Benjamin Allbright joined the 1st and 10 at 10 crew on Orange and Blue 760 for his weekly appearance to talk Broncos.
This will be a difficult bye week for Denver as they are essentially out of the playoff race, with some numbers giving them a 12% chance of making the playoffs, and John Elway indicating that for the time being they would “stay the course” with the coaching staff.
Allbright made a great point on air when asked what the expectations should be of this team coming out of the bye that the team and fans need to forget about expectations for this season.
“Take expectation off the board. This coaching staff is not going to be back next year, I know they’re staying the course right now but they have already started on a short list for new coaches, there’s going to be changes in the front office as well, so start seeing what you have down the roster. Be sure what you have on your roster top to bottom so that going into the draft next year you can knock it out of the park like you just did this past year.”
From yesterday, before it was confirmed.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) November 6, 2018
Source went on to say they have already started putting together a short list for after the season. https://t.co/6LIFqspOvs
I think it’s a great point by Allbright and a good opportunity for Denver to stop coaching and playing for short term success, because this season is already lost, and start getting younger guys some playing time, and “free” reps.
Currently, some of that is already happening organically due to injury. with Bradley Roby, Brandon Marshall, and Darian Stewart out last week, Tremaine Brock, Josey Jewell, Will Parks and Su’a Cravens saw more playing time.
All three of the starters listed above, Allbright mentions likely won’t be back next year, so this is a perfect opportunity for Denver to continue to play the bottom portion of their roster to see what they have.
DeSean Hamilton is another player I would love to see more of as he gets healthy over the next few weeks. I would also like to see Denver throw Isaac Yiadom in a significant role so he can continue to take rookie lumps at corner when there isn’t as much at stake.
What do you think Broncos Country? Do you agree with this strategy? Who do you want to see more of after the bye week?