Posted Fri Sep 30th by Monty
Brandon Lloyd understands the Denver Broncos‘ new run-oriented, conservative philosophy on offense under head coach John Fox. He just doesn’t like it.
More accurately, he’d like to be a bigger part of it.
Lloyd feels he has been underused heading into Week 4 of the 2011 season, having hauled in 10 catches for 127 yards in two games played (he missed Week 2 with a hamstring injury). Those numbers aren’t terrible in and of themselves, but when compared to his league-leading 1,448 receiving yards and 18.8 avg., he has some catching (up) to do.
Lloyd voiced his concerns to the media Thursday, telling reporters that he believes the scheme has more to do with his lessened production than the injury.
“I think it’s just us, the coaching staff staying true to running the ball. I think we’ve kind of gotten into a game-management mode, into an aggressive ‘take control’ mode, and I think that’s what has limited us,” Lloyd said.
Is he upset? He says no, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
“There’s not very many people in the league that can do what I do, let alone on the team,” Lloyd said. “There is still a niche that I have and a talent that should be used.”
“Have we played a certain style of offense the first three weeks of the season? Yes,” offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. “But we’ll find ways to get him the ball.”
McCoy also said he doesn’t mind it when his players ask for more opportunities. In fact, he encourages it.
“That’s the way we want it to be,” McCoy said. “We have an open-door policy here, and he’s a very talented player. Of course you want to get him the ball more.”
McCoy may like it, but I’ll be honest, I don’t like Lloyd voicing his concerns this early in the season. He’s played in two games. He’s really complaining already?
Hopefully his complaints to his coaches are made in context of wanting to WIN football games. His comments to the press didn’t seem to be; they felt more stats-driven.
Plus, you’re about to play the 345-passing-yards-allowed-per-game Green Bay Packers. Wait a week, would ya?