Denver – A Mile-High Decline

The Denver Broncos recently have lost to the Cincinnati Bengals by a deficit of 20 to 17, resulting in the team’s sixth consecutive loss. This loss was a result of numerous factors, but the stand-out was a disastrous special-teams performance along with a disappointing performance on the defensive side. This performance comes as a shock to most mile-high fans, seeing as though it has been nearly two years since their defense took them to Super Bowl 50. This defense, led by stars such as Von Miller, Aqib Talib, and Chris Harris Jr, only allowed 10 points to the red-hot Carolina Panther offense. However, this defense has not been the same since then. This year, the team has allowed over 27 touchdowns (approximately 189 points) to their opponents, with only five total team interceptions. However, these stats have hidden some great upcoming rising stars such as rookie safety Justin Simmons. Simmons, replacing veteran T.J. Ward, has lifted the Denver secondary from the ashes. Simmons has recorded a staggering 51 total sacks, three tackles for a loss, and one interception. Simmons is a huge weapon for Denver shown here, as here can defend both the passing game as well as the run. On the contrary, there is a vast majority of veterans on the defense, as 23 players are of 25 years of age or older. These players have taken a beating over their careers, resulting in a decline of the quality of their play.

To go along with these downsides, the offense being produced from offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who was recently fired today, and head coach Vance Joseph has not been the strongest either. The Broncos failed to produce large numbers against the Patriots’ collapsing defense, scoring only 16 points, nine of which were by kicker Brandon McManus. This season, the Denver offense has only converted 52 of 132 third downs along with only 6.6 yards per reception and 4.2 yards per carry.

Lastly, the quarterback situation in Denver is also drawing the team’s success behind. The main battle is between quarterback Trevor Siemian and quarterback Brock Osweiler. Osweiler, a long-time member of the Broncos, is failing to produce the numbers coach Vance Joseph expects, likewise for Trevor Siemian. The Broncos also have Paxton Lynch, a 2016 late first-round selection. Lynch, a player projected to have great talent, has been drawn back due to lingering injuries. Denver needs to acquire a quarterback fast, or else their team will go into a much longer period of reconstruction. Some notable suggestions include signing Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins in the 2018 Free Agency or trading for long-time Charger Philip Rivers.

As Denver continues their, “rebuilding” process, fans will continue to support their team. Von Miller, a player to be considered the team’s MVP, continues to give credit to the organization and the players for their hard-work and dedication. The team is currently fourth in the AFC West standings, and needs to pick up the pace if they want to make the playoffs.

 

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