The Denver Broncos lost 39-23 to the Oakland Raiders. They are now at 3-11 in this disastrous and infamous 2010 season, the worst they’ve been in over 40 years.
In all, the 98 points given up against the Raiders this season amounts to the largest number against one opponent since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970.
The only positive outcome of the second loss to the hated Raiders was the impressive play by Denver’s rookie quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow ran for one TD and threw for another in the rain-drenched field that left much makeup running in the Black Hole, but even Tebow’s magic wasn’t enough to push the Broncos into the win column.
And at this point in the season, the Broncos have the NFL’s worst defense, giving up a league worst 28.9 points per game, a total of 415 in only 14 games. And while the Broncos (hopefully) won’t come close to the 1981 Baltimore Colts' record 533 points against, Denver’s defense has been downright dastardly this year.
It’s clear that the entire team is basically pathetic and there’s a need to scrap a vast majority of the players—and coaches—for Denver to build for the future.
For fans, this is a somewhat spooky notion; the turnover has been a mile high in Denver in recent years. But with the firing of Josh McDaniels, his notions of team building are obsolete and his personnel decisions will almost all need to be erased for the Broncos to move on and rebuild in the quickest manner possible.
So who exactly should the Broncos keep and what players must be either traded or handed pink slips and tickets out of Denver?
By my approximation, there are only a baker’s dozen players that the Broncos should keep, here’s the list.