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Woody Paige: Here's how history could repeat for the Broncos, and who's to blame

October 29, 2017 Updated: October 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills won 26-16. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The Broncos don’t have an awareness of urgency, resolution and desperation in regard to Monday night’s game. “Whatever’’ seems to be the team slogan.

Maybe they should study the franchise history, because they could be doomed to repeat it.

If the Broncos flop against the Chiefs, they’ll have about a five percent chance of making the playoffs.

The 19 previous seasons the Broncos began with a 3-4 record, or worse, they failed to rally round all but once.

Remember Tebow Time.

In 2011 the Broncos, under then new coach John Fox, lost four of their first five with quarterback Kyle Orton, whose initials were appropriate. He was K.O.’d for defeats in 15 of his last 19 starts.

Tim Tebow took over at quarterback in the second half of the Chargers game and almost brought the Broncos back. In Tebow’s first start, the Broncos won in overtime in south Florida before being lambasted by the Lions. The Broncos were 2-5.

Then, Timmy performed, well, a miracle – how appropriate -- as the Broncos won six in a row. They did drop the final three, but sneaked into the postseason and beat the Steelers in OT before bowing at New England. And Tebow was never seen again in Denver.

Yet, he accomplished what no other quarterback had in Broncos’ annals.

A 3-4 mark means more misery.

Broncos’ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy doesn’t have Tebow or Peyton Manning to call on, as he did in 2011-2012 (although each would be an intriguing option in a mediocre season).

Doesn’t anyone else find it funny (odd, not humorous) that the Broncos hired four coaches who have served as NFL offensive coordinators, but none of them could come up with something to score more than three touchdowns in four games – and average more than 18 points (24th in the league) and rank higher than 27th on offense?

The Broncos’ staff of 19 – count ‘em – 19 has coached a combined total of 422 seasons in professional and college football – and for more than 6,250 games.

This is the best these coaches got to offer? They certainly spend more hours sitting in dark rooms watching films than Siskel and Ebert ever did.

Sure, fault the players, but the roster includes only a half dozen Pro Bowl-caliber players – two on offense (Ron Leary and Matt Paradis) and four on defense (Von Miller, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. and Derek Wolfe, when and if he’s healthy). A successful NFL executive once told me a Super Bowl team needs at least a dozen Pro-Bowl type players among the starting 22.

The coaches and the front-office staff commanded by John Elway chose this bunch.

It’s the coaches’ jobs to coach them up, not down.

Who would you rather have as head coach today after eight weeks of the NFL season? Gary Kubiak or Vance Joseph? Offensive coordinator – McCoy or Rick Dennison, who is the coordinator of the shocking and improved 5-2 Bills (winners over the Raiders on Sunday)? Defensive coordinator Joe Woods or Wade Phillips, who is the coordinator of the surprising and enhanced 5-2 Rams? Special teams coordinator Brock Olivo or Joe DeCamillis, who is coordinator of the 4-3 Jaguars? Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson or Clancy Barone, who is an assistant with the 6-2 Vikings?

Dennison, DeCamillis, Phillips and Barone were coaches on a championship team two years ago. How many titles have these replacement guys won anywhere?

DDP&B were on the staff with Kubiak that removed a starting unhealthy, struggling veteran quarterback in 2015 and substituted the backup, then replaced the backup with the veteran in the last game. They were willing to be bold.

This head coach and his four horsemen offensive coordinators refused to yank the starting, struggling, unhealthy quarterback in the second half of a home drubbing to the dreadful Giants or the road beating by the hum-drum Chargers.

They possess the same backup quarterback who became the starting quarterback in 2015 and compiled a 5-2 record.

Interestingly enough, McCoy argued with Fox about dumping Orton for Tebow and claimed the move would end up with all the coaches being fired. You’d think McCoy would be in favor now of changing quarterbacks.

Trevor Siemian, the Coaches’ Choice, will lead the Broncos to a 16-24 loss to the Chiefs.

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