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Instant reactions: The Denver Broncos are an absolute tragedy

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, the Denver Broncos were devoured by the Philadelphia Eagles 51-23 at Lincoln Financial Field.

NFL: Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

If you were one of the fans hoping that the Denver Broncos would turn things around against the Philadelphia Eagles — I’m sorry they let you down.

But most of all, I’m confused as to why you felt that was ever going to happen in the first place. What could inspire such a false hope? What could have led anyone to believe that the misguided and hapless Broncos were going to head on the road and defeat the league’s best team? I’m absolutely dying to know.

I’ve never witnessed a real life train wreck, but the way the Denver Broncos played against the Philadelphia Eagles this afternoon has to be close enough. What an absolute disaster. A franchise in complete disarray only got worse as they were thoroughly destroyed on the road by the high-flying Eagles 51-23.

Congratulations to the Eagles for playing a tremendous football game. They exposed the Broncos as complete frauds, whose performance today was nothing short of disgraceful. Best of luck to Philadelphia and their endeavors the rest of the season. Maybe if they win the Super Bowl, we can look back on this dumpster fire of a season and say, “Hey, at least we lost to the Super Bowl champions!”

A lack of discipline. A lack of passion, emotion and fire. Today’s effort by the Broncos was one of the most abhorrent I have ever seen in over two decades of watching football passionately. It was inexcusable, unfathomable and perfectly encapsulates the tragedy the team has devolved to over the course of the past four weeks. If this isn’t a wake up call for the boys in blue and orange, I’m not sure what is.

Stick a fork in ‘em, because the Broncos are done.

Let’s be honest though — Denver been done since their bed-shitting against the New York Giants. I didn’t think we would see a game as bad as that bad for a while, but after today’s implosion on the road in Philadelphia, it’s clear the team has already mailed it in. Just how low will the Broncos go this season? Nobody knows, but if we are lucky enough, it just might be bad enough to clinch a top five draft selection.

Maybe the franchise will get lucky and select another franchise player like Von Miller. Lord knows we could certainly use one. Or perhaps we will snag the next Ted Gregory at the top of the board and set back the team another five years. I’m eager to see what kind of draft plan develops at Dove Valley, because it’s apparent that the team will need all they help they can get to turn this shit show around.

At this point in time, there is no margin for error. The team that was destroyed today is one that John Elway assembled. Criticizing him is considered very taboo, but with games like these — it’s hard not to point the finger. It’s time for Elway and his staff to do whatever it takes to fix a mess they created. From top to bottom, this 2017 Broncos team is an unmitigated disaster. The spirit and pulse of this franchise hasn’t been this low since Josh McDaniels left it in a pile of ashes years ago.

Coaching changes, a fire-sale of players who are under-performing or have undesirable contracts — all options must be on the table. It’s going to take a major overhaul to get things going in the right direction. It’s going to painful and it isn’t going to be easy, but the Broncos can’t afford to keep with the status quo and ride into next season as woefully unprepared as they did this year. If they do, expect the same results and prepare to be tortured watching your beloved franchise every weekend.

I didn’t expect a win against the Eagles, but I certainly expected better than the catastrophe we all witnessed today. All week long, the Broncos players and coaches talked about holding themselves accountable, that they would be more prepared and hold themselves to a higher standard of play. That certainly didn’t happen.

Here is a tip fellas: If you want fans to start believing in you, actually play well enough and do something of merit on the gridiron that inspires that belief. Talk is cheap. All season long you have been all hat and no cattle. I don’t expect that to change either.

It’s time to start firing up those mock drafts and begin dreaming about the offseason, because nothing short of a miracle or divine intervention is going to stop this nightmare.