August 17, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase watches from the sideline during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi
Adam Gase is upset.
The Denver Broncos offensive coordinator had stern words for his offensive line and running backs. He’s apparently had it with the lack of production.
He’s just now gotten to this point?
“It’s hard to make any ground when you’re getting hit behind the line of scrimmage,” Gase said during his weekly news conference. “That’s where it starts. It starts with those front five guys making sure we’ve got guys (blocked). Then it’s the backs’ job to find the hole and hit it.”
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For nine months all we’ve heard from Gase, John Fox and Peyton Manning is how crucial it is for the Broncos to find balance.
More than anyone, executive vice president John Elway knows how vital balance is for an offense. He didn’t win a Super Bowl until he got it from that stellar offensive line and a guy named Terrell Davis.
What exactly has Denver been doing for these last nine months?
It’s just now to the point Gase realizes there’s a problem?
The only reason it was put to the side the last few weeks is because of how Ronnie Hillman has played. Without him, there’s no question this running game is the worst in the NFL.
Even with his 85 carries for 365 yards, the Broncos still rank 27th out of 32 teams with 94.1 yards a game. (How have they gotten that much?)
That shows you how truly awful Denver was before Hillman gave life to the run game.
We’ve known since Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts that the Broncos running game was terrible. What has Gase been watching?
Perhaps the problem is him.
Nov 2, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (23) runs the ball against New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
How is he just now realizing his offense cannot run the football? What has he been watching for nine months?
What has Fox been watching?
Did they think that balance would happen if they clicked their heels three times and uttered “There’s nothing like balance. There’s nothing like balance. There’s nothing like balance.”
One could make the point that this running game is worse than last season’s, and that isn’t anything to brag about.
Kudos for the changes to the defense, though the New England Patriots game put another question mark there.
Major kudos for the switch from Eric Decker to Emmanuel Sanders. Each week he proves to be the best free agent signing in all of the NFL.
But short of the Broncos drafting Michael Schofield and signing Will Montgomery, nothing was done about the offensive line.
Yes, Ryan Clady came back from his season-ending foot injury. Denver moved Orlando Franklin to left guard and Chris Clark to right tackle.
Clady has been far from his former self. Franklin has looked lost and Clark is on the bench.
Manny Ramirez is exactly what we thought he is: A terrible football player. Louis Vasquez has been far from his former self.
There’s been no attempt to sign a center, arguably the most important position on the offensive line. Again, ask Elway how important his center was. He had one of the best ever in Tom Nalen.
Given all of that, how is Gase just now realizing his offense cannot run the football? This isn’t news. It’s been this way since Week 1.
It’s time Gase look in the mirror and blame himself. If he’s lost, no wonder the five guys “blocking” are as well.
It’s time to admit he’s in over his head, he doesn’t know what he’s doing and he needs help. The Broncos need to bring in a consultant, and now. Gase just said as much this week.
It’s about time Gase showed some frustration.
Now he needs to look at himself.
Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) runs with the ball during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports