The Denver Broncos’ loss in week 12 to the Carolina Panthers will go down as the worst loss the team has suffered since Peyton Manning retired. It seems that every loss the Broncos have suffered this year has been absolutely painful to get through.
The loss versus the Raiders last week was extremely awful to watch. Given the circumstances, losing in that environment was a fireable offense for Nathaniel Hackett. Week 12 was supposed to be a bit of an easier go at it, right?
The Panthers had already fired their head coach and started Sam Darnold for the first time this season. Their offense, like the Broncos, had trouble putting points on the board. Their defense was also pretty average coming into the game.
Sure it was an away game, but it seemed rather clear that Denver had a couple of advantages. What was seen on the field in week 12 was a team that looked lost, uninspired, and tired. The defense wasn’t their normal, elite self. They could not stop the run again and Patrick Surtain II had his second iffy performance.
The pass rush was not getting home, either. Offensively, it was more of the same. Denver could not move the ball consistently, and the longest play of the day from Latavius Murray was essentially erased by a Wilson strip sack.
To me, as someone who has watched 90% of the games since Peyton Manning retired, this one felt like the absolute worst loss since the Super Bowl season in 2015. This loss might also be the end of the road for Nathaniel Hackett as head coach of the Denver Broncos.
The Denver Broncos fell in week 12 to the Carolina Panthers, marking the absolute lowest point of the Russell Wilson era thus far.
He looks like he’s about to hit the end of his rope. There is nothing more for him to say or do in my opinion that should warrant him remaining the coach of the team.