The Broncos played a hard-fought game, but the play call that will be evaluated for the next couple of days will undoubtedly be John Fox’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Broncos were up 14-10 and Fox wanted to put the game out of reach at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Does he regret it?
“At the end of the day on the road, fourth and not even a full yard, I’d do it again next week,” Fox said. “We’ve got to be able to execute that and get that in.”
Fox didn’t need convincing from Kyle Orton or from anyone else to go for it.
“We called timeout to see how far it was to go,” Fox said of the decision process.
Upstairs told them that they had 6 inches, and for Fox, it was a no-brainer.
The Broncos ran it up the middle on the attempt, but failed to score. That left the Titans with a full field to work on. Unfortunately the Titans went 95-yards for a score of their own.
Any script in Hollywood would have written it that way, but it real football terms, the Broncos played the best odds possible and made the right call to go for it.
Whether or not a run play was the right call in that situation is up for debate. However, the most fruitful source of insight comes from hindsight.
With that, the Broncos move on.