What else to say at this point?
Another week, another crushing loss caused by an inept offense, an absurd number of penalties and disappointing performances from Russell Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett.
The first half was promising, as Denver took a 10-0 lead and Russ and the offense seemed to find some semblance of synergy. But as soon as JC Jackson was benched and the second half started, the incompetence returned.
Drive after drive ended in Bronco punts, allowing the Chargers to fight their way to OT with the game tied at 16 (the cursed number in Denver’s offense), and ultimately after a disastrous shooter collision / returner gave the Chargers the ball in the range basket, the Chargers won the game. The Broncos have officially passed the Chargers and the season that felt promised is slipping even further out of reach.
At this point, I just feel sorry for the Denver Broncos defense that started the season and any defense in the league giving up only six touchdowns in six games and still has four losses in four games. I can’t imagine the frustration of the defensive stars, who finally believed this was the year they wouldn’t have to shoulder the majority of the load…and yet here we are.
I won’t dwell on the loss any longer because at this point it doesn’t make sense to continually dwell on the same issues we see week after week from coaches and players alike. This attacking personnel is a problem and it must be solved after the season because in 6 weeks we do not see any progress. They had eleven days to get their guys ready for this game, and that was the result.
There have been some impressive performances from the Chargers game though, and while the sting of defeat can’t be completely eliminated with that knowledge, hopefully these weekly recaps and movie cuts will help soften the blow of what has been an otherwise infuriating Broncos season.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts after watching the tape on Greg Dulcich, Dre’mont Jones, Quinn Meinerz, and Alex Singleton.
Clips of Greg Dulcich vs. LAC
-Runs sharp routes, excellent feeling of open space against the area
– aligned/used everywhere; inline stroke lock, large slot, separate X exit
-up/down light as blocker, not bad but some bad angles
-Want to see a more diverse course tree for him pic.twitter.com/wH8WNS6dWs
— Frankie Abbott (@FrankiesFilm) October 20, 2022
Greg Dulcich’s debut was highly anticipated by fans and he did not disappoint, placing a firm grip on the TE1 spot and putting up some impressive plays as a receiver and even showing some promise as a blocker.
Injuries saw Dulcich sidelined early in the season, and with the well-known learning curve of NFL tight ends, I really didn’t expect this level of use so soon. But Dulcich performed well, feeling the open space against the area to provide plenty of openings for Russ (which he will hopefully learn to take), showing his athleticism and road against the man, and landing solid second-level blocks while putting in the effort. the racing game.
Dulcich’s impressive start even saw him rewarded with a long touchdown from JC Jackson, and he nearly caught a second on Russ’ ball but failed to fire it against tight coverage.
It wasn’t all perfect from Dulcich as he took a few bad blocking angles on the screens and needed to work on some scrambling drills, but there was more good than bad and we saw a ton of promise. a guy who got his feet wet in the NFL game.
Going forward, hopefully we’ll see Hackett/Outten develop their route tree, especially towards the red zone. Dulcich is a nightmarish 1v1 cover with great agility and squirms on his routes, letting him use that trait will be a huge asset to the red zone offense which currently ranks the worst in the league.
Something to note with the emergence of Dulcich is the loss of opportunities for Albert O. and Eric Saubert. Albert didn’t make the matchday roster and will likely head elsewhere when Paton finds the right buyer, and Saubert’s offensive snaps fell to a total of one.
It’s not bad on the surface and I don’t have a problem with young reps, but it concerns me how many eggs the coaching staff put in the TE rookie basket, and how incapable the staff were of use Albert. It was meant to be a “player-friendly” offense that put its players in the best position to succeed, but Albert was apparently pushed aside because they didn’t know how to use it.
It wouldn’t be a weekly movie review without someone from Denver’s defensive line, and this week Dre’Mont Jones repeatedly jumped on the film.
Dre’Mont has quietly been one of the best IDLs in the league this season, and an invaluable asset to the Evero/Broncos defense.
He lines up everywhere from center to outside tackle and dominates the man in front of him, quickly generating pressures using both power and finesse then using his length to disrupt the QB’s pocket. Dre’Mont had seven pressures against the Chargers, and if it hadn’t been for the consistent screens and short passing game that make up Joe Lombardi’s offense, he would have had many more.
In the running game, he has improved tremendously this season, exploding like never before. It benefited greatly from the additions of DJ Jones and Randy Gregory, allowing for more individual teams.
Evero has that defensive front playing at an incredibly high level with a host of looks, stunts and blitzes and Dre’Mont plays arguably the most integral part of that.
He and Chubb both fall into my category of “please for the love of everything, pay these guys” because the value they both bring to this defense is far better than any what project compensation.
Inside the Broncos’ offensive line has been a wreck to watch, and I’m not going to pretend that changed on Monday, but what did do was the return of starting right guard Quinn Meinerz.
The Belly was back in full effect, knocking guys down yards from the ball on runs, climbing efficiently, finishing blocks and asserting his dominance. It’s a refreshing sight to see, only one Denver lineman gains ground on blocking, Quinn sorely missed and gave Denver’s running game a little boost, and even provided a great day in pass-pro.
Quinn didn’t allow a single pressure that day, which is crazy when you think about all the inside pressure that game gave up. On review, one thing was clear, Quinn is easily the best lineman on this offense and with the return of Bolles’ frequent penalties and his injury, probably the best lineman Denver has going forward.
Quinn’s efforts will not go unnoticed for me, even though the offensive line as a whole is shaky at best. For a sophomore guy coming off an injury, he played at an incredibly high level, displaying great physical tools and handling stunts and disguises like a seasoned veteran. Now, if Denver could just find some guys to group it with, they could be cooking.
They can’t do much during the season, but this coming offseason, things have to change. Denver’s offensive line has been a concern for some time, and the hiring of coach Butch Barry has resulted in widespread regression from all linemen thus far. He needs to go, and Denver needs to allocate assets to the front in both the draft and free agency. No more revolving door at right tackle, no more Lloyd Cushenberry.
I said it perfectly last week…
“Alex Singleton hits everything, and he hits everything hard. »
This game was a perfect scenario for compiling tackles, as Denver’s offense couldn’t stay on the court, allowing a ton of plays for the Chargers’ offense. Joe Lombardi’s offense, especially against the Denver Rush, is going to run fast passing plays to their RBs and TEs. On top of that, the game went to OT and saw several possessions for defense. This, combined with Singleton’s incredible talent for ball carrier and ability as a tackler, saw him rack up 19 solo tackles and 21 total tackles, the second most in NFL history!
Singleton wasn’t a flashy offseason signing with many fans, myself included, questioning the decision to prioritize a backup off-ball linebacker primarily known for his tackle opposing his athleticism. Alex Singleton makes me eat those words over and over, as week after week he shows his immense value as a stopper, helping Denver to the best early defense in the league and allowing more flexibility on their defensive fronts.
A front four like Denver has, combined with Singleton and Griffith, is solid enough to stop the running game without putting too much effort into loading the box. That defensive flexibility and talent across the board is a luxury the Broncos haven’t had in a while.