Smith suggests a relaxing atmosphere
By Lee Rasizer, Rocky Mountain News
October 20, 2006
ENGLEWOOD - Receiver Rod Smith has a one-word solution for the offensive malaise affecting the Broncos - relax.
"We really ain't having any fun," Smith said Thursday. "You look at the defensive coaches, all of them are smiling. And you look at the offensive coaches and they're all uptight. And us players, we get uptight because he's uptight. And we need to relax so he can relax.
"And I really feel if we just go out and relax and have fun, man, we'll open our offense up. We'll let our coaches get some sleep for once."
The Broncos are 24th in total offense, with the 30th-rated passing attack on pace for 2,317 yards. Javon Walker has accounted for 388 receiving yards. The rest of the team: 387.
But the biggest issue is points, where the average per game is 12.4, tied for second worst in the league.
The Broncos' title teams of the late 1990s had back-to-back scoring seasons of 472 and 501 points, setting an expectation level Smith believes might be out of whack with current NFL reality, where blowouts are rare.
"We're trying to live up to how
we've always been in the past and we've always been high-powered. That's our standard," he said. "At the same time, some of those things that we used to do back in the past we can't do now because it was a tremendous group of people, a collective effort that was going in the right direction."
Smith insisted the key item that's lost is the team is winning.
"Until the way we're playing starts costing us games," the situation can't be discussed in crisis levels, he said.
The Broncos are 4-1, tied atop the AFC West heading into Sunday's game at Cleveland (1-4).
"We're going to be fine," Smith said.