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The Denver Broncos need to stay the course with their young head coach

Nathaniel Hackett is getting his fair share of Denver Broncos fan’s criticism as he’s bumbled his way through the first two games of the season. Hopefully the front office doesn’t knee-jerk quite as hard as football fans

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Yes, Broncos Country...the head coach has indeed done a pretty poor job of game management so far. His communication has obviously been an obstacle to the offense as well.

But can we all just give the guy some time to grow?

Let me put it this way: He’s a rookie and the game hasn’t quite slowed down for him yet.

And yes, I’m serious. I know he’s called an offense before, but let me point out to you all that he’s not been the guy making the game management decisions at the same time. I’d imagine that could be a little harder than we think while we kick it on our couches and armchair coach with a beer in our hands and a slice of hot pizza.

I’ve pointed out that this new offense is going to take time and I still urge patience.

I think our fans are honestly more than a little reactive to anything looking like incompetence from our team. We’ve been through 6 years of traumatic, woeful, and inept football (especially on the offensive side of the ball).

Let’s all take a breath and keep cheering for this coach and this team to keep improving.

Because in all the whining, crying, and belly-aching I’m seeing out there in Broncos Country, I think there’s some good here that is getting missed:

  1. The run game is 7th best at ypc in the NFL
  2. Hackett started leaning on the run game in the 2nd half and everything on the offense looked better (we actually were 50/50 on run/pass plays)
  3. The defense is balling out with turnovers and keeping points off the board (with the caveat that they haven’t been facing good offenses yet)
  4. The offense overall is also top 10 with drives and yards overall (if they just convert some red zone opportunities, they will be comfortably winning)
  5. The offensive line looks above average in both phases.

Yes, the coaching needs to improve. But my eyes tell me that the player's talent and ability are there in spades. Once the Broncos get past their preseason work and start clicking, we should see a very potent offense and a dangerous team for any opponent week in and week out.

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