With stability at the head coaching position, a clear starter under center, and high octane offensive acquisitions like Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okuegbunam, 2020 was supposed to be the year things got back on track in Broncos Country.
It all started to unravel in the days leading up to week 1 when Von Miller dislocated a tendon in his ankle. If we only knew then what we know now about the parade of injuries that would follow, we could have tempered expectations.
Broncos IR list:— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 29, 2020
Von Miller, $18M
AJ Bouye, $13.4M
Jurrell Casey, $11.8M
Eli Wilkinson, $3.3M
Mark Barron, $2.5M
Courtland Sutton, $1.1M
D Walker, $1.1 million
D Jones, $685,400
Justin Strnad, $637,772
Austin Calitro, $502,942
Austin Fort, $400,000
Total ……. $53.42M#9sports
The sad thing is that this is just the IR list through September 29th, just three weeks into the season!
We have come to realize that Drew Lock is not yet the gunslinger we had hoped he would be. The Broncos inability to score touchdowns over field goals, combined with a turnover ratio of -20, have made winning football games all the more difficult. Whether it’s missed field goals, dropped passes, poorly timed penalties, or just dumb luck, the Broncos have not been able to put a consistent effort together week after week.
Of course, COVID-19 didn’t help. The Broncos lost their bye week, had to rearrange their schedule to benefit another team, had to play without Brandon McManus, and were even were forced to play a game with no quarterbacks.
Does it get any worse?
Really, a season like this is a blessing. It will be one that we can all point at say that it was one of the worst ever and we survived it. Even if, heaven forbid, the Broncos have a winless season, we can always say that at least we weren’t forced by the NFL to start a practice squad wide receiver at quarterback.
For many reasons, folks are ready for 2020 to be over. The season the Denver Broncos had is one of the minor ones. It’s time for the Broncos to lick their wounds, find the positives in this season (however few their are), and start building for 2021. I can’t wait to turn the page and look forward to better days.
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