Is there anything that can be said after the Denver Broncos were blown out by the Miami Dolphins? While the team continues to slide into the abyss of 2017, what can we take away from the Week 13 drubbing?
As I discussed with Ian St. Clair on the MHR Radio postgame recap, if I were a head coach, I would probably burn the tape. There is nothing that this team is going to learn from watching the whooping they received. The early safety on a bad snap to Trevor Siemian was indicative of just how hard it has become to watch Denver play.
As a fan, I’m at a loss. My head tells me that the best thing for the Denver Broncos is to get a high draft pick, but my heart hates to watch the team fold like a paper airplane. This paper airplane is headed to the garbage, and that takes all the fun out of it.
Justin Simmons is having a good game, but the lack of offense is keeping that defense on the field too much. https://t.co/lNuU9fLK3M— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) December 3, 2017
There were flashes. Justin Simmons had a great play on his pick-six. He has played well, and helped Broncos Country forget about T.J. Ward. Shelby Harris picked up a sack, and Von Miller inched closer to his sixth 10-sack season. But the positivity is hard to find.
And that brings us to the garbage the the Denver Broncos are currently putting on the field. This cannot continue without people being held accountable. The fact of the matter is that Vance Joseph has not just lost his football team, he has embarrassed the entire franchise. If the Broncos had been competitive for the last several weeks, this would be considered reactionary. They haven’t, and this isn’t.
Vance Joseph must not be allowed on the plane back to Denver. Losing is one thing. Being embarrassed should cost him his job before the game is over. #Broncos need some changes yesterday.— Adam Malnati (@AdamMalnati16) December 3, 2017
Joseph may be in an impossible situation. The Broncos don’t have a quarterback. Trevor Siemian has proved over and over that he is not a NFL-caliber QB. Brock Osweiler is not good. Paxton Lynch has been mishandled and will never be a starter for the Broncos.
None of that matters. Vance Joseph is tasked with getting this team ready. Against Miami, he showed once again, he is incapable of that.
I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. I want to point to great coaches and their bad first seasons and think that Joseph could also become great. But he just keeps sending Isaiah McKenzie out there to return punts, which is just one example of a man who has no clue about what he is doing.
Isaiah McKenzie should never return a punt again— trey wingo (@wingoz) December 3, 2017
The Denver Broncos ended the game in some strange attempt to show toughness, or make a statement. Calling timeouts to try and score points while down 35-9 seems like a way to show that you will go out kicking and screaming. The execution was the perfect example of how the Broncos season has gone. Time out with 11 seconds left - sack. Timeout with 3 seconds left - Siemian throws it out of the back of the end zone.
The Broncos need to throw this season out of the back of the end zone, fire Vance Joseph, and commit fully to the rebuild process. There is no other path worth walking now.