Broncos-Chiefs: Okay, So the Sun Did Come up This Morning

Rick BrunettiContributor ISeptember 29, 2008

Okay, so my wife was right, and the sun did manage to come up this morning, despite the Broncos showing in yesterday's game against the Chiefs. However, I have noticed that Monday mornings are even more unbearable when you sit across the hall from an avid Chiefs fan the morning after an inexcusable loss to the dog butt Missouri Indian Heads.


In losing this game, the Broncos allowed the Chiefs to break their 12-game regular-season losing streak [and also crushed my dreams of the first ever 0-16 record, go RAMS, the imperfect season is still within your reach!)


So who is to blame here? Did the Broncos' offense finally show weaknesses? Should they own this loss? Did the Broncos' defense’s lack of, umm...defense finally overcome our offense, and should they take the blame for this loss?


Is our special-teams coach [Scott O'Brien] to blame for the constant kick-off coverage breakdowns? [Do the announcers [Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf] from CBS that worked the Bronco/Chiefs games have to update their resumes after stuttering through another broadcast {Greg Gumbel says, “Err, I guess were supposed to be announcing the Chiefs defensive starters, huh”}?].


Yes, yes, yes, and holy crap yes.


Two forced fumbles, two interceptions, and five field-goal attempts later, and the explosive Broncos offense looked more like the Jake Plummer infected offenses from the past. You remember them; they were the great offenses between the 20s but couldn’t score a touchdown to save their lives.


Oh, and on Marshall's fumble [which was recovered and returned to the two-yard line], what kind of a play was that?  I heard a story about Mark Schlereth from Super Bowl 32.


The Broncos recovered a fumble on a kickoff return, and on the next play, the Broncos ran a fake-counter pass. The problem was that they hadn’t yet run a counter, so the defense was prepared for it and intercepted it.


The point is, before you run a gadget fake off of a play, you should set the play up first...Jeremy Bates [the Broncos offensive play caller] has had a fantastic year so far, but this play was definitely a “thing that makes you go hrmm” call.


Bottom line, if the Broncos had not turned the ball over four times, we would have won the game.


Coming into this week, I was one of the suckers that believed that a lot of the Broncos' defensive woes were due to the level of competition they were competing against. The Raiders scored a bunch in the fourth quarter of game, one due to our defense playing off of the receivers.


The Charges are the third-ranked offense in the league, and thus they played accordingly against the Broncos. The Saints have Reggie Bush, who finally has started breaking off explosive plays like he did in college [on a side note, do you think he was making more money while at USC or with the Saints {things that make you go hrmm}?].


But the Chiefs...Really? Coming into Week Four, the anemic Indian Head offense had scored 32 points in the first three weeks of the season [against the Patriots, Raiders, and Falcons...Not exactly world beaters].


They managed to pile up 213 rushing yards and 33 points against the Broncos. If Larry Johnson played the Broncos every week, he would be a first ballot Hall of Famer [he has rushed for at least 126 yards in each of his five starts against Denver).


On Sunday, he rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns; in fact, I think I just saw him break off another 50 yard run! The Broncos need to find a defensive identity, and playing in a 3-4 defense is not it. They do not have the defensive lineman to run this type of defense. 


The offense did not do the defense any favors by committing four turnovers. However, bottom line: If the Broncos want to make a push at the playoffs [and actually make some noise when they get there], this defense has got to play better in every aspect of the game. We won the first three games of the season in spite of our defense, definitely not because of our defense.


Why does it seem that the only time the Broncos special teams are brought up it’s in a negative fashion?  In the fourth quarter, after the Broncos pulled within a touchdown of tying the game, the kickoff coverage gave up a backbreaking 51-yard kickoff return, which lead to the decisive score in the game.


O’Brien is taking the “special” in special teams too literally. Perhaps somebody needs to explain to him the idea of covering a return lane?!?


This loss really belongs to all three aspects of the game.


So, in conclusion, the Broncos are blessed with an offense that could be 14-2 and burdened by a defense/special teams that could be 6-10.  Thus, they will most likely finish between the two with an 11-5 record and make an early playoff exit.  


Monday mornings are funny times during football seasons. It seems every week some random team is labeled great, and then the next week they get labeled horrible. The great thing about the NFL is that rarely are things as great as they appear, and on the flip side, they are rarely as horrible as they seem [but the Chiefs, really??].