Sunday night’s loss to the Chiefs illustrated the Broncos flawed philosophy

Dec 6, 2021, 3:06 PM
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(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

The Broncos are coming off a terrible loss to the Chiefs. A lot actually went right in a blowout loss. The run game was good and the defense kept the Chiefs offense to 16 points. One thing that has to be crystal clear to Broncos Country after this game, however, is that the Broncos are built incorrectly for the modern NFL.

The Broncos did everything we have been sold about this team to be successful against the Chiefs. Javonte Williams was great in the run game, the defense kept the Chiefs offense to 16 points, and held Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill to under 50 yards combined. However, their offense, specifically their passing game, could not hold up and still lost by double digits.

The Broncos have sold the idea of running the ball, playing great defense and just having a QB who can “manage” the game and not make mistakes. This ideology needs to be thrown in the trash and burned. You have to have a QB who can make plays and a balanced attack on offense to win in this league.

The rules in the NFL are tailored towards offense, particularly quarterbacks. Teddy Bridgewater is not a QB a team can win with consistently in the modern NFL.

The Broncos lived up to their billing in KC. Javonte Williams rushed for 102 yards at 4.4 per carry. The defense forced a turnover and held the dynamic Chiefs offense to 16 points. Yet, they still lost 22-9.

It’s still important to run the ball. The top-five rushing offenses make the playoff every year. But if a team can’t take advantage of the pass-friendly rules, they are doomed to fail.

It’s clear, the Broncos are built to win in 1991, unfortunately it’s 2021 and the days of running the ball and winning 21-17 is a thing of the past. If a team doesn’t have the passing game to balance your rushing attack, they cannot win consistently in this league.

The Broncos already have their wide receivers locked up, but with a below-average QB in Teddy Bridgewater, it simply does not matter. They have what looks to be a great running back of the future, but with a below average QB in Teddy Bridgewater, it simply does not matter.


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