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crush17
09-16-2009, 12:42 PM
Pound the rock McDaniels. We have the backs to do it, now get it done. So sick of this pass happy crap in the NFL... RUN THE BALL.
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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/254761-early-thoughts-on-the-denver-broncos-home-opener-against-cleveland

Pending the results of a defensive struggle between the Chargers and Raiders (laughs out loud) the Denver Broncos (1-0) will return home to face the Cleveland Browns (0-1) tied for second in the NFL in defense.

Yes everyone, you read that right: Defense.

Inversely, Cleveland comes to the Mile High City tied for third worst in the NFL in scoring defense after surrendering 34 points to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, 21 of which came on rushing touchdowns by Mr. All Day himself, Adrian Peterson.

The Broncos are in need of an offensive explosion, or maybe just a little pop after Sunday's performance in which the Broncos were only able to obtain 10 first downs.

Against the Browns, the Broncos are facing a seemingly improved pass defense and a run defense that, well, was flat out embarrassed by Minnesota.

After two runs by Correll Buckhalter went for first downs against Cincinnati, it seems crucial that the Broncos blueprint their offensive attack for Sunday with running plays. Despite a rocky finish to the game in terms of carrying the ball, the Broncos handed the ball off to their two primary ball carriers a total of 16 times, which is unacceptable.

The inability to effectively run the ball was the demise of the Broncos' passing game, which actually made a lot of good plays throughout the course of their first contest, namely a clutch play by Kyle Orton to roll out and hit Daniel Graham on a long pass play.

The Broncos are going to have their hands full with the likes of Brady Quinn, Braylon Edwards, and Jamal Lewis, and their defensive plan should be centered around flustering Quinn early. Jamal Lewis is not the same player he was five or six years ago, and it is apparent that the most improved aspect of Denver's defense is against the run.

If the Broncos can pressure Quinn, they will force him into bad throws and their defensive backfield will take advantage. Denver has the clear advantage in receiver/defensive backs matching up, and the Cleveland tight ends are mediocre at best.

It seemed as though Denver was using five linebackers in passing situations at times against the Bengals, and I expect to see a lot of the same on Sunday. Wesley Woodyard did an excellent job playing a hybrid linebacker/safety role, and ended up with an interception on a tipped pass.

Essentially, these are just my random thoughts heading into the Broncos' week two matchup, but I think some of these are key aspects:

It is fine if Orton manages the game, but he needs to orchestrate longer drives.
The running game needs to get going, and early.
Pressure Quinn early, force turnovers/punts.
Take advantage of youthful secondary.
After a miracle victory in week one, the Broncos head into their first home game of the 2009 campaign full steam ahead with confidence and need to ensure that this high is not short lived.

The cohesiveness of this offense depends largely on the production that is/was/will be expected of the wide receivers and tight ends of Denver. For so long, the Broncos have established a solid running game to set up the pass, but it seemed like they were trying to rely on Kyle Orton's arm too much.

Yet another intriguing matchup, and one that the Broncos cannot overlook. Cleveland and their fans are looking for redemption in week two, and the Broncos cannot let the Browns catch them riding a high.

BroncoMan4ever
09-16-2009, 12:56 PM
i believe we are waiting for Moreno to be 100% before we really start running the ball. i expect this week we see at least 25 run plays.

TonyR
09-16-2009, 01:08 PM
Pound the rock McDaniels. We have the backs to do it, now get it done. So sick of this pass happy crap in the NFL... RUN THE BALL.


I agree, however I'm not certain we have the O-line to do it as consistently well as some think.

cmhargrove
09-16-2009, 01:10 PM
i believe we are waiting for Moreno to be 100% before we really start running the ball. i expect this week we see at least 25 run plays.

Moreno was fine.

The plays they called with him didn't fare too well - most of them were blown up in the backfield. I honestly think we missed Kuper more than anything.

Moreno is fine, our run blocking just needs to improve (and possibly the run play calling).

gtown
09-16-2009, 01:27 PM
We got the horses (no pun intended) to pound the rock, but McD loves the short passing game too much.

snowspot66
09-16-2009, 01:38 PM
I agree, however I'm not certain we have the O-line to do it as consistently well as some think.

We have Hillis who is quite possibly the hardest to tackle back in the league. He can go over or through the defender. We need to use him.

tsiguy96
09-16-2009, 01:44 PM
I agree, however I'm not certain we have the O-line to do it as consistently well as some think.

if we upgrade the LG position next year to a big athletic boy like clady, it would be sick. as of right now, we have the line for ZBS as we clearly have seen what is working so far and what isnt in the running game. stretch ZBS plays hvae been huge for buck so far.

BroncoMan4ever
09-16-2009, 01:51 PM
Moreno was fine.

The plays they called with him didn't fare too well - most of them were blown up in the backfield. I honestly think we missed Kuper more than anything.

Moreno is fine, our run blocking just needs to improve (and possibly the run play calling).

i think we were still holding him back a little. i think he is good to go, but i think the coaches are easing him into games as opposed to just throwing him out there.

but that is true, we missed Kuper. he is a force on the interior of that line and a big key to our running game. it seemed that the pressure and tackles behind the line were coming from his side of the line.

s0phr0syne
09-16-2009, 01:57 PM
We have Hillis who is quite possibly the hardest to tackle back in the league. He can go over or through the defender. We need to use him.



Just listened to Mangini's conference call with the Denver media, and while answering a question about how his experience with NYJ vs DEN last year will help this year, he listed Hillis as a player who he fears! :thanku:

Fear t3h Hillis!

dbfan4life
09-16-2009, 02:00 PM
Wasn't Bucky averaging 5 yards per carry? I was baffled why McD just didn't keep feeding the ball to him. He seemed more concerned that everyone was getting playing time instead of staying with what was working.

Rabb
09-16-2009, 02:03 PM
Wasn't Bucky averaging 5 yards per carry? I was baffled why McD just didn't keep feeding the ball to him. He seemed more concerned that everyone was getting playing time instead of staying with what was working.

I told my brother the same thing, he seemed to be forcing his plan instead of going with what was working

I felt like they went away from the run way too early

colonelbeef
09-16-2009, 04:03 PM
This is going to be a problem all year long. People forget how important a QB that poses a deep threat and has mobility is to having a consistently good run game.

misturanderson
09-16-2009, 05:14 PM
This is going to be a problem all year long. People forget how important a QB that poses a deep threat and has mobility is to having a consistently good run game.

Well we haven't had one of those since Elway, so not sure how that matters. Orton's bomb to Marshall was as good as anything that Cutler ever threw down field except the bomb he threw to Walker against Arizona his first season.

Now if what you meant was a QB who has a great intermediate passing game due to his velocity, then you would have a case. Having said that, I'll take Orton's first game of this season over Cutler's any day.

ZONA
09-16-2009, 05:35 PM
Wesley Woodyard did an excellent job playing a hybrid linebacker/safety role, and ended up with an interception on a tipped pass.



I think I am going to enjoy that package defense with 5 LB with Woodyard playing that hybrid role. We've got the corners and safeties now to run that package.

Ironlung
09-16-2009, 05:40 PM
Just listened to Mangini's conference call with the Denver media, and while answering a question about how his experience with NYJ vs DEN last year will help this year, he listed Hillis as a player who he fears! :thanku:

Fear t3h Hillis!

Fortunately for Mangina he has nothing to fear. McD would much rather run Buck, Moreno, and even Jordan before Hillis....unfortunately. Denver should put Hillis in the backfield and pound the rock til they can stop it.

nickademus
09-16-2009, 06:38 PM
Wesley Woodyard did an excellent job playing a hybrid linebacker/safety role, and ended up with an interception on a tipped pass.



I think I am going to enjoy that package defense with 5 LB with Woodyard playing that hybrid role. We've got the corners and safeties now to run that package.

I really felt like the Safetys were a huge problem last season. I would have ranked that just as high as our D-Line but I love what we did this year to really bring in some talent both young and old!

Irish Stout
09-16-2009, 06:47 PM
Did anyone else feel like DJ was slacking it a little last week? Everytime I saw him moving towards the play it looked like he was going at half speed. I'm typically a big DJ supporter, but he really was unimpressive first game.

oh and if this has been discussed elsewhere, please point me in that direction.