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Denver Broncos Issues Go Deeper Than Even Tim Tebow's Prayers Can Answer

Michael KellerAnalyst IIIDecember 22, 2010

Denver Broncos Issues Go Deeper Than Even Tim Tebow's Prayers Can Answer

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    Watching the over-hyped "coming out party" of Denver Broncos Rookie QB Tim Tebow, it was further evidence of what damage ex-HC Josh McDaniels did to this team and particularly the defensive side of the football.

    His terrible personnel decisions, particularly in the two drafts he ruled over came home to roost and was magnified in this game.

    With all the choices Denver had in the first, second and third rounds of both the past two years, so many were wasted on offensive players who were reaches and/or the few defensive players who haven't produced.

    There hasn't been a true "Impact" player from either draft on either side of the ball. But the real Achilles heel has been the lack of talent needed to bolster the defense. And, as they say, "Defense wins championships". And that means Denver is a l o o o ng way from any championships.

Too Little, Too Late: What Happens When Too Little Talent Faces Any NFL Team

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    The Raiders game magnified what happens when a decent team (Raiders) comes up against a floundering team (Broncos) and how we can see the trajectory of both teams from the results of this game.

    So many differences are highlighted here, on both sides of the ball, as well as on the sidelines with the coaching.

    The Raiders had cohesive and consistent coaching on both sides of the ball; the Broncos, not so much.

    Where the Raiders had strong, dominating defensive play, the Broncos had erratic, sporadic and pathetic play most of the game.

    Was this a function of poor coaching, poor talent or all of the above? I choose all of the above.

    When you squander as many draft choice as happened in the past two years and put in place sub-par coaches on the defensive side of the ball, there is little reason to expect great things to happen.

    And guess what; we got just what we deserved.

502 Yards And a Cloud Of Mud

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    Any team that gives up 502 yards doesn't deserve to be in the NFL, let alone to win.

    And watching the Raiders run under, over, around and through this Bronco defense disguised as a sieve, was quite demoralizing. Seems no one could tackle, cover or stop anything the Raiders through at them. And this was with a Raiders QB who wasn't having a very good game. But it didn't matter.

    McFadden, Bush, Ford, were just too much for the talent-challenged group of folks wearing the muddy white jerseys last Sunday.

The Loss Of Champ Was Sealed Sunday

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    As embarrassing as this game was for me to watch at home, it was clear to me that it was even worse for maybe the only real star on the team right now, CB Champ Bailey.

    He laid it all on the line again today, just like always and it was for naught.

    And watching him on some sideline shots, it also showed me that he was so glad that the Broncos pulled their contract extension and he would be able to go to a team where he has a shot at a ring and also where there is enough talent around him to keep him from feeling ashamed of the other 10  guys playing with him.

Walking The Walk: Will The Broncos Hire The Right Talent?

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    It is obvious that neither the current Broncos coaching staff nor the talent can compete in the upper tiers of the NFL. And the talent on the field and on the coaching sidelines need a major upgrade.

    The answer? Mike Nolan.

    He recreated the Denver Defensive character of the 3-4 but was run off by the Boy King McDaniels ego. He has the head coaching experience to focus on what is wrong with this team. Nolan is intelligent and most importantly, mature. A trait missing in the last failed experiment.

    Any new head coach that isn't focused on the defense is losing sight of what is really wrong with this team right now.

    Any further issues that involve the offense are just ignoring the obvious.

Defense: Focus, Focus, Focus

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    Watching the (lack of) defense was a real eye-opener and solidified the real issues of what is wrong with this Broncos team.

    They can't tackle, they can't cover and they have no heart. The only cure for these ills is to draft more defensive talent and to hire a coaching staff that will focus on this side of the ball, for a change.

    If this doesn't happen, there is little hope for any recovery in the dismal crash that has befallen the once-proud Denver Broncos.  

No Run Game, No Success In The NFL

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    The run game in the past few weeks and the pathetic play calling showed me that no matter who was at QB, there was no chance for success.

    The combination of the poor offensive line play and the terrible play calling guaranteed that no one would be successful in this environment.

    If the OC McCoy is even anywhere near next year's coaching staff next year, there is no hope. He was so far out of his element that it was embarrassing. Calling those running plays in the shadow of your own endzone was inviting a Safety to happen. And it did.

A Hyped QB at The Helm Doesn't Fix All The Ills

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    Any intelligent follower of the NFL will recognize that without a dominating defense, there is no hope in making the latter rounds of the Playoffs.

    Show me a team without a strong defense and/or a decent running game that is an annual contender for the Super Bowl and I will call you out on that. And yes, maybe the Colts are an exception, but PLEASE don't tell me we have a Peyton Manning on this team, OK?

    And without a top echelon offensive line, both in talent and in coaching ability, there isn't much hope either.

    And to get to that upper echelon of the NFL, it will take a major overhaul of the Denver Front Office, the coaching staff and the realization that one ex-college superstar isn't going to carry this team to glory, no matter what Focus on the Family and some delusional fans think.

    Just one fan(atic)'s opinion.

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