The Run Game: Plays to Run
As I said earlier the Saints run with a bigger front-4 than most teams in the league. They have actually had decent success at stuffing the run up the middle. Teams are averaging less than 4 yards per carry when running in between the guards. Compare that to the average being around 5 yards per carry when running to the outside. From what I could tell the Saints struggle with holding the edge and just do not have the speed to stop teams from picking up big yards when running to the outside. What I’m hoping to see is a very healthy dose of the zone sweep plays that in the past have worked so well. We need to make those big defensive linemen have to run sideways instead of up field and take away their greatest strength in strength.
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Another play that I would love to see happen is the jet sweep with Emmanuel Sanders. We have run this play a few times a year with him. There might not be a better team to bring it out again against than the Saints. Like I said they struggle with speed and holding the edge and Sanders with the ball in his hands can have a big day both running and receiving in this one. Throw in then this also sets up future plays in the game where we run the fake jet sweep and run it up the middle in the hopes that the linebackers have decided to chase Sanders around the edge. This would be something especially around the goal line that I think could have good success opening up a nice lane for a touchdown.
One final play that I hope the Broncos use again is some quarterback runs. I’m not talking about Siemian running the football 10 times in the game but on some of those 3rd and short type plays I wouldn’t mind him looking at his first option in the pass game and if it isn’t open just run for the first down. That was one of our best 3rd down plays in the opener against the Panthers. They never took into account the quarterback taking off for the first down. The Saints as I will talk about more in the pass play section drop off deep and leave a very open middle of the field. He doesn’t even have to take a hit just sliding after he gets the first down. We have to figure out some different ways to stop these 3-and-out drives.