Although there are rare moral victories in the NFL, the Denver Broncos put in a brave effort in Saturday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. In the last game of the season, with no chance of going into the playoffs, the Broncos had little reason to fight back.
Thanks to the Broncos, the team did not succumb to the tempting rush of making a business decision and not giving their best. But a loss is still a loss.
Sadly, the Broncos didn’t have enough gas to go up the hill and recover from a four-game slip, which led to head coach Vic Fangio being sacked.
Although the fans want to focus entirely on the search for coaching the Broncos, we should finish our postmortem autopsy in the 2021 season by listing the good, the bad, and the ugly from the team’s 28-24 loss to Kansas City.
Denver High School entered the competition shortlisted. Corner players Patrick Sertin II and Ronald Darby, along with safety Karim Jackson, didn’t fit into the game due to injuries, leaving a poor secondary to quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
To their credit, the remaining minor crew held the line and Mahomes kept the 27th Infantry completing 270 yards and two landings. In his first start to the season, Broncos corner back Michael Ogmodia fought eight solo tackles and broke multiple passes in key positions.
What made things even more difficult was the Denver minors’ need to hold onto their leg longer than expected due to the lack of pressure from the front four. Overall, it was nice to see the depth at the secondary handle of the Chiefs vertical pass game squeeze.
It wasn’t a perfect offensive performance, but we did see glimmers of innovative thinking in getting players in a position to take advantage of their talents. In his last game with the organization, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmore did a solid job of holding on to the run, using play and formations to create attacking opportunities.
Shurmur even ordered a trick play in which wide receiver Courtland Sutton throws a pass to tight end Noah Fant who gains 16 yards. It was nice to see quarterback Drew Luke using his legs to make two touchdowns and take advantage of the Chiefs’ defenders who pay close attention to covering their particular man and not spying on the signal caller.
Although Locke completed only 12 passes for 162 yards, it was nice to finally see the Broncos put 24 points on the scoreboard.
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Gordon the loser
Let’s start with the positive. The Bronco attack did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage and running the ball effectively. Melvin Jordan ran back through Chiefs’ defense for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Gordon was a key factor in the Broncos taking over the watch and keeping Mahomes on the sidelines. Unfortunately, Gordon fumbled after being rocked by a blitzkrieg, while the Broncos were in the scoring position and prepared to salt the match.
Orange and Blue’s hard-earned momentum has stalled. For a respected veteran running backwards, this isn’t the first time this season he has given the ball away in a game-changing moment.
The Broncos Country has been feeling the pain of not watching the team compete in the playoffs for the past six years. Despite the high expectations set in training camp, the Broncos were unable to consistently win matches against top-ranked teams.
The 2021 Broncos were designed for Fangio to be a dominant defense keeping the attack contained, along with an attack that moved the sticks but reduced the turnover. Despite having a very good defense, attacking that plays below par in big match situations. To become a playoff competitor, the Broncos must score at least 24 points per game.
Despite the disappointment with the performance this season, fans should hold on to the glimmer of optimism. The organization has improved the talent on the roster.
There is a solid foundation for players to build upon. General Motors George Patton’s vision for the Broncos 2022 began to take shape when the search for his new head coach began.
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