Denver Broncos: Good, Bad, and WTF against the Cincinnati Bengals
There is big trouble in little Denver. Especially with their football team, the Denver Broncos. We are 11 weeks into the 2017 NFL Season. The Broncos have lost their last six games. Now, heads are rolling. The skid led to the firing of their OC Mike McCoy. However, another loss could lead to something else. So what was good and bad on Sunday? We tell you below with this week’s Good, Bad, and WTF against the Cincinnati Bengals.
- The Running Game.
On Sunday, the running game of the Denver Broncos was probably the best it has been during this six-game slide. They finally put together some consistency. Although it was not enough to keep the Bengals defense at bay. The Broncos ran the ball 34 times for 112 yards. This is the kind of effort that the team needs to regain success. Eventually, they will need to add more chunk plays on the ground.
- Austin Traylor
Rookie TE Austin Traylor made his debut for the Broncos on Sunday. He got his chance due to the Broncos releasing AJ Derby. The Broncos waived Derby with a shoulder injury. Traylor came in and made a name for himself immediately. The 6’3” 255lb target was a favorite of Brock Osweiler’s all afternoon. In fact, he had 4 catches for 36 yards. He was the third leading receiver on the day.
The defense of the Denver Broncos returned to form on Sunday. They only allowed the Bengals to amass 190 total yards. Unfortunately, they often found themselves defending a short field. This allowed the Bengals to put the ball in the end zone three times on the day. Many have said that the issue is not the defense. That was clear again on Sunday.
- Brock Osweiler
While the offense has had a sense of competency with Osweiler under center, it is still ineffective. Osweiler was 23-42 for 254 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT on Sunday. The stat line is acceptable. Conversely, the play is not. He has trouble throwing the long ball. He is very inconsistent. One pass will be grossly underthrown and in a crowd. For this reason, Osweiler’s next pass will be severely overthrown. He never gives his receiver a chance on the long pass.
- Firing Mike McCoy
I waited until today to write this due to the firing of McCoy. Why did it take until now to make the change? So, what prompted Vance Joseph to fire his OC? Therefore, was it a directive from John Elway? This we will never know. Overall, what we do know is that Bill Musgrave is now calling plays. All in all, what will this mean for the Broncos offense going forward?
The Denver Broncos need a shakeup. Firing the OC was just the start. Another loss could mean more heads could roll. How safe is Vance Joseph? Time will tell.
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