No doubt the Broncos' two biggest weaknesses thus far this season, both vividly on display yesterday, are their inability to run the ball and their offensive failures in the red zone, including yesterday's futility at the goal line. Orton has been outstanding, as have his receivers, and the O-Line is giving him time in the pocket.
So, we have this secret weapon currently learning how to be an NFL QB someday, and we know he is someone with more athleticism than KO or Quinn. I also watch quite a bit of college ball ... (please be kind MHRers, I know the pro game is way different than college), and watch other NFL games (like the Jets-Dolphins last night), and I can't help but think that the answer to our current red zone woes may be right under our noses.
I've seen Nevada twice this season, once beating up on my hopeless Rams and once beating up on Cal (after Cal beat up on CU). I also watched UCLA beat up on Texas Saturday. And I watched bits and pieces of Alabama coming back against Arkansas. Now Alabama ran the wildcat, similar to what the Dolphins run and some other pro teams utilize occasionally, enroute to their comeback. But Nevada and UCLA are both running something a little bit different, both with great success (especially Nevada, whose QB, Colin Kaepernick, is one of the most athletic and clever that I've ever seen in college ball). It is called "the pistol" and is basically comprised of the QB lining up in a shortened shotgun formation with a tailback behind him. On almost every running play, the QB has options to either handoff to the tailback, keep the ball and hit a different hole, or sometimes to handoff or pitch wide to either the TB or a slot athlete coming in motion. Also, given how often teams run from the formation plus the fact that it is a mini-shotgun, the QB starts each passing play in an advantageous position to see the field, and big pass plays are also possible.
So why not try to implement the pistol, as opposed to the "wild horses," with Tebow at QB when the Broncos get into the red zone? I'm not saying do this every time we hit the 20, but something's bound to be better than 6 points on 5 trips, right? Tebow is athletic enough to pull it off (although I'm not sure if his footwork and ball handling skills are up to snuff yet), and we have other weapons that would help to spread the field.
Just an idea I thought I'd throw out there. "Imaginative" is certainly not a word I'd use to describe what I've seen in the red zone so far this season. Fire away guys, I'm sure there are holes, but they have to do something, don't they?