Originally written November 14, 2011 on BroncoTalk:
Indianapolis_colts_v_6a87
Broncos 17, Chiefs 10 — a hard-fought, rare win in Arrowhead Stadium is worth a lot of game balls, but we only have a handful to give out. Let’s do that, BTer’s. Mike McCoy The emergence of the Broncos’ option offense is a direct result of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy doing what so many thought would be impossible for a professional NFL team: molding an offense to the strengths of quarterback Tim Tebow. But it wasn’t just the strengths of Tim Tebow that McCoy saw needed emphasizing: the entire offense was due with an overhaul after they surrendered 13 sacks in Tebow’s first two starts. Enter the option, and a run-play ratio of 55:8. The players have bought in. “It’s something we saw,” said running back Lance Ball. “We were real confident in our running game, with me, Willis, Knowshon, Tim (Tebow), we were all confident. They were kind of on their heels and didn’t know what to expect. We just stayed with it and kept on punching.” I don’t think the Broncos have any illusions of running the read option to the Super Bowl. I think they know NFL defenses will catch up with this — starting this Thursday against the New York Jets. But, on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t stop it. The Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t. Kudos to McCoy and John Fox for putting together a winning gameplan. – Monty Chris Harris I’ve been in love with this kid from the Miami game on. Nothing fancy this week, just 8 solid tackles coming out of a UDFA. The art of tackling is lost in the NFL, especially in the secondary. I’ve stated it before, Harris keeps 1st level successes by the offense at the 1st level. Watch out Champ, the rookie is gunning for your cornerback tackling title. – Josh Temple Von Miller This rookie is the real deal. 4 tackles and 3 assists, and 1.5 sacks…but most importantly, he hit Cassel and disrupted throws at least half a dozen more times. Cassel is going to have nightmares about Von Miller after this game; he couldn’t do anything without doing it with our #2 draft pick threatening to hit him, or just flat out hitting him. After 9 games, he’s at 8 sacks. With 7 games left, if he keeps up the current pace he should hit 16 sacks. That would be special, indeed, for any player, let alone a rookie. At this time Von Miller is the front runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year. – E. Halsey Miles Ryan Clady No sacks allowed, no holding penalties, no penalties period. Ryan had a very solid day against his nemesis Tamba Hali. This is also a bigger bravo for the entire offensive line. Hali is the one player Clady has always struggled against and other than one good tackle we didn’t hear a peep. (Editor’s note: Clady was replaced by Chris Clark late in the game; hopefully the big guy is healthy because he was definitely having a bounce-back game to that point.) – Josh Temple Britton Colquitt It was a battle of the Colquitts on Sunday and Britton did his best to make sure Matt Cassell was starting from inside his own twenty as often as possible. If anyone on the Broncos deserves to go to the Pro Bowl this year, it’s Britton. – Mr. East The Offensive Line The offensive line as a unit gets a most deserved game ball. Honorable Mentions: Lance Ball Ball balled out in the absence of McGahee and Moreno. Ryan McBean McBean had a solid game and made a number of plays. Brodrick Bunkley See notes on McBean, above. The defensive line has really become a surprising strength at times for the Broncos. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Is hiring Mack Brown a real possibility for SMU Mustangs?

NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized for praying

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Belichick: Pats 'didn't play well enough at all' against Chiefs

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

Oakland Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams engage in war of words

Georgia RB Todd Gurley falsely accused of punching student

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

NFL Awards: Week 4 edition

The best and worst MLB players in September

Tracking demanding career paths of all Top 25 head coaches

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Strahan to make cameo as stripper in 'Magic Mike' sequel

The rise of Houston's Bill O’Brien

Bill Belichick laughs off QB question...literally

Patriots fan fails with American flag face paint

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Raiders to make a run at Jon Gruden?

Is DeMarco Murray the NFL's best RB?

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

NFL Awards: Week 4 edition

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

NFL admits error on Abdullah penalty

Best, worst MLB players in Sept.

College FB coaches, tough career paths

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Chiefs player penalized for praying after TD

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.