DENVER — Just minutes right after a crushing 30-6 reduction to the Kansas Town Chiefs, Denver Broncos mentor Vic Fangio seemed at what his team’s offense experienced performed in the earlier 60 football minutes and narrowed it down to 1 relatively significant product.
“It was all stages of our passing sport [that] were being challenges,” Fangio claimed. “Security sometimes, receivers not obtaining open often, [the Chiefs] employing good coverages for us that probably we weren’t all set for it is really unquestionably a problem we have to get rectified relocating ahead. … It can be disappointing not to be in the end competitive out there.”
The Chiefs went into Thursday night’s match 30th in the league in operate defense, 27th in the league in overall defense and 24th in sacks. And the Broncos have been even now not able to find any home for their offense to get the job done from Kansas Metropolis.
In opposition to that protection that experienced authorized at minimum 180 yards dashing in just about every of the previous 4 video games, the Broncos ran for 71 yards. Against a protection that had authorized three of its previous 4 opponents to rating at minimum 28 factors, the Broncos experienced six.
And, most damning of all, most likely, towards a defense that experienced all of 11 sacks for the season coming into the activity, the Broncos permitted 9. Not considering that John Elway’s rookie year as a participant — 1983 — had the Broncos surrendered 9 sacks in a sport.
“You all viewed the identical recreation we watched,” huge receiver Courtland Sutton mentioned. “We just failed to execute.”
It all left broad receiver Emmanuel Sanders shaking his head. “I do not even have an answer,” he said.
From start out to complete, the Chiefs battered Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco — Kansas Metropolis experienced six sacks in the initial 50 % — as a Broncos offense that scored a touchdown on the to start with possession of the game advanced into Chiefs territory on only two of its subsequent 12 possession. On one of all those subsequent 12 belongings, the Chiefs returned a Flacco fumble, after a sack, for a landing. On another, Broncos kicker Brandon McManus skipped a 45-garden discipline goal attempt.
“[The Chiefs] pressured us early on in both of those the operate and pass, and we didn’t do a good work of handling it,” Fangio reported.
“We’re just not actively playing excellent football,” Flacco said. “They came soon after us, and we form of allow them appear following us. … They played actual bodily, they came tough, they performed downhill and we had been in a great deal of lousy predicaments.”
In addition to the Chiefs’ defensive score to go with McManus’ missed subject, the Broncos failed to change a two-place conversion from the Chiefs’ 1-garden line immediately after a Kansas Town penalty, surrendered 1 of the nine sacks on an unwell-fated faux punt and completed a dismal 1-of-13 on 3rd down.
It was all so lousy no person was exempt, as Broncos linebacker Von Miller, a 7-time Pro Bowl collection, concluded without having a tackle, an assisted tackle, a sack, a quarterback strike or a move defensed. His sack Thursday night time was negated by a keeping penalty on cornerback Duke Dawson Jr.
“We failed to enjoy properly in any of the a few phases,” Miller reported. “Just a tough 1.”
Requested Thursday night time no matter whether his group, now 2-5, experienced re-entered the “earth of suck” — Fangio had advised the group soon after it had dropped to -4 to open the year that it was likely to have to tune out “everyone telling them they suck” — Fangio stated: “Boy, that was a assertion I regret earning. I nevertheless consider in these men. We had a lousy overall performance [Thursday] seriously in all 3 concentrations, we experienced a inadequate first travel defensively … kicking video game enable us down, we skipped a kick, we don’t get a faux punt off and clearly our issues on offense.”