Denver Broncos stock report after win in Drew Lock’s debut

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Brandon McManus #8 of the Denver Broncos watches his game winning field goal with Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers for a 23-22 victory at StubHub Center on November 18, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Brandon McManus #8 of the Denver Broncos watches his game winning field goal with Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers for a 23-22 victory at StubHub Center on November 18, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 01: Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos hands off to Phillip Lindsay #30 against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on December 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 01: Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos hands off to Phillip Lindsay #30 against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on December 01, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

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Offensive Play-Calling

Another week, another game of head-scratching and at times, frustrating offensive play-calling from Broncos’ OC Rich Scangarello.

The offense was able to strike twice in quick fashion on two separate Drew Lock to Courtland Sutton connections, but beyond that, the offense sputtered much of the game, although they were able to put three field goals on the board additionally.

Once the Broncos had established a comfortable lead, however, the play-calling changed, as it has in previous weeks as well. Instead of designing plays to put together a complete drive and put touchdowns on the board, they simply seemed to be playing scared.

At one point, the passing attack was pretty much abandoned in favor of strictly running plays, and though Phillip Lindsay played well, there was not enough variety to keep the Charger defense honest, and the Broncos may well have missed more scoring opportunities due to being too conservative.

Scangarello has fallen under heavy criticism in past weeks, and this week was no different, leaving many to wonder if he will return to the team in 2020. Although this season is not likely to be salvaged, the offensive scheme is concerning, to say the least, and if it does not improve, the 2020 Denver Broncos may be no better off. Defense may win championships, but the offense must score points to win games.

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