As Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase reflects on his team’s performance in the Super Bowl, his conclusions are simple: The Broncos’ offense did all the wrong things.
“I make some bad [play] calls,” Gase told the Denver Post. “We had too many turnovers [two interceptions, two fumbles]. We didn’t protect Peyton as we should. We played our worst game on offense.”
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said after the Super Bowl that Seattle knew Denver’s signals, but Gase doesn’t think that was the issue. Gase thinks the difference between the Seahawks and the Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday was about execution, not preparation.
“We were aware of everything they were doing on defense too,” Gase said. “They didn’t do anything unusual. We just didn’t execute. They did.”
Gase coordinated the best offense in the NFL last season, and when they turned in their worst game it’s tempting to explain that they must have had bad calls and bad execution. But it’s also possible that it was just a matter of running into the best defense in the league. There may not have been anything the Broncos’ offense could have done to beat the Seahawks’ defense.