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For Broncos, when nobody is to blame, everyone is to blame

It’s all bad.

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Well that was just awful.

For the last few years, I find myself here in my basement long before the sun comes up typing out an article that points a crooked accusatory finger at someone for the Denver Broncos latest shortcoming following a loss. This particular morning, I’m not sure I have enough fingers to point.

What we are seeing this year is a complete failure from the top down.

Injuries have decimated the team and that’s nobody’s fault. However, it is incumbent upon the coaching staff to put the players they have in the best position to win. They aren’t doing that. The defense isn’t getting pressure, the offense is disjointed and wholly incapable of finding any rhythm. The Broncos brass spent the last two years drafting playmakers and it’s as if coaches forget they’re there for large swaths of the game.

You can’t blame the coaches when they’re given a decision between Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles. Let me put it this way, when the answer to your problem is Blake Bortles, you should have awareness that you haven’t addressed the issue. Forget the quarterback disaster for a moment. I let the coaches off the hook to some degree because the glaring deficiency in the team over the last 5 years, the offensive line, hasn’t been addressed. So is it John Elway’s fault? Sure, why not.

Or is it, rather, the fault of the gentleman who’s job it is to hold Elway accountable for his decisions? We could complain about Joe Ellis, but there is nobody to file that complaint with. Joe Ellis answers to nobody and so he’ll keep collecting a paycheck if they win or if they lose. While the Bowlen children continue to sue each other into oblivion over control of the team, Ellis will keep sharpening pencils at his desk, Elway will ignore the offensive line, the coaches will have to work with what they have, and the players, the ones that aren’t injured, will have to shoulder the responsibility for poor play.

The Broncos have a leadership and responsibility issue. Until those in charge take responsibility for the Denver Broncos, fans will continue to watch as our once proud franchise burns to the ground with each embarrassing loss.

HORSE TRACKS

Driskel benched, Broncos fall to 0-3 after loss to Bucs | Sports | lufkindailynews.com
DENVER (AP) — Jeff Driskel benched. Early punt blocked. Defense Tom Brady-ied.

Injury-ravaged Broncos have to find better way with players they have - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
Injuries are a convenient excuse for the Broncos' struggles in an 0-3 start, but they aren't giving themselves much of a chance for success, either.

‘We’re not in the business of excuses’: Broncos own up to shortcomings in loss to Bucs, turn ahead to ‘Thursday Night Football’
“I think the best thing coming off this 0-3 start is that we have a short week,” Harris said. “You’ve got to forget about [the loss]. You just have to go out there and play football.

Coach Fangio wears face shield after getting fined $100K for not pulling mask up | FOX31 Denver
Earlier this week, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was fined $100,000 for not pulling his face mask up during the game. On Sunday, Fangio was spotted wearing a face shield.

Buccaneers improve to 2-1, beat winless Broncos - ProFootballTalk

Kiszla: Broncos need new QB, new coach, new general manager. But what bad team misses most is late Mr. B holding these losers accountable. – The Denver Post
We're so sorry, Mr. B. Pat Bowlen, who built the Broncos into an elite NFL franchise because he settled for nothing less than the best, died June 13, 2019. It already seems like a long time ago.

South Park cut-outs spread across five sections at Broncos game - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
The cut-outs from the popular Comedy Central show helped to raise more than $130K for Denver Broncos Charities.

Rob Gronkowski of Tampa Bay Buccaneers marvels at Tom Brady's play
Tom Brady continued to improve in Week 3 for the Bucs, something not lost on longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski.

Lions earn their first win and hand Cardinals their first loss - ProFootballTalk

FMIA Week 3: Josh Allen's Pissed Off, Tony Romo's Proud and Buffalo's 3-0 - Peter King
Peter King's Football Morning In America column for Week 3 begins with Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. Other topics include Gale Sayers, Chiefs-Ravens.

O'Brien stresses 'no panic' for Texans following 0-3 start
Following losses to AFC heavyweights the Chiefs and Ravens, the Houston Texans lost to another undefeated conference foe on Sunday, falling to the Steelers, 28-21. But coach Bill O'Brien and quarterback Deshaun Watson are stressing that nobody's panicking

Washington DE Chase Young (groin) exited early vs. Browns
Washington defensive end Chase Young suffered a groin injury vs. Browns and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Short-handed Raiders struggle to stop Patriots' rushing attack in loss
The Las Vegas Raiders, playing without several key starters on both sides of the ball, had no answer for Rex Burkhead and the New England Patriots' rushing attack on Sunday. Judy Battista assess a young Raiders team still finding its way.

Rodgers 'comfortable' in offense; big numbers show it
Aaron Rodgers feels “really good” about where the offense is and that’s because he’s comfortable in the confines of Matt LaFleur’s offense in their second season together.

Chicago Bears bench Mitchell Trubisky for Nick Foles against Atlanta Falcons
Bears veteran quarterback Nick Foles came off the bench to replace Mitchell Trubisky and guided Chicago to a dramatic come-from-behind 30-26 victory over the Falcons.

New York Jets players back Adam Gase after third straight blowout loss
Facing questions about his job security after an 0-3 start, Jets coach Adam Gase said he's focusing on "getting our guys right."

Sean Payton - Two straight losses 'bit of a gut check' for undisciplined New Orleans Saints
For the first time since 2017, the Saints have dropped two games in a row as they continue to make too many mistakes. "We need to take a hard look here," Drew Brees said. "What we're doing, how we're doing it, we need to be doing it better, bottom line."

Russell Wilson bests Patrick Mahomes with record 14th TD in first three games
Russell Wilson has already turned in a historic season for the Seahawks after a record-setting day Sunday. The most impressive mark came with his 14th TD of the season, which broke Patrick Mahomes' 2018 mark for the most through three games.

49ers' Jordan Reed goes down with ankle injury at Giants' MetLife Stadium, exits again after brief return - CBSSports.com
49ers' Jordan Reed goes down with apparent ankle injury in Week 3 battle with Giants at MetLife Stadium

Bills vs. Rams final score: Buffalo bounces back after blowing 25-point lead to remain undefeated - CBSSports.com
The Bills watched a 28-3 lead disappear, then won it late behind Josh Allen and a questionable flag

Rex Burkhead says team was playing for James White after Patriots backfield turns in huge Week 3 performance - CBSSports.com
The Patriots rolled up 250 yards on the ground in a decisive win over the visiting Raiders

NFL Week 3 scores, highlights, updates, schedule: Lions quiet Kyler Murray hype as Prater hits game-winning FG - CBSSports.com
All the best highlights from Week 3 are right here

Joe Montana saves grandchild from would-be kidnapper after 'tussle' in Malibu home - CBSSports.com
The NFL legend is being hailed as a hero

Cowboys vs. Seahawks final score: Russell Wilson wins NFC shootout, outshines gritty Dak Prescott performance - CBSSports.com
This clash was everything the world thought it would be