Just when you thought the Denver Broncos couldn’t get any more embarrassed, Nathaniel Hackett essentially said, “Hold my beer.”
Getting swept by a Las Vegas Raiders team, led by Josh McDaniels and without Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller, while boasting one of the worst passing defenses in the league, is a shootable offense. With Denver already trailing Las Vegas in the NFL power rankings last week, the Broncos remain static in the rankings.
What sad truths does NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus have for Broncos Country this week?
Denver Broncos rank: 30
“Week 11 brought more of the same for the lost Broncos offense, which showed signs of life early before another deep hibernation in a 22-16 overtime loss to the Raiders. Russell Wilson couldn’t throw a touchdown pass against one of the worst pass defenses in the league, while Melvin Gordon had another goal-line fumble to help doom a promising drive before halftime. On Monday, the Broncos cut ties with Gordon, who leads the team in carries (90), yards (318) and, yes, fumbles (5) this season. The changes are sure to continue for the disappointing Broncos in the weeks and months ahead.”
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Once again, Denver’s offense went off the rails when the scheduled plays ended. Wilson had a steadier game, but couldn’t throw a single touchdown against one of the worst passing defenses.
Hopefully another week with Klint Kubiak calling plays can make at least a marginal difference. Speaking of making a difference, Gordon did it that Sunday but in the most Melvin way possible, coughing up the ball.
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I know it’s flu season, but come on, man. Gordon’s release should have happened a month ago to send a message to the locker room, but now he’s gone, so Broncos Country can regain a shred of sanity. I never thought Denver’s backfield would consist of Latavius Murray and Marlon Mack, but here we are.
Hackett revealed himself, saying, “It was nice to be a part of all three phases.”
Denver fired Vic Fangio nearly a year ago, but he may have passed on some of his coaching ineptitude to Hackett. It seems like every week, Hackett manages to say too much at press conferences, almost going out of his way to appear incompetent.
Hackett could get his walking papers if Denver slips against the Carolina Panthers. At least Hackett was a solid cheerleader after stepping down from his play-calling duties, so there may be a future there.
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