Elwood’s saving grace was his defense. For many years after the post Superbowl 50 collapse, the Elwood D-line held its own. Even when Elwood burned them out on Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum and Joe Flacco, the Denver D exhausted themselves attempting to hold their own. They even produced well under Saint Joseph when the Denver QBs couldn’t convert a 3rd down. Elwood’s strategy of a good defense is a good offense worked like a charm for many years.
The Broncos will not be able to shut down Kansas City’s offense and win in the AFC West unless they have superior D at the line and in the secondary. They will have to address Kansas City’s tight end with solid middle line back match ups etc.
Hamilton is coming on. Stop the WR revolving door and focus on reps and synergy. Use the bulk of draft picks on super human D-line talent. There is also a Chris Harris clone out there
Today, all of the Superbowl D-line is gone. The No-fly-zone has been completely replaced. The center of the D, like Wolfe, Gotsis, and others’ are gone. Von Miller’s sack production is about 50% of previous years. If his Covid -19 experience diminishes his lung capacity, he will be a shadow of his former self. The Denver D needs some new dogs and Corner.
As far as the offense, the Broncos need some new big draft talent. They could make do with Sutton and Hamilton by picking up Demaryius Thomas for a year contract. Denver should focus on an ” in your face running game” first and foremost. Patrick is expendable. Might need a speedster WR separation guy. Then gain, focusing on reps with who you have might get you there in 2020.
It was clear that Drew Lock can control the football and keep the opposing offense off the field. The dude has wheels and thinks out of the box.
Elwood may have to go big on the D this year. Except for a big O line dude, the Denver offense is actually pretty good.
Elwood, give Demaryius Thomas a shot at 10,000. You owe it to him. He produced through your trifecta of shitty QBs. Pick him up, see where his head is at. The dude wants 10,000. Exploit this reality.
Above all, however, you have to draft to beat KC.
Lastly, it really doesn’t matter if the Broncos make the playoffs this year because the stadium might be empty. It is about coaching, reps, and basics.