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Popps
11-13-2011, 01:50 PM
What a job we've done this year. Our kick coverage has been fantastic. Punting has been top-notch. Prater has struggled some, but that's really the only knock on the whole season, imo.

Not the most exciting topic, but worth a mention considering the role it's played in close games like this.

Kudos to the staff for shoring it up.

barryr
11-13-2011, 01:53 PM
Yes, very true! The SP's have played the best in a decade, if not longer. They were typically weak under Shanahan and just a little better with McDaniels. So it is nice to see a coaching staff paying attention to that unit.

Shoemaker
11-13-2011, 01:55 PM
Agreed with this. I'm so accustomed to the Broncos having terrible special teams that every good special teams play this year has been noteworthy. Colquitt has really impressed me; I could definitely get used to having one of the best young punters in the league.

The one thing that I would like to see is more ST chances for Royal (just in the punt return game, since kickoff returns are largely irrelevant now). Cosby hasn't been particularly impressive so far, and it's not like we're using Eddie to catch passes or anything, right?

SonOfLe-loLang
11-13-2011, 01:56 PM
Coverage units=awesome. Colquitt=awesome. prater's gotta get the head out the hiney.

Popps
11-13-2011, 01:57 PM
Yea, it's easy to forget... but opponents starting at their own 40 was a regular occurrence for us. (Given, the rule change has helped that.)

But, punt coverage has been excellent, or at least it seems that way. I'm not really referencing any stats for this at this point... but I know I've been satisfied with what I've seen, personally.

Lycan
11-13-2011, 01:59 PM
Colquitt is the man, no doubt.

Prater is disconcerting with his missing of the easy ones.

Quan Cosby should stay away from my TV screen. Put Royal back there to do what he is best at.

KipCorrington25
11-13-2011, 02:00 PM
Prater has regressed this year, it's a concern.

ColoradoDarin
11-13-2011, 02:00 PM
Our ST has massively improved. Kudos to the coaching staff and to our special teamers!

24champ
11-13-2011, 02:00 PM
Jeff Rodgers the ST coach attributed the rise to the fact the Broncos moved from 3-4 to 4-3, allowing the ST unit to have more speed.

SonOfLe-loLang
11-13-2011, 02:04 PM
Prater has regressed this year, it's a concern.

"regressed" is a tough word since kicker sample sizes are small. But somethings in his head.

KO5K
11-13-2011, 02:05 PM
I know Prater came through in Miami, but I really hope a game never comes down to a FG the way he's been kicking.

epicSocialism4tw
11-13-2011, 02:05 PM
I'd give Colquitt the game ball today.

SonOfLe-loLang
11-13-2011, 02:06 PM
Jeff Rodgers the ST coach attributed the rise to the fact the Broncos moved from 3-4 to 4-3, allowing the ST unit to have more speed.

Well we were a 4-3 team for eons under shanny and had craptastic units

theAPAOps5
11-13-2011, 02:07 PM
Alfred Williams says this a testament to the draft and young players too. They show up first on special teams, so improved special teams is a good sign. Faster speed more discipline.

R8R H8R
11-13-2011, 02:07 PM
Coverage units=awesome. Colquitt=awesome. prater's gotta get the head out the hiney.

Agreed on all 3. I have been meaning to mention this in a thread for some time, but I think Colquitt is the best Broncos punter I have seen at least since before Tom Rouhn(SP?). I remember just cringing every time he went back to punt. Something bad happened almost every time; ie. shank, fumble the snap, block, short punt, etc.

Anyway, Colquitt is the best punter i can remember. Can anyone think of a better punter in at least the 20 years? There might be, but I can't think of one.

ColoradoDarin
11-13-2011, 02:08 PM
If it's a 40-49 yard try, we just need to take delay of game penalties until we're at 50+. Prater really has an issue at that range for some reason.

Popps
11-13-2011, 02:10 PM
Alfred Williams says this a testament to the draft and young players too. They show up first on special teams, so improved special teams is a good sign. Faster speed more discipline.

We kept penalties to a minimum this week, too. Very few.

epicSocialism4tw
11-13-2011, 02:14 PM
We kept penalties to a minimum this week, too. Very few.

0 sacks

0 turnovers

baja
11-13-2011, 02:17 PM
What a job we've done this year. Our kick coverage has been fantastic. Punting has been top-notch. Prater has struggled some, but that's really the only knock on the whole season, imo.

Not the most exciting topic, but worth a mention considering the role it's played in close games like this.

Kudos to the staff for shoring it up.

I WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS THE WHOLE GAME. Opps caps off

Our STs are light years ahead of what we fielded the last years of Shanny's time right through the McD time until this season. HUGE IMPROVEMENT

24champ
11-13-2011, 02:45 PM
Well we were a 4-3 team for eons under shanny and had craptastic units

Just going by what the guy said.

One of the first things that jumped off the tape from last winter when Rodgers arrived was that Denver was using mainly 3-4 defensive personnel at its special-teams core. The switch to a 4-3 front under new coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen meant faster, more athletic types in coverage that fit both the defense and coverage units.

"When you have faster people it usually lends to having a better special teams group because special teams is all about space," Rodgers said. "And you take the average person off last year's team, size-wise, we're not quite as big, but speed-wise we're faster."

Sassy
11-13-2011, 02:49 PM
Colquitt is the man, no doubt.

Prater is disconcerting with his missing of the easy ones.

Quan Cosby should stay away from my TV screen. Put Royal back there to do what he is best at.

This! I b****ed every time Cosby was back to return today.
Although Royal seems to fair catched it alot at least he has proven he can take it to the house.

SonOfLe-loLang
11-13-2011, 02:50 PM
This! I b****ed every time Cosby was back to return today.

For me, a returner has one job....dont drop it. he never drops em. I'm cool with him.

Sassy
11-13-2011, 02:57 PM
For me, a returner has one job....dont drop it. he never drops em. I'm cool with him.

Yes...but he has no " wow" factor like Royal can have.

phibacka31
11-13-2011, 03:29 PM
Just want to throw props to my adopt a bronco nasty Nate. He is doing his part on st:strong:

Br0nc0Buster
11-13-2011, 03:34 PM
our ST have been great, that has been nice to see

Colquitt has been fantastic as well

for the life of me though I have no idea why Fox insists on putting Crosby as the returner

Royal is better, use him!!!

Simple Jake
11-13-2011, 04:47 PM
Prater drives me crazy.. No matter how short the kick is, I always have a feeling he's gonna miss it

Popps
11-13-2011, 04:55 PM
Prater drives me crazy.. No matter how short the kick is, I always have a feeling he's gonna miss it

He's been pretty accurate until this season. He deserves some slack for a bit, imo. He also seems to make the ones that really count.

Sassy
11-13-2011, 05:00 PM
He's been pretty accurate until this season. He deserves some slack for a bit, imo. He also seems to make the ones that really count.

Except that he could have made one that would have won the game against the Raiders on MNF.

razorwire77
11-13-2011, 08:45 PM
Just want to throw props to my adopt a bronco nasty Nate. He is doing his part on st:strong:

Good call on Nate. He's quietly playing really well on special teams. The kid flashes a ton of speed and athleticism and it's starting to pay dividends.

Bronco Yoda
11-13-2011, 11:23 PM
What a job we've done this year. Our kick coverage has been fantastic. Punting has been top-notch. Prater has struggled some, but that's really the only knock on the whole season, imo.

Not the most exciting topic, but worth a mention considering the role it's played in close games like this.

Kudos to the staff for shoring it up.


treu Popps. Coverage has beeen much better. Prater is a bit spotty thoughl.

Cito Pelon
11-14-2011, 12:20 AM
What a job we've done this year. Our kick coverage has been fantastic. Punting has been top-notch. Prater has struggled some, but that's really the only knock on the whole season, imo.

Not the most exciting topic, but worth a mention considering the role it's played in close games like this.

Kudos to the staff for shoring it up.

Agreed. ST's can have a big impact on a season or a game, good or bad. So far, so good. IMO, one of the main things that f'd Shanny's teams up post-Elway was the poor ST's. If he could have got a better contribution from them there would have been some more Div titles and playoff wins.