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  • Some serious love for the running game

    Kinda quietly over the last two weeks our running game has gotten pretty dang good. Moreno has been the bulk of it but Hillman's numbers are up as well. Yesterday was the first time in what seems like forever when I thought running on 3rd and 2 seemed like an OK idea.

    If this is a trend not a blip this is going to bolster an historically prolific offense to insane heights. When teams need to bite harder on the play action it is going to open up even more of the field. When we can legitimately play fox ball at the end of the games, and actually run out the game clock with first downs on the ground, we will be able to close out closer games. When the weather gets cold and wet we won't need to rely entirely on the Peyton precision.

    Part of me wonders if we are starting to see the first returns on bringing back Alex Gibbs to teach our coaches the wonders and complexities of the zone blocking scheme. Any of you film guys out there willing to venture an opinion?

    Pretty new at starting threads so be gentle...
    Last edited by BroncoFanDoug; 10-07-2013, 03:42 PM. Reason: addition

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    Franklin and Vasquez are destroying defenders on the right side of the line. Those two are nasty. Add in a pulling Zane Beadles and this team actually has success running to that side. Ramirez has been much better than I thought he would be to this point, and Clark has been a pleasant surprise. Manning is the biggest factor. Teams simply can't stack the box regardless of down and distance. Knowshon has been solid. Nothing special, but solid in every area. I'd still like to see CJ Anderson get some playing time.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BroncoFanDoug View Post
      Kinda quietly over the last two weeks our running game has gotten pretty dang good. Moreno has been the bulk of it but Hillman's numbers are up as well. Yesterday was the first time in what seems like forever when I thought running on 3rd and 2 seemed like an OK idea.

      If this is a trend not a blip this is going to bolster an historically prolific offense to insane heights. When teams need to bite harder on the play action it is going to open up even more of the field. When we can legitimately play fox ball at the end of the games, and actually run out the game clock with first downs on the ground, we will be able to close out closer games. When the weather gets cold and wet we won't need to rely entirely on the Peyton precision.

      Part of me wonders if we are starting to see the first returns on bringing back Alex Gibbs to teach our coaches the wonders and complexities of the zone blocking scheme. Any of you film guys out there willing to venture an opinion?

      Pretty new at starting threads so be gentle...
      1. The right side of our OL does a very good job blocking and Clark is very solid in the run game.

      2. Lost in his fantastic start to this season is Julius Thomas' blocking. He's a pretty decent blocker. Not a mauler by any means but he uses his frame very well to seal the edge when our RBs go outside. Very important because he's on the field for most of the snaps usually.

      3. Moreno is actually breaking tackles and getting serious yards after contact. Hillman/Ball haven't done this but Moreno has really learned to run low and truck through guys for yardage.

      4. The Cowboys D in the 2nd half went in to Cover 2 with both safeties well off the line often. That really pushes the numbers in our favor when we run it.

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      • #4
        Frankly I have been shocked at how well Clark has filled in. And JT seems to be improving his blocking each game - he sure has the power for it and seems to have the attitude. If his technique continues to improve we may have a star in the making (how the heck are we gonna sign all these guys??).

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        • #5
          If Moreno gets hurt like he always does I have zero confidence in Hillman.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Guess Who View Post
            If Moreno gets hurt like he always does I have zero confidence in Hillman.
            Well that is silly. When Ronnie just runs and doesn't think, he's pretty good. He is averaging 4.3/carry.

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            • #7
              I like the way Moreno has been playing. I'm pleasantly surprised by his performance and happy to see him do well.
              The OL has played really well, Vazquez was worth the money and Franklin has been a mauler in the run game since day 1.

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              • #8
                I thought this would be the game where Clark would have been exposed but the pressure seemed to come from Franklin's side from what I remember.

                Locking up Clark for 2 years was a smart move by Elway, we now have 2 stud LT's while a lot of teams struggle to find one.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BroncoFanDoug View Post
                  Kinda quietly over the last two weeks our running game has gotten pretty dang good. Moreno has been the bulk of it but Hillman's numbers are up as well. Yesterday was the first time in what seems like forever when I thought running on 3rd and 2 seemed like an OK idea.

                  If this is a trend not a blip this is going to bolster an historically prolific offense to insane heights. When teams need to bite harder on the play action it is going to open up even more of the field. When we can legitimately play fox ball at the end of the games, and actually run out the game clock with first downs on the ground, we will be able to close out closer games. When the weather gets cold and wet we won't need to rely entirely on the Peyton precision.

                  Part of me wonders if we are starting to see the first returns on bringing back Alex Gibbs to teach our coaches the wonders and complexities of the zone blocking scheme. Any of you film guys out there willing to venture an opinion?

                  Pretty new at starting threads so be gentle...
                  I haven't seen much ZBS like Gibbs used to run. I thought it was a useless idea to bring Gibbs in, and it doesn't look like they've incorporated the ZBS much. It's still pretty much Fox's guy Magazu he brought in from Carolina.

                  There's been good man blocking on the interior as well as WR blocking from Decker, Thomas, even Welker. Magazu brings in Virgil Green when they want to overload a side, and thats worked out pretty well. The OL is creating creases to get positive runs all the time. Hillman doesn't have much power, but he hits the correct crease fast, Moreno has a little more power can fight through a couple tacklers for a couple extra yards. Ball is ok, it takes a few games for rookies to get up to speed, it's a good rotation.

                  Pretty solid running game overall, they get positive yards 90% of the time.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Irish Stout View Post
                    Well that is silly. When Ronnie just runs and doesn't think, he's pretty good. He is averaging 4.3/carry.
                    If Ronnie got as many carries as Knowshon did this year he'd be fine theres going to be a couple of runs that Ronnie breaks off for 20-30 yard gains, he also has the capability of taking it the distance.

                    I say we should run more screens with him or plays out of the backfield dude is a spark plug.

                    I like him in the role he has now rotating in for Knowshon but if Knowshon went down I think Hillman could hold his own with Ball sprinkled in, I worry more about Ball to be honest and his ability to hold the football.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ziggy View Post
                      Franklin and Vasquez are destroying defenders on the right side of the line. Those two are nasty. Add in a pulling Zane Beadles and this team actually has success running to that side. Ramirez has been much better than I thought he would be to this point, and Clark has been a pleasant surprise. Manning is the biggest factor. Teams simply can't stack the box regardless of down and distance. Knowshon has been solid. Nothing special, but solid in every area. I'd still like to see CJ Anderson get some playing time.
                      I think might be the week we see some CJ.

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                      • #12
                        At points in sunday's game Ware flipped ends to try and beat Franklin. Did not work there, either. Our tackles did a good job yesterday.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by broncogary View Post
                          I think might be the week we see some CJ.
                          Barring injury, we will never see CJ Anderson this year so everyone please stop posting about him.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KevinJames View Post
                            If Ronnie got as many carries as Knowshon did this year he'd be fine theres going to be a couple of runs that Ronnie breaks off for 20-30 yard gains, he also has the capability of taking it the distance.

                            I say we should run more screens with him or plays out of the backfield dude is a spark plug.

                            I like him in the role he has now rotating in for Knowshon but if Knowshon went down I think Hillman could hold his own with Ball sprinkled in, I worry more about Ball to be honest and his ability to hold the football.
                            Well, I haven't seen any indication Hillman can take it the distance, or be explosive in the open field.

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                            • #15
                              Broncos would be #9 overall NFL in rushing yards if not for 3 kneel downs to end the game, which lost 9 yards.

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