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How bad is it to lose to two teams that were a combined 1-9 two weeks ago? Equally as bad as it is to lose to two teams that are a combined 10-3 now.

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Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced today that inside linebacker Todd Davis suffered a high-ankle sprain during the game yesterday. We will have a breakdown of what this means to Denver and their run-defense with alternate inside linebacker Corey Nelson sent to injured reserve last week. The jury on Trevor Siemian is mostly in, but the next two weeks present all kinds of positive opportunities. We will look ahead at the next four games and converse heavily on the Broncos immediate future. Also, there were bright spots in the Broncos inaugural game against the Los Angeles Chargers—we'll have all of that and get to as many of your questions as possible! Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now.

Posted by Mile High Report: A Denver Broncos Blog on Monday, October 23, 2017

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Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced today that inside linebacker Todd Davis suffered a high-ankle sprain during the game yesterday. We will have a breakdown of what this means to Denver and their run-defense with alternate inside linebacker Corey Nelson sent to injured reserve last week.

The jury on Trevor Siemian is mostly in, but the next two weeks present all kinds of positive opportunities. We will look ahead at the next four games and converse heavily on the Broncos immediate future.

Also, there were bright spots in the Broncos inaugural game against the Los Angeles Chargers—we'll have all of that and get to as many of your questions as possible!

Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now.

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GONE, DYNASTY

and where Denver is heading

Trevor Siemian actually is the future.

He was discovered by either former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak or former Denver quarterback coach Greg Knapp depending on whether you hear the story from Kubiak or someone else.

Siemian was the future when Kubiak boasted about him at the scouting combine while John Elway courted Brock Osweiler (in 2016), Colin Kaepernick, Brian Hoyer and had a cup of coffee over Ryan Fitzpatrick. Siemian was the future when he was set up to defy fan expectations in the 2016 training camp, hardly facing Denver's Super Bowl defense in training camp, instead Mark Sanchez was sacrificed to the defense.

In 2017 it was predominantly Paxton Lynch who faced-off with Denver's first team defense when it was reported that Siemian 'won the day'.

Siemian is the future, he is the plan.

Fans who find themselves in Siemian's corner do not exist, if you like him as a quarterback for the Broncos you like him for some other reason than his talent. The late round narrative is false, as it is now nearly as likely that a late round quarterback or an undrafted quarterback will start for your football team (and make the Hall of Fame). It is also a pretty solid bet that Siemian is the worst college quarterback in history to start Week 1 for an NFL team.

The Broncos did not win a divisional road game last season and they have not won one this season.

Sunday's starting defense featured eight players that were signed or drafted during the John Fox Era (Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, Shaquil Barrett, Brandon Marshall, Todd Davis, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris and Bradley Roby). We do not need to get into how many of those guys were undrafted, but half of them were and it was under Fox that they were signed. Elway does not have a huge amount of want or enforced will within the undrafted signings that happen on the final day of the draft. Darian Stewart signed as a no-name free agent under Gary Kubiak, via Kubiak's personal recommendation, Shelby Harris was signed this offseason under defensive coordinator Joe Wood's recommendation and Justin Simmons was drafted last season under Kubiak with the blessing of Woods.

Denver's starting offense on Sunday featured eight players that were signed or drafted exclusively under Elway without Fox (Trevor Siemian, Garett Bolles, Max Garcia, Ron Leary, Allen Barbre, Andy Janovich, Bennie Fowler, Jordan Taylor). Matt Paradis (drafted), Virgil Green (drafted) and C.J. Anderson (undrafted) were acquired during Fox's era, while Emmanuel Sanders was signed via free agency under Fox as well. While Demaryius Thomas stretches all of the way back to the Josh McDaniels Era.

Siemian is the future.

And the worst part?

Siemian is un-signable.

He has little trade value and by the time that he hits free agency at the end of 2018 he will be priced so high that he will be unaffordable for the Broncos. Look back at the Osweiler contract or Mike Glennon’s contract this past offseason. In fact, if you look at whose contracts end in 2019, Denver could be scheduled to self-destruct in 2019.

The Broncos have 13 players under contract for the 2020 season: Von Miller, Brandon Marshall, Ron Leary, Darian Stewart, Brandon McManus, Garett Bolles, DeMarcus Walker, Carlos Henderson, Brendan Langley, Jake Butt, Isaiah McKenzie, De'Angelo Henderson and they have options on Chad Kelly and Paxton Lynch.

The brains that put this defense together are long gone and the staff that put this offense together just got contract extensions or new deals all together.

Siemian is the future and much like October, the Broncos aren't prepared for it.