If Broncos fans think the bottom of the AFC West standings is depressing, look at everyone at the top for a second. Browse a single common item.
Buffalo? Franchise quarterback. Baltimore? Franchise quarterback. Cincy-crazy-nati? Franchise quarterback. Chargers? Raiders? Franchise quarterback. Franchise quarterback.
Dallas? Green Bay? Tampa? Arizona? Los Angeles Rams? Quarterback, quarterback, quarterback, quarterback, quarterback. Not Trent Dilfer or Brad Johnson in the group. Or a Sam Bradford.
everyone? role play. Including everyone at the UCHealth Education Center.
For Broncos general manager George Paton, the honeymoon is over. Completed. all ok. At 3-3 after a 3-0 start, the illnesses that plagued the Broncos squad aren’t all that different from what we whined about last Halloween.
It all feels like John Elway 2.0, right? Bottom offensive line game. Secondary brain cramps. A head coach and an offensive coordinator who stupidly flagged who takes out a pen. A playmaker who can’t play from behind.
Yes, but Teddy Bridgewater’s…
Hold on, hold on. I said Bridgewater was the best, most capable option.) your alternative is Drew Lock; and b.) you have a defense that can win matches that he hasn’t won.
Now that Steady Teddy doesn’t have a b., Fangio’s continued employment is like an even bigger slap against Broncos Country.
Boss popped out a whopper $40.3 million to secondary player this season, According to Spotrac.com. Given a choice, would you rather have Justin Fields or Mac Jones learning the NFL ropes right now in Dove Valley? Or Patrick Surtain II running around in Orange and Blue, watching helplessly as rival quarterbacks continue to burn their teammates?
But the scars…
But nothing. Broncos lost with Josey Jewell. they are losing without he. Uncle Vic is 3-0 against the NFL’s junior college. 0-3 against teams with a pulse. Pulse and quarterback.
But Ben Roethlisberger…
He scored two points for 253 yards. Against the supposed power of Fangio. Given $40.3 million in the Broncos secondary, you’d hope Paton kept his receipts.
Since 2019, the only unchanged Uncle Vic on Bryant Street has been a streak of defeats that sank the season before Election Day. This came late, but here it is. A team of veterans on one-year contracts continue to play and coach as if they wanted this era to end. Along with the rest of us.
Cripes, Broncos fans are sick of watching this team dunk at Mile High. Last Sunday, did you see Aaron Rodgers walking around Soldier Field? Did you hear what he said to the Windy City lady? allegedly turned him into a double bird?
The closest we got to this was Lock. Dancing against the Chargers last year.
We keep saying this, and Broncos general managers keep ignoring it: The NFL is closer than ever to a Madden video game. More space for buyers to work. Mandatory liberties and protections for quarterbacks. Pass and move, pass and move.
If you have a gun shooter who can instill fear of Jehovah into the opponent’s entire defensive line, it doesn’t matter how much injury you have at center back. If anyone was looking for a signal that could do what Raiders’ Derek Carr did at the end of the second quarter, he walked Vegas by an 82-yard touchdown and double-digit lead in 31 seconds, which essentially iced the slope. at halftime.
The modern game is about 2 minutes of drill. Who can run Who can’t. Who can make magic out of nothing. Who can crush souls and break wills with three or four movements of the wrist.
Rather than breaking wills, Bridgewater bends them and hopes. Since Week 1 of the 2020 season, he has completed 67 of 113 shots in the final two minutes of the half, good for a 59.2% clip with seven touchdowns and five picks. For all the Twitter love, Lock was a coin flip in the same situations: 94 vs 47 (50%), three touchdowns, five picks.
Compare that to the NFL teams in the rooftop and the depression kicks in again.
Chargers’ Justin Herbert has completed 77 of 115 shots over the past two seasons in the last two minutes of the half, at a pace of 66.9%, with six touchdowns and two picks. Arizona’s Kyler Murray isn’t far behind: 59 of 91 passes (64.8%), three points, no interception. Rodgers: 82 for 53 (64.6%), 10 touchdowns, no picks.
Nothing changes but names, until Paton does what Elway hasn’t been able to do since 2016 and finds his own soul breaker. In any case, nothing major.
In other words: The Raiders arrived at Mile High without a coach, but a healthy Carr led the charge. The Seahawks went to Pittsburgh without a healthy Russell Wilson, but Pete Carroll was dying to go. Guess which team won?