The Denver Broncos are having one of the worst seasons in franchise history. They are currently on pace to finish the season 4-12, which would be the lowest mark since the NFL started playing a 16 game schedule.
Head coach Josh McDaniels is undoubtedly on the hot seat, but the popular opinion is that owner Pat Bowlen will give McDaniels at least one more year to develop his team, and the upper management in Denver recently stated that they believe McDaniels can right the ship in the Mile High City.
Josh McDaniels has had two drafts for the Broncos, each of which featured multiple picks in the first round. The Broncos have selected three SEC players and an ACC player with their four first round selections, and they traded a 2010 first rounder to select ACC cornerback Alphonso Smith in 2009. Clearly, the Broncos are on board with the fact that the SEC is the best brand of college football, and they are laying the foundation for the future with the top players from the top teams in the country.
In all likelihood, the Broncos will need two more drafts to be back to elite status. The philosophy since McDaniels has taken over as head coach has been to stockpile draft picks and fill holes temporarily with solid free agent acquisitions. Last year, that approach worked to perfection as the Broncos went 8-8 in the first year of their re-building project.
That success is due large in part to the fact that Denver was statistically one of the healthiest teams in the NFL in 2009, and they were able to mask their deficiencies. In 2010, they have had injuries to key players at almost every position. Those deficiencies have been fully exposed, and the team has been embarrassed as a result.