The job of professional offensive coordinator and head coach is to make adjustments and improve. Going into the game against the Buffalo Bills
the Denver Broncos
under the direction of the most conservative play caller in the league, Mike McCoy had been outscored 104 points in the 2nd quarter which is most in the NFL. On cue and as expected whether or not the offensive plays are working McCoy prefers to take the 2nd quarter as an opportunity to burn the clock and nothing else. Despite no success after four straight predictable-safe drives the Broncos still elected to run three times and turn the ball over yet again and then watched the Bills (who are playing for nothing but pride) press down the field and score yet again on the Broncos right before the half.
The Broncos cannot continue to require Tim Tebow
to pull off fourth quarter miracles. They need better variety than the same 4 plays that the Broncos used during the 2nd quarter against the Bills. Most of them, the same delayed draw right up the middle. The Bills, just like the New England Patriots
the previous week, find a way to adjust and simply shut it down. Next thing you know, after 4 or 5 straight offensive possessions with three and out the Broncos defense is out of air and cannot keep up.
But bigger problems have begun to show their nasty face the past two weeks. The defense that everyone believed was so stout during the winning streak has really struggled. Von Miller
has now gone eight straight quarters without a sack and almost zero tackles. Joe Mays
has been non-existent. The defensive backs have had some of the worst tackling in the NFL and continue to drop would-be interceptions. Brian Dawkins
, is constantly hurt and a no factor from the bench as you would expect from someone this late in his career. Rahim Moore
has been the biggest bust in the Elway/Xanders era and Quinton Carter
has been less than impressive. Andre Goodman
has been terribly inconsistent this season and Robert Ayers
in a non-factor again this season. The Broncos are ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in defense for a reason.
The special teams play against the Bills was the worst all season with poor coverage and zero kicks out of the endzone for Matt Prater
. On the returning side of the football, the Broncos continue to bring the ball out of the endzone or deep in their territory only to get penalized our dropped behind the 20 yard line. Today, three blocks in the back cost the Broncos significantly, including a called back TD from Eddie Royal
The Broncos are hanging on to a thread and have some huge gaps to fill between now and next week. Three critical turnovers last week and another handful of turnovers again this week. Eric Decker
who dominated in the middle of the season continues to drop balls and has not contributed at all the past three weeks. Above all the problems, John Fox and Mike McCoy have to figure out how to overcome their useless second quarters. This is their main job and how they should be evaluated this season. Find an area you are struggling and find a way to overcome that shortfall. Sunday against the Bills, the Broncos got more of the same from their coaching staff so it shouldn't be a surprise that the final score reflected their poor effort.
It was only appropriate that the Broncos wore their ugly sweaters on the plane trip to Buffalo because that was an ugly Broncos football game from offense to defense to coaching. Bah Humbug!
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