Beating the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs

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Beating the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs

Postby chenyan94 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:07 pm

in Arrowhead will be no small task. Some may even argue impossible. But Broncos safety Justin Simmons would not be among those.This team can absolutely beat KC but it has to “do a whole lot better” than its 75 percent effort last time around at Mile High when the Broncos were throttling Patrick Mahomes into the fourth quarter. But the second-year standout unleashed his wrath in the final quarter and got the better of a tired defense that couldn’t seem to tackle anyone.Buoyed by a dominant game against the Cardinals Denver Broncos T-Shirt , the Broncos defense is planning for a different outcome this time around.“Obviously to hold them under 30 points is good, but we could have done even better than that. And that’s the part of the tape that we look at,” Simmons told Ryan Edwards & Co. on Orange and Blue Radio’s “1st & 10 @ 10.” Listen to "10-22-18 Justin Simmons 1st &10" on Spreaker.While the Broncos remain the only team to so far hold the Chiefs under 30 points of offense, Simmons believes once again it’s going to be the defense that has to win the game.“Like we said last time, if we want to win this game, it’s going to come down to us defensively, and we didn’t get it done in the fourth quarter. This time it’s the same recipe,” Simmons added. “It’s going to come down to us - not only holding them to less points but creating more turnovers, creating more opportunities for the offense to have more time of possession and more chances to move the ball down the field. If we’re going to win in KC that’s what it’s going to take.”A possible tweak this time around could be seeing more Simmons in the slot again - a position Simmons said he loves playing.“We might. We might,” the safety said after Andrew Mason asked if fans would see him playing slot corner more now. “I definitely love doing it. We have the best nickel corner in the game; learning from him every day is awesome.”Even coach Vance Joseph hinted on Monday that Simmons - who has played every defensive snap of the season so far - may be used that way on Sunday.“He’s good football player, he’s very smart. He allows us to play some base versus three-wide because he can cover the slot for the most part,” Joseph noted. “He’s guy that’s valuable to us - as a leader, as a guy that can cover slots and as a blitzer that plays the ball from the high zone. He’s definitely a good football player for us.”Of course, the main question for that position will be how to handle the tight ends because the one who plays for the Chiefs is pretty good.Simmons compared covering the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski with Chiefs’ Travis Kelce and noted that while Gronk can catch anything while also being aggressive and “pushing off” because he can’t get great separation, Kelce is more of a shifty target Denver Broncos Hats , using the finesse of his footwork to make him tough to tackle.“Kelce is very similar [to Gronk] but more of an elusive tight end,” Simmons said. “He has that twitch to be able to get open. Not the push-off type of guy. Nine times out of 10, he likes to make his feet work for him.” Simmons added that studying how each tight end plays man versus zone concepts is key to learning how to cover them. But when it comes to actually bringing them down, you just “get them down no matter what it takes.”Sounds like an excellent game plan for the entire defense on Sunday.Bonus listen:The guys on 1st & 10 @ 10 also did a great interview with Shamarko Thomas who was a beast on special teams last week against the Cardinals.But it’s worth a listen just for the exchange between Steve Atwater and Thomas when the Pro-Bowl-should-be-in-the-Hall-of-Fame safety asks Thomas where he learned “to throw his 5-foot-9, 205-pound body around like that?”“Just watching guys like ... well, YOU!” That was a total team failure. The defense was poor (and that will be the focus here), but so were the offense and the special teams. The Denver Broncos looked ill-prepared and, in some instances, uninterested in all three phases of the game. The New York Jets came into the game averaging 88 yards rushing per game. In their previous game (against a good defense) the Jets had gained 34 rushing yards on 14 attempts (2.43 ypc). The Jets had four individual runs against us that gained more than they gained in their entire game against Jacksonville. They gained 324 on 37 carries (8.76 ypc) - I removed the kneel-down. The Broncos defense had allowed 375 total rushing yards in the first four games, then game up 323 in one single game. Since the merger there have only been 38 times where a team has given up 320 or more yards on the ground. Denver has now been on the wrong end of four of them (five if you include the game in 2010 where we gave up 317 yards rushing):324 vs NYJ 2018328 vs OAK 2010 @ home (59-14 loss that got McDaniels fired)317 vs KC in 2010407 vs CIN 2000 (most allowed since the merger)332 vs NE in 1976I really didn’t want to look at the first down run numbers because the runs of 77, 54 and 38 yards ALL came on first down. Let me restate that, on first down, when a team with a lead and a rookie QB might be expected to run, the Jets had runs of 77, 54 Denver Broncos Hoodie , 38 yards. I did look anyway, it was like a train wreck, I couldn’t not look. The Jets ran the ball 19 times on first down for 215 yards. That is 11.30 ypc. Isaiah Crowell set an NFL record for ypc for a back with 15 or more carries at 14.70 ypc. The Broncos are now allowing 5.74 ypc on first down runs. That’s 30th in the league. Only DET (6.40) and KC (5.94) are currently worse. Overall we are allowing 5.43 ypc which is also 30th in the league with only KC (5.81) and DET (5.68) worse. The Saints are currently best in the league at stopping the run allowing only 3.29 ypc. Surprisingly, the Broncos were able to force the Jets into eight 3rd and long situations (on 13 3rd downs). The Jets were able to convert on three of those and two of those conversions were TD passes. Supposedly, we have an elite pass rushing unit, a unit that should be virtually impossible to block on 3rd and long. That has not been the case this year. The Broncos defense has forced 35 3rd and long situations this year and has exactly one sack in those situations, and that was in the first game of the season when we got six sacks. Since the first game of the season our hyped pass rush has five sacks in four games. That is one of the reasons we have allowed conversion on 11 of those 35 (31.4%) which is 25th in the league. Denver is also worst in the league having allowed 4 TDs on 3rd and long. We are also worst in the league allowing 9.71 yards per play on 3rd and long situations. Oddly enough, our next opponent the Rams, had been worst in the league so far this year at stopping teams on 3rd and long. They have allowed conversion on 15 of 30 3rd and long situations (50%), but I’m sure that is not Wade Phillips’ fault (He can do no wrong). Moving BackwardThe 2018 Broncos appear to getting worse week by week. The season, that started so promisingly with a fairly decisive win over the Seahawks, has now derailed so badly that some are talking about tanking the season to finish 2-14 and get another top 5 draft pick. Selfishly I would like to keep the streak going where the Broncos have not had back-to-back losing seasons since the time of the merger, but I don’t know how realistic that hope is. The weaknesses that we knew were going to be there have been exploited:a weak secondary, after CB1, with age/injury concerns an inability to cover RBs and TEsan inability to sustain drives on offense (although we hope Case Keenum and Musgrave might be able to change this)a LT who has poor technique Customized Denver Broncos Jerseys , a hot head and propensity to hold and things that we thought were going to be strengths have turned into weaknessesour pass rush has disappearedour strong running game is being horribly underutilized (Royce Freeman had 5 carries last game)our journeyman QB who was great at protecting the ball last season has thrown more INTs than TDsour run defense, which was elite last season, was just made into the laughingstock of the leagueour strong group of WRs are not able to get YAC because our QB, whose stock and trade has always been accuracy, has not been very accurateThe holes are too many and new ones seem to appear faster than we can fix them. Our coaching staff is getting out-schemed and out-coached on a weekly basis, and now we face the Rams, arguably the best team in the league, on the road with possibility that both of our starting offensive tackles miss the game. On paper this looks like it should be a thorough beatdown by the Rams. Two running backs who have been average at best for the majority of their NFL careers, just gashed our run defense for 318 rushing yards on 35 carries. What do you think Todd Gurley is going to do? Our pass rush, which has evaporated since game one, is now going against the best two offensive tackles in the game. We just allowed a rookie QB who came into the game with one of the worst QB ratings in the league to put up a QB rating of 98.1 against us. What do you think Jared Goff is going to be able to do against the #FrequentFlyerZone (or the #NoTryZone)?I have no expectations that the Broncos are even going to keep this game close. That being said, if the Broncos some how pull off the upset on Sunday (any given Sunday) it would go a long way to salvaging this season (if you still believe that it is salvagable).
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