|09-28-2009, 11:36 AM||#1|
Lace em' up and lets go!!
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South Dakota
NFP- Time to hop on the Bronco Bandwagon?
After the offseason the Denver Broncos had ó including their training camp saga with WR Brandon Marshall ó could anyone have predicted that this team would be sitting alone atop the AFC West at 3-0?
Broncos fans? I would hope so, but for the rest of the experts, fans and avid followers of the NFL, a 3-0 start was the last thing we expected from coach Josh McDaniels and his team.
But thatís where weíre at today, and now Iím wondering if itís time to jump on this Broncos bandwagon ó because I see this team going places.
How are they doing it? Letís take a look at the Broncos after three weeks.
Brian Dawkins leads a defense that is plus-6 in turnover ratio.
Without a doubt, the Broncosí defense was the biggest question mark heading into September. They lacked playmakers, they couldnít get to the quarterback, and McDanielsí offense would have to outscore teams to win.
Not so fast, folks. The Broncos rank first in points allowed (5.3) and total yards allowed per game (214.7). Add in the fact that the front seven is giving up just over 78 yards per game on the ground, and maybe itís defensive coordinator Mike Nolan who should be getting some more publicity.
This unit has given up 11 third down conversions out of 39 attempts and has 10 sacks in its first three games. In the back end, Brian Dawkins is playing solid football, Champ Bailey is healthy, and the Broncos as a team are plus-6 in turnover ratio.
The stats donít lie. Thatís winning football.
Orton wasnít a good fit for Ron Turnerís offense in Chicago, but in Denver, he doesnít take long drops, he gets the ball out of his hands quickly, and to be honest, heís the ideal quarterback to run this scheme. Plus, heís only been sacked three times.
Through three weeks, Orton has a QB rating of 91.2, and although he is isnít lighting it up in terms of TD passes (three total), he has yet to thrown an interception ó and that statistic is more important when youíre trying to win games. He has spread the ball around to nine different receivers, and with Brandon Marshall starting to work his way back into the lineup, expect Ortonís numbers to increase.
That trade doesnít look too bad right now, does it?
The running game
McDanielsí scheme is often misinterpreted as a pro version of the Texas Tech run-and-gun, but the difference is McDanielsí ability to incorporate the running game. And right now, the Broncos are producing out of the backfield.
As a team, Denver is ranked fourth overall in the league in rushing yards, averaging over 158 yard a game. Knowshon Moreno is going to continue to develop over the course of the next month, but what about some love for Correll Buckhalter? The guy is averaging 7.4 yards a carry. Plus, the Broncos also have LaMont Jordan in the mix.
Sound familiar? Well, it should because itís the exact same way New England won Sunday at home against the Falcons -- a committee of backs and fresh legs in the game at all times.
Josh McDaniels is silencing his critics with a 3-0 start in Denver.
Why McDaniels? Because somehow, some way, he has held this team together despite an offseason and a summer that was atrocious from a PR standpoint. McDaniels became the punching bag for every joke and every satire column about the NFL.
But he weathered the storm and has kept his focus on the team. Marshall got no special treatment when he started his own circus in training camp, and despite the constant beating McDaniels takes from the media, heís doing the right things inside those meeting rooms, on the practice field and in the way he has this team prepared to play on Sundays.
Give him the credit. He deserves it.
Can the Broncos keep it going?
Sure they can. I fully understand that the early season schedule has been favorable for the Broncos, but looking ahead, they still have two games against Kansas City, one more at home versus the Raiders (three games they should win) and two big games against Philip Rivers and the Chargers.
Without a doubt, the schedule will become more competitive, but after three weeks the Broncos are doing what it takes to win ó and thatís what matters on Sunday nights.
Are you on the bandwagon yet? I am.
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|09-28-2009, 11:41 AM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: in the present moment
Last edited by baja; 09-28-2009 at 11:44 AM..
|09-28-2009, 11:56 AM||#3|
Floridian living in KS
Join Date: Jul 2006
I actually like this strategy. It keep the RBs fresh not only for the game, but for a long, bruising season.