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Has Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph lost the locker room?

On the Mile High Report Radio podcast, Ian St. Clair and I can’t understand what Vance Joseph is doing, and he has lost the locker room.

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In the wake of the Denver Broncos embarrassing defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers, there are several questions swirling around the team. Most of all, the questions involve Trevor Siemian, the offense, and what it will take to put some points on the board.

As Ian St. Clair and I discussed on the latest MHR Radio podcast, Vance Joseph seems like a head coach that has lost his locker room. It happened last year, when Gary Kubiak’s offense struggled to put points on the board. The grumbling has already begun from some players on defense.

Just look at the quotes from Chris Harris, Jr. about not being able to give up points. Imagine being a player who knows you won’t win another game if you give up any points. The lack of confidence the Denver defense has in the offense is telling. Two weeks in a row, the offense has been a complete failure on the field.

When asked about the problems on offense, Joseph was quick to spread the blame around. The offensive line has been bad, the running game needs to get going, starting field position was terrible, and on and on. The list is filled with issues, but according to Joseph it is “not a Siemian problem.”

Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around, but in the end, the head coach needs to step in and make a change. Joseph has already declared there will be no change at quarterback. Either he is too scared to make the change, or he isn’t the one making the change. Both possibilities leave the defense hanging in the wind.

The quotes from defensive players like Harris show the defense has lost hope. The Broncos have the best defense in the league, but if the offense can’t score, it is just a waste. And with opposing teams seemingly knowing Siemian’s every move, it doesn’t appear points will be coming anytime soon.

There will be a mutiny at some point in the Broncos locker room if Joseph and his staff can’t turn things around. If they aren’t willing to make a change, things could get ugly very quickly.

As I said on the podcast, my players to watch in the upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs are Aqib Talib, Derek Wolfe, and Von Miller. Not on the field, but on the sidelines. If the offense fails to stay on the field, fails to score points, fails to pull their weight, this defense will mutiny.

For almost a season and a half, the story has been the same. The leash with Joseph will be shorter for the players. The issues that cropped up last year in the locker room are already peeking out this season. Vance Joseph needs to be a leader of men, step up, and make the necessary move to regain control of a locker room that is losing faith in his leadership.

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