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What will the Broncos’ offensive identity be?

If they can answer that now, it may save a lot of anguish in eight months.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

This is going to be a short HT as I just spent most of the night (wee hours of the morning) writing a post based on my interview with Terrell Davis.

He was awesome, by the way, so I expect you to waste little time over here and check out that outstanding conversation!

But in the meantime, I ran across an interesting post from Jeff Legwold earlier this week, “To fix the offense, Broncos may need to find an identity before a QB.”

The time of gathering players to suit the whims of each new position coach is over. The Broncos have to decide what they want to be and gather players for that, especially in the offensive line and at quarterback.

It’s nothing groundbreaking. Of course a new quarterback is the No. 1 priority, but I like Legwold’s thinking that the Broncos need to decide what kind of offense they want to have before just grabbing whatever players they can.

Legwold threw out an interesting stat too. In 2013, the Broncos scored a record-breaking 606 points and 55 touchdowns in 16 regular season games. The past two seasons combined, the Broncos offense has mustered only 622 points and 39 touchdowns.

Hopefully with Bill Musgrave in full control and several new assistants working with the skill positions, the Broncos can decide once and for all what kind of offensive system they’d like to have - and what the offensive identity will be - is it high-scoring? is it run-first? is it “just don’t turn the ball over so the defense can play aggressive?”

Although the choice at QB can dictate this to some extent, deciding now what they’d like the offense to ultimately look like can help them choose players more specifically for the offense they want rather than trying to figure out what their players can do in the offense they think they might maybe hope to have someday.

Do we want a mobile quarterback?

Do we want to rely more on the running game?

Do we need so many wide receivers?

How should we use the tight ends?

Will we ever find a good reason to have a fullback?

Answering these questions before signing a quarterback - or before designing an offense with a quarterback in mind - could save a lot of debate during training camp and help the team be much better prepared by Week 1.

I would be very happy to go into training camp for once with questions answered rather than finishing training camp with a lot more.

What say you, Broncos Country?

Horse Tracks

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Atlanta's offense may have looked better against the Rams, but don't be fooled -- it still has problems.