Broncos should copy Chargers' plan

October, 16, 2008
10/16/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It's long been said the NFL is a copycat league. The Denver Broncos need to make sure it is.

The Broncos need to copy San Diego's plan against the New England Patriots and attack New England's below average and small secondary with a steady diet of long passes.

San Diego completed passes of 59, 49, 48 and 29 yards against the Patriots. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers connected with receiver Vincent Jackson five times for 134 yards. It was clear the Chargers were taking advantage of Jackson's 6-foot-5 frame and the difficulty the Patriots' small cornerbacks were having.

The Broncos need to use Brandon Marshall the same way. Watch for Denver quarterback Jay Cutler to go deep often and exploit the Patriots' secondary, just as the Chargers did.

After all, it is a copycat league.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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