Thanks, Rich. Nicely done.
The run defense has been a weakness all season. As currently constructed, this team, if it even makes the playoffs, will find little success in the playoffs because teams that can run the ball (of which there are usually quite a few in the playoffs), will carve this defense up by keeping it on the ground to prevent 3rd and long situations. Even when the Dolphins had third and long situations against the Broncos, they went away from the "amoeba" defense a bit and tried to use more conventional sets. Why would they do this against a young QB who hasn't proven anything yet?
The joke in the chat room each week is that if a team was smart they'd run the ball 65-70% of the time against us. That would stop the 3rd and long situations and take away our Amoeba scheme. I'm not sure if we have a run scheme problem or a talent problem, but the Broncos have had OL problems all year but they dominated us with nice swing blocks for the running game which they used more than once which we had no answer for, and they protected Lock well. Very disappointing outcome in this one.
Tua Tagovailoa had a completely unproductive outing, missing throws, holding onto the ball too long, looking sluggish in the pocket and getting benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who locks into receivers way too often.
The Broncos have a good DL, but Tua is going to have to adjust to the fact that our receivers do not get separation as he did at Alabama. It is a weakness in this group. The telling tale is that once Fitzpatrick got into the game, the Broncos has less impact in their pass rush. Did you notice a change in their scheme or was Fitzpatrick not afraid to squeeze the ball into those tight spaces quickly?
Got to hand it to Fitzpatrick, even though he looked at DeVante Parker too long on that interception in the end zone, but he nearly pulled off a 99 yard drive after Van Ginkel stripped the ball with our "bend to the end zone" defense.