Broncos Run Game Breakdown – Week 15 Part 2

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.

Since this is a very long project I’m breaking it into two parts so it’s not an overly long, run on, article. This is part two, for part one, here is the link.

Play 7

– Down and Distance: 1st and 10
– Personnel: 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB
– Result: -1 Yard Loss

Pre-Play:

KM 6 Pre Play Edit

Mid-Play:

KM 6 Mid Play Edit

Then

KM 6 Mid Play 2 Edit

End Play:

KM 6 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: The play was just doomed from the start, even if all the blockers did their job there was another LB and S who were closing on Moreno untouched and it would have gone for no more than 3-4 yards. Having said that it doesn’t negate the poor blocking by RT Franklin and C Ramirez.

Did Well:
– RG Vasquez
– LT Clark
– LG Beadles
– TE Thomas

Did Poorly:
– RT Franklin
– C Ramirez

 Play 8

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

Pre-Play:

MB 2 Pre Play Edit

Mid-Play:

MB 2 Mid Play Edit

Then

MB 2 Mid Play 2 Edit

Then

MB 2 Mid Play 3 Edit

End Play:

MB 2 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: The offense line did it’s best but there were too many defenders in the box and TE Thomas was unable to seal the edge against the defensive back blitz or against the linebacker. All 3 of the yards gained were entirely from the effort by Montee Ball.

Did Well:
– RB Ball
– RT Franklin
– RG Vasquez

Did Poorly:
– TE Thomas

Play 9

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

Pre-Play:

KM 7 Pre Play Edit

Mid-Play:

KM 7 Mid Play Edit

Then

KM 7 Mid Play 2 Edit

Then

KM 7 Mid Play 3 Edit

Then

KM 7 Mid Play 4 Edit

End Play:

KM 7 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: The play was ruined when RT Franklin and RG Vasquez lost their defenders off the snap which closed off the intended running lane. This forced Knowshon Moreno to take it outside but with the defender free from LT Clark and a slew of defensive backs waiting for him, Moreno had no where to go.

Did Well:
– RB Moreno
– LG Beadles
– WR Decker

Did Poorly:
– RT Franklin
– RG Vasquez

Play 10

– Down and Distance: 2nd and 5
– Personnel:
– Result: -2 Yard Loss

Pre-Play:

KM 8 Pre Play Edit

Mid-Play:

KM 8 Mid Play Edit

Then

KM 8 Mid Play 2 Edit

End Play:

KM 8 End Edit

Slideshow:

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Notes: TE Thomas broke the play, pure and simple. When he got knocked over instead of blocking, Moreno couldn’t head outside like he expected and there was no inside lane.

Did Well:
– C Ramirez

Did Poorly:
– TE Thomas
– LG Beadles
– RG Vasquez

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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