Denver Broncos week 17 power rankings roundup
Week 17 power rankings roundup
ESPN: Last week: 24th, this week 27th.
Jeff Legwold of ESPN highlights the team’s struggle with injuries and its quarterback issue against the Saints. To me, looking forward, the Broncos should not have to experience this type of year in 2021. I think that it will depend on the workout/training camp schedules. Will they be changed again or will they go back to how they were prior to COVID-19?
NFL.com: The Broncos dropped on NFL.com’s power rankings this week, finishing the season at the 27th spot. Last week, they were at 25.
Dan Hanzus, the writer of the website’s power rankings throughout the year, continued to take jabs at the Broncos’ offense. It’s the same narrative every week it seems. Drew Lock making mistakes, blah, blah, blah. It’s crazy that some people just don’t acknowledge the good things Lock has done. Even though winning is the main goal, ignoring Lock’s actual progress is annoying.
Hanzus also talks about rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy and how the opportunities he has been given have not translated into the type of success the team would need. Once again—this team is young and does need time to work on things.
Pro Football Talk: Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio ranks the Broncos at 29, the same spot as last week. Florio says that the Broncos won’t improve until the ownership situation is resolved.
That’s just a silly narrative once again. As Sayre Bedinger reminded me, the Broncos’ owner when they won Super Bowl 50, Pat Bowlen, wasn’t involved in anything because of his battle with Alzheimer’s.
That team had several players who were way more experienced than the current team. That’s a bigger influence, in my opinion than not having an owner.
Bleacher Report: In the final week of the 2020 season, Bleacher Report’s ranking for the Broncos is at spot 24.
After ultimately acknowledging the loss to the Chargers as not being all of Drew Lock’s fault, using a quote from head coach Vic Fangio, B/R comes to the conclusion that even though the Broncos are going to bring back Fangio in 2021, the quarterback position might not be so lucky.
It’s that same narrative that many people have been suggesting for a while. It’s frustrating that there’s no patience with the Broncos and its quarterback situation. My personal conclusion is that they won’t be drafting to replace Lock. Whether it be in the 2021 NFL Draft or 2022, they’ll give Lock more opportunities to prove himself.