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Old 08-16-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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Drive Number 1:
1st and 10. 5 man rush. Gaffney up top tight, Stokley wide to the right. Ball in the backfield . Offsides that wasn't called. Great protection - Orton has a great 5 yards between him and any defender. Ball barely missed by a defender (47). Completion ~24 yards from where Orton threw it. (After watching Tebow last night, the speed of the receiver and the protection that Orton got was just night and day compared to the third string). Zero pressure on Orton.


1st and 10. Two men in the backfield (RB and TE), two receivers to the right. Gaffney shifts up, 29 covers. Linebacker drops back. Snap. 68 beats Harris (Harris tries a low block, 68 gets around it and into Ortons face). Rest of the O-line holds. 85 looks open, 35 is open. 10 is open 84 is dropped to the ground. Orton throws to 35. Bengals CB drops 35. Given that all of the receivers were open, this was a designed play, but 68 made it uncomfortable.

2nd and . First part of the play isn't show. 85 to the left.

1st and 10: 89 lined up tight right. 10 lined up right. Lloyd up top, 35 in the backfield. 5 man rush showing. hand off to 35. Daniel Graham gets a good block in, but 55 and 58 are clogging up the lane, Zane Beadles is beaten, goes to the ground holding 99. 99 makes the tackle with assistance from a LB for 4 yards gain.

2nd and 6. Ball in the backfield, Gaffney up top, Graham tight left. Royal slot right, Lloyd far right. Great protection from o-Line. four man rush, and all of them are picked up. Pocket collapses, Orton heads right, Left tackle is beaten and defender makes contact with Orton. Orton targeting Gaffney in the end zone as hit, and the ball is overthrown (or might be thrown away, but not in the neighborhood one way or another).

3rd and six. Brandon Lloyd up top, Daniel Graham tight right, Eddie in the Slot, Gaffney far right. 35 in the backfield. Blitz showing. 5 man rush. Defender drops out of the rush to cover 35. Pocket protection breaks down, Orton throws up and throws into triple coverage around Daniel Graham, incomplete. Orton tapped after the play by defenderDefenders got a great push on a four man rush. Ouch. Flag on the play.

1st and 10 from the 15. Orton in shotgun. Branson lined up far left, Lloyd left, Graham right, 35 backfield, Royal in the slot. Eddie in motion to tight right. Snap. Zone coverage. Rush four, Solid protection. Royal does a stop at the 11, linebacker (57) bites hard, royal blows by him. 85 provides no support until much too late. Royal darts in. This was a solid football play. Denver 7-0.

Defensive notes:
1st and 10 bengals. 3 down linemen, 5 at the line. Champ and goodman back up, 81 shifts. Great penetration by seventy six, 21 and 57 set the edge. 51 makes the tackle. No gain.

2nd and 10:
Broncos rush 5. 97 makes solid penetration. Ayers drops back into coverage on 82. Solid play by defense, solid play by offense.

3rd and 4:
Broncos rush four, drive the pocket back. Champ slips on the coverage.McBath makes the tackle.

1st and 10. 3 down linemen. two receivers. Broncos rush three with 51 coming in delayed. Good protection by the o-line. Goodman on the tackle.

2nd and 6. Presents as a run play. Broncos rush five. Edge is set great. Benson runs up the middle. 76 is held bad leading to 32 making a break. No flag.

1st and 10 at the 40. Running play. Broncos rush 6. 2 yard gain.

2nd and 8. Broncos rush four. 79 beats 62 like a drum, forcing the run to the outside. Haggan makes the tackle. Great down for the D.

3rd and 12. Broncos rush four. Offense in max protect with five lineman and two blockers. Blockers run out on short underneath routes. Ayers is bullrushing his defender,m but defender pushes him around Palmer. Elvis would have had a sack. Owens drops a perfect pass. Not a good down for the D, but good outcome.

4th and 12: Jones has been getting insane penetration on the kicks all camp. Does so here.
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:21 PM   #2
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"1st and 10 from the 15. Orton in shotgun. Branson lined up far left, Lloyd left, Graham right, 35 backfield, Royal in the slot. Eddie in motion to tight right. Snap. Zone coverage. Rush four, Solid protection. Royal does a stop at the 11, linebacker (57) bites hard, royal blows by him. 85 provides no support until much too late. Royal darts in. This was a solid football play. Denver 7-0."

What I loved about this play was the fact that we got the second chance from the penalty, and McD immediately went for the kill. Very instinctual. Very smart.
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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Less detail now, unless I see something interesting.

1st and 10: Long throw to Lloyd. Great pass protection. Bas TV angle, but the bengals were rushing four. O-line was fantastic in this play. Oron has 35 in the flat wide open, but throws into double coverage to Lloyd. Horrible pass, severely under-thrown, and too the left. should have been picked but wasn't. If he makes the throw, it's a touchdown easy. Pretty sure this one was on orton,not a missed route.

2nd and 10: Four man rush. Great pass protection, but Orton was burned last play. Under through to 10 who makes the play going to his knees and is stopped for five yards. He had room to run.

3rd and 10: Blitz showing, but backed off. Great protection, but it's a timing route. 84 was in good position to make the play, but can't come down with it. The first two were on Orton, the third was definitly not his fault.

4th down: pu
Second defensive drive:
1st and 10: Five man rush, great corner play.
2nd and 10: Four man rush, great corner play.
3rd and 10: Four man rush. Great penetration by79. Thrown into double coverage, but 84 comes down with it.

1st and 10: 5 man rush. Max protect on the line. Great effort by Ayers and Woodyard to close the gap. No gain.51 makes the tackle.
2nd and 9: Three man rush. Wide open 81 over the middle. Missed assignment, I think by Ayers.
3rd and 1: Running play that the Broncos had sniffed out. Bannan came up unblocked and riped the guys head off.
4th and 3: timeout.

Commercial break. Cheerleader ass.

4th and 3: 4 man rush, pushing Palmer back, but no real pressure. Crossing route all fouled up by a attempted block of a receiver that threw off coverage. Bailey sees it, adapts, and makes the stop at the original line of scrimmage.


Broncos third drive:
1st and 10: Orton under center. Five man rush Drops back. Great protection again, 67 is beat by 93. Orton rushed into throwing, overthrows Gaffney.

2nd and 10: Four man rush. Screen play. 84 gives way defender charging at Orton. 71 and 50 are lead blockers. 99 cuts off the lane to 35 blowing up the play. Orton grounds it.

3rd and 10: Blitz showing. Great protection, Pocket starts to break down, Orton throws to Gaffney for a Pass interference call.

1st and 10: Hand off to Ball. Four man rush that the linebackers sniff out. 3 yard gain.

2nd and 7: Five man rush. Great pocket protection, Delayed safety blitz coming, but 10 yards away when the ball is delivered. Strike to Lloyd.

1st and 10: Four man rush. Short out to Lloyd, who leaps forward for a few more yards.

2nd and 4: Running play, great surge by the O line, in particular good effort by Harris who pulls a defender out. Great effort by 35.

3rd and 1: 6 men on the line for the first time defensively. Short out to Lloyd, who makes the defender miss and touch down. Great effort by 83 to get over.
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:49 PM   #4
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The 2nd TD play was a called runplay according to Mcdaniels, but Orton audibled when he saw the all out blitz coming.
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"2nd and 6. Ball in the backfield, Gaffney up top, Graham tight left. Royal slot right, Lloyd far right. Great protection from o-Line. four man rush, and all of them are picked up. Pocket collapses, Orton heads right, Left tackle is beaten and defender makes contact with Orton. Orton targeting Gaffney in the end zone as hit, and the ball is overthrown (or might be thrown away, but not in the neighborhood one way or another)."

This was a throw away.

3rd and six. Brandon Lloyd up top, Daniel Graham tight right, Eddie in the Slot, Gaffney far right. 35 in the backfield. Blitz showing. 5 man rush. Defender drops out of the rush to cover 35. Pocket protection breaks down, Orton throws up and throws into triple coverage around Daniel Graham, incomplete. Orton tapped after the play by defenderDefenders got a great push on a four man rush. Ouch. Flag on the play.

defender was grabbing Grahams hands. Should have been PI down there on that onw.
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The 2nd TD play was a called runplay according to Mcdaniels, but Orton audibled when he saw the all out blitz coming.
And this is something we should all be excited about.

Whether you liked Plummer, Cutler or none of the above one thing they both had in common is rarely calling an audible.

Orton may not have the legs and playmaking ability of Plummer or the cannon of Cutler but he's tough as nails, has a fantastic understanding of the game (and this particular offense being in his 2nd year now), a strong if unspectacular arm and a keen ability to know when to throw the ball away and when to take a risk.

Make no mistake about it. This guy COULD be our qb of the present AND the future. I fear McD hitched his wagon to Tebow much the same as Shanny did with Cutler but this is a case where I hope McD continues his standard of ignoring the outside criticism (And lets be honest. much of the fan/media criticism is ludicrous) and doing what he thinks is best for the team.
I'm as curious as anyone whether or not Tebow can be a solid (and maybe great) NFL qb but it's hard for me to think much about it when (just like the Plummer/Cutler situation) we already have a vet qb that can play at a high level. And in this case the vet looks like he just might be able to play at a REALLY high level. If we're lucky it'll be like SD years back with Brees and Rivers. Okay so I don't expect we'll be THAT fortunate but it's entirely possible that we end up in a situation where it's unclear what to do. Just my .02.
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P.S.- I think it's also important to note something that doesn't show up in any stat.
The velocity with which Orton threw a couple of those passes was very impressive.
Also his footwork was solid. People don't give him NEARLY enough credit for playing hurt last year. The guy is already not very mobile and to have a bum wheel in addition must have been brutal.

Bottom line is the man is healthy and it shows. He's been impressive in practice and in the game.
The first pass of the game was a DART and the short out later on (a routine play except for how quick he got the ball there) was maybe even more impressive.
He's no rocket armed qb but he's no Chad Pennington (like him or hate him everyone has to agree he has no arm strength) either. The man can burn it in there when needs be and I for one am happy to see us throwing more often and downfield. I have my doubts about the defense and running game but I'm VERY optimistic about our passing game right now and the absence of Marshall may turn out to be a good thing. Get the head cases outta here!!
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