Denver Broncos: Ranking team’s 4 biggest problems

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DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 13: The Pro Football Hall of Fame logo was added to the late owner of the Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen’s spot in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame during a halftime ceremony against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High on October 13, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Titans 16-0. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

1. The ownership situation

Plain and simple, this team is not going to succeed until the mess with ownership is sorted out. Bowlen would never approve of the way this team is going and something has to be done about it.

His family is trying to make that happen.

The issue with ownership has been a problem that has been mostly in the background because fans don’t often think about it as it is not an on-the-field issue. But it is far and away the biggest problem facing the Broncos and if you don’t believe that, go back and watch the Saints game.

Yes, the Broncos had a practice squad wide receiver playing quarterback because the other four quarterbacks chose to break protocol as it relates to the league’s mask-wearing policy. But that’s just a small part of it.

In a roundabout way, the NFL was absolutely sending a message to the Broncos and making an example out of them by forcing them to play the game against the Saints. If Bowlen was still around and in great health, there is absolutely no way that game would have gone down.

Bowlen was an owner that commanded respect and the league would have shown him that respect by postponing the game, the way it did for the Baltimore Ravens in the same week.

The Broncos have been run like a team that is a perennial failure such as the Bengals or the Lions and the biggest reason for that is a lack of leadership at the top.

The situation needs to be sorted out, as soon as possible. If not, this five-year playoff drought could easily last another five years.