This season my biggest concern has been the Broncos lacked an Identity. I’m not sure about all of you but I couldn’t get the idea out of my head that this team just couldn’t play together. My belief all along has been we need to become the Indianapolis Colts to have a shot at winning this thing with Manning. Not in a Josh McDaniels way of bringing New England west to the Mile High City but to mimic the Colts defensive strategy to be as successful as we all want to be. More along the lines our defense needs to take chances, force turnovers and give Peyton as many opportunities with the football as possible.
Until the second half of week 6 I was sure our TEAM was not right for each other. I still have my doubts I’ll admit, however I did always see a Mathis/Freeney type of pass rush in Elvis and Von and Wolfe. Our future is bright. Problem was Elvis and Wolfe have been MIA. I still believe this team’s key to success is giving Manning extra possessions. And that stars and ends with the pass rush. In Denver’s three wins Dumervil and Wolfe have combined for 5.5 sacks as compared to 2.5 in our losses. Aided by the Chargers ineptitude this has led to 7 turnovers in our wins and 3 in our losses. But most importantly in our wins we have taken three turnovers back to the house and that doesn’t include the punt block and easy 6 points in the Raiders game.
As for the offense it seems like our team has been too snake bit to air it out in the first half since the Falcons game. But that is our identity. We need to embrace McGahee in the short passing game as we did tonight and worry about the run less early until we stretch the defense. As of late it seems like our team doesn’t quite know what to do on third and short. We have too many drops to rely on the short passing game but then again our run game early is going nowhere. It is still a problem we need to resolve.
All that said we found that identity in the second half of the Chargers game. Peytonto you need to take the middle of the field as you did with the TD to DT. Stretch the field deep and let McGahee pound you into submission with a head of steam. Eliminate the mental errors. Simply make plays. I blasted Leonhard for not jumping on the fumble early in the second half. But you know what? That play sums up what was missing before because something changed in the locker room at halftime. The Broncos were all trying to strip the ball every damn play. Our DB’s were jumping routes. The D and O started to play with a reckless abandon that they haven’t shown yet this season. We were fearless and in turn we went from one of the most embarrassing halves of Broncos football I have seen to perhaps the best damn near perfect half of Broncos football I have witnessed.
A year ago, last year, Tebow and company found the 2011 Broncos identity against the Dolphins. Run the ball, kill the clock, keep it close and win games late. With that second half against the Chargers it looks like this years Broncos did the same thing. Play fearless football.