Denver Broncos: 5 major concerns in win over Jaguars

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Denver Broncos beat the Jaguars 23-13. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-13 in impressive fashion, but there were some concerns in the victory. We break them down.

Nobody likes a complainer after a victory, so we aren’t going to do that. The Denver Broncos just beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-13 in week two of the NFL season to improve to 2-0, and the fan base should absolutely be excited about it.

Wins are hard to come by in the NFL, and they have been especially hard to come by for the Denver Broncos who are now only three victories off of their season total from all of the 2020 season.

Especially considering the fact that the Broncos have lost some really close games in Vic Fangio’s tenure as the team’s head coach, especially some very winnable games early in the season.

It’s critical that the Denver Broncos won these first two games of the 2021 season, and heading back to Denver with a perfect 2-0 record before the home opener against the New York Jets?

Especially as well as Teddy Bridgewater has played, there’s not much to complain about.

But…there are some concerns, and there were some glaring ones in this game against the Jaguars.

Here are the top five concerns coming out of the victory.

Denver Broncos: 5 major concerns in win vs. Jaguars

1. A kickoff return touchdown…seriously?

Like the Phantom of the Opera, Tom McMahon’s special teams unit strikes again.

It hasn’t mattered if it is preseason or regular season, McMahon’s unit has not been up to snuff. The Denver Broncos have allowed more kickoff return touchdowns since the start of the 2018 season (5) than any other team in the NFL.

Tom McMahon was hired by the Denver Broncos in the 2018 offseason.

Of course, McMahon can’t go out there and make tackles. He can’t go out there and do what the players should be doing, but my goodness, what is going on here?

The Broncos have not been a good special teams unit since McMahon was hired on in 2018 and this game against the Jaguars was further proof that they have issues running deeper than just the personnel.

Why not just kick the ball out of the back of the end zone like every other team in the league?

As rare as kick returns are in general these days, to see a kick return touchdown against the Broncos — the fifth in McMahon’s tenure as special teams coordinator — is disgusting and very concerning.