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    Case Keenum hasn’t thrown an interception
    chenyan94 at 6/11/2019 12:15:48 AM
    ENGLEWOOD Justin Simmons Jersey , Colo. (AP) — Case Keenum hasn’t thrown an interception since October, which isn’t winning him any brownie points at Broncos headquarters this week.Coach Vance Joseph on Monday criticized his quarterback for being too cautious in Denver’s damaging 20-14 loss at San Francisco .“Case has played his best football in the last month; yesterday, he was a little cautious with the ball,” Joseph said. “And the bottom line: we’ve got three weeks to play. He’s got to make more plays and sometimes taking some chances allow you to make more plays.”So, Joseph wants his quarterback to quit fixating on avoiding interceptions .“There’s going to be turnovers. So, he can’t worry about that. You can’t play this game perfect, but I want Case to be more aggressive, especially down the seams of those Cover-3 defenses,” Joseph said. “That’s where the soft spots are.”The loss Sunday sent the Broncos (6-7) below .500 again, imperiled their playoff hopes and may ultimately jeopardize both Joseph’s and Keenum’s job security beyond this season.Signed to a two-year, $36 million deal this spring, Keenum hasn’t been the same quarterback who guided the Vikings to the NFC championship game in January but the journeyman he was before that special season.He threw three interceptions in his Denver debut and was picked off once in each of his next seven games before stringing together five games without an interception.He has just five touchdown throws in that span, however, and he’s averaged a paltry 206 yards passing, which amounts to a good half for many quarterbacks in today’s high-scoring NFL.“Case wants to be safe with the ball,” Joseph said. “And obviously he’s seeing different looks. But in my opinion, being safe with the ball, it allows you to have great numbers in that category. But as far as making plays on the field, you can’t be safe doing that. So, he’s got to take more chances down the middle of the field, and he would tell you that.”Players were off Monday as the Broncos juggled their usual schedule with a game coming up Saturday night against Cleveland (5-7-1).Keenum has targeted his tight ends just four times (for 8 yards) in the two games since losing Jeff Heuerman to broken ribs and a bruised lung.“Those guys are running for him and they’re getting open for him,” Joseph said. “He’s got to make plays.”Without his favorite receiver, Emmanuel Sanders  Juwann Winfree Denver Broncos Jersey , who went on IR after tearing his left Achilles tendon in practice last week, Keenum completed 24 of 42 throws for 186 yards Sunday.That’s 4.4 yards per pass attempt.“We had some chances downfield. We didn’t hit them. We missed three or four chances to make some big plays in the pass game,” Joseph said, noting that the 49ers loaded the box to stop the run and played with a single high safety. “So, you have to make plays in the pass game versus those kinds of defenses to kind of soften them up a little bit. And we didn’t make those plays.”One factor in Keenum’s paltry numbers is a patchwork O-line that consists of a guard at center and four tackles. Although they’re solid in run blocking, they’re often lacking in pass protection. Keenum has been sacked a career-high 30 times so far.Still, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has stuck with heavy doses of three-receiver sets in spread formations, which often results in a quickly collapsing pocket — it’s the same thing Mike McCoy did last year before getting fired at midseason and replaced by Musgrave.The Broncos also have had trouble with their scripted plays, the ones they’re most comfortable with during the week. In their last six games, they’ve managed just two field goals and no touchdowns in the first quarter.And ever since Sanders threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton at Arizona on Oct. 18, the Broncos’ opening drives in those six games have all ended in punts, including five three-and-outs.“It’s all of us,” Joseph said. “We’ve got to obviously coach better early and play better early. In the last month we’ve had chances to keep plays alive and we haven’t. Missing throws. Drops on third down. Play calling. So, it’s everything.”Against San Francisco, the Broncos didn’t score until the 38th minute and by then were down 20 points, leaving Keenum stumped.“I felt like everybody had the right focus, had the right intensity, knew what was at stake, but I don’t know what it is,” Keenum said afterward. “We’ve just got to go out and slap ourselves in the face or something and get going early.” Despite NFL owners rejecting a replacement for the onside kick, they did agree the judgment call to beat all judgment calls can finally be questioned."It’s a little late for the Saints to make their case for a Super Bowl bid, but thanks to one of the biggest referee blunders in a postseason NFL game that potentially changed the outcome, NFL owners overwhelmingly voted in favor of allowing pass interference calls - and non-calls - to be reviewable on replay.On a one-year trial Juwann Winfree Jersey 2019 , the new rule says coaches can challenge pass interference up until the final two minutes of each half. Inside two minutes, officials in New York will make the decision on whether to review potential pass interference.“Obviously the outrage with what happened in the Saints game made a cry for more replay and a broader scope what replay can review,” Broncos GM John Elway told Andrew Mason and Brandon Krisztal earlier this week ahead of the vote.Cincinnati Bengals owner was the only “no” vote on the proposed change.According to NFL.com, 24 of the 50 most impactful incorrect calls the past three seasons were defensive pass interference, and offensive pass interference was the most common non-call. It was the now infamous non-call against Rams’ cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman during this year’s NFC Championship Game that spawned new dialogue on reviewing such judgment calls.“There’s been a real reluctance of putting a foul on the field,” said Troy Vincent, NFL’s top football operations executive. “That is something from active players to coaches, all across football personnel.”Elway, who had seemed reluctant in January to add PI to replay review because it would be impossible to review every call, seemingly had a change of heart - no doubt because of the continued limit of two challenges for coaches as well as the one-year trial.Jess, Tim and I discussed the new rule on our podcast this week, and we all agree - anytime you eliminate the possibility that a game can result in Mark Sanchez throwing a Hail Mary that draws a PI call, which gives the Jets a 1st-and-goal with just over 1:30 left in a game, allowing them to go up 24-20 over the Broncos...it’s a good rule (though, that game being the beginning of the end of the Josh McDaniels era makes it bearable in hindsight).4th-and-15 rejected (sad face)But while owners were overwhelmingly in favor of instituting pass interference review, they were not all so hot on John Elway’s ideas for changes to the onside kick. The idea would be to allow a trailing
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