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The Broncos At 0-4…What Now?

After suffering another heartbreaking loss, the Denver Broncos have fallen to 0-4. On Monday, the Broncos got the news that their young star edge rusher, Bradley Chubb, was going to miss the remainder of the season with a partially torn ACL. Yet another sign that this…is just not the Broncos’ year. This hasn’t been the Broncos’ last 2-3 years.

Okay, this organization hasn’t been the same since Super Bowl 50.

This is more than just players aging, or players leaving, or poor execution. It’s more than just bad coaching, or bad scheming, or poor scouting.

Organizations trickle down. Not up. The Broncos have been in a standoff in the front office in terms of ownership, and it is starting to take effect on the field. Since winning Super Bowl 50 this Broncos team is 20-32, and they have lost 8 straight games.

Only 17 of 26 players remain from their 2016-2018 draft classes. They have started Trevor Siemian (NYJ), Paxton Lynch (FA), Brock Osweiler (FA), Case Keenum (WAS) and Joe Flacco since Peyton Manning left the field for the last time. That’s 5 different starting quarterbacks in 4 seasons.

So here they are. 0-4, down a star player, aging veterans…where to now?

Here are some possible solutions to the Broncos sticky situation:

Stay The Course

The “right” solution for this team is to stay the course. This is an organization that just hired a new head coach (their 3rd head coach in 4 years) and it takes time for a new staff to get acclimated. This new staff also got handed one of the hardest schedules of any team in the NFL. They weren’t exactly set up for success with the schedule. 8 starters from last year’s team are gone, so the players have some acclimating to do as well.

For instance, the Los Angeles Chargers fired Mike McCoy after the 2016 season and a 5-11 record. Former Bronco Anthony Lynn took over in 2017 and had 7 new starters on his team, including 4 new starters on the offensive line.

That Chargers team started 0-4. They finished the season 9-7.

Staying the course is what will bring this team a level of personality and grit, as well as bring them together in the toughest of times.

Blow It Up…With Players

One option could be to blow up the team. It’s not the one that the fans want (maybe they do), but it might be the best option for the team. Guys like Chris Harris, Jr., Derek Wolfe, Todd Davis, Shelby Harris, Davontae Booker, Justin Simmons, and Emmanuel Sanders are all guys that could be flipped to contenders for draft picks. The big name missing is Von Miller, mainly because he isn’t a guy that the organization wants to part with and it could lead to some potential budget issues.

Blow It Up…Blow It All Up

My last option is to just blow the whole thing up. Trade all the vets, including Von Miller and start over. Also, figure out a way to let John Elway go. Yes, that sounds insane. “Fire the guy who took us to 6 Super Bowls as a player, won 2 as a player, and took us to 2 as a GM and won 1. Fire the guy who signed names like Peyton Manning, Aqib Talib, Demarcus Ware, TJ Ward, and Emmanuel Sanders. Fire the guy who drafted Von Miller and turned our team into an offensive powerhouse…then a defensive one. Fire the guy who is quite literally the face of the Denver Broncos.”

Fire Fangio, fire Scangarello, fire Donatell. Get rid of all of them. Get as many picks as you can and draft a whole new team next season.

This is the option of the emotional fan. This is the option of the fan who is impatient and doesn’t understand that professional football is a complex engine that requires perfect precision and needs to be a well oiled machine.

Do I think that the Broncos need a change at the top? Yes, I do. But it isn’t Elway.

The Broncos need to stay the course. Adversity is what makes a strong team strong. Where do the Broncos go from here? Like Von Miller said, “there’s only one place to go, and that’s up.”

This happens every so often for every team, some longer than others. The Broncos are deep rooted in success and winning, so Broncos fans have been spoiled for a very long time in winning ways. When things don’t go the way they want, they call for the explosion of the organization. That’s not the answer. Not right now. That’s how you end up as the Miami Dolphins. Don’t be like the Dolphins, be the Denver Broncos. Make Pat Bowlen proud with your effort.

Stay the course, Denver.

 

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