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ESPN’s ‘future power rankings’ has Broncos weighed down by QB and coaching

The Denver Broncos future is uncertain according to ESPN analysts and it mostly has to do with quarterback and coaching.

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It’ll be another two plus months before we start seeing weekly power rankings lists, but we do have ESPN’s ‘future power rankings’ to review here today. This goes beyond 2021 as the analysts in this feature ranked teams according to their three-year window from 2021-2023.

The Denver Broncos did okay in some areas, but a couple of very poor outlooks bogged them down to 24th overall.

It’s hard not to disagree at all with these rankings. Overall, the team has a pretty strong roster and while I think 12 is a bit low I can see how they might have a less positive outlook than me (a Bronco fan).

Why they’re here: The Broncos have one of the league’s best defenses — filled with talented and feisty competitors — a wide receiver group that is drenched with possible stardom and a dynamic tight end. The missing link, however, is a quarterback who can be counted on right now as the long-range answer. Drew Lock’s inconsistent start to his career casts more questions than answers about his future, and the team bypassed two first-round quarterbacks at pick No. 9 this year. If Denver gets its hands on a QB solution, watch out. — Yates

They went on to discuss other things like the teams biggest worry (QB obviously) and how it could change for the better (receiving corps), but the above snippet was supposed to tell us all and it told us nothing we all didn’t already know.

The ranking that had me most curious was coaching. Why do the analysts at ESPN feel the coaching in Denver is one of the worst in the NFL? If its an indictment on their losing records and some of Vic Fangio’s more questionable in-game decisions, then I get it. However, if its about the coaching as a whole and the coaching staff itself, I would wholeheartedly disagree.

You look at how Fangio kept the team competitive despite have the second most injuries in the NFL last season (49ers led that category by far), what Mike Munchak did to turn Garett Bolles’ career around, and how well the team keeps churning out quality edge rushers and you lose me on that 29th in the NFL ranking for coaching.

What do you all think? Is it honed in on just the Fangio side of things or the entire coaching staff?

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