The Broncos are looking for key plays to end a trend of close losses

Englewood, Colorado – In a disappointing 3-7 start to the season, the Broncos found themselves on the wrong end by a very slim margin.

The NFL is undeniably designed for par — from the structure of the draft, to the salary cap, to the way the schedule is designed — which results in plenty of one-score games. During the 11 weeks, there were 126 games that were within one score in the fourth quarter, the most such games during that period in NFL history. 72 games have been decided by touchdowns (six points) or fewer, which is also the most in history over an 11-week period.

The Broncos were no stranger to those close games, as all ten of the Broncos’ contests were within one score at some point in the fourth quarter, and seven of the Broncos’ games were decided by six points or fewer. Six of the Broncos’ seven defeats have come on one possession – and Denver’s three wins have never been by more than a point.

Denver is tied for the most number of possession losses in the NFL, and they have played the most one possession games of any team in the league.

Simply put, the Broncos have always found themselves locked into tight games.

As they move forward with their season, the Broncos need to find a way to win more of those chances.

“All these one-score games, it’s about playing two,” coach Nathaniel Hackett said Monday. “At the time, it’s about the basics, it’s about understanding the different things that we’re trying to achieve. We have to be sound across the board, whether it’s offense, defense or special teams. We weren’t last night, and that’s how that game got away with us in the end there.” “.

After the Broncos lost to the Raiders, Justin Simmons said that the ability to make these plays is far more important than the stats that have made the Broncos among the best units in the league.

“You’re talking about ratings and all this other stuff that doesn’t matter,” Simmons said. “What matters is how we execute when it matters the most. If the defense can stop in a two-minute situation and get a fourth, stop [the] Attacking on the pitch, we won the game, point blank, period.”

The Broncos will also be aided by the ability to put games out of reach. Denver has built three 10-0 leads this season and has fallen behind in all three of those contests. In Sunday’s loss to the Raiders, the Broncos had a chance to regain a 10-point lead before halftime and, later, to take a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Denver was unsuccessful on both opportunities, and Hackett said the Broncos must find a way to score more points to capitalize on their lead.

“I think in the end, [offensively]We need to score more points, Hackett said. Let’s face it: we don’t score enough. We have to do everything we can to get more landings across the board.”

Hackett said he appreciated his team’s efforts despite the lack of wins.

“The one thing I will tell you about this team and it’s great to see [in] “All these close games… how hard they all play,” Hackett said. “They’re out there, fighting non-stop. That’s what I love about this group. They stay together, they fight. They do everything they can so we can win the match. That’s great to see. Now we just have to find a way to finish. Quite simply.” And the [it’s about] Make those key plays. In this league, making these plays can totally change the entire game. Excited to see what we go with next. Let’s go and win.”

Passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Clint Kubik called plays for the Broncos on Sunday, and Hackett said Kubik will continue to be a caller as the Broncos progress.

“This is the way we’re going to proceed for now,” Hackett said. “I thought that was the connection between Clint and [Offensive Coordinator] Justin [Outten] It was really good. I thought the process was really good, and [there were] There are two things we can clean up by having it the first time they’re going through it, and I think it’ll be better the next time.”

The Broncos scored an opening driving touchdown for the first time this season, and had a chance to score a touchdown before halftime that would have brought their halftime point total to 17.

While Hackett said “it was different” not calling the plays on Sunday, he enjoyed being able to be more involved throughout the game. Moving forward, Hackett said he will continue to be involved in the game planning process, but noted that he will have more time to be more present in all areas of the team’s work.

“I think now as we evaluate going into the game plan together, I think there will be a lot of areas that I’m working on and I’ll continually help develop that and be in the quarterback, continually help with that but don’t have to be there full time,” Hackett said. “Same with the group, so it would allow me to kind of move around, do a few other things, where I was missing some things, whether it be meetings or other things.” [that] come up. I think it will free me up a bit, and at the same time I will still be there to help these guys as much as I can.”

Hackett said he had previously evaluated whether to make a change regarding play-calling duties, but decided to make the change after 10 points against the Titans.

“I was constantly evaluating him the whole time,” Hackett said. “I’m always trying to think about how to get better. I thought the Jacksonville game, some things flowed really well, and we got a rhythm. And then when we were at the Tennessee game, I just didn’t feel right. I think that’s why I really put my foot down and decided to take it to Clint I’m excited. I’m excited to see what Clint and Justin can bring together and to be a part of that. I think it’s a fresh look at everything. I thought it was cool to have someone in the box too. When you’re in the box it’s just different. It’s quiet, you don’t have a lot of distractions, you can see the whole field. You can help with calls. I think it will give us an advantage, so I’m really excited about it now.”

The Broncos waived running back Melvyn Gordon III on Monday, and Hackett said the decision was made in the best interest of the Broncos.

With Melvin, he’s a man [that’s] “He’s a true professional,” Hackett said. “He’s done a lot of good things here at the Denver Broncos and scored some touchdowns for us this year. We thought he was the best for the team, and we’ve just kept moving forward. I wish him all the best, and I think it’s great that he has a fresh start.” .

Gordon fumbled the ball near the goal line at the end of the first half, denying the Broncos a chance at a touchdown. While Denver recovered the fumble, the next field goal attempt was blocked. Gordon has had five fumbles in 115 touches this season.

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