## Some Clarification is in Order - Off-Season Stats: Broncos Offense, a History

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In this segment I wanted to look at how the offense of the Broncos has changed over the seasons and as coaches have come and gone. This will cover how the team moved the ball as well as how the team scored, along with efficiency as well. This will be looking at each coaches time here and how often they ran, passed, and scored in those two ways. Well, lets jump.

### Moving the Ball, a History:

This section will deal with how the Broncos moved the ball, how often they did it, and the ratio between running and passing plays. Let's begin with the table, it will list each coach, broken down by season, and look at: passing and rushing attempts, passing and rushing yards, and a ratios between rushing and passing attempts and a ratio dealing with rushing and passing yards. For example, in 1983, Reeves the was the head coach, we passed the ball 499 times and ran it 471 times, so we have a ratio of 1.06 passes per run. But another factor recorded here is the yards, we had 3466 passing yards and 1784 rushing yards, so that would be a ratio of 1.94 passing yards to 1 rushing yard. That means that passing was 94% more often used to move the ball than running was that season. Whereas in 2003, the team had a yardage ratio of 1.13 passing yards to 1 rushing yard, a more even balance of moving the ball.

By having these two ratios we can see how often they attempted to run or pass the ball, and how often they succeeded doing one or the other. I realize it's a bit complicated, but it makes sense once we get to the table.:

 Year Passing attps. Passing yards Rushing attps. Rushing yards Ratio yards (pass/rush) Ratio attps. (pass/rush) Reeves 1983 499 3466 471 1784 1.94 1.06 1984 475 3116 508 2076 1.50 0.94 1985 617 3952 497 1851 2.14 1.24 1986 549 3811 455 1678 2.27 1.21 1987 530 3874 510 1970 1.97 1.04 1988 581 3941 464 1815 2.17 1.25 1989 474 3352 554 2092 1.60 0.86 1990 527 3671 462 1872 1.96 1.14 1991 459 3310 507 2015 1.64 0.91 1992 473 3312 403 1500 2.21 1.17 Avg. 518.4 3580.5 483.1 1865.3 1.94 1.08 Phillips 1993 553 4061 468 1693 2.40 1.18 1994 626 4383 431 1470 2.98 1.45 Avg. 589.50 4222.00 449.50 1581.50 2.69 1.32 Shanahan 1995 549 4260 440 1995 2.14 1.25 1996 536 3662 525 2362 1.55 1.02 1997 513 3704 520 2378 1.56 0.99 1998 491 3808 525 2468 1.54 0.94 1999 554 3419 465 1864 1.83 1.19 2000 569 4243 516 2311 1.84 1.10 2001 511 2940 481 1877 1.57 1.06 2002 554 3824 457 2266 1.69 1.21 2003 479 2969 543 2629 1.13 0.88 2004 521 3999 534 2333 1.71 0.98 2005 465 3227 542 2539 1.27 0.86 2006 454 2799 488 2152 1.30 0.93 2007 515 3584 429 1957 1.83 1.20 2008 620 4471 387 1862 2.40 1.60 Avg. 523.64 3636.36 489.43 2213.79 1.72 1.08 McDaniels 2009 558 3627 440 1836 1.98 1.27 2010 580 4038 398 1544 2.62 1.46 Avg. 569.00 3832.50 419.00 1690.00 2.30 1.36

Review:

So what did I find, well Wade Phillips actually ran the most pass heavy offense Elway played in, Reeves came in second, and Shanahan actually came in third. Actually, you remember those two Super Bowl years, we actually ran more rushing plays then passing plays those seasons. Shanahan and Reeves were almost identical in their ratio, both in attempts and yards, well actually, Reeves had a better passing yards ratio then Shanahan did. Shanahan had a much higher average yards in both rushing and passing, but the average ratio actually went down. McD ran a very pass heavy offense, no surprise, but even when he tried to run the ball, it wasn't very successful, partly due to a young/old running back corp and a patchwork offensive line.

This table is purely a look at how the offense moved the ball, and it looks like it has largely been a passing team, but when it really mattered, 1997 and 1998, we ran it more then we passed it. Maybe that says something about the future...

### Scoring, a History:

This next table will look at how the team scored. It will cover how many passing and rushing touchdowns there were that season, and will look at how often either scored on a passing or rushing attempt. By examining the past this way, we can see how often the team tried scoring passing or running the ball, and if they were a goal line rushing or passing team.

For example, 1983, we had 17 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns, that's a ratio of 1.13 passing touchdowns for every rushing touchdown. Now another key statistic here is the ratio of touchdown per attempt, which is converted into a percentage. In 1983, for every passing attempt, we had a 3.41% chance of scoring a touchdown, and for every rushing attempt, we had a 3.18% chance of scoring. Now in 2002, it was flipped with the running attack having a better chance to score then the passing offense.

Now obviously there are other factors at play here, but it gives one a feel for how each season went and what parts of the team ran effectively.

 Year Passing TD's Passing TD's/attp Rushing TD's Rushing TD's/attp Passing TD's/Rushing TD ratio Reeves 1983 17 3.41% 15 3.18% 1.13 1984 22 4.63% 12 2.39% 1.83 1985 23 3.73% 20 4.02% 1.15 1986 22 4.01% 17 4.40% 1.29 1987 24 4.53% 18 3.53% 1.33 1988 24 4.13% 13 2.80% 1.85 1989 21 4.43% 15 2.71% 1.40 1990 15 2.85% 19 4.11% 0.79 1991 13 2.83% 16 3.16% 0.81 1992 16 3.38% 11 2.73% 1.45 Avg. 19.7 3.79% 15.6 3.30% 1.30 Phillips 1993 27 4.88% 13 2.78% 2.08 1994 18 2.88% 19 4.41% 0.95 Avg. 22.5 3.88% 16 3.59% 1.51 Shanahan 1995 27 4.98% 14 3.18% 1.93 1996 26 4.85% 20 3.81% 1.30 1997 27 5.26% 18 3.46% 1.50 1998 32 6.52% 26 4.95% 1.23 1999 16 2.89% 13 2.80% 1.23 2000 28 4.92% 21 4.07% 1.33 2001 26 5.09% 7 1.46% 3.71 2002 21 3.79% 21 4.60% 1.00 2003 19 3.97% 20 3.68% 0.95 2004 27 5.18% 13 2.43% 2.08 2005 18 3.87% 25 4.61% 0.72 2006 20 4.41% 12 2.46% 1.67 2007 21 4.08% 10 2.33% 2.10 2008 25 4.03% 15 3.88% 1.67 Avg. 23.8 4.56% 16.8 3.41% 1.60 McDaniels 2009 21 3.76% 9 2.05% 2.33 2010 25 4.31% 13 3.27% 1.92 Avg. 23 4.04% 11 2.66% 2.13

Review:

Now one thing that stood out to me was how effective it was to score by passing the ball sometimes because the running game struggled that season and how quickly things changed the next season. Another thing I noted was that McDaniel's offense was actually fairly effective at scoring through the air, more so then during the Phillips or Reeves era, but struggled mightily when trying to score on the ground. We already knew short-yardage situations we a problem, but we didn't struggle scoring while passing these past couple seasons, but a piss-poor run game really hurts a team in goal line situations.

This team has changed with each coach, Reeves using a pass heavy offense (even if we don't remember it that way), Shanahan and Phillips running more balanced offenses, and McDaniels returning to the pass heavy offense. But even within each coach there was fluctuation, as players come and go, as injuries set in, teams have to change. One of the biggest revelations to me though was that the best years this team had, we weren't a gunslinging team, we didn't pass a lot, we were balanced, and if we want regain that glory, we need to remember there is more to this team then just the QB, and we need a balanced team to win another ring.

Next time on Some Clarification is in Order - Off-Season Stats: Running Backs

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