Denver Broncos suffer worst loss in recent memory to Chargers

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Hunter Sharp
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Hunter Sharp /

The Denver Broncos went on the road to face the Los Angeles Chargers, and were absolutely embarrassed in one of the worst losses you’ll see…

If you wanted to hear some good news about the Denver Broncos and their game against the Los Angeles Chargers, you came to the wrong place.

There is absolutely no good news to report.

The Broncos were shut out for the first time in 25 years in front of a soccer stadium that was estimated to be filled with about 70 percent Denver fans, in what amounted to an essential ninth home game for the Broncos.

It was an absolutely embarrassing performance by the offense, which couldn’t do anything right from start to finish.

Trevor Siemian, once again, was the worst of the bunch.

Siemian was only credited on the stat sheet for throwing one interception, but he threw at least another three passes that should have been picked off, and the Broncos’ offense had no rhythm.

As a matter of fact, the Broncos’ offense has looked incredibly bad for a month or so now, and it’s a wonder we saw this team play some dominant football in mid-September.

Despite some deficiencies from the offense at the time, at least the Broncos were converting third downs, converting in the red zone, and generally competing in games.

Now, in the past two weeks, the Broncos’ offense has looked like they have absolutely no idea what they are doing, and the main reason why is the lack of competency at the moment by Trevor Siemian.

Siemian is making poor reads. He’s not getting rid of the ball quickly. His pocket presence is unbearable. He is taking too many sacks.

The Denver defense has done its part all season, but the offense has done nothing to assist in a winning effort since week two against the Dallas Cowboys.

They have been historically bad, and the Broncos have to make a change. The Chargers didn’t really play well in this game against Denver, either. A long punt return by Travis Benjamin and a broken coverage on third-and-long in the fourth quarter provided two of their three touchdowns.

The defense played well enough to win this game, but with absolutely zero help from the offense, what are they supposed to do?

Honestly, I’m still in a state of disbelief. I was born in 1989, so the Broncos have been shut out in my lifetime. That being said, I can never remember seeing this team be shut out and I can never remember being so disappointed after a loss.

Not even necessarily in the result of the game, but how it was achieved.

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What would it take to bench a quarterback, if not what we’ve just seen? Why was Siemian not benched at halftime? What is John Elway going to do next?

The first step for this Denver team is going to be a change at the quarterback position, and there’s really no argument you could make for Trevor Siemian that wouldn’t sound ridiculous at this point.

He was hilariously bad in this game, and the scoreboard reflects it.

The Broncos didn’t reach the red zone until there was 4:02 left on the clock in the fourth quarter.

The cherry on top of it all was, instead of attempting to score with time left on the clock and a 4th-and-26 situation, the Broncos opted for an offensive play and dumped it off to C.J. Anderson out of the backfield, who was predictably stopped short.

There’s plenty of blame to go around, but the two who will have the most to answer for after this kind of game are Vance Joseph and Trevor Siemian.

It’s about to get interesting in Denver.