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Broncos fans looking for answers after loss to Packers

Broncos Country finds fertile ground looking to lay blame for abysmal start to 2019 season.

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The 2019 Denver Broncos are now 0-3.

The once heralded Denver defense featuring Chris Harris, Jr., Von Miller, and Bradley Chubb has registered 0 turnovers and 0 sacks. The coach that was sold as a no-nonsense, old-school hire may have not been the institutional change that John Elway had hoped for. Many fans are scratching their disappointed heads looking for answers. So, what does Broncos Country view as the problem? As the game against the Packers was shambling to its eventual end, I was curious...

As one might imagine, there were plenty of eager fingers pointing to what fans believe to be the issue(s) in Denver.

These fans aren’t totally wrong. John Elway deserves some credit for what we’ve seen. Everything the Broncos did this offseason, the coaching change, free agency moves, the draft, were all his doing. However, John Elway hasn’t played a down of football in over 20 years. It wasn’t his play on the field that allowed Green Bay to amass 27 points. Maybe it’s something wrong with coaching?

Vic Fangio and his staff are three games into their first season coaching the Denver Broncos. As much as I’d like to heap blame upon them, I struggle to do so this early in the season (Check back with me in a couple months). Last week against the Bears, Denver had every chance in the world to win it. On Sunday against Green Bay, Denver’s rushing attack with Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay racked-up 144-yards and two touchdowns. The Denver defense held the Packers’ backs to just 77-yards and two costly touchdowns on short fields, but they managed to keep Aaron Rodgers from going totally nuclear. Were it not for individual mistakes at key moments, Denver should have won. That said, I have a hard time declaring total incompetence reigning supreme in their coaching ranks.

So who is right?

Let me put it this way, none of them are wrong. Frankly, I blame everyone and everything. Yes, it freaks me out that Von Miller and Bradley Chubb haven’t gotten a sack. Yes, there have been some moments where I’ve wondered about play calls (and just who advised Fangio to challenge for an offensive pass interference penalty?) ...and just how does a 1st round draft pick have the ball so simply plucked from his arms during play? Right now there are more questions than answers.

As much as I’d like to be able to provide one, there is no simple fix for what ails these Denver Broncos. From Ellis and Elway on down to the players, they got here together. This 0-3 start hangs on their shoulders and poor performance doesn’t just go away on its own. With Jacksonville coming to Mile High this week, something needs to happen to initiate the much needed turnaround. It’ll be interesting to see how, in days, weeks, months, and hopefully not years, the Broncos pull themselves out of this mess.


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