It just feels inevitable.
Trust me, I haven’t backed down one bit on my stance that firing Vance Joseph is a foolish undertaking unless it’s accompanied by comparable scrutiny up and down the organization. Nobody could win with this team. Bronco fans lunacy aside, this isn’t a champion that’s being held back by their head coach.
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That isn’t to say that Joseph is a good coach or is doing a good job but scapegoating him and letting John Elway slide does not improve Denver’s fortunes.
I don’t personally like Vance Joseph as the Denver Broncos head coach but I also don’t want a fifth head coach in six years, I don’t want to trot out the old standbys or roll the dice on college prospects like Urban Meyer.
In a town that was over-the-moon for a guy that was the longest of shots in Chad Kelly, they sure are fickle about Joseph. The team has improved this year, they were in the playoff hunt until mid-December, they have a shot at 8-8. That’s year-over-year improvement with a disaster of a quarterback and offensive line and injuries that kept the defense off all season. Again it’s necessary to acknowledge that the Denver Broncos are not on the verge of contention. Quite the opposite, beyond Bradley Chubb, Phillip Lindsay and Courtland Sutton there’s little good news for the future of the Broncos.
Lindsay and Sutton are dependent on a quarterback that John Elway seems unable to secure. Peyton Manning was easy. Anyone could and would have made that signing. It’s the string of misses since that’s given away Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr.’s primes that’s harder to understand.
We’ve spent a lot of time detailing Elway’s misfires since the 2015 Super Bowl 50 win. The one that looms largest is not the hiring or retention of Vance Joseph. It is the failure to provide even a serviceable solution at quarterback. That’s something they can and should tackle with the last two weeks of the season.