The Broncos lead the NFL in yards-per-carry.
They are thirteenth in carries. Those two statistics seem at odds. Coaches will tell you that matchups and team dynamics drive playcalling balance more than prior success.
To put it in Broncos terms, if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool shotgun offense and you have success (Patriots/Brady), you’d still alter your approach when faced with Von Miller. The matchup dictates the playbook.
Denver has little chance at the postseason or really of salvaging anything other than a plan for next season out of the mess they’ve found themselves in. From that standpoint, who cares about matchups? Run the ball 50 times a game. Revert to Tim Tebow times. It’ll keep Kaepernick healthy and let Phillip Lindsay secure his rookie-of-the-year campaign.
At the very least, it’ll make the next eight meaningless games entertaining. Lindsay and Royce Freeman have the ability to make big plays. Even Devontae Booker looked solid against the Kansas City Chiefs. It lets the offensive line play to it’s strength, it lets coaches develop and evaluate several young players. Garrett Bolles comes to mind as a player that needs an evaluation period.
This season is blown for the Denver Broncos. What they do from here can return them to the upper-echelon where they’ve lived for the better part of 30 years. It can also doom this franchise to infighting and mediocrity that threaten to re-define the Denver Broncos.
We’re seeing a surge from the Avalanche, Rockies and Nuggets. The Broncos are still top dog but for the first time in memory that status seems in jeopardy.