Posted Tue Dec 15th by Monty
Broncos 16, Colts 28. Studs and Duds gentlemen, who ya got?
I’m not an NFL coach. And I’m not a defensive guru… but I could see fairly quickly yesterday that switching our Defense into a 4-2 for this game didn’t confuse or slow Manning in the first quarter of play. I also was screaming for us to stop running up the middle about two rushes after both Larsen and Bucky were sidelined – it took our coach a bit longer than that to switch tactics and begin throwing the ball first and THEN running an occasional draw play to keep the Colts defense honest. So, my duds this game are going to the coaches on both sides of the ball. It was the wrong tactic to have our defense try something new rather than play the way they have been successfully playing most of this season and there was way too much delay in adapting to our lack of a ground game by our offensive play-caller. – Jonathan Douglas
Double-Dud: Josh McDaniels
You DEFER?! DEFER?! I can’t get over it. – Kyle
Stud: Brian Dawkins
He kept the defense amped, kept them executing, kept the team in it, & made plays when he needed to. It’s hard to tell what went wrong in the first 12mins of the game & the last 8 mins… then again, we always have the “Peyton being Peyton” excuse. – J. Kenneth K.
Dud: Wesley Woodyard
I happen to be a huge Wesley fan, and I do love the way he flies around the field, but he has been exposed for his lack of pass coverage over this season. Targeted numerous times in this game, without doubt Peyton knew the touchdown that burried the Broncos would come on Woodyard’s side. – J. Kenneth K.
Duds: Offensive Line
The offensive line, because Chris Kuper didn’t get that first down… just kidding. People wonder whether Ryan Clady is regressing — I don’t believe so. Joe Thomas is considered one of the best on his play has lagged since his rookie year. Last year Clady had the improved version of Ben Hamilton, the non false starting Casey Wiegmann, and Ryan Harris to play with. It’s obvious that Russ Hochstein hasn’t been stellar and Tyler Polumbus can only do so much, so the young Ryan Clady has more on his plate this season. The offensive line is only as good as it’s weakest link, and there are too many rusty chains in it right now. Here’s to Denver grabbing OG Logan Mankins in free agency (provided New England doesn’t resign him). – Mr. East
Heck, we had them all over the defense. Even though we lost, I felt like we had some GREAT player-makers out there on the field! I think D.J. Williams leads my list, but Brian Dawkins, Andre Goodman and rookie Darcel McBath were all outstanding. This game did nothing to diminish my opinion of our team’s abilities. We played a solid game — after the coaches got their ‘stuff’ straight and made some adjustments. We have Oakland, Philly and KC to go. I think we have a great shot at making the playoffs — and that’s much more than most of us had hoped for before the season started. – Jonathan Douglas