Gameplan: How the Denver Broncos beat the Las Vegas Raiders
Denver Broncos offensive gameplan vs. Las Vegas Raiders defense
Where does an effective offensive gameplan need to begin for the Broncos?
Tempo, tempo, tempo.
Broncos Country has clamored for it for the last few weeks, and now is the time for it to be realized.
Now tempo does not have to equal college-style pace where you are snapping the ball in the first 10 seconds of the play clock with one-word calls or “Nascar.” Though, it doesn’t mean they could not start that way.
The tempo means that the game is flowing through the quarterback with “Rally” huddles or where the play is called after the skill players get to their spot in the formation.
Though this is not normally Pat Shurmur’s cup of tea, and to be honest, not really any NFL offensive coordinator’s cup of tea. Most NFL offensive coordinators value each play so much; they need time to adjust what has happened and how they can dial up the next great play call.
With an up-tempo style of offense, the Broncos would risk a quicker set of 3-and-outs, putting the defense back on the field without much time for rest or to regroup.
However, with a “Rally” style of up-tempo, the Broncos can still use the clock enough per snap to give their defense a rest but keep their personnel on the field to help distinct matchups.
A “Rally” call will help Lock get the offense on the ball quickly. From there, the offense can dial up the play call based on the look. If Shurmur scripts the first 15 to 20 plays well, Lock and the offense can use a “Rally” up-tempo style as each player knows what options are within each personnel grouping.
Then connecting play calls to one-word phrases allows the team to quickly get on the same page once the defense declares their coverage.
The Broncos have had a lot of luck with work in the middle of the field, allowing Noah Fant, Jerry Jeady, and K.J. Hamler to work against the Raiders suspect pass defense.
If the Broncos can utilize some up-tempo earlier, I believe Lock can settle much quicker and allow this offense to get rolling.