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...
Okay, Broncos are moments away from 0-3. Who/what do you blame?— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 22, 2019
As one might imagine, there were plenty of eager fingers pointing to what fans believe to be the issue(s) in Denver.
We have tried new head coaches. Didn't work. New QBs. Hasn't worked. O-line has been one of the worst in the league for years. Hasn't changed. Draft picks for the most part have been irrelevant or bad. I know it seems like the easy response, but maybe it's time to #fireelway?— Phil Munsterman (@pmunsterman) September 22, 2019
Elway/Ellis for continually delaying a rebuild— Stanley Earl (@B0V1CE) September 22, 2019
Elway.— Lisa (@liselm17) September 22, 2019
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?
I'm starting to seriously question Fangio's scheme. We KNOW Von and Chubb can wreck games. Weve seen then do it repeatedly. They should be doing it. But in Fangio's scheme, for some reason, they're not.— Taylor Kothe (@TaylorKothe) September 22, 2019
Why is Fangio dropping Miller and Chubb into coverage Rich Scangarello only targeted Sanders 4x’s when he almost single handling won us the game last week. I’m sick of Joe holding the ball, lack of not allowing Miller and Chubb to rush, the offensive and defensive schemes suck— wal_street (@Wal_street) September 22, 2019
Fangio and defensive adjustments— Scott (@citycity11) September 22, 2019
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.
A lot of the sacks today are on Flacco for not throwing it away.. Oline did good in run block but trash in pass block, defense as a whole... defensive play calling. Still way to much cussion..— Justin Barrow (@barrow645) September 22, 2019
Flacco didn’t play great today, another ref screw job out of points, bad punting, and our reliable kicker is not so reliable anymore, missed fg last week (didn’t count) missed PAT today, still not good at ILB and play calling.— kalvin (@kalvinwoody) September 22, 2019
Defense. I hate to keep beating the dead horse, but seriously.— Braequan - About to move to Buffalo (@braequan_623) September 22, 2019
Three games have been played, and this defense has zero sacks and zero takeaways. The DOLPHINS managed both of those things, but Denver hasn't.
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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