DENVER — Just minutes just after a crushing 30-six loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio looked at what his team’s offense had completed in the prior 60 football minutes and narrowed down the troubles to 1 rather important location.
“It was all levels of our passing game [that] had been difficulties,” Fangio stated. “Protection at times, receivers not having open at times, [the Chiefs] applying superior coverages for us that perhaps we weren’t prepared for it really is undoubtedly a trouble we have to get rectified moving forward. … It really is disappointing not to be in the end competitive out there.”
The Chiefs went into Thursday night’s game 30th in the league in run defense, 27th in the league in total defense and 24th in sacks. And the Broncos had been nonetheless unable to uncover any space for their offense to perform against Kansas City.
Against a defense that permitted at least 180 yards rushing in every single of the prior 4 games, the Broncos ran for 71 yards. Against a defense that permitted 3 of its prior 4 opponents to score at least 28 points, the Broncos had six.
And, most damning of all, probably, against a defense that had all of 11 sacks for the season coming into the game, the Broncos permitted nine. Not given that John Elway’s rookie year as a player — 1983 — had the Broncos surrendered nine sacks in a game.
“You all watched the identical game we watched,” wide receiver Courtland Sutton stated. “We just did not execute.”
It all left wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders shaking his head. “I do not even have an answer,” he stated.
From begin to finish, the Chiefs battered Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco — Kansas City had six sacks in the initial half — as a Broncos offense that scored a touchdown on the initial possession of the game sophisticated into Chiefs territory on only two of its subsequent 12 possession. On 1 of these subsequent 12 possessions, the Chiefs returned a Flacco fumble, just after a sack, for a touchdown. On a further, Broncos kicker Brandon McManus missed a 45-yard field purpose try.
“[The Chiefs] pressured us early on in each the run and pass, and we did not do a superior job of handling it,” Fangio stated.
“We’re just not playing superior football,” Flacco stated. “They came just after us, and we type of let them come just after us. … They played actual physical, they came difficult, they played downhill and we had been in a lot of undesirable circumstances.”
In addition to the Chiefs’ defensive score to go with McManus’ missed field, the Broncos failed to convert a two-point conversion from the Chiefs’ 1-yard line just after a Kansas City penalty, surrendered 1 of the nine sacks on an ill-fated fake punt and completed a dismal 1-of-13 on third down.
It was all so undesirable no one was exempt, as Broncos linebacker Von Miller, a seven-time Pro Bowl choice, completed with out a tackle, an assisted tackle, a sack, a quarterback hit or a pass defensed. His sack Thursday evening was negated by a holding penalty on cornerback Duke Dawson Jr.
“We did not play nicely in any of the 3 phases,” Miller stated. “Just a hard 1.”
Asked Thursday evening no matter whether his group, now two-five, had reentered the “planet of suck” — Fangio told his players just after the Broncos dropped to -four to open the season that they had been going to have to tune out “everyone telling them they suck” — Fangio stated: “Boy, that was a statement I regret producing. I nonetheless think in these guys. We had a poor functionality [Thursday] definitely in all 3 levels, we had a poor initial drive defensively. … Kicking game let us down, we missed a kick, we do not get a fake punt off and clearly our difficulties on offense.”