I must first start by saying that I was just as frustrated as anyone by play clock management. Also, making a fanpost is a pain in the arse, and in doing so, I remember why I have not in the past, haha. Anyway, three time outs in the first half was agonizing, and might have attributed to what we witnessed on 4th and goal (though I find myself not entirely upset at the left handed jump hook).
That being said, time of possession was a bright spot in an otherwise descent game by the first string offense. In all, we had three drives of 5 minutes or more, though only two that led to scores and only two by the first team offense. What gets me excited though, is the prospect of long scoring drives that devour the clock, here is break down of one of those drives, though not a scoring drive (info from NFL.com):
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1) (pass) 1st and 10-DEN 13 (10:33) (Shotgun) K.Orton short right to J.Gaffney to DEN 27 for 14 yards.
2) (pass) 1st and 10-DEN 27 (9:57) K.Orton short right to J.Gaffney to DEN 40 for 13 yards.
Timeout #2 by DEN at 09:06.
3) (pass) 1st and 10-DEN 40 (9:06) K.Orton short left to L.Jordan to SEA 48 for 12 yards.
4) (run) 1st and 10-SEA 48 (8:33) (Shotgun) L.Jordan right tackle to SEA 46 for 2 yards.
5) (pass) 2nd and 8-SEA 46 (8:10) (No Huddle, Shotgun) K.Orton short middle to B.Stokley to SEA 39 for 7 yards.
Timeout #3 by DEN at 07:27.
6) (run) 3rd and 1-SEA 39 (7:27) P.Hillis right end pushed ob at SEA 34 for 5 yards.
PENALTY on DEN K.Orton, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at SEA 34 - No Play.
7) (pass) 1st and 15-SEA 39 (6:39) (Shotgun) K.Orton short middle to E.Royal to SEA 33 for 6 yards.
8) (pass) 2nd and 9-SEA 33 (6:03) K.Orton short left to P.Hillis to SEA 15 for 18 yards.
9) (run) 1st and 10-SEA 15 (5:21) (Shotgun) L.Jordan left tackle to SEA 12 for 3 yards.
10) (pass) 2nd and 7-SEA 12 (4:42) (Shotgun) K.Orton short left to E.Royal to SEA 4 for 8 yards.
11) (run) 1st and 4-SEA 4 (4:00) L.Jordan up the middle to SEA 1 for 3 yards.
12) (pass) 2nd and 1-SEA 1 (3:15) (Shotgun) K.Orton incomplete short middle to 10-J.Gaffney.
13) (pass) 3rd and 1-SEA 1 (3:09) (Shotgun) K.Orton incomplete short right to J.Gaffney.
14) (pass) 4th and 1-SEA 1 (3:05) (Shotgun) K.Orton short left intended for B.Stokley INTERCEPTED by K.Lucas at SEA 0. Touchback.
Okay... So that might seem a little convoluted, but the gist is an 88 yard drive with 6 first downs that used 7:36 seconds worth of the clock. The Broncos passed 10 times and of those 10 passes, 5 resulted in first downs. I think everyone is in agreement that more Cowbell, and less Jordan, would have been in order, but in all, it was a very efficient drive, one that should have, and I am entirely convinced in the regular season would have, resulted in a score.
What got me excited about this drive? Had it not been for two time outs that can be attributed to what I assume was improper personnel packages (one being after a no huddle situation) and a delay of game penalty (after a first down of all things UGH!) this drive might have taken the rest of the second quarter. Had this been the case, no left handed pass and certainly no subsequent Seachicken drive. Again, we are seeing an offense where dink and dunk equals efficient, middle of the field, time consuming yards. These are the type of drives that win games, they drag on the opposing defense, they demoralize, dishearten and wear down players and coaches. What does this lead to? Opposing offenses will have very little time to attempt necessary scoring drives and which will lead to rushed plays, errors and in return, turnovers.
This offense still has a way to go and certainly needs work getting plays in in a timely manner, but I am under the impression that once we get there, it will be hard to get this offense off the field outside of shooting ourselves in the foot (see Scheffler fumble, Clady clip, Orton left handed fade away jumper at the buzzer).
P.S. I apologize for the HTML code before the drive summary, I have no idea how to get rid of it, for I know how to turn my computer on and surf the interwebz and not much else. Anyway, thanks for the read, and I hope my first post is somewhat thought provoking, though I know this info is probably a bit regurgitated by this point.
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