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Does the absence of several key players mean that the team is judged too harshly?


Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos mailbag weekly during the season. Submit your questions to Ryan here.

How long will the Broncos be with Drew Lock before they realize he’s not the guy? Give Brett Rypien another chance.

— Duce, New Orleans

I think this question was submitted before Sunday’s win over Miami, but on the other hand, Lock’s play against the Dolphins may not have succeeded in changing Duce’s opinion.

Fans should tip their hats to Lock, who overcame all four interceptions last week and one interception/three starts against Miami to go 18 of 30 for 270 yards. Granted, 61 came on the final game, but he made a few plays on third down to continue the practices.

After the loss to Las Vegas, coach Vic Fangio was confident that Lock would continue playing as long as he was physically able.

I wonder if rushing for the first three possessions could put Drew Lock in rhythm and throw the opponent off balance. Then come back to it in the fourth quarter. It seems when they do this out of desperation they start scoring, so why not start that way. What do you think?

— Jeff O’Brien, Lynchburg, Virginia.

When the Broncos used the rush offense, it was out of necessity. They were blown and couldn’t waste time trying to balance. In turn, the Chargers and Atlanta defenses really backed off to prevent the big play.

As Lock pointed out two weeks ago, not caucusing is a double-edged sword. Score quickly? Great. Make three and three quickly? Not great. It’s a matter of time and situation for coach Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the first quarter once the Broncos get a first down on possession.

Ryan, where was cornerback Michael Ojemudia? He didn’t seem to have much playing time on Sunday. Is he in the niche?

—Parker, Denver

Ojemudia has been at castle bowwow the past two games, playing no defensive snaps.

Ojemudia missed six combined tackles against the Chargers and Atlanta and was dropped from his nickel roster in favor of fellow rookie Essang Bassey.

Against the Raiders and Dolphins, Ojemudia’s only action was 30 snaps on special teams.

I really like the way Malik Reed plays. He just played against the Dolphins. Do you think he could be a competent replacement for Von Miller if we choose to part ways? Don’t get me wrong, I love Von and want to see him finish his career in orange and blue, but if he doesn’t take a pay cut, I don’t think it makes sense to keep him.

— Rob, crest of wheat

Reed didn’t hit the passing dash in the first four games and in the Week 3 loss to Tampa Bay substitute Anthony Chickillo played more snaps (33-29).

But over the past six games, Reed has woken up to 14 1/2 sacks/knockdowns/pressures, including 6 1/2 sacks, which is the team lead.

The Broncos ideally want to rotate four edge rushers in 2021, so Reed will be part of the puzzle even if Miller returns.

Miller’s contract, which expires after the 2021 season, could be a major offseason storyline if the Broncos ask him to lower his cap number in exchange for an extension that will allow him to retire with the team. .

Are we judging a disabled team too harshly? If the Broncos had all their players and looked this bad, it would be time to say goodbye to that coaching staff. As for me, I’m going to allow Drew Lock to learn and get a first-round pick in the numbers 5-10 (range) and see what happens in a full season. I haven’t crossed the Rubicon on this team yet.

—Mac, Beavercreek, Ohio

I agree that letting Lock try to play through his struggles is the only way the Broncos can decide if he’s the right guy in 2021.

It will be surprising if the Broncos sneak into the top 10 in the draft. Ten teams have fewer wins than the Broncos (4-6), including NFC East leaders Philadelphia.

Injuries are a valid excuse, but NFL coaches/players are loath to publicly report health issues, but you and I easily can. The list of players who were unavailable against Miami: Miller, receiver Courtland Sutton, tackle Mike Purcell, defensive end Jurrell Casey, right tackle Elijah Wilkinson, tight ends Albert Okwuegbunam, Andrew Beck and Jake Butt, and inside linebacker Justin Strnad. Lots of talent to watch.

My question is kind of a suggestion: With inbound kicks being so hard to recover with the new rules, I’d like to know why the Broncos keep trying the slow roll or high bounce ball that never seems to work. I would love to see them try something new and my suggestion is that they kick as hard as the shooter can directly at one of the men to see if they can handle the fire burning directly at them. It can’t hurt and I haven’t seen any team try it. It would definitely be something to explore and it would be different.

— Billy Green, Denver

You know, I thought about it in the past too, but attribute it to the too high degree of difficulty.

Would the frontline defender catch him easily? Depends on the speed of the kick in play. Would he just get out of the way and let the football zoom in on him? Perhaps, although then it is free football.

The Broncos should try the kick as hard as they can and hope it ricochets off a defender. What’s wrong? None.

John Elway and the coaches have something against Phillip Lindsay? If not, why don’t they use it?

—Stacy, Denver

They have nothing against Lindsay, who was expected to play a major role in offense until a turf toe cost him 3½ games and a concussion cost him the second half against Kansas City. .

Simply put, Melvin Gordon is better on third down (receiver/pass protector) and in two-minute offense than Lindsay. Thus, the playing time will be distorted.

But within my debate with columnist Mark Kiszla in the Tuesday newspaperI presented some concrete statistics to show that Lindsay is not so short-changed.

In all four games, Lindsay/Gordon have been active together and injury free. Gordon – 154 snaps, 40 carries-174 yards, seven catches-30 yards; Lindsay – 105 snaps, 34 carries-190 yards, one catch-three yards. The deferral number crystallizes that Lindsay’s workload is close to Gordon’s.

Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos mailbag weekly during the season. Submit your questions to Ryan here.