Sure, it was a group effort in futility by the offense. Yes, the Broncos attack is filled with problems.
But the biggest problem – and this is obvious to everyone on the face of our earth except Vance Joseph – is quarterback Trevor Siemian.
The Broncos fell to the Chiefs, and out of serious playoff contention, in a confusing and confused 29-19 loss.
There were encouraging developments in the defeat. The Broncos running game looked strong, largely because the Chiefs played with the reasonable expectation the always-trailing Broncos would pass. The defense handled endless adversity with poise and a proper sense of violence.
Siemian’s play was not one of those encouraging developments. He threw three interceptions. He missed open receivers. He made strange decisions.
At halftime, Siemian had thrown for 56 yards. At halftime, Siemian had led the Broncos to 19 points over 12 quarters.
Is it within the realm of possibility that he will remain the Broncos starter?
Three reasons the Broncos lost yet again to the Chiefs:
One – Siemian
Yes, he had little time to throw in the first half. And, yes, Emmanuel Sanders is out with an ankle injury. And - yes once again - he watched several passes get dropped.
But he has to play better. He has to quit forcing throws. He has to see the field better. His third interception showed spectacularly bad field vision and was almost as bad as his game-dooming interception against the Bills.
At one point in the fourth quarter, Siemian’s s quarterback rating had fallen to 21.8.
It’s time for a new starter.
Two – Bennie Fowler
Last season, Fowler did severe damage to the Broncos playoff hopes with a drop in the end zone against the Titans on a perfectly thrown pass by Siemian.
On Monday, Fowler dropped another touchdown, again delivering serious damage. I’ve been critical of Siemian, but his pass was accurate and easy to catch.
No excuse is possible for the drop.
Three – Jamaal Charles
Charles must have wanted to make a sonic-boom statement in his return to Kansas City.
And he did, in a sad way.
A fumble by Charles in the first quarter was returned for a touchdown by Marcus Peters, giving the Chiefs a 7-0 lead while igniting some of the NFL’s best fans at Arrowhead.
The Broncos never quite recovered in this game.
Will they recover in this season?