20 Apr 2009
OK, I'll kick this whole forum thing off. This is a link I was going to send in to the Outsiders as a suggestion for an Extra Point. It was linked from the Patriots sub-page on CNNSI, but it is really more of a Denver article.
It's a really interesting read (to me at least) that analyzes Josh McDaniels play-calling tendencies in New England over the past four years, and compares them to the Broncos' play calling tendencies in recent history. The authors look at what each team was good and bad at, how McDaniels reacted to certain situations, and what that might mean for Denver going forward...i.e. what they might be good and bad at this year and next. This was apparently written after the Cutler trade, so the authors also comment a bit on how Denver might react with Simms or Orton instead of Cutler. It's a four part article (only the fourth part is linked, but there are links at the top for sections 1-3), with a lot of quantitative analysis of statistics, and some good football insight.
A few spoilers: It seems to me like the authors are concluding that (1) neither Jay Cutler nor the New England offensive line were as good as a lot of people think they were, (2) Bates wasn't really a very good offensive coordinator, (3) there was actually quite a bit of room for improvement for Denver's offense, and (4) consequently, maybe firing Shanny and hiring an offensive guy like McDaniels wasn't as strange as it is often billed to be.
2 replies , Last at 20 Apr 2009, 11:18pm by PatsFan