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Have the Denver Broncos found their way?

It feels like the Broncos are moving in the right direction.

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After the loss to preseason loss to Minnesota, I voiced my concerns about Broncos leadership. Since the roster cuts came down, I am encouraged that accountability and expectations are in place.

First and foremost, I am relieved that the Paxton Lynch experiment has finally come to an end. Credit to John Elway for making the tough choice and cutting bait on a draft pick that proved itself otherwise doomed. No longer will coach Vance Joseph be put in a position where the success of his team will be at odds with unattainable goals set for a disastrous 1st round pick. Truth be told, my heart goes out to Lynch. Like the rest of us, I thought his future in Denver would have more to it than it did. Let’s note the disappointment and learn from it, but not wallow in it.

Like many, I was surprised that the Broncos so quickly swung an ax on Isaiah McKenzie. While he struggled (to put it kindly) last year, I thought he started to show promise this offseason. Not fumbling on every possession is a marked improvement that hopefully shows maturation and development in the young returner. I imagine reality had to set in pretty quick when Isaiah was cut, signed to the practice squad, and subsequently activated to the 53-man roster within just 48 hours. Few things will get someone’s attention quite like holding them over the edge of the abyss and then pulling them back to give them a second chance. Here’s hoping McKenzie makes the most of what is more than likely his last opportunity with the Denver Broncos. No pressure.

The only move I question is the retention of running back Devontae Booker. In his time with the Broncos, Booker has proven that he isn’t a home run hitter. He’s not a bruiser. When it’s 3rd and 4, with the game on the line, there isn’t a defense out there that’s worried what Booker is going to do to them. That could change with the addition of Case Keenum and his ability to stretch the field, but the preseason provided evidence that more of the same is in store. That said, I have the highest of hopes that Booker finds himself and makes me eat these words. Pass the hot sauce, please.

Denver hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday to open the 2018 season. The history books of this year have yet to be written. Indications seem to be that the Broncos have learned from the mistakes from the last couple years and turned the page of missteps of recent history. Let’s hope so.

Go Broncos!


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