Woody Paige: After Sunday loss, the season is a lost cause for the Broncos | Broncos
The Broncos are lost in their own space and place.
At this rate, they might not be found until Arch Manning is available in the 2027 draft.
On Sunday at dis-Empower-ed Field, the Broncos lost at home for the fourth time in 2021; they lost quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who, frankly, was playing poorly before he was seriously injured; Drew Lock lost the ball at the Bengals’ 11-yard line on a fumble; the Broncos lost their attack in the process; the offense and the coaches completely lost their minds at the end of the first half and at the end of the match.
The Broncos lost to the Bengals.
The Broncos got completely lost in the playoff race – with just a 5% chance; loyal supporters have given up hope, based on the still alarming number of no-shows from Mile High and the few spectators remaining in the stadium at the end of the fourth quarter; the Broncos obviously lost a realistic possibility of finishing above .500 for the first time in five seasons.
Many Broncos jobs will be lost before next season. The head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterback coach, offensive line coach, a dozen free agents without compensation and a whole bunch of other fringe players will be gone.
In the first half, the Broncos lost the three most talented receivers on the team: Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick and especially Jerry Jeudy. Garett Bolles lost his ability to play the left tackle properly. Albert Okwuegbunam lost a gutsy pass. The secondary was lost on Tyler Boyd of Cincinnati’s 56-yard touchdown.
In the last of the most important games the Broncos have played in years, the offense looked lost and confused.
The offense couldn’t have beaten Peter Pan’s Lost Boys on Sunday.
Vic Fangio lost for the 22nd time in 23 games as the Broncos are down at halftime. And he acted lost when the Broncos had the most pathetic two-minute first-half offense and a worthless effort to win the game on the team’s final possession that fell back until the Broncos are almost out of the stadium.
The horrific offense has scored under 20 points in seven of the last 11 games after starting the season with three wins against teams with a total of 33 losses.
The Broncos beat two teams with winning records. They have only won four home games.
The Broncos have no place in the playoffs. They don’t deserve to be in that line with the Broncos of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s or the first half of the 2010s.
They are as despicable as the Broncos of the 1960s.
The Broncos are expected to finish last in the AFC West.
Thank goodness Greyhound and thank goodness the franchise will soon have a new owner.
Two offensive possessions in the second quarter and a defensive situation in the third quarter summarized the errors of the Broncos of Van Joseph-Vic Fangio.
The Broncos were tied at 3 when they got the ball at 20 with 3:30 left in the first half. There was enough time for a touchdown to take the lead. The Broncos reached midfield before Fangio called his first timeout with just 28 seconds. The management of the clock is a fault of Fangio. The Broncos stopped at Cincy 33 with a fourth and one and just 14 seconds left, and Brandon McManus missed a rare field goal.
The Bengals took over with nine seconds left and completed a pass and kicked a basket.
In the second half, Bridgewater was seriously injured once again this season in a scrimmage, and Lock came on for the third time and guided the Broncos to what would be their only touchdown. Two games later, the Bengals scored what would be their only touchdown on a total miss from the Broncos.
Lock would lead the Broncos to the 9-yard line, and they could have taken the lead. But, on a game that had neither goal nor planning, the former holder went to the left. Defensive end Khalid Kareem pulled the ball away from Lock, who has a tendency to turnovers. After a Kareem re-fumble, a mess and an overhaul, the Bengals received the ball.
And the game and the season have become a lost cause for the Broncos.