Denver Broncos: It’s all about improving the simple things

Denver Broncos offensive line. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos head coach is one of the people that need to look themselves in the mirror after the loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Oct 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio challenges a call in the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

After the Denver Broncos’ loss to the Las Vegas Raiders 34-24 Sunday, it’s apparent that this team needs to revert back to fundamental football.

It was too often that the Broncos were caught looking for a late-quarter comeback or last-minute first down just to stay afloat with the Raiders. Bridgewater threw three interceptions in a performance that has a lot of Broncos fans questioning his ability to lead the team.

Meanwhile, on the sidelines, the Broncos coaching staff struggled to keep Derek Carr and the Raiders contained all afternoon. Lots of fingers have been pointed to Head Coach Vic Fangio for the team’s performance, as well as Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur for his “lackluster” play calling.

If there’s one big takeaway that Broncos fans should be taking away from this game, it’s this: The Broncos cannot play simple football.

Denver Broncos: Improving the Simple Things

The golden rule for any team is to stick to fundamental football. The offense calls the shots as scheduled, and if that doesn’t work, run it down their throats.

For the defense, it’s simple. Pick up your man in the backfield and stick like glue. The defensive line is focused on getting to the quarterback, and if needed, pick up your guy on the outside. Simple and effective football.

With Denver, it seems as though these simple things have gone out of the window. Vegas exposed them on all aspects of the ball, and as a result, Denver loses their third game in a row.

Let’s take a closer look at the two biggest “simple” things that Denver couldn’t execute on and what to improve on for Thursday’s game versus the Cleveland Browns.