Gary Kubiak scripts the first 15 plays of the game. Assuming the punts and extra points are not scripted, we had 29 plays in the first half against the Vikes, our starters v. their starters.
The Script generated plays gaining yards of:
1+4+0+0+7+9+0+2+7+3+6+0+0+6+0 for a total of 45 yards including a pick.
Plays after the script (14):
9+7+0+5+11+7+5+1+15+7+4+20+16+1 for a total of 108 including a touchdown and all of our points.
I like the script in the pre-season. I think the agenda needs to be completed, and all of the boxes checked. Take emotion out of the coaching side of play calling during the pre-season in favor of getting the team ready for the season. The game doesn't count.
But when the season starts, looking at the results before and after the scripted plays, I think we're digging ourselves a hole by blindly following the script instead of calling plays based on what's happening on the field. This is only a one pre-season game sample, and I don't get paid enough to run a larger sample base, but I got the impression last night that the play calls were smarter on the drives after the script was completed.