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Horse Tracks: Broncos historically awful in loss to Los Angeles Chargers

There’s bad, really bad, and horrible... and then there’s Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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I’ve seen horrible Broncos losses before. There was the awful 59-14 loss to the Raiders in 2010 and the Seahawks Super Bowl. Rahim’s whiff and the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1996 also come to mind. There are plenty more to list, but why beleaguer the point? We’ve all had a pretty rough weekend.

What Broncos Country saw on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers was nothing short of a legendary failure.

Exactly one month shy of the 25th anniversary of this occasion, the Denver Broncos found a way to do something really special. Vance Joseph, in just 6 games, managed to pull off what his predecessors couldn’t. Gary Kubiak, John Fox, Eric Studesville, Josh McDaniels, Mike Shanahan, nor Wade Phillips could do what Dan Reeves did in his final season as coach of the Broncos—not score a single point in a football game.

Think that list is impressive? Trevor Siemian gets the distinction of playing all four quarters as a starter in the worst Broncos loss in 25 years. Paxton Lynch, Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton, Chris Simms, Jay Cutler, Jake Plummer, Steve Buerlein, Danny Kanell, Jarious Jackson, Brian Griese, Gus Ferotte, Bill Musgrave, and Hugh Millen all managed to get at least SOME points in their starts for the Denver Broncos. It was Trevor Siemian who managed to find a way to separate himself from some of the more notable names on that list to turn in zero points on Sunday.

Chris Simms doesn’t have a spleen, but at least he never turned in a doughnut for the Broncos. Everyone loves to bag on Kyle Orton, but he found a way to get points—every time. Jay Cutler had the charisma of a snapping turtle, but he never left us bone-dry. Steve Buerlein broke his pinky for Denver and yet did something offensively (granted it was before the broken pinky, but you get my drift). Danny Kanell didn’t disappoint his parents in the nosbleed seats during his two starts and managed to get something on the board each time. Who is Hugh Millen? You mean to tell me a guy named Hugh did better at his worst than Trevor did on Sunday?

Then there’s Bill Musgrave. The current quarterbacks coach for the Broncos was part of the shut-out streak. In 1996, Musgrave started one game for Denver and... you’ll be shocked to hear this, he didn’t get shut-out. How wonderful that he and Trevor can share this historic moment together. They both should be so proud.

It was a great streak while it lasted, but now it’s time to start a new one. Until that happens, you best believe I am going to hang this ridiculous loss around the necks of those who shoulder most of the responsibility. Here’s looking at you coach Joseph and Trevor Siemien. You guys are now historically a cut below everyone who came before you over the last 25 years. Congratulations. You earned every bit of it.


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