Many of us remember how the Broncos could make halftime adjustments that ultimately won the football game. We saw it over and over and over again pre and post Mcdaniels the hated one. In fact, the Shanahan halftime adjustment was a thing of beauty. The Broncos could be down by two scores and then methodically play Bronco football and win the battle.
Many of us saw how Peyton Manning made up for Kubiak’s obsolete play calling. Once the fella with the long neck and forehead road off into the sunset, even the worst defenses in the NFL had Kubiak’s number. At that time the second half adjustment was going the way of the dodo and became completely extinct when the three QB stooges ascended the thrown. At first, the three stooges could only score in the first half. The second half was basically an adventure in 3 and outs and interceptions. During Vance Joseph’s first year as head coach, special teams sucked, and the Bronco offense could not score in the first or second half. Bronco fans never saw a halftime adjustment only 30 minutes of laughable failure and shitty play calling.
Case Keenum was failing miserably against the Raiders. His numbers suggested that he had traded skill sets with Chris Simms or Osweiler. The guy that was one play away from the Superbowl looked like the first QB to be cut from preseason. At the end of 30 minutes, Bronco fans were faced with a John Gruden Raider win here at home. Elwood was in the booth nursing shoulder pain and drinking Pepto-Bismol straight from the bottle. Kubiak with sweaty palms was dropping another betta blocker and picking through the vegetable tray. Thunder hiked his tail and shit on the field. The barrel man rolled over in his grave. Stokley mumbled “wait til next year” and went out to mow his lawn. Things looked bad.
Then ol Musgrave and Keenum made that halftime adjustment. Like some deep sea creature that was thought to be extinct re-emerged. It was like Stonewall Jackson over running the flank at Chancellorsville.
The first thing the Broncos did was run the ball down Gruden’s throat. We did not see Ronnie Hillman getting arm tackled by a drunk old geriatric cheerleader. We did not see Kubiak calling a play up the middle on third and long. We saw play calling that has evolved. We saw Musgrave taking the reins of a bucking Bronco that has engaged in 2 years of failure. Ultimately we saw a Bronco team making an identity adjustment along with embracing a different paradigm. An offensive play calling paradigm that everyone else went to 3 years ago.
It is great to see Musgrave adapting to a more advanced role for the Tasmanian Devil. It is good to see that Jake Butt is a gamer. It is good to see that Keenum has nuts of titanium. It is a good thing that instead of crying in the black hole, we kicked Gruden’s ass. It is a good thing that the Broncos now have a running game. It is a good thing that the Broncos are finally playing Bronco football.
Going into the game with Baltimore, we must pay strict attention to Yiadom’s youthful play.. Flaco is going to do a redo that burned The Broncos in 2012. I expect, Roby to get a pick 6. I need you to watch some film….I need you to serve Flaco a loss. Lets get this done….