Brandon Lloyd has now felt the effects of the John Fox run-first offense.
Being in the last year of his contract, Lloyd can see his next big contract evaporate in the Denver thin air, as the big play receiver is left to scraps and pickings of Ortons short dink and dunk passing.
Now you would think that a run-first offense would need a deep threat receiver, to keep defenses from stacking the box. Well the Broncos have one of the best deep threat, big play receivers in Lloyd, so why don't they throw the ball his way ?
There were of course a lot of excuses or arguments for not targeting Lloyd:
- Lloyd was seeing over the top double coverage (McCoy)
- Lloyd will getting a lot of attention and that the flow of the game dictated other options (Orton)
- Lloyd hasn't been injured and not on the top of his game (Fox) - to which Lloyd countered: I'm healthy!
Lloyd was of course perfectly right with his analysis of why he wasn't targeted:
- "I think we've kind of gotten in game-management mode, as opposed to an aggressive, take-control mode. I think that's what has limited us."
Well Lloyd welcome to the new Denver Broncos.
You Lloyd and we the fans are stuck with a boring, unimaginative, old school run-first offense. In an age where most people have acknowledged that the NFL is a passing league—the Broncos offense is reminiscent of the past.
I find it hard to understand that this offense is what John Elway wanted. Is this really the kind of football that Elway expects will keep the Broncos fans filling the stands ? is this what Elway thinks is exciting football ??
This isn't even a debate about who is going to be the starting QB of the future for the Broncos. Although it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see that Orton is more of a game-manager and Tebow is a more aggressive QB.
This is about, what kind of an offense the front office envision as the future of the Denver Broncos.