The Denver Broncos are a team that can’t get out of its own way. After the Broncos October 17th match against the New York Jets, Denver fans are now scratching their heads, curious why they are even talking about a loss.
Denver was given three opportunities to score off of a Jets fumble and two interceptions but still didn’t capitalize. The game was reminiscent of the first game of the season when the Broncos clashed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a game in which the Broncos never chose to lean upon their obvious strengths.
In the Jacksonville match the Broncos never could establish their identity. They chose to play Tim Tebow intermittently, ran the ball terribly, and the running game never maintained rhythm through the red-zone and into the end-zone. Much remains the same today. The Broncos can’t depend on their running game.
Playing Tim Tebow might help gain rushing yards, but the Broncos obviously don’t trust him enough yet to let him throw. When Tebow is in the game, the Broncos are limited to running, and the option to pass (which is the Broncos strength) is eliminated. The Broncos should work on determining who they are as a team before they work Tebow into games…unless Josh McDaniel’s feels comfortable that Tebow can complete passes too. In this AFC battle that the Broncos needed to win in order to gain better position in the AFC West, I and others watching the game were dumbfounded why the game plan included a large amount of trickery.
Will Tim Tebow help the Broncos establish their identity? Can the return of Knowshon Moreno give them an identity? No. The fact is the Broncos have the receiving arsenal to dismantle the Jets and most other teams on their schedule. Yet they didn’t begin to truly utilize their skilled wide-outs until the second quarter. The entire first quarter the Broncos seemed to be in ‘pre-season mode’ dabbling with running backs, showing off Tebow, and scoring no points. The highlights will show that Tebow scored, and the running game improved, but it was all cosmetic, and did nothing to contribute to a win.
If the Broncos are still in ‘pre-season’ mode, they should have used the first quarter to work on the snaps between Kyle Orton and rookie center JD Walton. They should have also practiced developing rhythm with receivers so that scoring drives could be manufactured when the game is on the line in the 4th quarter.
Kyle Orton and the receiving core of Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Demaryius Thomas, and Eddie Royal, should be the Broncos identity. The Broncos should establish their ability to dominate in the passing game at the beginning of every game. The Broncos would clearly benefit from effectively passing before resorting to the wildcat and Tim Tebow. Kyle Orton has been passing with efficiency and accuracy unheard of around these parts in years, and it is a shame to see stellar performances being wasted.