Analysis Notebook, SBXLVIII: Where Denver Attacks
Welker in particular has caught all six passes thrown his way when he has been targeted on those intermediate depth crossing routes and will be a real danger against this formation. The interesting matchup here is whether Earl Thomas will key on this route from his center-field position and use his closing speed to lay a big hit on the smaller receiver at some point.
Let's just hope Welker doesn't get to test his claim that he'd play through a concussion in the Super Bowl.
Setting the Edge: Denver Offense vs. Seattle Defense
One run concept that has caused the Seahawks some trouble in the regular season has been when teams pull an offensive lineman from the playside to lead a run to the outside (5.8 yards per carry allowed). Whether with a pitch or a handoff, the Seahawks haven’t fared well against a concept that the Broncos run often (29.2% of outside carries) and to good effect themselves (5.5 yards per carry).
Calling Zane Beadles...
The Broncos offensive line is among the best in the league with point-of-attack double-teams, particularly inside where guards Louis Vasquez and Zane Beadles work with drastically improved center Manny Ramirez. A snowy forecast wouldn’t be ideal for Manning, but it could spell a big day for Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball.
Of course, for more on Denver's double teams, see articles like this one.
John Elway creating second legacy
“I’m thrilled I can try to make Peyton the best of all time,” Elway told me on Wednesday morning. “Maybe for my legacy that’s not the best thing, but that’s what I want to do.
“My career is my career and this is my next career, and I want to make this next career as good as my first career. The way that’s going to happen is if we make Peyton Manning be the best he can possibly be.”
Remember when Elway shipped Tim Tebow out of town because...he was jealous of him? LOLZ
Woods siding with Raiders' rivals in Super Bowl
“I like the Broncos. I’m good friends with Peyton (Manning),” he said. “Let’s be honest, he got scrutinized pretty hard when he left (the Colts) that he would never be the same after his neck surgery, and it’s right, he’s not the same; he’s better. That’s cool to see. That’s cool to see the hard work that he put in to shut everybody up.”
Surprising words from a Raiders fan, but loyalty isn't exactly Tiger's strongest trait, amirite? (via FTW)
Broncos OC Gase keeps rising as coaching star with Manning intensity
“He was like 25 at the time I met him, and here was this kid who didn’t play college football, and I was overwhelmed by his knowledge and passion for the game, how smart he was,” Martz said.
Is it too early to wonder who will take over for Gase in 2015? Greg Knapp, perhaps? (h/t AldenBrown)
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network’s “Super Bowl Live” Wednesday that the Broncos don’t expect to be able to re-sign the running back for 2014.
Even (or especially?) with how well Knowshon has played this season, the handwriting's been on the wall since April's selection of Montee Ball, and the rookie's recent development only adds to that.
Wes Welker on the rub route: 'We ran the same play (in New England)'
Welker even confirmed he’s run the same route with the Patriots.
“We ran the same play,” Welker said.
Setting the Edge: Seattle Offense vs. Denver Defense
The deep passing game the Broncos are coming up against isn’t exactly complex either. Seattle is very good at executing go routes (14-of-32, 530 yards, 7 TDs, 2 INTs) which Denver just happens to be excellent at defending (9-of-42, 366 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs).
FWIW, Seattle's offense has failed to net 200 passing yards in any of their past six games, and only twice during that stretch (against St. Louis and San Francisco) was Russell Wilson particularly efficient.
Super Bowl Profile: Broncos Wide Receivers
As productive as the Broncos’ receivers have been this year, their one caveat has been drops. Manning saw 43 of his passes dropped in the regular season, third-most among quarterbacks. This wide receiver trio accounted for 27 of them, more than eight other teams had all year. With a Drop Rate of over 11% for the third time in four seasons, Welker has been most responsible…The drops have continued into the playoffs as Welker dropped two more in the divisional round against the Chargers while Thomas let another get by against New England.