The Broncos are embracing what I’ve called “total football” and “the Lake Travis option” and may start referring to as “suburban ball.” The idea is to stock up your offense and defense with versatile hybrids that may not excel in a cookie-cutter, “division of labor” inspired schemes and roles but who can play multiple roles in your defense well. The result is a shifting scheme that can disguise weaknesses and attack you in unexpected ways while making the game a post-snap battle where the opponent is at a disadvantage because they can’t cycle through the OODA loop.
Suburban programs, particularly in Texas, are cranking out players that can handle this style thanks to the expansion of resources devoted to the sport and its overall popularity. Additionally, these players are often available to programs like Boise St because they lack the elite measurables and athleticism to dominate one-on-one matchups in camps that inform recruiting rankings.
I’m not sure if we’ll ever see the Broncos in the playoffs but their style is still at the cutting edge of the game and they’re sure entertaining to watch.