As I watched Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Chad Henne flop into the end zone to put the exclamation mark on their 10th straight win over the Denver Broncos, for the first time in many years as a writer for Mile High Report, I was at a loss.
What could I possibly write that hasn’t already been said? Many of the problems that were highlighted on Sunday were problems that MHR covered last year. Rather than rephrase what’s already been said, I dove into last year’s Monday morning articles and let familiar complaints speak for themselves. Time may march on, but many of the issues with the Denver Broncos appear to remain consistent.
Dear Broncos -
What the f*** was that? No seriously, what was that? Because it couldn’t have been football. At least not “modern-day-NFL, everybody’s good” kind of football. No. No that was definitely something beside football. It was hot garbage.
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs December 15, 2019 - Broncos lose, 3-23
In loss to Chiefs, glaring issues sink Broncos
Needless to say, there was a great deal to learn from in Sunday’s ugly loss to the Chiefs. Do you want to see how your team performs under pressure? Put them...in the snow. It was bad. It was awful. It was...unwatchable.
On offense, it’s fair to say that Drew Lock struggled.
Make no mistake, this year’s disaster in orange and blue has the ability to do great things. We have seen flashes of competency only to have it trounced by bumbling Broncos buffoonery. It feels like in every game this year, once the Broncos get things going, they are unable to sustain that momentum from drive-to-drive, quarter-to-quarter, and half-to-half. Ironically, it’s this inconsistency that has made them consistent losers in 2019.
The Broncos are not resilient. The moment [Drew Lock] threw that interception [in the beginning] of the 2nd quarter, the Broncos weren’t able to shake off that misfortune...Be it a turnover, a penalty, an unsuccessful drive, or something else, it’s as though the team expects to be defeated by these passing events and the prophecy self-fulfills. Until the Broncos can keep the little things from becoming catastrophic, this cycle of will repeat loss after loss after loss.
Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills - November 24, 2019 - Broncos lose, 3-20
Starting Drew Lock may be only option to quiet Mile High boo birds
We can talk about balls that inexplicably bounce off receivers’ hands in key moments, of which there were again too many...Perhaps we should discuss asinine offensive plays that, at their core, never had any prayer of moving the sticks.
The problems with Denver are many and, as fans, there’s nothing we can do but enjoy the ride as the Broncos explore both new and familiar ways to lose winnable football games.
Forget “death by inches,” this is death by bad football bludgeoning... and it’s still October.
To end on a positive note, I will say this:
For as awful as Denver looked on Sunday against the Chiefs (again), there was a common thread in each of these 2019 articles - the poor play of Garett Bolles. It would be unfair of me to end this article without praising Bolles for his growth this year over last. It was a comforting surprise having to skip over all that criticism when writing this.
Watch the highlights from the Broncos' 43-16 loss to the Chiefs.
Broncos' 10 straight losses to Chiefs include two subpar games from Drew Lock - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
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Chiefs continue dominance of Broncos with lopsided 43-16 win – The Denver Post
The weather conditions were frigid -- 14 degrees (wind chill of 1) at kickoff -- and so is the Chiefs-Broncos rivalry. Kansas City (5-1) made it 10 consecutive wins over the Broncos (2-4).
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