The Denver Broncos finished the 2019 season with a losing record, but it really became a tale of two different parts to the season. The first part saw Denver go 3-8 after an 0-4 start through two quarterbacks and seemingly with few hopes for a spark.
Enter rookie quarterback Drew Lock. He was the spark the whole team needed and it seemed like everyone played a little harder and a little better in the seasons final five games. Head Coach Vic Fangio was proud of the way this team rallied down the stretch.
“To start the way our season started and end up 7-9, although 7-9 is a record that nobody’s proud of and it’s not the rich tradition that this franchise is used to, I do think it says something about the guys,” Fangio said after the game on Sunday. “Like I’ve told you guys—we’ve got a good team. Our record isn’t good, but we have a bunch of good guys and good teammates that are together. These guys gave great effort all year. I don’t think that’s debatable. I’ve been in two other places with first-year staffs where we started 1-4 and 0-5 and ended up both of those seasons 7-9 and that next year won 12 games. I’m not saying we’re going to win 12 games, but I think when you end positively it can carry over to the next season.”
Despite both the Oakland Raiders and Broncos finished with the same 7-9 record, there has to be a lot more excitement in Denver than in Las Vegas (or wherever they live now). The Raiders were once sitting at 6-4 and fighting for the AFC West lead, but they have since lost five and six games and got knocked down to third place in the division. Meanwhile, the Broncos finished by winning four of their last five with a rookie quarterback.
There is plenty this franchise can build on heading into 2020.