Broncos inventory report: Defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero’s spectacular debut continues
DC Ejiro Evero
The first-year defensive coordinator continues to impress. He’s obtained a gifted group to work with, however whilst accidents and trades take their toll, the Broncos hold producing on Evero’s aspect of the ball. Playing with out a lengthy record of gamers, together with lately traded exterior linebacker Bradley Chubb and injured starters akin to security Justin Simmons, exterior linebackers Baron Browning and Randy Gregory and cornerback Ronald Darby, Evero and firm nonetheless managed to carry Derrick Henry to 53 dashing yards and hold Denver within the sport on Sunday till the ultimate seconds. Evero’s identify is more likely to come up in head teaching conversations this winter and whether or not he will get a job or not, his identify is one to know going ahead.
ILB Josey Jewell
The veteran inside linebacker put collectively one more robust sport Sunday, serving to lead the cost towards Henry. He completed with 9 tackles. Not solely that, however after the sport, Jewell couldn’t assist however smile about the best way Denver performed sure conditions with three inside linebackers – he, Alex Singleton and Jonas Griffith – all on the sector on the identical time. Jewell has missed time with a number of harm points this season, however when he’s been on the sector, he’s an impression participant. He performed each snap towards Tennessee.
Sensing a theme right here? The depth is value mentioning by itself. Over the opening few collection Sunday afternoon, the Broncos obtained performs on protection from guys like P.J. Locke, primarily a third-string security, cornerback Essang Bassey and newly acquired exterior linebacker Jacob Martin. “We have a lot of good players on defense,” Jewell stated merely after the sport.
The undrafted rookie large receiver from Appalachian State made his NFL debut and did it with a flash. His first catch: A 66-yard landing from Russell Wilson that put the Broncos forward 7-0 towards Tennessee. Virgil, who made the roster out of coaching camp largely due to his blazing velocity, performed 24 snaps. He could also be counted on additional over the ultimate eight video games relying on harm restoration timelines for KJ Hamler (hamstring) and Jerry Jeudy (ankle)
It’s tough to take a look at this loss as something however a blow to the first-year head coach. Denver had an opportunity to get to 4-5 and would have woken up Monday morning with a a lot completely different outlook had they discovered a method to beat the Titans. Not solely that, however the Broncos’ 10 factors represents the fourth time in 9 video games they’ve scored 11 or much less this season. They are final within the NFL in scoring at 14.6 factors per sport, didn’t discover a lot in the best way of options over the bye week and punted 9 occasions in 12 non-kneel-down drives Sunday.
Betting the Over
Even with a number of defensive starters out for every staff, Sunday’s sport was by no means more likely to be a high-scoring affair. Neither Denver nor Tennessee has scored greater than 24 factors in a sport this season and oddsmakers set the factors complete round 40 factors. Even then, the Broncos and Titans didn’t come near hitting the over. No shock for Denver, which is final within the NFL in scoring offense and first within the NFL in scoring protection. That’s exceptional in its personal proper. It’s not nice for those who’re a fan who likes touchdowns.
Denver’s offensive line hasn’t been a robust level, actually, at any level this season and now it has been decimated by harm. On Sunday, the Broncos completed the sport with their third-string left deal with, third-string proper deal with and third-string middle lined up round their most popular starters at guard. So far this season, 4 of the 5 starters have missed substantial time with accidents and the present injured record contains left deal with Garett Bolles, proper deal with Billy Turner, middle Lloyd Cushenberry, swing deal with Cam Fleming, prime inside reserve and No. 2 middle Graham Glasgow and reserve deal with Tom Compton. The consequence? Russell Wilson was sacked six occasions and hit 18 occasions Sunday, together with 5 and 13, respectively, within the second half.
According to 538’s playoff odds, Denver entered Sunday’s sport with an 8% likelihood on the playoffs. Had they gained, that quantity was set to leap above 25%, not nice, however actually significantly better. Instead, the Broncos’ quantity is now 3%. After the sport, the Broncos seemed like a staff that knew its slim postseason hopes had gone out the window. At 3-6, this staff is in a nasty place: Trending within the improper path with out even the advantage of its personal first-round draft choose as a silver lining for a nasty file. The solely good news is that the Broncos play unhealthy groups the following two weeks and theoretically might start December with a 5-6 file. Even that’s removed from a certainty.
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