A telling call on a potential third-and-1
kansas city, mo.» The problems with Denver’s offense the past few weeks have been many and varied, but most noticeable was its inability to convert on third-and-short.
Never did that problem become more evident than in the third quarter Sunday night when coach Gary Kubiak turned down a third-and-1.
Here’s what happened: The Broncos took over deep in their own territory after a Kansas City punt and moved to a second-and-10 play after one first down, trailing 21-10. Devontae Booker ripped off a 9-yard run over left tackle for a third-and-1. Kansas City, however, was offside, so Kubiak had the option of refusing the penalty or accepting it and making it second-and-5. Kubiak, apparently knowing how much trouble his team has had converting on thirdand-1, took the penalty, after which a false start on tackle Donald Stephenson, a screen pass to Booker for a 4yard loss and an incomplete pass led to fourth-and-14 and a punt.
That was emblematic of the Broncos’ offense. Denver’s only touchdown of the game was set up by an interception by rookie Justin Simmons in the first half, which he returned 38 yards to the Kansas City 6-yard line.
Denver has scored 23 points in its past three games.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak talks to quarterback Trevor Siemian on Sunday night.