Denver Broncos: Week 12 Position Grades
Special Teams Grade: D-
In case you are wondering, special teams defense historically is a staple of a Joe DeCamilis unit. Kayvon Webster and the lack of filling in the lanes on punt returns cost the team field position. Tyreek Hill’s speed is a game changer and he made the Broncos pay on the safety return.
Equally, Hill’s safety return would not happen if it was not for Jordan Norwood’s play in the Broncos punt return. He fumbled a punt from Colquitt, picked it up at the five and did not move. Justin Houston sacked Trevor Siemian on that ensuing drive resulting in the safety. One could argue Norwood was responsible for all nine points in the second half. His performance is in large part why they received a D- grade.
Also, Brandon McManus attempted the game-winning field goal in overtime on a gutsy call from Gary Kubiak. Kubiak’s call was the right one at that moment of the game. 1:00 minute left from a tie on 4th and 10. Now the Broncos were caught in a tough spot. I expected Tyreek Hill to return the field goal bringing back memories of the Chris Davis return in the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide matchup a couple years back.