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Broncos vs. Bears: Denver’s first team looks sharp despite
11-29-2018, 04:54 AM,
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Broncos vs. Bears: Denver’s first team looks sharp despite
the loss After practicing together during the week White Case Keenum Jersey , the Broncos and the Bears now got to finally square off in official game action. Tonight saw the first team offense and defense get more minutes than we saw last week, as both sides of the ball looked to get back on track after a slow start last week.1st QuarterChicago started with the ball so we got a chance to see the first team (sort of) defense start the game. They looked pretty good except for a personal foul on Yiadom. He looked alright so far in coverage, and coming up to make the tackle as he got more opportunities to play 2nd corner with Harris sitting out.The Bears looked to break a big run off the left tackle, but it was rightly called back, as Bradley Chubb was being held.A good creative blitz by Joe Woods on 3rd down forced an incomplete pass on a 3rd and long led to Chicago missing a long field goal.Denver’s offense took over in good field position, but quickly went three and out again. Denver tried a fleaflicker and had DaeSean Hamilton wide open, but Keenum was hit as he threw it, forcing the ball a little out of reach.Fair catch at the 5 yard line after an excellent punt by Marquette King backed the Bears up in the shadow of their goal posts.The Bears tried to gain a little bit of breathing room, but Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis were having none of it as the former burst through the line for a great tackle for loss on 1st down. Second down, Davis stuffs the runner for little gain. Broncos run defense looks back to normal.Observation: Looks like Denver is going pretty basic in preseason on 3rd and longs. Not a lot of Nascar packages or anything crazy, as to not show their hand.Mitch Trubisky missed the snap in the end zone, reminiscent of Super Bowl 48, which led to Bradley Chubb scoring the first points of the game on a safety.Broncos 2, Bears 0.The drive started with a good return from McKenzie, he’s looking much improved.Early on in the drive, Case Keenum had plenty of time and hit DaeSean Hamilton over the middle for a big gain and Denver’s first team’s first 1st down of the preseason (a lot of firsts!)Denver continued to move down the field through the air, gaining another first down on a nicely designed screen pass to Jeff Heuerman. Later, a good blitz pickup by Royce Freeman and offensive line held up as Keenum hit Emmanuel Sanders on a nice out route which allowed Andy Janovich to convert another first down on a short pass.A personal foul called on the Bears put Denver in the red zone. Offensive pass interference backed Denver up to a long first and goal from the 18. Offensive line held up well so in pass protection, but Keenum over-shot two potential touchdown passes as he looked a little out of sync early on, forcing Denver to settle for a field goal.Broncos 5, Bears 0.Good call by the officials catching the Bears on offensive pass interference on a 3rd down conversion to set the Bears up in a 3rd and long.Isaac Yiadom was then called on an extremely ticky tack defensive pass interference which extended the Bears drive. Excellent coverage by Denver’s corners wasn’t enough as Anthony Miller pulled down a great catch to move the Bears into scoring position.Will Parks, who had been playing well so far in camp and the preseason went down with a knee injury. Denver is very thin in the secondary now.The Bears end the first quarter knocking on the door to the end zone with a first and goal coming up.2nd QuarterThe Bears score a quick touchdown to the tight end as no one covered him in the flat off of a play action. Von Miller and Darian Stewart were in the vicinity, but not sure who was responsible in coverage. Bears 7, Broncos 5.Denver came charging back out on offense with a good conversion from Emmanuel Sanders on a Keenum pass. Two plays later, Keenum was sacked after holding the ball a tick too long as the defensive lineman pushed through Ronald Leary for the hit.The Broncos kept things moving down the field on the back on the Keenum/Sanders connection as they continue their chemistry from camp. However, Keenum continued to miss passes high early in the game.Courtland Sutton almost went up a got a big deep ball, but was interfered with, setting up Denver on the goal line which allowed Royce Freeman to maneuver through the line for a touchdown. Good running by Freeman showing a good cut and good vision. Denver went for two, and Keenum hit Jeff Heuerman on a slant to the right after looking left.Broncos 13, Bears 7.The first team defense continued to stay on the field, except for Von Miller. Todd Davis made an incredible stop on a 3rd and long screen pass, chasing the running back down and pulling him back just short of the first down marker. Vance Joseph with a nice challenge of the play after it was originally called a first down.It was all for naught as Chicago converted on a 4th and 1 sneak.However, Justin Simmons made an amazing play jumping a route over the middle while covering a (wait for it) running back! The Broncos first team defense looked pretty good in their second preseason game after coming out flat the first week.Chad Kelly stepped on the field for the first time as Keenum took a seat. He leaned heavily on the running game, as Booker and Freeman converted two first downs on the drive.Kelly put the cherry on top, however, as he rifled a pass up the seam to Courtlan Sutton for a touchdown pass.Broncos 20, Bears 7.The Bears came back down the field on the next drive as Denver began to mix in their second team defense and Marcus Rios was beat on a long pass that set the Bears up in the red zone.DeMarcus Walker made a great sack up the middle , splitting two offensive linemen, forcing the Bears into a 3rd and long, which Denver was all over. This forced the Bears to settle for a long field goal.Broncos 20, Bears 10.The Broncos offense looked much better in the first half, and the first team defense was improved as well. Both sides of the ball came out with better energy and execution than last week giving the fans a much better product, but also much more hope for the 2018 season.3rd QuarterPhilips Lindsay came out of halftime with a big run, set up by a really nice spin move. Receiver Tim Patrick kept the drive going with a great grab where he had to catch the ball over the defender.Penalties stalled the drive in the red zone, but Denver was able to convert a field goal attempt to at least get on the score board. All-in-all a good drive that ate a lot of clock and furthered Denver’s lead.Broncos 23, Bears 10.Denver’s new linebacker, Alexander Johnson made a splash on special teams, rocking the kickoff returner.The Broncos defense forced a quick 3 and out, but a roughing the passer penalty by Garcia-Williams kept the Bears moving, but the defense forced a punt a few plays later.Chad Kelly and a personal foul penalty moved Denver down the field, but they were forced to punt went Kelly swung for the fences on a deep ball and just barely missed wide receiver, Tim Patrick on the right sideline. He needs to put a little bit more air under that throw next time.Broncos defense force another punt as the Bears struggle get anything going offensively. Chad Kelly is finished for the night and Paxton Lynch steps on the field at the 1:48 mark in the 3rd.Lynch missed his first throw low, but came back on 3rd down with a nice run escaping the pocket and finding daylight for a 1st down to end the quarter.4th QuarterThe offense stalled as Lynch continued to look uncomfortable in the pocket after his first read was not there. A dropped pass didn’t help either. Fortunately, Marquette King was money tonight with two punts dropping inside the opponents 5 yard line. Philip Lindsay, who is making a strong case to be on this team, made a nice tackle on special teams to set the Bears up, again, inside their own five.Denver’s defense looked stout again, as McDonald garnered a sack on 3rd down on a stunt.After another punt from Denver, the Bears sustained a long drive that ended in a touchdown pass from Chase Daniel, putting the Bears within striking distance to comeback.Broncos 23, Bears 17.The 4th quarter was all Bears as Denver’s offense, led by Paxton Lynch was unable to do anything most of the quarter, and Chicago backup Chase Daniel picked on the 3rd team defense for two scores.The offense had a chance at a potential game winning drive with under two minutes left. Lynch completed a few nice passes to Isaiah McKenzie, and was helped by a Bears penalty, but a fumble by McKenzie killed the comeback attempt.Despite the 4th quarter collapse by the 3rd teamers, the Broncos 1s and 2s looked much better than they did last week. A lot of rookies and young guys made plays with Chubb, Sutton, and Freeman all scoring points, and Chad Kelly looking solid again. Plenty to be excited about and look forward to for Broncos fans this season.Final: Bears 24, Broncos 23.Is it time for the Broncos to move on from John Elway? John Elway is notorious for having no Plan B. When the opportunity arose to sign Peyton Manning, Elway knew he must go all-in. When the team was embarrassed in Super Bowl XLVIII, he knew he needed to fix his defense. When the team surrendered in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs, he knew he needed a new head coach. All of those decisions led to the Denver Broncos winning Super Bowl 50. As Adam Malnati and I said on the latest MHR Radio Podcast , since Elway screamed, “This one’s for Pat,” it has never been more apparent that Elway has no Plan B that will put this team back on the right course. Given the last three seasons, he has no Plan A either.Fans are right to question whether the Broncos legend has any clue what he’s doing as the current president of football operations and general manager. That is especially true at quarterback, where he’s made repeated epic failures since Manning retired. In that same time period, after Manning, not a single free-agent signing by Elway has paid off. Up until this most recent draft class, Elway has amassed an impressive collection of player busts — not of the statue variety. Elway does share some of the credit for this year’s stellar 2018 draft class with a former head coach who took a role in the front office earlier this year. Speaking of the most recent draft, this was the class to get your franchise quarterback. But there was allegedly only one who caught Elway’s eye: Sam Darnold. That highlights something that doesn’t wash. As a player, Elway never left anything to chance. He made the impossible happen no matter the circumstances. But Elway hasn’t followed that approach with the quarterback position post-Manning. Other than the move he made to acquire Paxton Lynch, Elway has followed a sit-back-and-relax strategy. We watched the New York Jets jump over Elway and the Broncos to get the quarterback Elway was fond of. There were no bold moves. He didn’t do what the franchise needed by acquiring a rookie quarterback who could lead the team into the future. Instead, he pinned his hopes on another trash quarterback who will likely have a short-lived role with the team. Then there’s Elway’s decision to not only hire Vance Joseph, but bring him back for this season. And what about the decision to jettison Wade Phillips in favor of Joe Woods?It would have been easier to list the things Elway has done well since Manning retired. Bringing Gary Kubiak to the front office is about the only thing I can think of, and I’m not sure that was Elway’s decision. There is no doubt the Broncos need to fire Joseph and get his incompetence as far away from the franchise as possible. Might as well give Woods the axe as well. As for who replaces Joseph, go with Tom McMahon, who has coordinated the only functional unit for Denver since training camp. Allow McMahon to do for the Broncos what he’s done for the special teams. Once the season is over, go all-in on hiring Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as the next head coach. That’s only the start — Denver needs to contemplate moving on from Elway. There has been talk about moving Kubiak back down to the field to replace Joseph. However, Joseph is merely a symptom of the larger affliction. Joseph didn’t hire himself, bring him back for a second season or make all of these horrible personnel decisions. That rests with Elway. The other aspect to consider in all of this: Will a new head coach, who wants the ability to make personnel/roster decisions, be able to coexist with Elway? There was a time not that long ago where this rank failure would be unacceptable. Moves would be made to correct these constant embarrassments. Since Manning retired, Elway has been given the benefit of the doubt time and time again. That tends to happen when your legendary resume includes a Super Bowl win and playing in two Super Bowls in three seasons — not to mention a Hall-of-Fame playing career. But in a “what have you done for me lately league,” Elway couldn’t lead the Broncos in the right direction with a compass, map and tour guide to assist him. This all reminds me of the “lifetime contract” Mike Shanahan had in Denver. Pat Bowlen still made the tough but necessary decision to move on from the coach who brought the first two Super Bowl wins to his franchise. That’s the bigger issue right now: Mr. B is no longer there to make the tough decisions. There is no leadership at the top. For all intents and purposes, the Broncos are a headless horseman. If Bowlen were around, he would know the move that needs to be made, and he would make it no matter how tough or unpopular it may be. If it needed to happen, he would move on from Elway. The MHR Radio Podcast is now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Acast, Stitcher, TuneIn and a few other podcast hosts. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.
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