Broncos still mixing in zone blocking |

Broncos still mixing in zone blocking

Jeff Legwold
The Denver Post
Denver Broncos' quarterback Chris Simms gets sacked by the San Diego Chargers' Shaun Phillips, right, with 10:44 left in the first quarter of play Sunday Nov. 22, 2009 at Invesco Field at Mile High. The ball was recoverd by San Diego. CYRUS MCCRIMMON/ THE DENVER POST
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Before Sunday’s game went completely south for the Broncos – roughly about the second quarter or so – they showed early that they have not left their familiar zone blocking totally behind with the changes in the offensive playbook.

In the first quarter, when the Broncos rushed for 42 of their 115 rushing yards, the offense flashed some of its familiar look in the running game. On their first five running plays of the game, the linemen all fired out in unison, either left or right, limiting the gaps and washing the defenders out of the play.

Those five running plays went for nine, eight, eight, four and three yards as the Broncos moved quickly into Chargers’ territory. They ran, again, on the sixth and seventh plays of the drive, for eight and two yards, with more of a head-up approach as they attacked specific defenders.

The eighth play of the drive was going to be a pass attempt, but Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips knocked the ball away from quarterback Chris Simms with a blind-side swat.

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