Broncos Run Game Breakdown – Week 14

So each week I’ve decide to break down about three to six rushing plays for the game that week so we can see how the offensive line, tight ends and running backs did that week. To do this I’ll take all the plays and randomly select three plays and add more depending on the time. I’ll take these plays and break them down using clippings from the game. For each play we will start with the down and distance, the personnel formation and grouping as well as the result of the play. We will also break the play into parts, the pre-play, mid-play, and the end. To get a better view of the image just click on it, it will open in a new tab. This will be the first running breakdown I do this season. Another feature is after going through each clip you can view it as a slideshow to see how the play progresses with the notes.

How to Understand the Images:– Red lines are defenders actions
– Green lines are blockers
– Blue lines is the running back
– I include small caption boxes that help explain what is going on, pointing with black arrows to appropriate spots on the field.

I won’t be doing as many this week due to other obligations, also since the run game was so much more effective each play required more time to study and clip anyways.

Play 1

– Down and Distance: 2nd and 10
– Personnel: 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB
– Result: 20 Yard Gain

Pre-Play:

KM 1 Pre Play Edit

Mid Play:

KM 1 Mid Play Edit

Then

KM 1 Mid Play 2 Edit

Then

KM 1 Mid Play 3 Edit

Then

KM 1 Mid Play 4 Edit

Then

KM 1 Mid Play 5 Edit

Then

KM 1 Mid Play 6 Edit

End Play:

KM 1 End Edit

Slideshow:

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This play turned out surprisingly well due almost entirely to the blocking of Beadles, you want a run play to succeed, have him pull to that side, almost guarantees success. WR Decker may have lost his defender which helped end the run but had he not done as well as he did, the run would have ended much soon. Knowshon Moreno also gets credit because he either forced defenders to miss him with his speed or just broke out of their tackles.

Did Well:
– LG Zane Beadles
– RB Knowshon Moreno

Did Poorly:
– C Manny Ramirez
– RG Louis Vasquez
– RT Orlando Franklin
– TE Julius Thomas

Play 2

– Down and Distance: 2nd and 10
– Personnel: 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB
– Result: 7 Yard Gain

Pre-Play:

MB 1 Pre Play Edit

Mid Play:

MB 1 Mid Play Edit

Then

MB 1 Mid Play 2 Edit

Then

MB 1 Mid Play 3 Edit

Then

MB 1 Mid Play 4 Edit

End Play:

MB 1 End Edit

Slideshow:

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This is a play where it was likely a 4-5 yard gain but those extra 2 yards came purely from Montee Ball‘s effort. The left side did a good job as well, really pushing their defenders backwards.

Did Well:
– LT Chris Clark
– LG Beadles
– RB Montee Ball

Did Poorly:
– C Ramirez
– RG Vasquez

Play 3

– Down and Distance: 2nd and 10 (3 in a row, odd I know)
– Personnel: 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB
– Result: 25 Yard Gain

Pre-Play:

KM 2 Pre Play Edit

Mid Play:

KM 2 Mid Play Edit

Then

KM 2 Mid Play 2 Edit

Then

KM 2 Mid Play 3 Edit

Then

KM 2 Mid PLay 4 Edit

Then

KM 2 Mid Play 5 Edit

Then

KM 2 Mid Play 6 Edit

End Play:

KM 2 End Edit

Slideshow:

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The play was a combination of great play design, good vision by Moreno, and good blocking by the offensive line and WR Eric Decker, but a few offensive lineman will get extra credit for holding their blocks despite the play being 10+ yards away..

Did Well:
– RB Moreno
– LG Beadles
– LT Clark

Did Poorly:
– None but if forced to pick TE Thomas

Wrapping Up:

This game some the most impressive blocking I’ve seen from the entire left side of the line with Zane Beadles and Chris Clark dominating all game. Eric Decker also was involved on most runs and was impressive for a wide receiver. Louis Vasquez had one of his worst games and Manny Ramirez continued to be inconsistent. Overall the issue with this run game design it that it’s entirely based on the offensive line’s decision making and with so much inexperience at new positions, there are almost always lineman making the wrong decisions and that is the main reason for plays that don’t reach their potential.

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