Posted Tue Sep 28th by Monty
Analyzing player performances from the Denver Broncos‘ 13-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, highlighting the good and the bad. And this week, for the first time in Studs and Duds history, we have a player boasting stud-dud double-duty. Where would you file our up-and-down enigma?
Dud: Kyle Orton
Realistically, I have to pick Kyle Orton as my dud. Kyle Orton? Yes, Kyle Orton. 476 yards. Amazing, right? Yet, one touchdown. Five trips to the red zone with no points. That’s a failure. How do you get 476 yards and only one touchdown? As McDaniel’s said after the game, “When you lose, statistics are hollow.” Some of this is in McDaniel’s shoulders for the play calling, but the reality is that Kyle Orton has to do a better job of seeing the field and since we don’t have a running game, we have to come away with points in the red zone. And we did not. Sorry Kyle. I was turning into a fan of yours, but performances like this frustrate and infuriate me. Kyle Orton: This Dud’s for You. -E. Halsey Miles
Stud: Kyle Orton
It’s easy to label Orton a dud because of Denver’s lackluster redzone performance, but that falls on the running backs and linemen. Laurence Maroney’s 2 yards a carry and Walton’s holding calls didn’t help the offense one bit. However somehow Orton still managed to carry the offense up the field. Yes Orton made some mistakes but he knew he had to play aggressive if he was going to beat the Colts. My hat is off to Orton who already has over 1,000 yards passing on the year. -Mr. East
Dud: Josh McDaniels
In my opinion, this was Josh McDaniels’ most poorly coached game as Denver head coach — not in terms of preparation (the Broncos have certainly been caught with their pants down to a more dramatic degree in McDaniels’ brief tenure — see Baltimore last year), but in terms of playcalling and decision-making. In particular, I wasn’t a fan of either decision to go for it on 4th down. The decisions reeked of desperation and lack of confidence in an offense to return to that area of the field. I hope to find the time to expand on this at length today (McDaniels comments in interviews since particularly bother me), but I hope Coach looks inward and recognizes that betting on his red zone offense on 4th downs was a mistake. It was the between-the-20′s offense that was firing on all cylinders, and McDaniels should have recognized that settling for 3 points isn’t so bad when you’re bound to return to the red zone in future drives. -Kyle
Stud: Mario Haggan
Watching tape, it was clear that Haggan’s predominant responsibility against the Colts was tight end Dallas Clark. For the most part, Haggan, with help from Brian Dawkins and D.J. Williams, did a good job. His jamming of Clark off the line of scrimmage helped limit the league’s premiere tight end to five catches for 44 yards and no touchdowns — the lowest totals of Clark’s season. Furthermore, Haggan was brilliant in run support, rifling through the Colts’ offensive line to make stops for losses on at least two occasions. -Kyle
Dud: Perrish Cox
It’s games like this that make me want to grab my fellow BT writers and go commiserate at the bar with a good stiff drink or ten. So many good things in this game erased by so many bad things. One game-changing mistake in particular came off Perrish Cox and that incredible muff on Special Teams. He also made a couple of rookie mistakes on defense. On the other hand, I want to call him a Stud because he started in place of Andre Goodman and frankly he looks like he has a future as a starter in the NFL. This is only his 3rd pro game and he’s going to make some rookie mistakes. So he gets the Dud who is a Stud award from me. -E. Halsey Miles
Stud: Brandon Lloyd
Brandon Lloyd- LLOYD!!! Six receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown… Come on, the guy’s amongst, if not above the greatest receivers in the league. -Ian Henson
Dud: Laurence Maroney
I had heard how frustrating it was for Patriots fans to watch Laurence Maroney carry the ball. I now know that frustration as a reality. All the dancing in the backfield isn’t helping the sickly Broncos running game. Find the whole and go. -J. Kenneth K.
Agree or disagree with our takes? Anyone not make the list who deserves a mention? Your Studs and Duds in the comments.