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Broncos coaching staff embarrasses itself against 2-10 49ers team

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That was the best they could do?

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On Sunday, the Denver Broncos stormed into the site of their Super Bowl 50 victory with food on their face, pants un-zipped, and shoes untied.

The Broncos weren’t ready to play to the San Francisco 49ers.

With just one threat on the 49ers offense, the Broncos allowed tight end George Kittle to ring them up for over 200 yards... in the first half. Playoff teams don’t allow career games to players who have nothing to play for, especially when the scouting report has this guy’s name highlighted and circled in red sharpie. Just think what Chubb and Miller could have done with a coordinator who actually knew how to move them around on the line to get after the quarterback. Part of me feels like I’m being too harsh, but damn... a tight end on a 2-10 team got over 200 yards on the Broncos? How the do you let that happen?! Defensive coordinator Joe Woods should be ashamed.

I’m convinced Bill Musgrave has no clue what he’s doing. Empty sets on third down have become a staple. A staple, except in the last play of the game when we need a Hail Mary to make something happen, when we know the 49ers are only going to rush three. I would never pretend to know more about how to use personnel, but I know that Lindsay is money when running off the edge. Where are the pitches outside? On short yardage, why run him inside?

For as awful as Musgrave’s play-calling was on the ground, his calls in the air were equally infuriating. How do you pay a quarterback $18 million a year and not let him throw past his arm’s length? Dinking and dunking has its place, but when it’s not working you have to come up with something else. When the box is stacked on every play, it’s time to throw it past the sticks. I know that Keenum is better than the plays that are being called for him. I’ve seen it. Without stretching the field, opposing defense don’t have to be at all creative. They just have to hunker down and let the swing pass crap out in front of them.... every... single... time...

Which brings me to Vance Joseph. I can bring up his play challenging history and his clock management track-record, but instead, I’d like to try an exercise. Right now, google Vance Joseph... Now select images. Do those pictures look like a man of confidence, poise, and determination? Did you notice this?

When your head coach is the google poster-child for the word ‘confused,’ you’ve got problems. That’s a sign that the fanbase has seen enough. While I’d like to lay blame at the feet of Joe Woods or Bill Musgrave, responsibility ultimately falls upon this man... the man whom Google associates with confusion.

I’m all for giving breaks where breaks are due, but at what point can a fan claim that they’ve seen enough? This fan certainly has.

Horse Tracks

Why it happened: 49ers 20, Broncos 14
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Dallas wanted to get their tight end back in the fold

Dolphins shock Patriots with miracle 69-yard touchdown on final play to pull off upset win - CBSSports.com
The Dolphins lateraled and waved their way to a game-winning TD on the final play against the Patriots

Broncos know they must win out to have chance in crowded AFC Wild Card race
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Broncos, playoff chances collapse against 49ers - AFC West- ESPN
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49ers deal serious blow to the Broncos, Denver loses to San Francisco 20-14 - Denver7 TheDenverChannel.com
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Redskins to start Josh Johnson over Mark Sanchez
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Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald passes Jerry Rice
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Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys RB, first offensive player to be penalized for lowering head
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Saints clinch second consecutive NFC South title - NFL.com
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Ryan Tannehill on Miami Miracle: 'Pretty amazing' - NFL.com
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McCarthy's open to coaching in 2019, but only if it's the right connection with a franchise and its ownership

Numerous NFL teams remain in contact with Kareem Hunt while he undergoes counseling - CBSSports.com
Hunt, who was cut by the Chiefs, awaits discipline for shoving and kicking a woman

Joe Philbin loses two challenges less than two minutes into Packers coaching debut - CBSSports.com
Philbin challenged two of the first four plays and lost both times

Cowboys made 'multiple attempts' to get Jason Witten out of retirement, everyone wants it to happen - CBSSports.com
Dallas wanted to get their tight end back in the fold

Dolphins shock Patriots with miracle 69-yard touchdown on final play to pull off upset win - CBSSports.com
The Dolphins lateraled and waved their way to a game-winning TD on the final play against the Patriots