Inside The Bills

Denver’s move away from Manning planned?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2014 – 9:23 am

Since the Broncos lost to the Rams they have flipped the script on their offensive identity. Following the road loss to St. Louis, Denver has relied heavily on the run and gotten plenty of production out of C.J. Anderson, who has posted back-to-back 160-yard rushing days in their last two victories. But why move the offensive identity away from the sure fire first ballot Hall of Fame QB in Peyton Manning now with four games left in the regular season?

Has the change been opponent specific or is there something else at work here?

I asked coach Marrone in our weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s on Buffalobills.com. Marrone obviously has seen the shift in offensive philosophy as well, but why it’s happening is anyone’s guess.

“That’s a great question. You really don’t know. They went into the St. Louis game and they didn’t play well and wound up losing that game,” said Marrone of the Broncos. “C.J. Anderson was inserted due to injuries at running back and he ran the ball very well. I think in this league all of us don’t want to be one-dimensional. So you want to show that you can run and pass and be 50-50.

“You don’t know whether strategically they decided they were not going to throw it as much, we’re going to concentrate on the running game. You don’t know how they’re going to come after us. So it’s kind of a wait and see as to how this game goes, but make no mistake about it every defense starts their planning with stopping the run.”

With Denver showing the ability to win both ways Buffalo’s defensive approach will be no different. After witnessing Manning’s 50 percent completion outing last week, something that has happened only 12 times in his 252-game career, it makes one wonder if there are other reasons for the shift.


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