Thursday, December 2, 2021

Broncos Journal: Are the defenders playing in a formation or are they working as a takeaway?

Ten facts about the Broncos coming into play Thursday night in Cleveland:

1. It’s amazing how the Broncos defense manifests itself in long passes – 20 yards out of 16, including 10 yards out of 30 in the last three games. “This is NFL football and sometimes you’re just a little out of your mind,” said Defense Coordinator Ed Donatel. “You couldn’t believe in our guys more than we did. We have such mature people and we want to improve the team’s work. This is the main focus this week. “

2. One thing that always comes to mind when long passes are allowed: Are the Broncos defenders playing within a circuit or are they hunting for takeouts and freelances? I asked coach Vic Fangio about this on Monday. “No, they are still playing within the scheme, but they may sometimes lack the urgency to get exactly where they need to be,” he said.

3. Fangio’s commentary invites all kinds of reading between words. Don’t feel the urgency? Wow, 3-3 and three-game losers in a row, the Broncos minor team would better see this as a matter of urgency.

4. Fangio’s multitasking challenge after Sunday’s defeat at Las Vegas: Get ready for Cleveland’s top-ranked running game (although the Browns don’t have Nick Chubb and Karim Hunt), figure out why the minor link suddenly melted … stay confident or in need of a build-up.

5. “Obviously, when you lose (three) in a row, like us, your confidence will shake to some extent, but I think these guys have good faith in themselves,” Fangio said. “I think they have a strong faith in their teammates and I think they are preparing for this game the way we think we should.”

6. The last two touchdowns on Sunday were trash time, but Teddy Bridgewater had only his third career game with at least three touchdown assists. He had four players each for Minnesota over Chicago (2015) and New Orleans over Tampa Bay (2019). He set a career record with three interceptions, setting Minnesota’s record defeat to Detroit (2014). Bridgewater’s 334 yards was the third-highest of his career, behind 367 (Carolina’s defeat at Tampa Bay last year) and 335 (Minnesota’s defeat to Arizona in ’15).

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