Denver Broncos: 3 Honest Assessments from the Jets Loss

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It’s time to tell it like it is, folks.  This Denver Broncos team is bad.  With Pat Bowlen incapacitated, there’s a distinct lack of leadership from Joe Ellis down to the players.

The Denver Broncos rolled into New York looking to right the ship, after two losses, against a bad Jets team.  As it turns out, the Broncos just may be the bad team.  Denver punched in at 29 in this week’s USA Today NFL Power Rankings and even that felt kind.  Among the areas of deficiency the Broncos are currently facing; There is no ownership voice, the team President is invisible, the GM hasn’t spoken on terrible personnel decisions.

The head coach seems in over his head and that has filtered down to the assistants.

The offensive line is a disaster, again. The tight ends are average (after Butt’s injury)  The quarterback is awful.  The Punter is hurt/about to be cut, the linebackers can’t get pressure on the outside or cover/tackle on the inside.  Safeties are overworked and the cornerbacks are substandard. Su’a Cravens is on IR.

Bradley Chubb has done nothing, Royce Freeman doesn’t seem to get consistent playing time.  Isaac Yiadom isn’t ready.

Brandon McManus has looked good as has Andy Janovich.  Wide receiver has a nice mix of veteran leadership and young talent with DaeSean Hamilton, Courtland Sutton and Tim PatrickJosey Jewell may supplant Todd Davis or Brandon Marshall inside.  Phillip Lindsay is a breakout-type player but also seems a bit mis/under-used.

Denver’s uniforms look great.

It’s a tough position to be in at the quarter-pole and while Denver will always be a Broncos town, at least for this season there are much more entertaining distractions in the Nuggets, Avalanche and  the recently playoff participating Rockies.

While the above is a overview of the team’s ills, there were some specifics from New York that we should touch on: