The AFC West is loaded with talent on the offensive side of the ball in 2020. How do the Denver Broncos stack up at each position group?
The Denver Broncos have made a variety of moves they hope will catapult them into the playoff picture. The rest of AFC West has also made a significant number of moves to bring in talent this offseason to compete with the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Cheifs.
I broke down each position group in the AFC West and provided scores from 1 (Cannot Compete) to 10 (Elite). Most average units rank between 6 and 7.
The first of two articles will look at the offensive positional groups.
Denver: HC Vic Fangio, OC Pat Shurmur, DC Ed Donatell
The team rallied around Vic Fangio after an 0-4 start. Fangio got the team’s defense to play over their head after injuries took several of the team’s best players.
Pat Shurmer is tasked with the development of Drew Lock and may be the perfect guy to do it. 7.5
Kansas City: HC Andy Reid, OC Eric Bieniemy, DC Steve Spagnuolo
Andy Reid showed why he is one of the best coaches ever to head up an NFL sideline, winning his first Super Bowl. OC Eric Bieniemy took over playcalling and the team did not miss a beat.
Spagnuolo was able to get his defense to rally over the last half of the season, helping the team roll through the division and playoffs.
Los Angeles: HC Anthony Lynn, OC Shane Steichen, DC Gus Bradley
Anthony Lynn was able to get the team to overachieve in 2018 but underperform in 2019. This year will be telling on his ability to get his team over the hump.
Shane Steichen took over midseason in 2019 and seemed to gain the favor of Lynn, earning the job for 2019. He still has a lot to prove and a new QB to break in. Gus Bradley remains one of the game’s better defensive coordinators.
Las Vegas: HC Jon Gruden, OC Greg Olson, DC Paul Guenther
Jon Gruden has seemed to adapt well to the new NFL after a long hiatus in the booth. He continues to get offensive production with minimal talent. Greg Olsen supports Gruden, who is the real OC.
DC Paul Guenther got his group to play over their head and will be challenged to do so again.