Interesting article on how the Broncos have two coaches specifically designated to look for an opponent's tendencies on film:
The Broncos employ two unheralded assistant coaches whose job descriptions are a closely-held secret. It boils down to this: Find the tells. Does a certain offensive tackle divulge run or pass with the placement of his feet? Or does a quarterback tip a play with a simple hand gesture? If so, Kubiak would like his players to know about it.
That sort of thinking excites guys like DeMarcus Ware, who had long been the lone preacher and parishioner of his own church of football thinking. Over nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, he developed this theory that NFL teams ought to spend way more time studying and informing players of the individual bad habits of opposing players. Ware wanted to know these things, and he wanted coaches to study them and teach the individual tendencies, not just the standard personnel and situational team tendencies taught around the league. His pearls of wisdom were met with pushback year after year.
“When the center points, or the quarterback says something, they’re telling you everything, so why not use it?” Ware says incredulously. “Every team should do it; the Dallas coaches would say, ‘You can't go off of somebody’s tendencies.’ And I would say, ‘Well, this guy on the other team has been doing this one thing for nine years and he hasn’t stopped doing it.’
Bogardus and Rauscher pore over hours and hours of film, and not just the silent,
Gary Kubiak’s preferred spot is between the hash marks on the 50-yard line of the Broncos’ east practice field at their Englewood training facility. Sometimes he stands with a coordinator at his side as they watch the quarterbacks throw and the running backs run. Oftentimes he stands alone, quietly observing in garb typically fit for 20 degrees cooler.
This is the spot where Kubiak processes and teaches, where he listens and delegates. It’s a routine born of habit and success since 1983, when he was a backup to John Elway, a role he had for nine seasons, and later evolved with his various stops as an NFL coach.
Over the past 23 years, Kubiak has earned a reputation as a quarterback whisperer of sorts with his ability to develop young talent such as Trevor Siemian, Brian Griese and Brock Osweiler, get the best out of veterans such as Jake Plummer, Matt Schaub and Joe Flacco, and win the trust of (and Super Bowl rings with) late-career legends such as Steve Young, Elway and Peyton Manning.
This morning I was listening to Sirius/XM NFL just like pretty much every day during the football season, and a caller got Mike Nolan and Jeff Rickard to talking Broncos, and the trade of Cutler & letting Osweiler go in free agency, which inevitably turned the conversation to Elway. Nolan had high, high praise for Elway's handling of the team.
So, Rickard asks, "Is there any other city, besides maybe San Francisco, who so strongly identifies with one star athlete?" A fun topic in it's own right, but he mentioned that growing up in Denver that during the 1987 season, in which Elway had his first trip to the SB, a parody was made of the old Randy Newman song, "I Love L.A.", named "I Love Elway".
Now I was a huge fan already at age 13, but growing up in Western Kansas, missed seeing this because it was on local, Denver television. So, I hunted it down. Maybe someone else has a better version, but this is great!
“We know he left us, it is what it is,’’ said Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. “I’m pretty sure he wants to win. We want to beat him bad. Get a lot of interceptions.’’
“I don’t think anybody in this locker room cares that he left,’’ said Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. “I think everybody’s happy – when you’re a player in this league, you’re happy when another player gets his money, when he gets what he’s due. So everybody in this locker room, nobody has any ill-will towards Brock.
“At the same time, it’s competition and we want to shut him down. Just because it’s Brock. We know Brock. He came from here and we just want to kill him. That’s what we want to do.’’
As Trevor Siemian launched a Hail Mary pass that fell 6 yards short of the end zone as time expired, the truth should have hit Broncos general manager John Elway like a two-by-four: Denver doesn’t have a prayer of winning the Super Bowl with Siemian as its starting quarterback.
But will the Broncos be ready to get on with the rest of Paxton Lynch’s life before the team gets over this crazy dream of repeating as NFL champion?
When coach Gary Kubiak walks returns to his office Monday, the most pressing piece of business in the in-box will be as big as an elephant. While Broncos Country argues the merits of Siemian vs. Lynch, this issue is so complicated Kubiak must chew on it one bite at a time.
Lynch has a big game and a big frame. We know what a football hero looks like around here. Lynch has all the physical gifts in the tool box.
Siemian is working with little more than a screwdriver and an Allen wrench. After completing only one of the nine passes he attempted at least 10 yards downfield against San Diego, either Siemian’s left shoulder is hurt worse than the Broncos want us to believe or the coaches have zero faith in him to throw deep. “He showed some toughness going out there, but we wouldn’t have put him out there if we didn’t think that he was healthy enough to play,” interim coach Joe DeCamillis said.
Really? The failed Hail Mary by Siemian traveled 47 yards in the air as time expired. Even at age 56, Elway could have come down out of the stands and thrown it farther in his street