After what I would say ranks up there as one of the worst losses in Broncos
history, I like so many others in Bronco Country are searching for the answers to why we lost. There are plenty of reasons and scapegoats: too conservative play calling, be under prepared, turnovers, inability to convert 3rd and short, Rahim Moore
, playing too tight, playing not to lose, overlooking the Ravens
and looking ahead to the Pats, Matt Prater
duffing a field goal kick. While yes, all of these ultimately played a part in the loss, I think the bottom line is that pride and arrogance is what killed the Broncos this game.
It was John Fox and Jack Del Rio not making adjustments to what the Ravens were doing and the fact that they should of known what they would be doing to begin with. Anyone who had done their scouting would know that the Ravens live and die on the long ball. And that Joe Flacco
is a predominately better QB going to his right versus his left, looking back at the game, and even the previous game, all of Flacco’s big pass plays are to his right and he struggles throwing to his left (noted by our previous pick 6 was going to Boldin to Flacco’s left and when Flacco went left in the game he also almost got picked). Why Fox and Del Rio would not roll overages to the right and force his hand to the left is beyond me, again I attribute this to pride and arrogance in their defense.
Staying on the defensive side of the ball, they played almost exclusively in their base defense for most of the game, rarely blitzing Flacco or bringing any real pressure, and in certain downs they obviously played prevent, as in preventing you from winning defense. Von Miller
is a great pass rusher, but when the offense can line up a TE or FB to his side and double team him, he is negated. You have to be willing to blitz and force the issue with Flacco as again, any QB that has time and space will find WR’s. Again, I think that we had an pride and arrogance that we didn’t need to blitz, that our front four could get there on time. Well obviously that wasn’t the case.
Switching to offense, again, how arrogant do you have to be to keep handing the ball off on 2nd and 3rd and short and keep getting stuffed. If the Ravens knew what was coming, they could easily defend it. Fox and McCoy believe so much in their run game that after their primary back goes down (who was having minimal success in running the ball to begin with), they keep running the ball to spite themselves. I can understand if you wanted to set up play action, but how many play action passes did Manning attempt in the 4th Quarter or overtime? I can’t remember any. You made the game easy for the Ravens defense in that they didn’t have to guess, they knew if it would be a pass or run play based on down and distance. Again pride and arrogance in running the ball.
That being said, how you take the ball out of the highest paid player and franchise QB’s hands at the end of the game baffles me. With 2 minutes to go, you elect to run the ball with 3rd and 7 instead of allowing Manning to go for the 1st down. Manning said he audibled to it, I know he is lying to cover Fox and McCoy’s butts. That formation was run all the way and the Ravens knew it. Fox said he was playing the percentages. Again that is somewhat of a pride in your defense will stop them. Here’s the worst case scenario if Manning throws the ball, it gets int, returned for a TD, game tied, you get the ball back with 1:50 seconds to go drive and kick a FG with 2 time outs. Manning completes the pass for a 1st down, game over. Again, Fox, your pride and arrogance was your undoing. Even had Manning thrown the ball away, clock stops, Ravens get the ball back as before, they score a TD as before, you still would of gotten the ball back with more time and 2 time outs, plenty of time to try to get into FG position.
Yes in the end, there was a whole host of issues that doomed the Broncos, but in the end it breaks down to pride and arrogance that doomed the Broncos this day.
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