When the Denver Broncos made the move to Brock Osweiler, a false sense of hope wafted over Broncos Country. Not hope that the Broncos would win, as much as hope that the Broncos would be competitive. The Philadelphia Eagles stamped out any sense hope for Broncos fans, and the season feels all but over.
As Ian St. Clair and I discussed on the Mile High Report Radio podcast, the Denver Broncos looked so bad, they appear to be on to 2018. When the Eagles hung 51 around the Broncos neck it marked a turning point for the franchise. There seems to be no recovery for the 2017 season, and the focus will likely turn to how the team can improve in next year.
While the loss was not a surprise, the way it happened was shocking. The defense was outplayed. Has that been written about a Denver Broncos defense in recent years? Not often. During the loss to the Chiefs John Gruden said the Broncos defense doesn’t watch the scoreboard, they just work.
Well, they quit working against the Eagles. After carrying the offense on their shoulders, dragging them around at times, the defense finally collapsed under the weight of that pressure.
Playing with the pressure of needing to give up zero points to win a game will catch up with any defense. Denver’s defense lasted half a season before they succumbed to the constant onslaught of offensive ineptitude. Since the Denver Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys a lifetime ago, nothing has gone right for the offense.
Spending $21 million on WRs, missing on picks, drafting 1st rd QB with no development plan... that has to catch up to you. Right? #Broncos— Raj Sharan (@Raj_Sharan) November 5, 2017
Once again, the offense was horrendous. There will be fans pointing and saying this was never about Trevor Siemian. They will be right. This is about an offensive unit that has no sense of direction. No sense of self. From the top down, the Broncos are a lost organization. Osweiler was never going to fix that.