Taking away the fourth and 15 nightmare completion and split-second miracle timeout, the pass rush was getting there to Mitch Trubisky fairly quickly during the Denver Broncos 16-14 home loss to the Chicago Bears. The problem is, the ball was getting out as quickly as it was in Week 1.
That feels more like an issue in the secondary. They are leaving guys open within two seconds of the ball being snapped and that is a huge problem that Head Coach Vic Fangio and his staff needs to figure out.
On this topic, there were a few comments worth noting.
- Fangio stayed focused on the missed opportunities, especially on that fourth and 15. That makes sense, since that was what lost the game.
“It wasn’t frustrating or surprising up until the end there when we needed some. At least you guys can’t get on me for rushing three there at the end. We rushed four a couple times and we rushed five a couple times. We could have used a little better rush there at that time.”
- However, Bradley Chubb pointed out how often he and Von Miller are getting chipped. That doesn’t help, but the ball is also coming out too fast for either of them to get there in time to make a difference.
“Watch the film. They’re getting the ball out fast and chipping us. A whole bunch of stuff is going on. We can’t control everything. We’re just trying to play to the best of our abilities. That’s the one thing that me and Von [Miller] come in every day and do, just be the best us and don’t try to count sack numbers like you all do. Just go out there and play football.”
- Derek Wolfe said it best. You can sense from him the frustration from the defensive line at how quickly the ball is getting out. That’s an issue Fangio needs to figure out... and soon.
“I mean, the quarterbacks throwing the ball quick, what do you want us to do? I’m tired of hearing the fans moan about us not getting sacks when the ball is gone in two seconds. There’s no sacks to be had. When they have the lead, they’re not just going to sit back and drop back to pass. It’s just the way it goes. I thought we did a good job across the board today. We just made some mistakes when we didn’t need to make them and we made big plays when we needed to make them. At the end of the day, the clock is at zero, where does that one second come from?”
With the Broncos heading to Wisconsin to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, finding an answer to that short, quick passing game is critical. Derek Carr and Trubisky are miles behind Rodgers. It feels like this defense could be exposed in the worse way next week if they don’t find answers to this.
What does Denver need to do to limit the damage on those quick routes?