Three reasons why Denver Broncos could underwhelm in 2022

Denver Broncos, George Paton, Russell Wilson, Nathaniel Hackett (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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ENGLEWOOD, CO – MARCH 16: Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett of the Denver Broncos looks on as Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos address the media at UCHealth Training Center on March 16, 2022 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos are poised to be a much-improved team in 2022, but there is still a slight chance the team falls short of expectations.

While most of us in Broncos Country are expecting a significant improvement in 2022, there is still a chance the Denver Broncos fail to perform at the expected level.

Not only is this a playoff team now, but the team is indeed a viable Super Bowl contender.

Obviously, the season won’t be a failure if the team fails to win the big game, but at the same time, we shouldn’t be surprised if they can make it that far.

Even with the increase in national media attention the team has received, and lofty expectations from the popular football minds, the Broncos could very well have a subpar season.

It probably won’t happen, and having an underwhelming season is going to look different, depending on who you ask.

I’d say anything less than a playoff berth, regardless of the win total, is a failed season.

This team is more than equipped to make a deep playoff run, and with Russell Wilson’s success up until this point, playoffs should be expected.

With that said, let’s look at the three most likely reasons the Denver Broncos might underwhelm in 2022.

Three reasons Denver Broncos can underwhelm

1. New coaching staff

Coaching can make or break the success of a team.  We don’t need to talk about how important they are to the success of any team, regardless of league and skill level.

In the NFL, the stakes are that much higher, and we often see teams take weeks and weeks, perhaps even longer to pick the right coach.

The head coach of an NFL team is more than just themselves.  They hire assistants, have their own coaching philosophy, tendencies, playbook, and opinions.

Age could also play a factor in their habits as a coach as well.

While hiring offensive coaches is becoming more and more common, that doesn’t mean they’ll always enjoy success.

Sure, Nathaniel Hackett is a master in front of a microphone and possesses unmatched energy, but that does not mean he’ll be an effective head coach.

Obviously, I’m rooting for him to be wildly successful, but there is still the possibility that he isn’t.

You also have to consider the assistants Hackett and other head coaches hire.  Their hope is that their assistants can help implement their desired philosophy.

Across all sports throughout their history, players, teams, and everyone in between can easily be held back by poor coaching.

The hope is that this doesn’t happen, but it’s something to keep in mind.