The Denver Broncos just ended their 2012 season in a way that they hadn’t expected. Their expectations were to make it to the big game, but their season ended at home against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Shortly after that, their offensive coordinator Mike McCoy landed the San Diego Chargers‘ head coaching position and left the Broncos, who then promoted their quarterbacks coach, Adam Gase, to offensive coordinator.
There are a couple of reasons why promoting the young Gase will prove to be a perfect choice for everyone. Some may be skeptical of hiring a young guy such as Gase who hasn’t been a big name in the NFL, but that is exactly what the Broncos need. You don’t fix what isn’t broken and Gase knows the offense very well. I’m sure there will be a few changes, but for the most part we will see a lot of plays similar to last season.
Being young and inexperienced, Gase will also be perfect for QB Peyton Manning, who is also an offensive coordinator on the field. Promoting Gase will be sort of like a co-coordinator with Manning and that could be very helpful for the Broncos. I have nothing against former coordinator McCoy, but he was determined to keep nearly a 50/50 balance with the pass and run. The Broncos threw the ball around 57% of the time last season. With Manning having a little more control and Gase being a receiver and quarterbacks coach in the past, I can envision a season where the Broncos throw maybe 65% percent of the time.
Throwing the ball this often should help the Broncos’ running game and allow them to improve on their 3.7 yards-per-carry average. They should be able to run less, but still gain similar or better yardage.
Basically, Manning will have more control on every offensive snap and Gase will be happy to have Manning there to help him learn how to run an offense. I think the Broncos will be better now and in the future it will improve Gase’s knowledge of the game and help him advance his career for a bright future.
I look forward to more passing and long runs next season, but the longer run all Broncos fans want is the one that ends with a Super Bowl title.
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