Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Dec 2005

Red Zone No Longer a Broncos Bugaboo

According to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Denver has improved itself in the red zone by spreading the ball around to different receivers instead of just Rod Smith and Patrick Hape. Oh, I miss Patrick Hape. The NFL ranks the Denver offense sixth in red-zone efficiency. DVOA ranks Denver 11th -- but they were horrible in the red zone during the first three weeks. (Mentioning this was one of the reasons that the Denver fans were so angry at me.) DVOA ranks Denver fifth in the red zone during Weeks 4-15.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 20 Dec 2005

4 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2005, 12:08pm by JonL


by JonL (not verified) :: Tue, 12/20/2005 - 2:25am

I wonder how long it took them to come up with "Rod zone."

by Rufus TFP (not verified) :: Tue, 12/20/2005 - 9:51am

For two straight seasons, when the Broncos got to the 1-yard line, it was almost a 100% certainty that the next play would be a rollout pass to Patrick Hape. Why other teams never really caught on to this was always a mystery.

Partick Hape -- king of the 1-yard touchdown reception...

by OMO (not verified) :: Tue, 12/20/2005 - 10:50am

What the flock is a bugaboo?

by JonL (not verified) :: Tue, 12/20/2005 - 12:08pm

bugaboo, noun

1. an object of obsessive, usually exaggerated fear or anxiety

2. a recurring or persistent problem