Denver Broncos Success In 2011: Wishing and Hoping Won't Make It So

Michael KellerAnalyst IIIDecember 25, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders escapes a diving Jason Hunter #52 of the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Considering where this storied franchise has slid to this year, no prayers, talismans or wishful thinking is going to turn this team around overnight.

That will be in the hands of the coaching staff and front office that is put in place by owner Pat Bowlen as soon as this sorry-ass season is ended and the chore of choosing the right people for the right jobs takes place.

After the horrendous mistake made with Boy King McDaniels and the wasted draft choices, this franchise needs no more mistakes. They are walking a razor's edge and can not afford another failed coaching decision and the repeat of two years of squandered draft choices.

If the principle focus isn't on drafting and free agent signings of key defensive players, we will see "same song, second verse" next year and the year after that. As much as some Gator-glasses wearing fans may disagree, the QB position was NOT the major issue this season.

It was the lack of talent on the defensive side of the ball and the lack of even an average running game. Mostly because of the poor half-assed effort to move away from a zone-blocking scheme and to a power blocking scheme without the talent to make it work.

The new regime will have to deal with some very daunting tasks and some legacy decisions that will make any improvement painful and difficult to obtain in the next 1-2 years. 

Who will end up in the key roles of coaching and front office management next year is still up in the air but what has to happen is as clear as the disparity of wins and losses has been this year.

My prediction is that of the 13 or 14 players who started on defense this year, we will see maybe four or five in their same positions next year.

The entire Front three will most likely be replaced, two of the four LBs will not be starting and one or both CBs will be gone as well as one or two of the starting Safeties.

If that doesn't sound like a major overhaul and one that will take an incredible amount of focus and experience to accomplish and still put a reasonable facsimile of a defense on the field, then I don't know what will.

What that means to this team is the ability to put the QB position in the hands of a veteran or incredibly talented rookie and a great OC that will allow that side of the ball to hold their own while the D side reloads and rebuilds under some great leadership.

Where all this is leading is to the fact that many of the decisions made by Mr. Bowlen will be critical and should start with a strong Front Office that will make the right decisions as to coaching positions and will not shackle those coaches with any preconceptions other than to rebuild the defensive side of the ball. 

Any potential coach or executives that come into this organization and this dysfunctional situation that is saddled with ANY predetermined commitment to ANY player, in any position is doomed to ultimate failure and setting this franchise back another 3-4 years.

Just one Bronco fan(atic)'s opinion.