It may be an off-season of break-ups for the city of Denver.
First, we have the Rockies, who must trade their franchise player, Nolan Arenado.
Now, the time has come for the Denver Broncos to do the same and move on from franchise cornerstone, John Elway.
Another Lost Year in Denver
The Denver Broncos lost again this evening, falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-10. It was a game the Bucs controlled from the start, with Tom Brady looking like a younger version of himself. The Broncos never had a chance.
Denver is now 0-3 and are win-less through September for the second straight year under Vic Fangio. It’s clear Vic Fangio isn’t the answer at head coach. Neither was previous head coach Vance Joseph.
But how long until Denver realizes the real problem is John Elway?
Bad Karma for Elway
It was 5 years ago when John Elway tried to trade for Colin Kaepernick. After Kaepernick started kneeling, Elway suddenly lost interest, even when Kaepernick became available via free agency.
Here is a list of Quarterbacks who have thrown passes for the Broncos since then:
- Brock Osweiler (who Elway drafted over RUSSEL WILSON!)
- Trevor Siemian
- Paxton Lynch
- Case Keenum
- Joe Flacco
- Drew Lock
- Jeff Driskell
- Brett Rypien
Elway’s track-record at QB is abysmal. Ironic, when you consider he’s the best QB in franchise history.
My 93-year-old grandma: “Maybe they need to get rid of Elway.” When you lose her, you’re out of supporters. #Broncos
— James Merilatt (@jamesmerilatt) September 27, 2020
Don’t get me wrong, John Elway should absolutely remain the Denver Broncos VP until the day he dies.
His time as General Manager? That should come to an end after this year.
Disappointing 2020 should be final straw
The Broncos (0-3) are closer to winning the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes than they are the playoffs. They can’t rush the quarterback. They can’t protect the quarterback.
If that’s a recipe for disaster, then Elway must be the chef.
Bradley Chubb has been a huge disappointment since his rookie year in Denver. Perhaps he’s still shaking off the rust from tearing his ACL, but he hasn’t recorded a sack in 2020 and has been a non-factor.
On Sunday, the Broncos faced their former pass-rusher Shaq Barrett, who John Elway let walk for free in free agency last year. This is what has happened since then:
Since Shaq Barrett left the Broncos in 2019:
Shaq: 21.5 sacks
Von Miller: 8 sacks
Bradley Chubb: 1 sack
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) September 27, 2020
No GM in the NFL has spent more money on defense than John Elway. No other GM in the NFL has whiffed more on defense than John Elway. That needs to change.
Also, rookie receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler have not stepped up since Courtland Sutton went down with an injured knee. Melvin Gordon is not worth the money he was paid last off-season, and he’s playing like it.
As it stands, the Denver Broncos rank 27th in total offense, and 22nd in total defense. Last year, they ranked 28th in total offense and 12th in total defense.
Things aren’t getting any better in Denver. It’s time John Elway is held accountable.