Broncos Fanzone: Quick takes with Benjamin Allbright
By Tylor Walden
In the last Denver Broncos fanzone interview, I sat down with Benjamin Allbright to get his takes on the team.
We have finally reached 2021. Sadly, the Denver Broncos will not be competing in the postseason for the fifth straight season. They will also endure their fourth straight season under .500, which never happened in the Pat Bowlen era.
This season has shown that there is a lot of change still to come. But the truth of it is Denver can make more adjustments to the coaching staff or player personnel. But I do not believe we will see an upswing in positive development until either the coaches can develop the players better or the team finds an owner to help out.
It is going to take some time for this to develop, but I am hopeful that our Broncos can turn this thing around. It might be doom and gloom now, but the sun will shine one day.
With the season coming to an end, I do have one final fanzone interview for you this season. It will be the last one. So, here is our guest.
For this week, I got to chat with Benjamin Allbright, who works over at KOA Colorado. He is the other half of the Broncos Country Tonight show with Ryan Edwards, who I interviewed earlier this season.
Let us see what Ben has to say about the state of the Broncos.
Ty: The Broncos suffered a tough loss to the Chargers on Sunday. In your opinion, what area in the game contributed to the loss?
Ben: It is a couple different things. The offense not being able to catch footballs. It took two touchdowns off the board. McManus missing field goals was a big problem. Any number of things you can point the finger. Everyone is looking to point the finger, point blame. You have a team that is shorthanded and a very young offense. Mistakes were made. Those things combined gave the Broncos a loss.
Ty: It was reported that Vic Fangio will remain the team’s head coach in 2021. If there are a few things he can take from this year to improve upon, what would they be?
Ben: You take away that you have a decent eye for talent. Take pride in the fact that your defense works despite being shorthanded. Look at the fact that they are short at cornerback and still held Mahomes to his second lowest point total and held Herbert to 19 points. Perhaps improving on in-game decision stuff and evaluate the coordinators, maybe making a change at special teams.
Ty: If you were to pick three positions the Broncos need to focus on improving for 2021, what would they be and why?
Ben: I think you look at Inside linebacker. Alexander Johnson is going to be a restricted free agent this year. Josey Jewell has been a run follow guy but not uber athletic. I think you look there as a high priority. Cornerback, you continue to improve there. They hit something with Bryce Callahan, but he cannot stay healthy. Bouye is going to serve two more games of his suspension. And then you need depth at safety. Kareem Jackson is 32 years old and Justin Simmons is playing on the tag. So, you likely need depth there. I think those are the three areas that you should look.
Ty: Speaking of offseason, what are three objectives that you would like the Broncos to focus on?
Ben: I would love them to pick up another veteran at quarterback to give Drew Lock some competition, shore up the inside linebacker position, and pick up another corner. You could also re-sign Shelby Harris and Justin Simmons if you want to go that route.
Ty: The Broncos face off against the Raiders in the season finale. What do you believe the team needs to do to secure the win?
Ben: Continue to do what you have been doing. Play great defense. Turn field goals into touchdowns. Keep pace in the scoring. You want to be the team with the ball last. That seems to be the formula.
Ty: Is there one player on the roster that you believe will play a major factor on Sunday?
Ben: I think Melvin Gordon needs to have a good game. Drew Lock needs to have a good game. Those are the guys that need to have a good game. The Raiders do not have a great defense and Lock had a bad game against them, so you need to remedy that this time around.
Thank You Ben for taking the time out to chat with me. Here is hoping the team can get a win on Sunday.