Fixing the running game
The Denver Broncos have been one of the most frustrating teams in the NFL this season when it comes to playing to their offense’s actual strengths. Not all the time, but most of the time.
Bill Musgrave was supposed to right Mike McCoy’s wrongs in that regard, and it hasn’t happened.
Instead, Musgrave has teased fans with what appears to be an elite-level running game, which currently leads the NFL in yards per carry at 5.3. The Broncos are also seventh in the NFL with six rushing touchdowns through the first six games of the season, and 10th in the league in total rushing yards despite ranking 21st in the NFL in attempts.
The number of rushing attempts the Broncos have is decreasing weekly and specifically, they are not getting the ball to the two guys who have proven they can create both yards after contact and big plays.
Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay have proven how overrated drafting a running back in the top 10 is (except, Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott continue to prove how valuable they are as well) but the running game continues to be abandoned week after week.
The Broncos need to establish the ground game and finally stick with it. Going down by seven points doesn’t mean you have to throw every single play.
At the very least, the Broncos should be among the top 10 teams in the NFL in rushing attempts by season’s end. They have a long way to go in that regard.