After an exciting weekend of football, both teams who competed in Super Bowl 50 have officially been eliminated from play off contention. For Bronco fans this may come as a shock, but let’s really break this down and see what happened to the defending champs season.
With only a game left, the Broncos have let their playoff hope slip through their fingers with a lack luster performance on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs were able to put up over 300 yards in the first half of the game. With a mix of consistent offensive play, explosive 70 yard plays from Hill and Kelce, and a denfense riddled with injuries, the Broncos went down early. The Broncos couldn’t over come a lack luster performance by the O-Line (once again) and of course the fumbles.
Now the initial reaction of the majority of the fan base when a team’s offense doesn’t perform well in a season two things are said. The first is blaming the quarter back. In the case of the Broncos, this is happening as I write, but I am here to tell you in words of one of the best quarterbacks of this era… “R-E-L-A-X… relax!” (Aaron Rodgers).
Trevor is not the problem with this offense. 12 Touch downs and 9 interceptions in 12 games is a stat very similar to that of Tom Brady’s first season being a starter. I’m by no means saying Trevor is the next TB12 but I’m saying I can get behind a TS13. The difference between Trevor and Tom’s first seasons, is Brady had both a run game and an offensive line protecting him. TREVOR HAD NEITHER.
So, how do you fix the Broncos? Whelp, lets look back two off seasons. Specifically, the off season following the loss in Super Bowl 48 (you know the one we don’t talk about). John Elway saw we needed a defense. Then he went out and signed T.J. Ward, Aquib Talib, and Demarcus Ware. Fast forward two years, the Broncos are back in the Super Bowl, but with one of the best defenses in the history of the game. Now (hopefully) John Elway will do John Elway things and magically make our offense work, but I don’t want to get my hopes to high. Just an Offensive line member or two and maybe a Christian McCaffery would suffice.
The second thing that gets thrown around after an unsuccessful season is it is the head coach’s fault. This is also happening in the Bronco fan base (though not as much as the call for Trevor’s head, however). This is also a knee-jerk reaction to a rough season. If you blame Kubiak for the season being bad that means you are blaming Kubiak for CJ Anderson’s season ending injury in October, Derek Wolfe’s neck inury, Brandon Marshal’s foot injury, the injuries Trevor suffered causing him to miss two games (one of which we narrowly lost), and the fact that Trevor only has an average of 2.3 seconds to throw the ball. The only thing about Kubiak that needs a change is he needs to stop calling the plays. The play calling this year continually put the Broncos, and more specifically Trevor, in very difficult situations.
The Moral of this article is, it’s going to be okay. This is the first time since 2010 they have missed the play offs, and that year Denver had a 4-12 record under Josh McDaniels. This is still a good team. The Broncos had an incredibly tough schedule and lost a many games by a single score. You can expect to be the best every year. Now lets all just enjoy some good winter football, and look forward to the off season!