I was watching the lead up to yesterday's game and something occurred to me when I heard a quote from coach Fox. Fox was asked about the difficulties opposing defenses were having concerning the Broncos offense, specifically the read option. Fox went on to state that the offense was so unique, it also made it difficult for the Broncos to scout opposing defenses because the Broncos are the only team running it. It was like a lightbulb went off in my head. Could it really be that simple? When Shanahan was here, we all became well versed in the scripted offense. Could we be seeing something to that affect with McCoy and the read option on a much wider scale?
I don't want to seem like I am making excuses, but could this be why the play calling in the first half of our most recent games seems so conservative? Could it be that the Broncos are going out in the first half of games and scouting the opposing defense to see just what they are going to do to slow down this unique offense? The way yesterday's game played out certainly makes that explanation look plausible. The offense was anemic in the first half, then came alive on the opening drive of the second half. The difference was like night and day. It was almost like the offense could do no wrong on that drive, everything seemed to work when nothing was working up to that point.
This is a trend we have seen and it confounds the mind how the offense as a whole can look so different in each half of the game. I am not a stats guy, numbers hurt my head, so I am not going to go into the numbers. My eye tells me that this could be part of the explanation to the way the Broncos start a game and subsequently finish it. If this is even remotely accurate, all of Bronco's Country needs to rethink their position on Offensive Cordinator, Mike McCoy. He quite possibly could be the offensive genius McDaniels thought of himself as.
It was great to see Tim Tebow do more in that game with his arm. I have to temper that knowing the Vikings probably have the least skill in the secondary compared to the other teams we have faced on this wild ride we've embarked on. With that being said, we seen improvement and that's all we can ask. It was even greater to see that Demaryius Thomas may finally be that guy we all wanted him to be. He had a great game and it will be nice to have another threat coming down the stretch. Can you smell that, Broncos Country? It's the playoffs within our grasp! GO BRONCOS!!!