the Broncos.
The Chiefs have scored 16 offensive touchdowns all year (versus 44 for the Broncos). And as puny as that number is, we have to also consider that many of those scores were set up by the KC defense's league-leading 23 takeaways.
Week 10 N.F.L. Quick Hits: A Broncos Offense That Builds
The second touchdown was an example of what’s called “building offense,” which is when plays derive from earlier plays. It’s something the Broncos do better than any team. In this instance, the field position and receiver alignment were similar to Thomas’s first score. Thomas again ran an out-route. This time, cornerback Shareece Wright, knowing Denver’s tendencies, sat on it.
Peyton Manning, expecting that Wright would play the tendency, called a route that had Thomas make the out-cut but then immediately redirect back inside. It was an easy touchdown.
Brilliant stuff from Adam Gase and Peyton Manning. What's a defense to do?
The Forgotten Man
“He had to change our mind, and that’s what he did,” says running backs coach Eric Studesville. “He changed it based on what he did every day—how he came to work, how he was with his teammates, how he was in the meeting room. He was never disruptive, never sat off in the corner by himself. There was never a negative interaction. It was just, I’m going to keep working. You asked me to fix this, I’m going to fix it. You asked me to do this, I’m going to do it. He did that every day that he came to the building. That was something inside him that led him to make that decision. Not everybody can make that decision.”
Knowshon's been a different player this year; we hope it's not his last in Denver (we're told his team option for 2014 voids, and he'll be a free agent after the season).
“I have come to feel that in this league you can’t kick too many field goals and expect to win football games,” Rivera said Wednesday as he sat on a stool in a hallway of Bank of America Stadium.
But coaches get pulled back by old ways of thinking. “I went by the book,” Rivera said with lament.
He shook his head.
“What is this book? Who wrote the book?”
Of course, it's easy for one's thinking to evolve when one's QB is Cam Newton - or, for different reasons, Peyton Manning - but that's exactly the point, right?
Dorsett, others show signs of CTE
Two weeks ago, upon arriving in California for his evaluation and brain scan at UCLA, Dorsett described to “Outside the Lines” the symptoms that compelled him to seek testing: memory loss, depression and thoughts of suicide.
The former Cowboys running back, now 59, said that when he took his Oct. 21 flight from Dallas to Los Angeles for testing, he repeatedly struggled to remember why he was aboard the plane and where he was going. Such episodes, he said, are commonplace when he travels.
Dorsett said he also gets lost when he drives his two youngest daughters, ages 15 and 10, to their soccer and volleyball games.
Frankly, this is one of those heartbreaking stories that makes one question one's love for the game. Let's hope Dorsett and his peers (especially the lesser known players who were never highly paid) are able get the help they need.
Team Efficiency Rankings: Week 9
But Denver was on a bye, and Seattle’s 21-point comeback win over the winless Bucs was hardly inspiring. So Cincy remains atop the rankings for another week, albeit now in a tie with the Seahawks.
Denver remains #1 in passing efficiency, and is #4 (tie) in interception avoidance; running the ball, they're #6 (tie), but 31st in fumble avoidance (only Seattle is worse). This all adds up to a #1 overall ranking for offensive efficiency.
On defense, they're #24 against the pass, #4 in interception rate, and #2 (tie) against the run, putting them at #26 overall on defense. Thanks to Kevin Vickerson, they're #19 (tie) at avoiding penalties.
As for their upcoming opponent, San Diego ranks #3 on offense, but is dead last on defense, and they haven't added Von Miller to theirs...
Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN that the following is a transcript of a voice message Incognito left for Martin in April 2013, a year after Martin was drafted:
“Hey, wassup, you half n——- piece of s—-. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s—- in your f—-ing mouth. [I’m going to] slap your f—-ing mouth. [I’m going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter]. F—- you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”
I've been sampling talk radio from around the country this morning and just heard something that goes like this: "Jonathan Martin needs to get a tougher skin."
No, Richie Incognito needs to get some training in human decency.
Broncos coach John Fox to have surgery on heart valve
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox will undergo an aortic heart valve replacement next week, which will keep him away from the team for “at least the next several weeks,” the team announced late Saturday night.
Fox was taken to a hospital in the Charlotte area earlier Saturday after feeling light-headed while playing golf, the club told USA TODAY Sports. Fox did not suffer a heart attack but underwent a battery of tests that revealed the need for immediate surgery.
The Broncos have yet to announce an interim head coach in Fox’s absence. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has nine years experience as a head coach, all with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Running backs coach Eric Studesville spent four games as the Broncos’ interim head coach in 2010 after Josh McDaniels was fired.
And you thought the bye week was going to be boring?
“I think it’s tough, man,” Woodson said. “I look at Jerome and I love his career. I think he will get in the Hall of Fame. I just don’t know if I was voting.”
“If I had a vote, and I had to vote between Jerome and T.D. (Davis), I’d vote T.D. first,” Woodson said.
Really, what else is there to say?
Megatron's Mega Performance: Efficiency Leaders Through Week 8
Another Bronco, Knowshon Moreno, still leads all running backs in terms of total efficiency added. He’s doing it both on the ground (+14.71 NEP) and in the receiving game (+24.04 NEP).
Shady McCoy can have the league's rushing crown; Knowshon Moreno has three times as many touchdowns (nine to McCoy's three), and according to Keith Goldner's data, 37% more efficiency added.
Of course, Knowshon's team has more than twice as many wins as does McCoy's (seven to three, plus a 52-20 head-to-head beatdown). A large portion of this surely owes to the chasmic differences between quarterbacks, but still - Knowshon Moreno definitely does not suck.