Sunday, October 24, 2021

Spreading Broncos Running Game Yards With Big Assistance of “Heavy” Personnel

Clinging to a three-point lead but keeping a nearly eight-minute possession advantage over the New York Giants in Week 1, Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur had a twofold goal to start the second half.

Score to create separation against points-challenged giants and wear New York’s defense to a figurative pulpit.

To do both, the Broncos went heavy… literally.

During the 16-play touchdown drive, the Broncos used two-tight end personnel on eight snaps, giving a glimpse of Shurmur’s mannerisms during a 3–0 start.

Use big guys to knock down opponents.

Entering Sunday’s game against Baltimore, the Broncos are fourth in rushes (31.7 per game) and seventh in rushing yards (127.3).

“I believe in running football,” Shurmur said before practice on Thursday. “I believe in involving the backs in the game plan by handing them over and I think it helps your team.”

It certainly helped the Broncos’ offense.

• According to the Denver Post’s game charting, 96 of his 199 offensive snaps accounted for at least two tight ends on the field (not counting knee strikes), including 50% in wins over the Giants and New York Jets.

• He has the fifth highest rush-play rate (42.8%) in the league.

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