I've heard this addressed before, in regards to zone blocking and the misuse of our running backs, but I think that run blocking is the main problem with our team right now. Our defense is playing as well as you could expect them to play with how long they've been put on the field and how many bad situations our offense/special teams have put them in. I believe the pressure on Orton is a direct result of the general ineffectiveness of the running game, which, though I know little about football, I believe to be the result of a scheme that is trying to execute runs that cannot be pushed through our run blocking. I can't be unhappy with 6-2, but then look at what's happened to the Giants in the last 4 weeks. No record is unassailable until late December. Maybe we've had the benefit of surprise to get us to 6-0, but player skill alone is not going to win us the division. All through this game, with the exception of maybe 2 runs (to the outside), I feel like we were trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.
Now, an early warning... What failed us tonight was our offense. The strength of the Redskins is their defense. If we don't get our offense together by next week, we could lose that game that we've all been secretly chalking up as a tally in the win column. Yeah, their offense sucks. But if we don't produce offensively, we'll be relying on the Redskins to lose the game for themselves, and I really don't want to see our team in that position. I felt like Coughlin's call on 3rd and 4th down relfected a loser's mentality this week, and I don't want to see that here. I want to see the Broncos play to win. I want to see some offense.