Saturday, October 23, 2021

Broncos Fifth Quarter: Mix of crowd and coverage caused headache for Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence

on further review

1. As coach Vic Fangio consistently sent off ILB Alexander Johnson, CB Bryce Callahan and S Justin Simmons to drop-backs during Jacksonville’s first series, you knew he had a few wrinkles to rookie QB Trevor Lawrence. OLB Bradley Chubb and Von Miller occasionally got into coverage and the entire defense took Lawrence in the middle of the field. He was a 5-in-7 pass for 73 yards on the opening drive… and then 9 of 26 for 45 yards. The Broncos ran five players on 10 of Lawrence’s drop-backs; He was 1 in 9 for four yards and two interceptions against extra runners.

2. RB Javonte Williams ran 13 times for 64 yards and showed eye-catching ability. His first carry lasted nine yards, including seven after contact, when LB Miles missed a jack tackle. His 16-yard carry was the tour de force. S Rayshaun Jenkins missed the 25-yard line, S Andrew Wingard in 29, DL Roy Robertson-Harris in 27, and Jack in 31. Williams’ 14-yard carry converted third and -8 in the fourth quarter. QB Teddy Bridgewater said he checked the run play to the left and Williams had the advantage from a block pulling RG Netane Muti.

3. The Jaguars’ offensive line did well against the Broncos’ pass Rush. We charted the defense with one sack and two knockdowns and one pressure each. Miller’s sack was well crafted – he basically took a wide path before going inside for the sack in 2.84 seconds when RT jawans Taylor and RG Ben Bartsch couldn’t recover to block him. There was also 1 1/2 pressure on Miller.

4. Jacksonville ran five or more players on 10 of Bridgewater’s 40 drop-backs and had a total of nine “disruptions”. The three sacks were in 5.03, 5.50 (coverage) and 2.77 seconds. Josh Allen’s sack was almost a freebie when LT Garrett Bowles got blocked and didn’t get out quickly. Muti filling in for RG Graham Glasgow allowed Adam Gottis for the final sack.

5. Aside from Williams’ three carries of seven, 16 and 14, the Broncos’ run game was slow to fire. RB Melvin Gordon scored only 31 yards on 13 attempts (long of eight). We recorded offense for eight “bad” run plays.

6. Jamal Agnew’s 102-yard kickoff return touchdown by the Jaguars was a mess for the Broncos’ coverage unit. K Brandon McManus’ kick had a decent hang time (4.02 seconds) and Agnew got a running start to leave the end zone. LB Jonas Griffith took a bad angle, TE Eric Soubert was blocked from behind, ILB Baron Browning dove for a missed tackle and CB Mike Ford over-runned Agnew just before the final zone. It was tied for the fifth longest kick return touchdown allowed in Broncos history.

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four prime numbers

38:52 – Broncos possession time, their highest since 39:22 against New Orleans on November 13, 2016.

30 — Snap by Broncos offense that involved at least two tight ends—18 of two-tee and 12 of three-tee personnel.

53 – Quarterback that Broncos OLB Von Miller has posted at least half a sack in his career following the dismissal of Trevor Lawrence.

0 – Red zone snap for Jaguars, a first for a Broncos rival since Oakland on October 1, 2017.

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