Good morning, Broncos Country!
The little things don’t seem that vital.
Until you don’t do them correctly and it leads to big issues.
Funny how that happens, but that’s been the Denver Broncos for seven seasons.
Despite the one-liners like “death by inches,” the Broncos have failed miserably at the little things. Just think back to the dumpster fire that was Denver’s final drive in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Not anymore with Sean Payton at the helm.
It’s clear that education is a huge part of Payton’s coaching style, and that’s been the point of OTAs. To get the Broncos prepared for anything and everything they may face this season. It matters not if it’ll happen or not. Payton wants his team prepared.
“Well, there’s a board where there’s 43 things that are unique end of game, end of half, and sometimes middle of the game situations that may come up once every four weeks — maybe once every two years,” Payton told the Denver media this week. “We begin teaching those, and not just to those involved. In a perfect world, the whole bench is going to know what to expect at the end of the game in a certain situation.
“We spent all of the walkthrough — you guys saw it — on about eight different situations. (During) training camp on each day, we will take two and we will review (them). They have to know those cold, and they have to know what we’re thinking so that when they come up, we can execute. If you don’t address one because it doesn’t come up until every two years, then you’re going to be faced with it, and no one’s going to know what to do. It’s really just trying to get really specific with the details of certain game situations that actually happen. We have video of it, and we have statistics of it. What’s the strategy when it happens?”
There is still a lot of work left to be done for the Broncos. And this is no easy lift.
But this yet more evidence that Denver could finally be headed on the right path. And it’s because of that focus on the little things.
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