The Denver Broncos' defensive scheme went perfectly



The Denver Broncos' defensive scheme went perfectly


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according to script for 3 quarters as they put the brakes on Patrick Mahomes .Then Cheap Denver Broncos Hats , the Kansas City QB went off-script. All the Broncos could do was chase."He escaped us probably seven or eight times. He's in the grasp and he escaped," Vance Joseph said Tuesday, a day after a 27-23 loss. "Kudos to him. He made a lot of big plays for them."Still, Denver may have just uncovered some semblance of a blueprint for containing Mahomes, who's been a magician at times in leading the Chiefs to a 4-0 start.Well, as much as a plan can exist for a QB who's become an escape artist. The Broncos kept him contained in the pocket, limiting him to 65 of his 304 yards passing in the first half, before he busted out with an assortment of unconventional plays. Chief among them, a left-handed pass late in the fourth quarter to Tyreek Hill that resulted in a first down. Mahomes even had Von Miller closing in on him during the play.It was a quick-thinking move to go all ambidextrous to complete a pass."Everyone should get used to him making good plays like that," said Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, whose team fell to 2-2. "Unfortunately, it was one on us."It's very frustrating because we felt like we outplayed this team, out-schemed this team, and it came down really to three plays defensively at the very end that cost us. It is very frustrating. I don't like to lose, no one does, obviously. When it's a game like this where we definitely should have won, it doesn't feel good."Denver led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter before things unraveled."The bottom line, in this league, in tough games, we have to be at our best as coaches when it matters Cheap Denver Broncos Hoodie ," Joseph said. "You can call a great game for 3 1/2 quarters, but for half a quarter, when the game is on the line, we have to be at our best. That's my job, to help our players pull these games out. We can do a better job of making better and cleaner calls for our guys to be successful during those tough moments of the games."Now it's on to rookie Sam Darnold and the New York Jets next weekend. Joseph doesn't think the close loss will result in any sort of hangover effect."We're all disappointed we didn't win that football game. They played their hearts out," Joseph said. "This league is about playing your best football late and I think we're headed that way. We have to make more plays and be more detailed and coach better."One positive: The running game. Phillip Lindsay gained 69 yards and Royce Freeman rushed for 67. As a team, they averaged 7.2 yards per carry.But on a pivotal fourth-quarter series — after the Chiefs finished off a 12-play drive with a score — the Broncos went three-and-out. Two of them were pass plays, including Case Keenum being sacked on third down. Punter Marquette King compounded things with a 35-yard punt.A worn-out Denver defense had to go back on the field to stop Mahomes. It wasn't a good recipe."We went three-and-out. Not good. We didn't burn any clock. Not good," Joseph said. "We can look back and say, 'We could've handed the ball off two more times that drive and made some yards and burned some clock.' That's hindsight. If you get a first down, you're not saying that today."NOTES: OT Jared Veldheer is being evaluated for a knee. ... A play on Kansas City's final scoring drive was run despite the play clock appearing to expire before the snap. The Chiefs picked up a first down on the play. Asked if he got more explanation on the delay of game that wasn't called by the officials, Joseph said: "I did, but it was the same explanation. That's their operation. His eyes go from the clock right to the snap. If he deems a snap is in progress, he doesn't make the call. If it's not in progress, he makes the call. That's one play that obviously hurt us, but that doesn't win or lose the game. But that was a huge play for us." Moments after Brandon McManus pushed his winning attempt wide right, the Denver Broncos were calling him "our guy" and "the best kicker in the league" and "a good dude."No finger pointing. Not at the current moment, anyway.McManus sailed a 51-yard field goal try wide in the final seconds as the Broncos lost 19-17 to the Houston Texans on Sunday. Denver fell to 3-6 with barely flickering playoff hopes and a coach on the hot seat heading into a bye week."We just have to stick together," safety Justin Simmons said. "It's harder in terms of guys want to start pointing the fingers and there's always blame going around. But I think we have a great locker room of guys that always point the finger at themselves first."Broncos coach Vance Joseph and his team keep hurtling toward another disappointing season. They went 5-11 a season ago that included a string of eight straight losses."I don't have a problem with how we're coaching and how we're playing," Joseph said after losing for the sixth time in seven games. "We've just got to finish games better."The play-calling in the final minute could lead to some second-guessing. The Broncos had the ball at the Texans 37 with about 43 seconds remaining. Case Keenum completed a 5-yard pass to tight end Jeff Heuerman and instead of sprinting up to the line Cheap Custom Denver Broncos Jerseys , the Broncos took their time, before running back Phillip Lindsay lost a yard on a run up the middle.So instead of getting it closer, they settled for a 51-yard try with 3 seconds remaining. It sailed right as McManus hung his head in frustration after his second miss of the game. He also had a 62-yard attempt sail wide right in the first half — giving the Texans time to move into field-goal range."There's no pointing fingers. B-Mac is a great kicker," said rookie receiver Courtland Sutton, who wore a No. 88 Demaryius Thomas jersey after the game in a tribute to a teammate that was traded to the Texans on Tuesday. "We all know that. ... He's still a great kicker.""He's a good dude and he's going to shake it off," Lindsay echoed.The Broncos received a breakout game from Heuerman, who set career bests in catches (10) and yards (83) while also scoring. But there were quite a few miscues: Sutton had a TD slip through his hands, Devontae Booker fumbled and the defensive backs had a costly miscommunication when DeAndre Hopkins hauled in a 16-yard pass from Deshaun Watson in the second quarter."Snake bitten? No. Unlucky? No," Sutton said. "We just have to make sure we're putting ourselves in a situation where we're not trailing at the end of the game like that."The Broncos have lost six games by an average of 7.8 points."It's frustrating," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "You lose and you know you're capable of beating this team. We had them. I pride myself on being able to make game-changing plays and be able to change the game."On the touchdown play to Hopkins, the Broncos had double coverage only for him to sneak in between Simmons and Adam Jones."The error is so small for our team. We can't mess up like we did today and have a chance to win," Harris said. "We've got to damn near play perfect. We've got to figure out what we could do to eliminate those little mistakes that just kill us every game."A missed opportunity — 4-5 obviously looks a lot more appealing than 3-6."Huge difference," said Harris, whose team plays play at the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 18. "Right there in the wild-card race and you have a chance to get back in it. Now, it's very hard. It's very hard to come back out of this."Still, his message for his teammates over the break is simple: Clear the mind."Get ready to finish the year strong," Harris said. "I've got my mind right to finish strong."