Denver Broncos Under Review - Running Success Under John Fox

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 20: Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos splits the defense of safety Jairus Byrd #31, Alex Carrington #92 and linebacker Nick Barnett #50 of the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Knowshon Moreno was drafted by the Broncos with the 12th overall pick in 2009. Opinions on him have been all over the place and if he has been a bust or not. In his first two seasons, Knowshon never made it through training camp without injury. So far this year he has been very impressive in limited action. The Broncos hope that in 2011 he can become the back many hoped he would be. 

In the 2011 off-season John Fox signed runningback Willis McGahee from the Baltimore Ravens. McGahee has been a power goalline back, something the Broncos did not have last season, proving it with one of the worst running games in franchise history. 

John Fox likes to run the ball, in Carolina, he had Johnathan Stewart and Deangelo Williams. They were a perfect match for each creating the team of smash and dash. The Broncos in the early 90s and early 2000s were known for their great running game but have lacked that as of late. John Fox hopes to bring that back.

Having a run game would take pressure off of Kyle Orton in the redzone, creating more play action opportunities,  and mixing it up for less predictability. In the Dallas game, the Broncos ran the ball down the Cowboys throats on the first drive.

Against Buffalo, the Broncos didn't run the ball as well but still had some big gains and got the yards needed on short attempts. Moreno and McGahee also caught the ball well, with McGahee catching one for a touchdown. 

I created a video to see how well they really were playing. The running scheme with guards pulling, and multiple tight end sets seems to work well. The Broncos young offensive has clearly improved at least in the run blocking area. More holes have been open allowing Knowshon time to read and react. 

Check below for my video and tell me what you think. Do you agree with me?

Also sorry for the bad quality. Not sure what happened.


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