Understanding the Broncos’ Running Game (Week 1)

Hey everybody,

This post will be split into two sections:

1.) The Broncos’ Running Game: By The Numbers

2.) The Broncos Running Game: X’s and O’s

1.) The Broncos’ Running Game: By The Numbers

Play-By-Play Chart

Down and Distance

Description

1st Quarter

1-10-DEN 49

(14:28) 27-K.Moreno left end to JAX 41 for 10 yards (37-S.Considine).

1-10-JAC 41

(13:49) DB15 at QB (Shotgun) 15-T.Tebow up the middle to JAX 40 for 1 yard (93-T.Alualu).

2-2-JAC 40

(11:57) 27-K.Moreno up the middle to JAX 18 for 1 yard (55-K.Morrison).

1-10-DEN 20

(6:48) 27-K.Moreno right end to DEN 24 for 4 yards (52-Da.Smith).

2-6-DEN 24

(6:05) 28-C.Buckhalter right end to DEN 27 for 3 yards (55-K.Morrison).

1-10-DEN 4

(1:44) 27-K.Moreno right end to DEN 7 for 3 yards (52-Da.Smith).

1-10-DEN 18

(:35) 27-K.Moreno left end to DEN 17 for -1 yards (56-J.Durant)

2nd Quarter

1-10-DEN 40

(14:28) (Shotgun) 15-T.Tebow right end to DEN 41 for 1 yard (91-D.Harvey).

1-10-JAC 47

(11:52) 27-K.Moreno right end to JAX 44 for 3 yards (27-R.Mathis; 20-A.Smith).

3-3-JAC 40

(10:29) (Shotgun) 28-C.Buckhalter right end to JAX 38 for 2 yards (52-Da.Smith).

4-1-JAC 38

(9:45) 28-C.Buckhalter right end to JAX 36 for 2 yards (91-D.Harvey).

2-6-JAC 32

(8:25) 28-C.Buckhalter right end to JAX 25 for 7 yards (52-Da.Smith). FUMBLES (52-Da.Smith), RECOVERED by JAX-37-S.Considine at JAX 24. 37-S.Considine to JAX 24 for no gain (67-D.Batiste)

3rd Quarter

1-10-DEN 20

(10:42) 27-K.Moreno left end to DEN 21 for 1 yard (93-T.Alualu).

1-10-DEN 32

(8:54) 27-K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 35 for 3 yards (21-D.Cox).

1-10-JAC 25

(5:37) 27-K.Moreno right end to JAX 8 for 17 yards (55-K.Morrison).

1-10-JAC 1

(4:44) 27-K.Moreno left end to JAX 1 for no gain (20-A.Smith).

2-1-JAC 1

(4:12) 27-K.Moreno left end for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.

1-10-DEN 20

(:45) 27-K.Moreno left end to DEN 22 for 2 yards (37-S.Considine).

4th Quarter

1-10-DEN 49

(14:33) 27-K.Moreno right end to JAX 46 for 5 yards (55-K.Morrison).

2-5-JAC 46

(14:27) 28-C.Buckhalter right end to JAX 45 for 1 yard (96-T.Knighton).

1-10-JAC 40

(12:58) 28-C.Buckhalter left end to JAX 40 for no gain (31-D.Jones).

1-10-JAC 32

(6:56) 27-K.Moreno up the middle to JAX 21 for 11 yards (20-A.Smith).

1-10-JAC 21

(6:21) 27-K.Moreno left end to JAX 21 for no gain (74-A.Kampman).

On first down, a play is considered a success if it gains 45 percent of needed yards; on second down, a play needs to gain 60 percent of needed yards; on third or fourth down, only gaining a new first down is considered success.

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/info/methods

1st Down

Denver Ran 16 Times on 1st Down (All with 10 yards to go)

The runs were of 10, 1, 4, 3, -1, 1, 3, 1, 3, 17, 1, 2, 5, 0, 11, and 0 yards

Following Football Outsider’s Definition of a successful play any play on a first down would need 4.5 yards or more. This would mean that only 4/16 or 25% of Denver’s runs were successful. The average yards per carry for Denver for 1st Down were 3.8125 yards, but this is skewed by the 17 yard by Moreno.

2nd Down

Denver Ran 5 Times on 2nd Down

The runs were of 1 (2nd and 2) , 3 (2nd and 6) , 7 (2nd and 6) , 1 (2nd and 1), and 1 (2nd and 5) yards.

Following Football Outsider’s Definition of a successful play 2/5 or 40% of Denver’s runs on 2nd down were successful (one of these successful runs was Buckhalter’s fumble). The average yards per carry for Denver on 2nd Down was 2.6 yards.

3rd Down

Denver Ran One Time on 3rd Down

The single run was for 2 yards (3rd and 3).

Following Football Outsider’s Definition of a successful play Denver’s single 3rd down run was unsuccessful. The average yards per carry for Denver on 3rd down were 2.

*This unsuccessful run did setup a successful 4th down run the next play.*

4th Down

Denver Ran One Time on 4th Down

The single run was for 2 yards (4th and 1)

Following Football Outsider’s Definition of a successful play Denver’s single 4th Down run was successful. The average yards per carry for Denver on 4th down were 2.

Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno had 15 carries.

10 yards (1st and 10), 1 yard (2nd and 2), 4 yards (1st and 10), 3 (1st and 10), -1 (1st and 10), 3 (1st and 10), 1 (1st and 10), 3 (1st and 10), 17 (1st and 10), 0 (1st and 10), 1 (2nd and 1 TOUCHDOWN), 2 (1st and 10), 5 (1st and 10), 11 (1st and 10), 0 (1st and 10)

Moreno averaged 4 yards per carry and 5/15 or 33.33% of his runs were successful.

Correll Buckhalter

Correll Buckhalter had 5 carries.

3 yards (2nd and 6), 2 (4th and 1), 2 (3rd and 3), 7 (2nd and 6 FUMBLE), 1 (2nd and 5), 0 (1st and 10)

Buckhalter averaged 2.5 yards per carry and 2/6 or 33.33% of his runs were successful.

*I count the fumble on the 7 yard carry as successful.*

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2.) The Broncos Running Game: X’s and O’s

1.) 1-10-Den 49 (14:28) 27-K.Moreno left end to JAX 41 for 10 yards (37-S.Considine).


*I apologize for the size of the images.  To enlarge any image just click on it.*


The Broncos have come out with 3 TEs, 1 FB (lined up near the line of scrimmage), 1 WR, and 1 RB.  This is clearly a power running formation.  The Jaguars have responded by dropping a safety into the box.  However, the Broncos still have the numbers advantage as every Jaguar defender can be blocked by an offensive player.

Josh McDaniels has called an Outside Zone or Stretch run to the left.

We can see that the offensive linemen and tight ends do not all have a defender aligned directly over them.

Instead some linemen have read “covered” (the left tack, center, right tackle, and the tight end who is furthest to the inside).  These linemen simply block the men directly over them as they would during any other running play with one simple difference; the covered offensive linemen take a short and quick step sideways.  In this case the quick side step is to the left.  This quick sidestep allows the offensive linemen to block the defenders at a better angle.  The defenders are in a position where they can be blocked out of the play due to the advantage in leverage the offensive lineman has.

Both guards have also read “uncovered.”  This means that they will Twill first block “playside” (to the left in this case) and help the covered offensive lineman with his blocking assignment.  The “uncovered” offensive linemen will drive toward the defender’s inside leg initially (this is the defender who is covering  the “playside” offensive lineman).  Once the offensive lineman has reached where the defender’s inside leg initially was he will then either continue his double team of the defender or, in most cases, head up field to block a linebacker.  This should take only two steps, one to reach the back leg and one to continue the double team or head upfield.  The offensive lineman will help with the double team as long as possible before attempting to head up field to block a linebacker.  In this screen shot we can see the left guard and right guard begin assisting the left tackle and the center respectively.  In the next screen shot we will see them peal off their blocks and head upfield.

Meanwhile the backside blockers on the play are trying to get in position to block the linebackers and defensive ends who are flowing towards the play.

Here is a diagram of this play.

The play is being run out of a different personnel group and to the opposite side, but the blocking is the same.


In this screen shot the left guard has peeled off his double team of the defender over the left tackle and is just about to engage a linebacker.  The right guard has also just made it to the linebackers is about to block the middle linebacker.

Also notice the excellent angles the offensive linemen had as they are blocking the defense.

As Moreno approaches the line of scrimmage the offensive line has great blocks on all four defenders near the left b-gap.  The backside defenders have also caught up with the linebackers and backside defenisve ends and are preventing them from reaching the gap where Moreno is looking.

Moreno can now see a great lane (the yellow arrow).  All the defenders on either side are being blocked off (the blue lines).

Seeing the safety Moreno cuts outside in attempt to avoid him.

Moreno gets tripped up from behind and the defense begins to encircle him.

However, Moreno continues to churn his legs and gets an extra 3 yards (the defense encircled him at the blue circle).

Hope you all enjoyed this post as I much as I enjoyed making it.

***If anyone wants me to break down additional plays or aspects of the team from last weekend’s game just post your request here.***

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