The Denver Broncos are a disaster in 2022 and have hit rock bottom multiple times this year. However, there is nowhere to go but up. I’m almost tired of myself for continually trying to be positive about the team. It’s been perhaps the worst product we’ve seen by a Denver Broncos team since their inception in the 1960s.
The offense is pathetically bad and is easily the worst in the NFL. They simply cannot move the ball and rely on chunk plays to do damage. The defense continues to hold their own in another wasted year. Ejiro Evero is going to be a head coach one day and it’s great that he’s on the Broncos’ staff.
When looking at how bad it’s gotten for the team, we can come to an endless amount of conclusions. However, let’s come to a positive one for the sake of not being miserable all the time.
There is literally nowhere else for the team to go but up
This is true for many reasons. Here’s a big one for you: If the New York Jets make the playoffs this year (they’re 6-3) the Denver Broncos will hold the longest active playoff drought in the NFL. The longest active playoff drought in the NFL could be held by our Denver Broncos if the current pace holds
That is perhaps the worst thing to come from the 2022 season. It doesn’t get worse than this in my opinion.
Broncos have nowhere to go but up
The biggest issue with the team in 2022 is Nathaniel Hackett. He isn’t fit to be an NFL head coach and will likely be fired at the end of the season, if not before. Now that the ownership is in place who apparently very much value Peyton Manning’s input, the entire front office and executive team will likely get with each other and put together an exhaustive list of potential head coaches in 2023.
The Broncos tried the “young offensive mind” branch from the NFL tree, and it didn’t work for them. The most logical thing to do next is to try and hire someone who has been an NFL coach before. Their experience will likely help the Broncos in many ways. (Think Frank Reich, Dan Quinn, Doug Marrone, Leslie Frazier, Jim Caldwell).
Simply put, Denver needs an adult at head coach who knows how to coach a team and build a staff, not someone who hugs players after every single good play they make. Denver isn’t likely going to make a sexy, headline-making hire, but rather something safe and smart
The other side of this is what needs fixed with the roster. Fortunately, the defense is about set, especially if the team can keep Ejiro Evero in Denver for another year. The biggest priority is to re-sign Dre’Mont Jones. I do think they get that done.
The main roster issue is on offense. I personally do not think Russell Wilson is at all washed. To fix the offense, the Broncos need to bring in some better offensive linemen, perhaps another receiver or two, a RB1 until Javonte Williams returns, and perhaps another tight end to compliment Greg Dulcich.
Sure, it sounds like a lot of work, but it’s good that the main issues are on one side of the ball, right? George Paton is smart, and the Broncos have usually been well-run, so is it entirely wrong to think that they won’t get the next head coach right?
Frank Reich is there for the taking and I think he fits what the team wants out of a head coach perfectly. Another name that could be available is Kevin Stefanski, who I think Denver could covet.
2022 is a wash, a wasted year
This year was supposed to be a building block for future seasons. Now, it’s turned into a wasted year. The team is effectively going to hit reset on the Russell Wilson era; they’ll likely bring in a coach that knows how to maximize his strengths, and George Paton, who has proven to be an effective GM, will fix what needs fixed.