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Bronco Rob
12-11-2009, 05:02 PM
Broncos running game picks up for stretch run


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The numbers don't lie. The running game of the Denver Broncos is on the upswing in time for the stretch run.

The team ran for 136 yards against the New York Giants and a week ago amassed 245 yards on the ground against Kansas City's defense.
"I think we are pleased with what we've done the last few weeks," Denver coach Josh McDaniels said. "We've done it by showing improvement in a number of areas."

That includes Denver's output on short-yardage and goal line situations and a reduction to almost no negative plays when the Broncos are running.

"We struggled a little bit in the middle of the year with our short yardage and goal line," McDaniels said. "Last week it was important for us to convert a few of those and also shore up on the goal line."

One of the most successful short-yardage plays came early in the fourth quarter of the Kansas City game. On fourth-and 1 from the Chiefs 18, rookie Knowshon Moreno scooted around the left side of the line, down the sideline and into the end zone.

"The biggest thing we've always talked about is negative plays and last week I think we had 45 carries and one negative run," said McDaniels. "That's a good percentage for us and as long as we continue to do that, I think we will be effective running the ball."

"It was always there, it was just a missed read here and there," Moreno said of the running game. "I think we're coming together more and trying to make the best of our opportunities."

And just in time for the Broncos' upcoming matchup with the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts.

During film sessions, Denver's running game didn't get unnoticed by Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell.

"They are a very talented team, first of all, and they have a really strong running attack, too," Caldwell said. "Two outstanding backs that are doing a great job."

Two backs, the young Moreno and 31-year old Correll Buckhalter, who are a perfect complement to each other.

"Buck is a little faster, has a great burst and gets to the edge on his speed," McDaniels said. "Knowshon is a little bit of a slippery runner inside the tackles, has a little more spin moves and does it in a different way."

"I feed off of him and he feeds off of me," Buckhalter said of Moreno. "The guy plays with lot of tenacity and emotion and he makes me feel young."

Moreno leads all NFL rookies with 774 rushing yards. Buckhalter has rushed for 563 yards.



http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/10510630/Broncos-running-game-picks-up-for-stretch-run

Los Broncos
12-11-2009, 06:42 PM
Buck is faster than Moreno? He didn't look slow on that TD run last week.

oubronco
12-11-2009, 07:14 PM
If Buck wouldn't have gotten tripped up by the shoelace we'd have gotten to see how fast he is

broncogary
12-11-2009, 07:15 PM
Buck is faster than Moreno? He didn't look slow on that TD run last week.

I thought earlier in the year that McD said CBuck was the fastest player on the team.

Borks147
12-11-2009, 07:26 PM
I thought earlier in the year that McD said CBuck was the fastest player on the team.

yeah, I just can't imagine how fast he'd be if he hadn't screwed up both knees repeatedly. yowza

Los Broncos
12-11-2009, 09:54 PM
I thought earlier in the year that McD said CBuck was the fastest player on the team.

He might of, I guess I'm going off of one game or play.

Moreno got to the edge and was gone.

At Bucks age and injuries I thought he would be, but maybe not.

ZONA
12-12-2009, 12:49 AM
I'm not sure why some guys have a hard time seeing that Buck is DEFINITELY faster then Moreno and it's not even really close. Moreno has some decent spurt in him but he tops out very quickly. You could even see it on that late run he had going around left edge into the endzone. Rounding the corner he was already at his top speed and still felt like he needed to do some sort of slight body alter to try and run faster. You know, the kind when you are running at your top speed and you try harder to run faster and you can see the change in the stride but you don't end up running faster at all. On several occasions, you can see Buck flying past the LOS and into the 2nd level before you think he actually can. At the beginning of the season I didn't think Buck was that fast of a guy but watching him now for 3/4 of a season, I do see the speed. It's there, that's for sure.

Bucky 40 time : 4.51
Moreno 40 time: 4.62

Doesn't look like a huge difference but it's enough

SouthStndJunkie
12-12-2009, 01:02 AM
It's very enjoyable to watch your team run the ball down the opponent's throat and break their will.

Los Broncos
12-12-2009, 08:32 AM
I'm not sure why some guys have a hard time seeing that Buck is DEFINITELY faster then Moreno and it's not even really close. Moreno has some decent spurt in him but he tops out very quickly. You could even see it on that late run he had going around left edge into the endzone. Rounding the corner he was already at his top speed and still felt like he needed to do some sort of slight body alter to try and run faster. You know, the kind when you are running at your top speed and you try harder to run faster and you can see the change in the stride but you don't end up running faster at all. On several occasions, you can see Buck flying past the LOS and into the 2nd level before you think he actually can. At the beginning of the season I didn't think Buck was that fast of a guy but watching him now for 3/4 of a season, I do see the speed. It's there, that's for sure.

Bucky 40 time : 4.51
Moreno 40 time: 4.62

Doesn't look like a huge difference but it's enough

Thanks since I'm to lazy to look it up.

NYBronco
12-12-2009, 08:13 PM
KC is the 27th ranked rush defense giving up 144 yards/game. Hope the Broncos continue to improve.

uplink
12-12-2009, 11:02 PM
speaking of running game, watching the broncos and mike bell vs. the colts on NFL Network. Bell looked like an elite RB in that game, unbelievable performance! Boy those short yardage jumps were handy. The colts could not stop him. Not surprising he is doing well in New Orleans.
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