The Denver Broncos are a mess. This is not something I expected after that magical 2015 Super Bowl run, but the days of Peyton Manning and John Elway proclaiming “This one is for PAT!” are long behind us.
Our Denver Broncos now have lost 7 straight games, they’re a team calling out their general manager, having brawls in practice and on the field, have made multiple quarterback changes, fired their offensive coordinator and have a first-year Head Coach who likely will go down best known for those words awkwardly uttered by Sergio Dipp.
It’s time to blow up the Denver Broncos.
It starts at the top too. Obviously, John Elway isn’t going anywhere(and honestly, nor should he) but hopefully this season is a giant kick in the -insert body part here- and humbles him some. Whatever he and his executives have been doing hasn’t been working and a big reason why the team is where it is.
Jay Glazer reports that Jim Harbaugh is still a “very hot” coaching candidate in the NFL & there are people in the NFL hoping he loses at Michigan in order to lure him back to NFL at some point.— Colby Valdez (@Colby_Valdez) November 27, 2017
A recent report said that Michigan & Harbaugh were discussing a lifetime contract.
It trickles down to the coaching staff too. Is it totally fair to fire first-time Head Coach Vance Joseph? Probably not, especially considering he inherited this mess, but he HAS to go. The team is underperforming, is undisciplined on and off the field, and he just looks lost. For someone who was proclaimed a “leader of men”, he isn’t living up to that. A majority of the remaining coaching staff can go as well. Start fresh.
Now to the roster.
You need to trim some veteran cap. Release players like C.J. Anderson (Free’s up $4.5M) and Aqib Talib(Free’s up $11M). This gives you more flexibility to make a major free agent acquisition to shore up an area of need(Like say...signing Kirk Cousins?). I’d also look into trading a few veterans on the defensive side of the ball. The window for this defense has been basically shut so put a few players on the market and see who bites. Get some much-needed picks and/or cap space in return.
Next would be figuring out your quarterback position. Will you back up the truck to pay someone like Kirk Cousins? Get a 1 or 2-year band-aid in Drew Brees? or use your potential top 5 or 10 pick on a quarterback prospect like Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold or Baker Mayfield? Either way, the answer to that question does not currently reside on the Broncos roster. Sorry $wag clan.
Once you get an idea of where you’re going at quarterback, it’s time to figure out the right tackle position for what seems like the third or fourth year in a row. Stop signing AFC West castoffs like Donald Stephenson and Menelik Watson. Please, stop. Get serious and spend another premium pick on one, sign a big name to a FA contract or trade someone like Shaquil Barrett or Shane Ray for one. It would suck trading away a pass rusher but you gotta do what you gotta do to acquire offensive line help.
Finally, I would address the run game. Obviously, the offense needs improvement, and getting a legit tailback will be one giant step in the right direction. The Shanahan days have spoiled this fan base thinking we can pluck some UDFA out of Murray State and turn them into an All-Pro. Those days are long gone and the Broncos need to spend a premium pick or money on a tailback, especially if you’re going with a rookie QB. Look at what Zeke Elliott and Leonard Fournette have done for the their respective teams. The Broncos need to go in that direction.
A dream scenario would be getting Kirk Cousins and then drafting Saquon Barkley in the first round. The offense would be fixed with two simple moves.
Obviously, there are more areas we need to address like which exact coach to target in the event that Joseph is fired and so on, but it’s clear. The Broncos need to ditch the PR “This isn’t a rebuild, it’s a reboot” and just rebuild.
Tuck that ego aside Mr. Elway and do it. The turn around in the NFL is fairly quickly anyways. Look at the Rams and Eagles for example.
I hope my long-winded opinion rant on what the Broncos should be easy enough to follow. What do you guys think? Am I overreacting a bit or is it time to blow this shit up?
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