Brocktober is Upon Us
Another week, another disappointing loss.
Once again the offence was anaemic and Trevor Siemian has suffered the consequences, he will be replaced by Brock Osweiler for next week’s game against the Eagles.
The game started brightly enough with Jamaal Charles cantering for 18 yards against his former team. Unfortunately two carries later Charles fumbled and Marcus Peters scooped up the loose ball to score a touchdown for the Chiefs.
Things then took on a familiar feel, with the defence standing firm and the offence failing to get anything going.
Siemian Throws it all away
Siemian looked spooked and uncomfortable from the off, throwing multiple passes short of the target. Encouragingly, the offensive line were managing to open holes for the run and all three of the Broncos backs made gains as a result.
But, the pass game was simply not working, failing to move the chains and the defence had to spend too much tome on the field.
On the day, the glaringly bad performance belonged to Siemian. Two interceptions in the first half and a third in the second halted any momentum or opportunity that the Broncos had been able to gain.
The first interception was a poor decision, forcing a throw to tight end Jeff Heuerman who was covered by Marcus Peters, the nature of the throw – short and inside – meant there would only be one winner with the cornerback breaking on the ball as soon as it was thrown.
Interception number two was a peculiar one, Siemian scrambled out of the pocket and had found enough space to run for a first down, but hoisted up a long bomb to Jordan Taylor. He overthrew it and Ron Parker made a sensational grab.
Interception number three came late in the game and had the feeling of sealing Siemian’s fate. Rolling to his right he attempted to throw across his body, across the middle of the field and the pass dropped into Kenneth Acker’s waiting hands.
Unfortunately for Siemian, he was not helped by those around him. Isaiah McKenzie muffed another punt surrendering possession, Virgil Green dropped a first down pass, Bennie Fowler dropped one too and Fowler also managed to drop a sure touchdown.
Siemian was sacked three times and on occasion the play calling and blocking left the Quarterback and Running Backs exposed.
But, the buck stops with the QB and while his teammates did not help him, the interceptions were all poor decisions for which Trevor is responsible.
Ironically, Brock Osweiler was pulled in-game for Peyton Manning two years ago when the Broncos had multiple drops and turnovers for which Osweiler was not responsible. Then, as now, a change at Quarterback is the order of the day and Vance Joseph will be hoping that a change will spark the entire offence to life.
Defence does their bit
On the other side of the ball, the defence once again played to the final whistle.
An interception by Darien Stewart and a strip sack by Shaq Barrett were the first turnovers by the Chiefs since week 1.
Ground Control were unbreakable once again (much as commentator Jon Gruden wanted us to call them the Body Snatchers), keeping their record of not conceding a rushing touchdown. Kareem Hunt was held under 100 yards for the first time in his career.
Tyreek Hill was held to just 38 yards in a bad day for the Chiefs receivers.
Once again though, the Broncos defence proved to have one weakness – the tight end. Travis Kelce got loose for a touchdown and racked up 133 yards receiving.
While failure to cover tight ends is a worrying trend, managing to take away the run and wide receivers is sure to leave a vulnerability somewhere.
In truth, the defence was not helped by the offence and still managed to concede only one offensive touchdown. The Chiefs enjoyed excellent opening field position on multiple occasions and were for the most part held to Field Goals.
The Broncos defence would have hoped for more takeaways, but two is pretty good against the Chiefs.
Alex Smith is a very savvy and careful Quarterback, he gets the ball away quickly and does not take risks to covered receivers. As a result he is difficult to sack or intercept.
No, the defence were once again excellent. The story this week was Trevor Siemian, he looked like a man who knew he was playing for his job and couldn’t manage to save it.
Bring on the Brockwork Orange (thanks to @BrandonPerna)