The bye really came at the perfect time. The Broncos don’t have any kind of momentum to carry into the next game, so a week off may actually improve their performance two weeks from now. I wonder if there are Broncos’ body parts going up for sell on Ebay. Injuries and replacements will be the topic of discussion for the Broncos during the bye. Boss Bailey (knee) and backup QB Patrick Ramsey (elbow) are out for the season. Champ Bailey is out 4-6 weeks with a torn groin, and Tony Scheffler’s status agasint the Dolphins is unknown.
Other battered players from the bunch include Selvin Young, Brandon Stokley, Jay Cutler, and Ryan Torain (been out since training camp but could return against Miami). That’s more than half of the team’s offense.
Darrell Hackney will move up from the practice squad to become the #2 QB, and Karl Paymah will replace Champ in the secondary.
Losing Champ could not have come at a worse time for the Broncos. They are officially the worst defense in the NFL. Detroit is second worst and they are 0-6. That tells you just how bad this defense is. They give up 32.5 points per game and they allow opposing QBs to think they’re Joe Montana in Super Bowl XXIV.
Many people are calling for the head of defensive coordinator Bob Slowik (and even Shanahan), but the Broncos just brought him aboard. It doesn’t help that the team didn’t practice the 3-4 in training camp, yet they’re throwing it in with the 4-3 that they typically use this season. In my opinion, we need to spend the next couple of years acquiring better defensive players in the draft. With the offensive talent already in place and needing time to mature, a new defensive unit could bring the Broncos to the Super Bowl in about two years.