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It is about to get real for the Broncos

It is time to talk about winning football for the Denver Broncos. The coaches are out of excuses in 2021.

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With the Broncos finally done with warm-ups, it is time to get to the business of the Broncos 2021 NFL season.

No more vanilla schemes.

No more opponents sitting more than half their starters.

The next game that the Denver Broncos suit up for will have our best against the New York Giants’ best at MetLife Stadium.

We’ve all been harping on the quarterback battle for so long, that I’d like to switch the focus for Broncos Country a bit.

Big Picture

I’ve eluded to this already this preseason, but the core focus for this football team needs to begin and end with winning football games. The Broncos have been a NFL joke for 5 seasons in the shadow of Super Bowl 50 and under the guidance of John Elway.

We now have a new General Manager in George Paton who has come in and is hopefully righting the ship toward a more successful football team.

No longer are we making decisions on who the starting quarterback is based off of draft history. No longer are we leaving one of the NFL’s best defensive minds in Vic Fangio fielding a defense with holes all over the roster. And no longer will we have the excuse of Covid-19 or the youth of the starting QB for how few points the offense puts on the board.

The easiest three games on the Broncos schedule are the first three of the season (on paper anyway). If the efforts of Paton and Fangio are to bear fruit in the 2021 season, they really need to go 3-0.

There has been a lot of lip service paid to the ghost of Pat Bowlen and “The Bronco Way.” As a fan base, we need to stop putting up with this. Put up, or shut up with it, Broncos. Show us a meaningful product to cheer for. All of us in Broncos Country have cheered for you year after painful year in the past few years.

Enough.

Win football games. If there is anything getting in the way of that, then your front office, coaches, and players had better figure out what to do to overcome that obstacle.

Is the starting QB sucking? Change and make sure the backup knows he needs to do better.

Is the defense struggling to keep teams from moving the ball? Better change up your scheme to figure it out.

Is your special teams still allowing regular 30+ yard returns? Fire the ST coordinator...cause we all know he sucks.

The hot seat belongs to the coaches

Vic Fangio has a stacked defensive roster from what I’ve seen. It is time for the NFL to know it and fear having to play his defense.

Pat Shurmur is no longer being held back by a young gunslinger who is plagued with inconsistencies. His offense had better produce at least 25 points per game for a change.

Tom McMahon’s special teams units have been one of the worst in the league for 3 years running. They need to be at least top 15 this season.

Make no mistake, that Vic Fangio, Pat Shurmur, and Tom McMahon are the men that need to be under a microscope...not whoever takes the first snap at quarterback this season for the Broncos.

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