With two games remaining in the season, Broncos fans are wondering which Broncos team will show up on game days. Bronco’s players may be wondering the same thing. If there were an award for the NFL’s most inconsistent team of the year, they would win unanimously.
After starting the season 6-0, with impressive wins over the Bengals, Cowboys, Patriots and Chargers (All playoff teams), we see a team that is playing with little to no emotion while on the verge of missing the playoffs by one game for the third time in the last four seasons.
Isn’t this the reason Broncos owner Pat Bowlen fired long time coach and friend Mike Shanahan? So much is made of the Cowboys recent struggles in December, what about the Broncos? Dallas at least gets into the dance just about every year. The Broncos choke before they even get a chance to…um well choke.
The truth about this team is evident. The offense has no identity. Fans were hoping that McDaniels would be a young offensive innovator. So much for innovative, the Broncos can’t pick up one yard to sustain a drive to seal a win. They must be the worst team on third-and short.
Weapons that made Denver the second ranked offense in NFL last year are barely being used. Where is Peyton Hillis on third and short and goaline situations? McDaniels must know he is the only short yardage back on the roster right? He seems to be in the doghouse ever since he fumbled a kickoff return in week 2 but why was he returning kicks in the first place? How about Tony Scheffler? He is a matchup nightmare for linebackers and DB’s. And please for the love of everything holy throw Eddie Royal something other than a screen pass.
It’s like McDaniels was too arrogant to watch any film of last year’s 2nd ranked offense doing work. He must feel that screen passes and running up the gut with 195lb backs is the way to go. Well it’s obvious it isn’t.
Bowlen fired Shanahan because he felt things got stale and wanted Denver to begin a new era and brand of football. By looking at the team’s offensive performance thus far, they have become the old three yards and a cloud of dust style offense and that’s when they throw.