Broncos Need To Explore Their "Options"

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

Fired UNLV Coach Mike Sanford could help "spice up" the suddenly vanilla Broncos offense.

'Tis the season to "spice" things up.  And boy does the Broncos offense need some flavor.  Since mid-October they've been as vanilla as vanilla gets scoring just three touchdowns in three games (one in the second half).

But it's the Broncos lucky week thanks to Las Vegas!  On Monday UNLV fired head coach Mike Sanford effective at the end of the season.  Josh McDaniels needs to roll the dice and hire Sanford as a "special consultant."  He can add a few wrinkles to the Broncos offense to help iron out their scoring problems.

Sanford is an offensive genius.  He was the offensive coordinator at Utah during the Utes rise to supremacy in 2004 that led to a BCS bowl game.   His "spread offense" equalized the playing field that allowed Utah to not only compete with, but dominate the bullies of college football (scoring an average of 45 points per game).  Heck, he made Alex Smith a Heisman Finalist and a #1 Overall NFL Draft Pick.  His offense has been duplicated across the college football landscape and is now leaking into the NFL with the "Wildcat Formation" fad.

The NFL has gone wild with the "Wildcat" (or "Wild Horse" as Denver is calling it).  It has been very effective when used at the right time.  The formation is nothing more than a "sprint option" where the "Quarterback" (usually a running back or wide receiver) sprints out with the option to run, pass or pitch to a trailing running back.  This is Mike Sanford's area of expertise!  Imagine Eddie Royal lining up in the shotgun formation with Knowshon Moreno behind him.  Royal takes the snap, rolls out to the right where he has multitude of options.  This could be a deadly weapon with the right teacher.  Mike Sanford is the guy!  He can implement the system (to be used a few times per game) and Josh McDaniels (a quarterback guru) can teach Royal how to throw a pass.  The rest will take care of itself.

The option attack (or "sprint option" out of a spread formation) is nearly unstoppable with the right speed, timing and teacher.   The Broncos have the speed, they just need the teacher and knowledge of how/when to attack. 

Vegas has put "free money" on the table, the Broncos just need to cash in.  Hiring Sanford would be like hitting the jackpot!... and put an end to that boring, vanilla offense.

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