Entering this week, Demaryius Thomas hadn’t scored a touchdown in twelve straight regular season games. The streak is now up to thirteen games, however Brock Osweiler is now the quarterback. Maybe the change will also end this streak.
Demaryius Thomas has not had a receiving touchdown in 12-straight regular season games. That doubles his previous longest streak of games without a touchdown reception. That after scoring 41 TDs from 2012-2015. #Broncos— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) October 28, 2017
If you think Thomas isn’t aware of the streak, you would be sorely mistaken. When asked about how long it has been since he had scored a touchdown, Thomas pointed back to the exact week it happened.
“It’s been since Week 10 (2016),” Thomas said. “I know, I know, it’s been a while. I don’t know how to feel anymore. I heard a lot of people kept talking about it (laughing). It’s been a while.”
When you have a talent like Thomas lined up outside, he should be one of the only players targeted in the red zone. It’s up to the coaching staff and quarterback to get the ball to him. Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy draws up the plays and former starting quarterback Trevor Siemian decided where to go with the football.
McCoy had some interesting things to say about Thomas and the red zone.
“I think it’s a matter of when the time comes to make the plays, make the throws and win versus certain coverages,” McCoy said of getting Thomas the ball in the end zone. “It’s not we’re not trying to get him the ball. You look at targets in the red area, he’s up there. There are certain plays that we’ve missed. I think there are certain plays he might say that he didn’t win on a release whether it was a decision we made in progression whether there was a protection breakdown. There are a number of different reasons, not just one reason.”
McCoy is right. There isn’t any one reason and even if there were one reason that was mostly the cause of it he wouldn’t make note of it. The fact is, the Broncos are not a very good red zone offense.
These are the top Red Zone Offenses in the NFL!#GoPackGo #FlyEaglesFly #Texans #RaiderNation #DallasCowboys #BeRedSeeRed #TitanUp pic.twitter.com/OsTRZLJei2— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) November 1, 2017
Osweiler’s task will be to change that and Thomas is determined to end it.
“I’m determined to end it,” Thomas said of ending this particular drought. “I’ve been determined to end it every week. It just doesn’t work that way. Half of the time, it’s about winning, but as a receiver, you do want to score touchdowns. I do want to score.”
Will we get more of the same or something new?