The Charger has watched Bronco Clash just like you. Here’s why they don’t count on it

COSTA MESA, CA – Los Angeles Chargers I heard what I heard.

They watched Denver BroncosThursday night lost overtime to me Indianapolis Coltsan amazing performance in which the teams gathered without any total relegation.

They reviewed a movie Fighting Bronco crime In the red and in the somewhat important NFL category, well, scoring.

The Chargers also know that midfielder Broncos Russell Wilson He posts the worst grades of his career – 59.4% of completed pass attempts, 82.8 passing ratings – while now playing with a Partially torn latissimus dorsi Throwing near his shoulder.

But the shipper are self-explanatory enough to be believable when they say: Psychologically and physically, the Broncos are a concern.

psychological fear?

“If you constantly hear people telling you how badly you’re doing something, or you’re not playing at a certain level, as a competitor and as a person, you want to fix it,” a two-time Pro Bowl safety officer, Derwin James said Wednesday from his locker. You will want to change people’s opinions. So I definitely feel like it has caught fire under it.

“It definitely makes it more dangerous.”

What is the ground level concern?

“I see a team that could easily be 5-0,” said head coach Brandon Staley. “Real Madrid easily can be 5-0.”

Let’s explain.

Darwin James and Charger's Defense point to many numbers and factors when explaining why the struggling Bronco should not be underestimated.  (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Darwin James and Charger’s Defense point to many numbers and factors when explaining why the struggling Bronco should not be underestimated. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

The Broncos, who weigh in at 2-3, lost matches by 1, 9, and 3 points. Game management decisions taken into account, Head coach Nathaniel Hackett is hiring an employee to support them.

The Denver defense managed to keep opponents on 16 points a game (tied for fourth) despite major injuries, and boasts the toughest defense in the league at 176.6 yards per game.

And while the Broncos’ attack was less reliable from week to week, there was a key discrepancy that caught the Chargers’ attention: While the Broncos ranked second in the standings (15 points per game), they ranked 13th highest in total production (343.6 yards per game). Game).

They’re just below average moving the ball by air (19) and ground (19 too), and they find their Achilles’ heel largely in red zone failures and inversions. The Broncos turned in 21.4% (3 of 14) attempts in the red, the worst in the NFL. And they lost six turns (T-10th).

James, who scored 14 matches in last Sunday’s win over Cleveland Browns. “Whether it’s fumbling or intercepting the ball, they have a lot of chances in the red. I’ve seen that in the movie. They could easily sit on a different record, a few plays here and there.

“But we have to come out ready to play. Because Ross, after all, can still play at a high level. We all know that.”

This philosophy does not stem solely from Wilson’s resume, which includes Pro Bowls in nine of his ten professional seasons to this point and a Super Bowl title with Seattle Seahawks. Sure enough, Staley, James, and their associates saw Wilson extending plays and threatening arms and legs. They’ve seen him throw 40 touchdowns into 2020 and lead the Seahawks into the top 10 in four of the past five seasons.

But just as importantly, Staley pairs this history with his belief in what he calls the “discovery phase” of the team or player. A franchise with a new coach and/or quarterback—not to mention both, as the Broncos did at Hackett and Wilson—can’t just make it to the season opener with an identity. They should “discover” it through meaningful games.

Wilson and top receiver Cortland SuttonHe’ll continue to refine their chemistry, Staley says. Backing off Melvin Gordon and the Broncos’ devastating offensive line would continue to learn each other’s running preferences. As the system gradually stabilizes, the Broncos will find increased alignment to reduce rotational rate.

An already producing unit will discover the efficiency.

“The truth is the players are good enough,” Staley said. “I know they have things to do with it, it’s just so early in the season. They’re doing their improvements and they’re very, very dangerous. That’s what we look at in the movie.”

It may not have happened yet, but whatever will happen. So we have to make sure we’re ready.”

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