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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Test

The Broncos played well enough to win today. Almost.

The Broncos, though, were betrayed by a lot of little plays that, in themselves, wouldn’t lose you a game. Taken together, they killed an opportunity at a big, home-game win that might have helped the Broncos in a week where the rest of the AFC West lost their games. Instead, they lost. Here’s why:

Bad snaps. A bad snap early in the game killed off the chance at a short field goal. A bad snap on the last offensive play of the day for the Broncos got away from Kyle Orton and ended up in a turnover.

Dropped passes. There were a handful of potentially game-breaking passes dropped by the receivers. Drive extending passes that would have left less time for the Jets to mount their comeback in the end. Not a lot of them, but enough that it would have made a difference.

Bad passes. Orton was chased all day and some of the resulting passes were ugly. He threw into heavy coverage, he threw nowhere near open receivers, and at least once he didn’t deliver the ball quickly enough to take advantage of an open receiver.

Offensive line play. This young offensive line is struggling mightily. They didn’t do much to help the running game, they didn’t do much to help Kyle Orton, and they aren’t quite getting the job done. This remains the Broncos biggest problem area.

Missed field goal. After making a 59 yard field goal, Prater missed a 49 yard field goal. Those three points would have made a huge difference at the end. Instead of needing the touchdown, the Broncos would have been playing a very different game.

Wasting turnovers. The Broncos had three take-aways and only managed three points. When the defense gives you those kinds of gifts, the offense has to do its part. Today--and for much of the season--the offense didn’t come up with enough.

Bad turnovers. The Broncos’ first lost fumble came when the Broncos had just moved themselves into scoring position. Like the field goal, another three or seven points would changed the tenor of the game. The second lost fumble was the play that ended the Broncos’ day (see number 1 above).

The running game is still broken. They were better today, but it wasn’t enough. Too many strong first down rushes were followed by weak second down attempts leaving the Broncos in third and long. The Broncos running game needs to be better.

It was fun to see Tim Tebow contributing and I hope they keep finding ways to work him into the mix. Especially given the Broncos’ rushing problems, having a QB on the field who can help with the running game isn’t something that should be wasted. His rushing touchdown was a nice run and a great coaching call.

It was also good to see that the Broncos defense (playing a good portion of the day in 4-3 instead of 3-4) didn’t fall apart with all of the injury problems. Young players really stepped up and Martindale had them well-prepared. There were a few ugly bits (the final pass interference penalty, for one, and Tomlinson’s two touchdowns both looked too easy), but, on the whole, they played well and should be commended for the effort. The bigger problems were on the other side of the ball today.

The Broncos aren’t really a completely hopeless team. There is talent on the team in all phases of the game and some of the players look like they have great futures ahead of them. Still, looking promising and having talent don’t much compare to winning games. The Broncos need to start putting together better efforts in all phases of the game and carry the effort from opening whistle to the last play of the game. Too many lapses, too many missed, little plays, and too many bad decisions are sinking this season.

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So… what is it we’re testing here?

on Oct 19 2010 @ 01:19 PM

It was a test for spammers. I wanted to see how quickly they were getting to my first posts.

Although I was supposed to change the title once i got around to thinking of one. Apparently I failed at the thinking portion of the thing.

on Oct 20 2010 @ 08:55 AM

Interesting that they ignored the post until someone had already commented on it.

on Oct 20 2010 @ 10:06 AM

I hate them. With a passion.

on Oct 20 2010 @ 08:01 PM

It might be time to try mandatory preview as a first step. You may recall I did that for non-registered users when my site was EE-powered.

on Oct 21 2010 @ 07:03 AM

Also, hunting the spammers down and beating them about the head and shoulders with a baseball bat. Though that may not be Step 2.

on Oct 22 2010 @ 07:20 AM

The current game isn’t over yet, but it doesn’t look good for Denver.

The Raiders?

What the heck happened?

on Oct 24 2010 @ 03:55 PM

Beat by a team that had not won on the road in more than a year ...

After revelations that MacDaniels’ buddy from the Patriots had video taped the 49er’s practice and MacDaniels had sat on the knowledge for more than a week until someone informed the Bronco’s COO.

Its long past time for this clown to go.

on Nov 28 2010 @ 07:51 PM

I have a hard time imagining that he gets another year. The only thing that might keep him in his position is pure economics: I believe that Bowlen will still owe Shanahan money next year, he would owe McD money next year, and he would need to spend a significant amount of cash bringing in someone new.

That would be a ton of dead money going out the door.

on Nov 29 2010 @ 08:45 AM

I guess if there is a lockout, all is solved for Bowlen.

But for now, he’s got a rather brazen liar on his hands, and it looks to me like the Broncos staff all know it.

on Nov 30 2010 @ 09:52 AM

The Mini Hoodie is run out of town.

on Dec 08 2010 @ 10:52 AM
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