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John Elway called the players soft. I’m calling them out.

Elway called them soft. I’m calling them out.

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Six in a row, Broncos Country! Can you feel it? With the 2017 season all but swirling the drain (toilet?), it’s time to look to the future. Go ahead and book that early January vacation. Break out those mock drafts. Most importantly, it’s time to start looking at the roster.

Outside of a trade or a horrendous salary cap hit, I know that contractually, we are likely stuck with many of these players. On the converse of that, many of these players are on one year/the last year of their contract and won’t be back anyway. It does however, need to be noted that certain players are not playing up to the level that the Denver Broncos organization and their fans expect. Regardless of what the various contract situations may be, I’m going to shine a light on those that deserve some scrutiny during this abysmal 2017 Broncos season.

Elway called them soft, I’m calling them out.

Let’s start with the offense since it’s the unit most in turmoil.

  • Brock Osweiler
  • Trevor Siemian
  • C.J. Anderson
  • Andy Janovich
  • Donald Stephenson
  • Connor McGovern
  • Max Garcia
  • Ron Leary
  • Connor McGovern
  • Virgil Green
  • Jeff Heuerman
  • Bennie Fowler III
  • Isaiah McKenzie
  • Demaryius Thomas

It’s no secret that the quarterbacks are just awful. Trevor has all but played his last snap in Denver and wasn’t even active against the Bengals. Brock has been an improvement, but will never be the uncontested starter. He would, however, make an intriguing candidate to be a veteran backup going forward.

CJ Anderson got his big contract going into the 2016 season and hasn’t lived up to the big money that Elway has paid him. Sitting at 573-yards for the season with 3 total touchdowns and just a single game with over 100-yards, he’s not looking like a career feature back. Certainly not for the jack he’s making.

I feel bad for Andy Janovich. We haven’t had a chance to see what he can really do because the offense just isn’t geared toward using a fullback. If we aren’t going to use him or his skills, why is he here? It’s like keeping a drop-kick specialist on the roster just in case. It boggles the mind.

The offensive linemen... Just about all of them. One of the worst units in the NFL deserves some major scrutiny. From week to week, some of them play well and others don’t. Then it switches and then there’s a week they are all terrible. It’s just a mush-mash of awful. I know some of these folks will be back next season, but there’s nobody in this group any Broncos fans would freak out over losing... and for good reason.

Then there’s the tight ends. At what point can we declare the Virgil Green experiment over? Every year we hear that he’s going to have a great season as a receiving tight end and then we have games like the one on Sunday where ham-hands fails to bring one in and then stares at his fingers like they’ve betrayed him or something (Scotty’s observation). The Jeff Huerman thing just never got going and it’s becoming clear that it just won’t. The miracle moment where he suddenly turns into Shannon Sharpe isn’t coming.

The common problem with the group of receivers that round out this list all have one thing in common.

Bennie Fowler just isn’t whatever it is we are trying to get him to be. Isaiah McKenzie has been a disaster in the return game and as a receiver he hasn’t hardly seen the field. Then there’s Demaryius Thomas. DT is good for at least two drops a game and up until recently, hasn’t been able to find the end zone with any consistency. Sure, if it were Bennie Fowler with his production, I’d be happy. However, with that monster contract and lack of any real production (outside of the incredible 3-game touchdown streak-yay) he’s the first person I look to on this offense as an epic disappointment.

It’s difficult for me to go after folks on the defensive side of the ball because I feel, as most of Broncos Country does, that they have gotten a raw deal this season with how putrid the offense has been.

  • Todd Davis
  • Shane Ray
  • Bradley Roby

On a defense of names, Todd Davis is just a guy. His 1 sack and 46 tackles just isn’t good enough. He’s the guy you always hear on the game broadcasts that almost just did something. He almost caught the interception. Almost made the stop. Almost. Just... Shoot. He was nearly there.

Coming back from his injury, Shane Ray hasn’t been the dominant force that everyone hoped would replace Demarcus Ware. While those are huge shoes to fill, it’s just not good enough. In three games, just 10 tackles and 1 sack? In the three games he’s been back, defenses have scored a combined 112 points. 10 tackles and 1 sack is the best he can do?

Rounding out this list is Bradley Roby. When he was drafted, the knock against him was that he was inconsistent. That’s the knock I have against him today. When he’s on, he’s great. When he’s off? Offenses go after him like Roc Alexander and reap huge benefits for doing so. If there is a weak link in the Broncos secondary, it wears #29.

I’m not singling these guys out to me mean or make them feel bad. I am singling them out because the Broncos are riding a 6-game losing streak right into the dumper and I’m mad as hell about it. Last week, I went off of the coaches. This week, it’s time for the players to be accountable for what could turn out to be the worst Broncos team since the strike-shortened 1982 season.


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