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The Denver Broncos are set to play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. They need a bounce back win. They need the offense to play well. Who, exactly, is in charge of that?

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The Broncos offense is coming off their best performance of the season. It came in an extremely difficult loss, and it didn’t actually start until the second half. The offense went in at the half and made all the right adjustments. No more Ty Sambrailo was a good start, but the biggest adjustment had to be in who was calling the plays.

As Ian St. Clair and I discussed on the MHR Radio Podcast, there is a big question about who is calling the plays for the offense. Rick Dennison is the offensive coordinator. He scripts the first 15 plays. The offense sucks in the first half. But don’t you worry, the second half is a whole new ball game.

The big adjustment? Head coach Gary Kubiak takes over the play calling. So, what exactly is Dennison’s job? Why allow him to call a bunch of inside zone runs, score a couple field goals, and go in at halftime behind by one score? Is the offensive coordinator position actually an internship? He only gets to call plays for one half because he can’t understand the complexities of a full game? Is this some sort of job training thing?

After 11 games, the play calling should be consistent. The person calling the plays should be consistent. Is it possible that the offense would be that much better if Kubiak was in charge of calling the plays the whole game? With Paxton Lynch taking over the offense consistency is important.

Rick Dennison is a lifelong Denver Bronco. Most fans know him as a gritty linebacker. Broncos Country loves their own, and Dennison fits the mold. However, his job is to run the offense. He can’t do it for more than one half, and he doesn’t do it well. Why does Kubiak feel the need to hire a guy who can’t do the job. The NFL is not on the job training.