Many predict the bye week to be the end of Vance Joseph’s tenure.
I’ve contended all offseason that it would benefit all for the Broncos to play an actual game with a legitimate quarterback, offensive coordinator, offensive line and running back before we declare Joseph a bust. He may well be but we currently do not have evidence to support that. Time will tell but as mentioned above, Denver has a favorable schedule and the team looks to be greatly improved from last year’s dismal 5-11 showing.
So, the easiest week on the schedule is Bye Week. Sure, it’s cheating but it provides an opportunity to assess the coaching status.
My feeling is that Joseph and Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods will, like Nuggets coach Michael Malone, endure the barbs and come out the other side stronger and in more control.
It’s worth reporting that Kyle Shanahan, everyone’s “whatabout” coach is having an interesting camp in San Francisco. Quarterback Jimmy Garropolo has drawn criticism from his coach, noting that while Garropolo makes plays, he’s not making proper reads. For his part, Jimmy agrees. Las Vegas oddsmakers project the 49’ers at 8.5 wins for the 2018 season.
Denver made the choice to hire Joseph before the 2017 season, passing on Shanahan. The choice deserves time to develop and the mention of Shanahan is purely to compare the perception of each coach outside of their hometown.