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#1 2019-06-13 05:53:04

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The list of things that went wrong for the Denver Broncos

Good morning Colby Wadman Jersey , Broncos Country.The list of things that went wrong for the Denver Broncos and their 2018 campaign are almost innumerable. Poor coaching, tenuous play-calling and head-scratching decisions on a routine basis made a tough schedule extremely difficult to overcome — but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps above all else, the Broncos' injury-marred roster was the primary culprit in the team's overwhelming demise this season.In the course of a month the Broncos lost three starting players on their offensive line in Ronald Leary, Matt Paradis and Max Garcia. While Garcia's caliber of play has left many fans wanting more, the loss of Leary and Paradis (two Pro-Bowl caliber players) were significant. While Denver's patchwork offensive line impressed on a handful of occasions, it's right to contemplate how much better the team could have been offensively had their line not been in flux due to injury.Losing receiving targets Jake Butt, Jeff Heuerman and Emmanuel Sanders also inhibited the Broncos' ability to succeed on offense, especially in respect to the passing game. Not only that, but the 'No Fly Zone' became the 'Frequent Fly Zone' at a rapid pace. The never-ending "Who's who?" in their secondary made it hard to stop any opposing team. Without question, replenishing the Broncos' talent pool on the back-end of their defense will be a priority for John Elway and the front office this coming offseason. Just when you think it couldn't get any worse, arguably the team's most impressive player in Phillip Lindsay was lost for the last game of the season with a wrist injury. It may be just one game, but it symbolizes the never-ending woes of an injury-marred season that was just too much for the Broncos to bounce back from. Here's to hoping that next year's team can remain healthy and with a new head coach and revamped roster on the horizon — things will get better relatively quickly. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and am wishing you and yours the best in the coming year. As always, thank you for reading and here's today's offering of Horse Tracks.Horse TracksBroncos' Case Keenum few results against Oakland RaidersA final look at the Broncos' 27-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Monday.Broncos coach Vance Joseph's hot seat burning after loss to RaidersThe Broncos are 11-20 in Joseph's two-season tenure, and Monday's loss to the Raiders won't help his cause.Raiders show sparks of promise in win over Broncos - NFL.comPlaying in what might have been their final game at the Oakland Coliseum, the Raiders delivered a gutsy performance against the Broncos in a game devoid of playoff implications.2019 NFL Draft order: Cardinals No. 1; Broncos close in on top 10 - NFL.comWhich pick in the 2019 NFL Draft does your team hold, and what are the top needs for all 32 clubs? Have a look at where things stand for your squad coming out of Week 16.NFL Power Rankings, Week 17: Bears Devontae Booker Jersey , Ravens up; Chargers drop - NFL.comIn Elliot Harrison's Week 17 NFL Power Rankings, the Chicago Bears surge into the No. 2 spot, while the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers lose ground. Who's No. 1 heading into the regular-season finale?Seahawks sign Pete Carroll to extension through 2021 - NFL.comPete Carroll is staying in the Emerald City for the long haul. The Seattle Seahawks signed the head coach to a multi-year extension through 2021 on Monday afternoon.Nick Foles' excellence in clutch situations lifts Eagles - NFL.comHappy holidays! The Eagles are still alive in the postseason race, thanks to the again unexpected play of Nick Foles. It wouldn't be the holidays after all without a little St. Nick magic.Tennessee Titans to put DL Jurrell Casey on IR with strained MCLThe Titans are expected to put defensive lineman Jurrell Casey on IR with a strained MCL in his left knee, meaning the Pro Bowler will not be available when Tennessee faces the Colts in a win-and-you're-in game on Sunday.JuJu Smith-Schuster takes blame for Pittsburgh Steelers lossSteelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, who caught 11 passes for 115 yards Sunday, took the blame for a costly loss due to his fourth-quarter fumble. "That loss was on me," he tweeted. Last offseason the Broncos made a number of coaching staff changes, including firing offensive line coach Jeff Davidson who had presided over some of the more moribund offensive lines in the NFL during his tenure in Denver. This offseason looks likely to bring many changes to the coaching staff as well, but let's hope that this year the guys directing the offensive line aren't among them.After firing Davidson the Broncos replaced him with two coaches, splitting responsibilities more or less along the lines of interior offensive line vs outside offensive line. Chris Strausser, then the assistant offensive line coach, was promoted to oversee the tackles on the outside. And Sean Kugler, the former head coach of UTEP, signed on to coach up the Broncos' guards and centers.The results of those moves have been rather impressive.Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesThe Broncos' offensive line has excelled in the run game this year. Rookie running back sensation Philip Lindsay zipped all over the field for 1,037 yards on 192 carries, resulting in an impressive 5.4 yards per carry average. Lindsay's determination and skills played a big part in that Andy Janovich Jersey , but so did the offensive line in front of him. With rare exceptions, the line consistently opened up holes for Lindsay, who then took full advantage. And his blockers were a big part of his league-leading yards gained before contact mark.The line also improved markedly in pass protection this year under Strausser & Kugler, though that's still its weaker aspect. The group has allowed 33 sacks on Case Keenum this year, which is pretty decent and puts them in a 6 way tie for 20th most sacks allowed in the NFL. It's not so bad when Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott, Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, and Russell Wilson have all taken 45+ sacks in the 2018 campaign. And it's also a considerable improvement over the Broncos' 2017 mark of 52 sacks allowed. Overall, the Broncos' offensive line has grown from an average at best and unbalanced unit in 2017 to a clearly above average group in 2018. And that's kind of remarkable when you consider that only 2 out of 5 offensive line starters from the Week 1 tilt against the Seahawkswill be starting and in the same spot in this weekend's season finale against the Chargers: Left Tackle Garett Bolles and Right Tackle Jared Veldheer. A 3rd starter from Week 1, Connor McGovern, will start at Center instead of his original post at right guard.Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesThe rest have been waylaid by injuries. Original starting LG Ron Leary tore his achilles in the Week 6 loss to the Rams, and starting Center Matt Paradis broke his leg in the Week 9 loss to the Texans. That game also brought the loss of Max Garcia, who'd made four starts at guard in replacement of McGovern or Leary by that point, and had played pretty well. The tackles haven't been immune to the injury bug either, with Jared Veldheer missing the entire 2nd quarter of the season after getting hurt in the Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.That's resulted in players like Billy Turner and Elijah Wilkinson receiving a lot of playing time this season Max Garcia Jersey , and their coaches have ensured they were up to the challenge. Turner, a former 3rd round pick for the Dolphins back in 2014 and largely considered a bust or at best a development project after being cut by both the Dolphins and Ravens, has done well in 10 starts this season. And Wilkinson, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2017, has made 6 starts as well.To have an injury-riddled line step up and deliver above average results is no mean feat, especially in light of the Broncos' longstanding struggle to get quality play out of this position group throughout this decade. So while I won't regret seeing a number of Broncos coaches go this offseason, Kugler & Strausser are not among them. I'd much rather get to watch their line again in 2019 to see what they can do with these guys in a second year together.Horse TracksThe Rams' new offensive approach could be just what they need to roll through the playoffsThe Raiders and their fans had the perfect possible sendoff for OaklandNFL picks 2018, Week 17: Experts predictions for the final playoff orderJustin Herbert's return to Oregon is huge NFL Draft and college football newsNFL playoff picture 2019: 4 more teams clinch, leaving 3 spots up for grabs in the final week2019 NFL mock draft: The strangest QB draft in yearsReview: The Browns should make Freddie Kitchens head coach before they lose himThe 5 most fireable NFL coaches of Week 16, including one guy who maaaaybe could be replaced by Jim HarbaughRob Gronkowski: I haven't thought about retirementDamien Williams, Chiefs agree on 2-year extensionQB Index, Week 17: Previewing offseason QB marketNFL head coach candidates: Names to know for this hiring cycleCowboys' Sean Lee, Bucs' Jameis Winston need new team in '19

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