Denver Broncos: Fanzone interview with Mary Vaccaro

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 07: A fan of the Denver Broncos celebrates while watching Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016 at Rooftop 210 in the EpiCentre area of uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 07: A fan of the Denver Broncos celebrates while watching Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016 at Rooftop 210 in the EpiCentre area of uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos fanzone is back. This week, I got to chat with Mary Vaccaro and get her takes on the state of the Denver Broncos.

So, the Denver Broncos are 3-8. This season has not been fun for the most part. The team appears to be closer than they have been the past two seasons. But Broncos Country knew that there were going to be some growing pains with this season. Injuries, inconsistency, and some bad luck has the team where they are at now.

But there is some optimism for the team in the Mile High City. It will just take some time to piece it all together. All in good time. The dark cloud over Broncos Country will be gone soon. Until then, let us try to enjoy the final five games of the 2019 season.

On tap for this weekend is the Los Angeles Chargers. Denver will be looking to get out of the AFC West cellar with a win on Sunday. Easier said than done though. Hopefully they will have an answer for Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense.

This week on the fanzone, I sat down with Mary Vaccaro. She is an east coast Broncos fan just like me. Let us find out what she had to say about the Broncos.

The Denver Broncos lost a tough outing to the Buffalo Bills. What do you believe went wrong for this team?

I have to be honest, I didn’t get to watch the entire game since it wasn’t televised here and I had to watch on my phone. From what I did see, they were the same old usual suspects: missed tackles; penalties against us; penalties in our favor with good field position that resulted in an interception; BAD O-LINE.

Which leads me to this: everyone is constantly blaming the QB on this team, year after year. They even did it with Peyton Manning. And while the QB performance has been an issue, I think the common denominator that has not been properly addressed or acknowledged is the O-Line.

NO QB can be successful with the line we have or have had. You could throw Johnny Unitas in there and he would fail. It’s why Peyton got killed week after week. It’s why any QB since then has to make hasty throws under pressure. Hasty throws leads to inaccuracy, ESPECIALLY for rookie QB’s. SOLIDIFY THE LINE and the QB position will improve, no matter who it is. And that’s my venting for the day.

Denver sits at 3-8. It is very unlikely that they will get to the postseason. What do you want to see from this team in the final five games of the season?

Yes, unfortunately, you’re right. No postseason for the Broncos this season. Since this team has nothing to lose right now, I want to see some risk taking. Go in the playbook and call the razzle dazzle plays. See what these players are made of. Of course, the players have to be willing to ball out and I’m not sure everyone is on board with that.

I also want to see Lock get more playing time and see what he has to offer. Much like training camp, some of these players need to approach these remaining games as tryouts for next season.

As a Denver Broncos fan, what is your favorite memory of all time and why?

My favorite memory as a Broncos fan is a selfish one. It’s when I got to attend my first home game in Denver at Sports Authority field. Being a NJ Broncos fan, that game was a lifelong dream come true for me. Don’t get me wrong, the back to back Super Bowl wins were utterly exciting, but getting to see the Broncos play on that Mile High field gave me all the feels!!

Denver welcomes the Los Angeles Chargers to the Mile High City. What do you believe the Broncos need to do to get the win?

They need to get lots of pressure on Rivers. From what I’ve seen and heard, he’s having issues trusting his offensive line. Force him to make bad throws and capitalize with some picks and turnovers. Don’t let him connect with Keenan Allen because he can be dangerous. The crowd has to be loud!! Also, our line has to step up and protect whoever the QB is from Bosa. He makes me nervous.

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Despite a rough season, which player on the roster do you believe has been a difference maker in 2019?

Justin Simmons. He’s been clutch in several games. He makes the game changing plays. He’s the future safety for this team. Sign him now, Mr. Elway.

Thank You Mary for taking the time out to chat with me. Here is hoping for a Broncos Country win on Sunday. And I hope all what you said is true or gets fixed soon. Go Broncos!