Broncos Run Game Breakdown – Week 15 Part 1

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:
– Green lines are the path of the blockers
– The blue line represents the running back and his path
– The red lines are those of the defenders
– If a line is dashed that means a player has multiple options to choose from
– I include small caption boxes that help explain what is going on, pointing with black arrows to appropriate spots on the field.

This week I really wanted to show Broncos fans what I’ve been preaching this entire season and throughout this season. In past weeks I took 3-5 run plays at random and studied them, which lead to people saying it wasn’t a complete study so this week I am reviewing every run play to make sure people can’t claim I pick and choose my reviews. Since this is a very long project I’m breaking it into two parts so it’s not an overly long, run on, article. I likely won’t do this every week but this made a good week to do a show case.

Play 1

– Down and Distance: 1st and 10
– Personnel: 3 WR (2 WR’s and 1 TE with the 1 TE split out wide), 1 TE, 1 RB
– Result: 6 Yard Gain

Pre-Play:

KM 1 Pre Play Edit

Mid-Play:

KM 1 Mid Play Edit

Then

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Then

KM 1 Mid Play 3 Edit

Then

KM 1 Mid Play 4 Edit

End Play:

KM 1 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: The best run blocking of the day came on the 1st run. Center Ramirez held his block most of the play, and TE Virgil Green and RT Orlando Franklin sprung the play outside. The issue came early with RG Louis Vasquez lost his defender right away, now that didn’t end the play but it did slow Moreno down. Moreno was then then when TE Julius Thomas tripped while trying to get a block leaving the San Diego safety to come unblocked at Moreno, who evaded him with a spin move. Now slowed almost to a stop Moreno is brought down by a combination of two defensive backs and a linebacker.

Did Well:
– C Ramirez
– TE Green
– RT Franklin
– RB Moreno

Did Poorly:
– TE Thomas
– RG Vasquez

Play 2

– Down and Distance: 2nd and 10
– Personnel: 2 TE, 2 WR, 1 RB
– Result: 5 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

End Play:

KM 2 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: TE Thomas broke the play from reaching it’s full potential by no getting a good block initially. This forced the pulling RG Vasquez to assist him rather than blocking the linebacker who slows Moreno enough for other defenders to get there. Also the Chargers linebacker that was on the right side and helped tackle Moreno was able to avoid being touched despite three different Broncos blockers trying to block him.

Did Well:
– LG Zane Beadles
– RG Vasquez
– WR Eric Decker
– TE Green

Did Poorly:
– LT Chris Clark
– RT Franklin
– WR Demaryius Thomas
– TE Thomas

Play 3

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

Pre-Play:

KM 3 Pre Play Edit

Mid-Play:

KM 3 Mid Play Edit

Then

KM 3 Mid Play 2 Edit

Then

KM 3 Mid Play 3 Edit

End Play:

KM 3 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: A great play design with the off-set right side and then counter play, defense bought into it completely, but it was 100% on center Ramirez, had he not lost his blocker right off the snap Moreno would have had a good chance to break a big run. Now the other defender on that side, TE Thomas, also lost his defender right away as well. Knowshon Moreno deserves big credit for somehow escaping from that initial tackler. Also LT Clark (as the true RT) and RT Franklin both had an chance to block an incoming defender but blocked each other instead.

Did Well:
– RB Moreno
– TE Green
– LG Beadles

Did Poorly:
– C Ramirez
– TE Thomas
– LT Clark
– RT Franklin

Play 4

– Down and Distance: 1st and 10
– Personnel: 2 TE, 2 WR, 1 RB
– Result: 4 Yard Gain

Pre-Play:

KM 4 Pre Play Edit

Mid-Play:

KM 4 Mid Play Edit

Then

KM 4 Mid Play 2 Edit

Then

KM 4 Mid Play 3 Edit

Then

KM 4 Mid Play 4 Edit

End Play:

KM 4 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: C Ramirez caused the play to break down by getting pushed back into Moreno which forced him to abandon the solid blocking on the left side and fend for himself on the right side. LG Beadles and RG Vasquez did a decent job of trying to create a hole though Vasquez lost his defender who then proceed to help tackle Moreno.

Did Well:
– RB Moreno
– TE Green
– TE Thomas
– LG Beadles
– LT Clark

Did Poorly:
– C Ramirez

Play 5

– Down and Distance: 2nd and 6
– Personnel: 2 TE, 2 WR, 1 RB
– Result: 2 Yard Gain

Pre-Play:

KM 5 Pre Play Edit

Mid-Play:

KM 5 Mid PlayEdit

Then

KM 5 Mid Play 2 Edit

Then

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End Play:

KM 5 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: Again C Ramirez was the cause of this play struggling. By getting pushed into Moreno he alters the run and forces Moreno to his left instead of his right. LT Clark began losing his defender and RG Vasquez lost his defender early as well. In the end C Ramirez and RG Vasquez losing their defenders was the cause of Moreno being tackled.

Did Well:
– TE Thomas
– TE Green
– WR Thomas
– LG Beadles

Did Poorly:
– C Ramirez
– RG Vasquez

Play 6

– Down and Distance: 1st and 10
– Personnel: 2 TE, 2 WR, 1 RB
– Result: -6 Yard Loss

Pre-Play:

MB 1 Pre Play Edit

Mid-Play:

MB 1 Mid Play Edit

Then

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End Play:

MB 1 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: TE Green just blew the play, period. When he saw that WR Thomas’s defender got by WR Thomas he hesitated as he decided who to block, this slow down caused him to not get a good block on the incoming defender who managed to wrap Montee Ball up. Ball was also hit by C Ramirez’s defender who escaped him 5 yards down field and still managed to get in on the tackle by pushing TE Green down onto a tripped Ball.

Did Well:
– LG Vasquez

Did Poorly:
– TE Green
– RT Franklin
– C Ramirez

Summary:

The Broncos blocking against San Diego was just terrible, the Broncos running backs were hit 1 yard from the line of scrimmage or worse on 10 of the 11 runs and still managed 1.6 yards per carry with Knowshon Moreno averaging 2.4 yards per carry. Both backs had more yards after contact than total yards, which is crazy. The running backs against San Diego were put in a no-win situation and made the best of it.

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