Denver Broncos 3-6 due to a bad historic offense. Scoring just 14 points per game is an indication that something is very wrong at Mile High City.
There are several issues holding back the Broncos’ offense, one of which is the play by Nathaniel Hackett. Play connectivity is part of the problem, but the ultimate culprit includes all the basic complications:
The Broncos’ general scheme, and its execution, is at the root of the offense’s problems.
In the offseason, Hackett explained that the Broncos would run a different version of the West Coast Offense (WCO) and wide area rushing scheme. Knowing that both of these principles have met with great success in the past, it’s not hard to understand why so many are excited and optimistic about the expectation that the Broncos will have a stellar offense.
However, when watching the Broncos this season, there is little evidence that either of these two historically successful offenses are used more often or executed properly. This points to Hackett’s inability to devise a good scheme based on the principles of those offenses and reflects poorly on his competence to train said offenses.
Zone blocking system
Let’s examine one wide area concept: lateral/horizontal movement by the offensive line. The key to the Zone Blocking System (ZBS) — which the Broncos remember fondly from the Mike Shanahan era — whether in or out of the zone, is to get defenders flowing in one direction. This can only be achieved by moving the offensive navigators sideways.
More often than not, the Broncos make plays that extend straight into the middle of the defense without any lateral movement from the offensive line. This creates many issues.
First of all, it’s not about how the scheme is designed to work, and it creates problems because the offensive line isn’t specifically designed for the power system. Carriers can’t consistently win their tough matches, and this creates a backlog in the team
Gap Spot that jogging back.
It’s a massive abuse of the offensive linemen’s skills. This is bad training.
When the Broncos are successful in running the ball, it’s often when the offensive line moves laterally, and running backs can turn back for big gains. This was evident in the recent loss to the Tennessee Titans. Many runs quickly mobilized when zone blocking principles were not used.
When the principles of ZBS were implemented, good gains were made in the running game. The problem is that the lateral movement is not used enough.
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West Coast Attack
Secondly, let’s talk about a couple of core principles of the WCO that are either not present in this Bronco scheme or have been implemented incorrectly. The World Customs Organization is based on timing Passes, open “striped” receivers.
This Broncos offense is struggling to plan wide receivers and, if they’re open, the timing There is not. Hackett seems to believe that receivers should always win their games and open on their own, but with injuries, that’s a foolish assumption. Moreover, this is not how the WCO was designed.
The correct path must be read by the receiver and quarterback beforehand, and the ball must be delivered to the correct location, at the allotted time, before the receiver opens. The quarterback must have confidence in his readings and deliver quick-timed runs.
This does not happen consistently in Denver. One only needs to look at the last match against the Titans (again) to see that it didn’t happen. Russell Wilson caught the ball as if it were sticking to his hands and took a beating for it.
The second concept to be examined is pre-sudden motion. In the WCO, the move is designed to give alignment advantages, cause a fumble on the defense, and/or have the defense tilt his hand so the quarterback can get a better read.
Often, the move used by the Bronco consists of a mock sweep of the plane. There is nothing wrong with this type of move, but when it is used consistently in the same way, and in the last second before the ball is caught, the only advantage is surprising the defense with an actual jet sweep. This particular move is not effective because the Broncos struggled to move the ball and did not realize any advantages.
The crime he promised is not actually carried out. At least not properly. Hackett’s version of the WCO and ZBS is a repudiation of both.
Hackett did not apply the correct concepts, nor does he appear to have studied these concepts well enough for them to be properly implemented. Denver’s problems could be a combination of both failures.
Hackett’s game is bad, but his scheme is even worse. That’s why the Broncos offense failed miserably.
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