The other day we asked Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur if he’d ever Googled himself in light of recent events. His reaction was to whip a pencil.
“I don’t. I don’t, really. I’m not very social-media savvy,” replied Shurmoor, pulling a prop from his pocket. “I don’t consume it. I don’t see the point quite clearly in most of this.
“I mean, I still use a pencil. And that’s really what I mean.”
You don’t bring a pencil to a gunfight. Not with ammo running around the rest of the AFC West.
And with that, we welcome quarterback Derek Carr back into town for the alumni weekend dressed up as the Circus Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders are looking for a head coach. The Broncos are looking for a genius bar. this should be fun.
Shurmur is 56. At this point, the man is more removable than fixable. No, if the Broncos (3-2), after a two-game loss, want to control the narrative — and the season — again, coach Vic Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatelle are going to grab the reins.
lost in the relentless cycle of run-run-pass-punt-cringe There’s just more open-wound defense than fake Halloween zombies hanging from your neighbor’s front door.
The Steelers averaged 55.3 rushing yards in their first four matches. They beat the Broncos for 147 runs on the field last Sunday.
Pittsburgh converted seven of the 12 third-down tries, and averaged 6.8 yards per attempt. According to Denver Post charting, football’s fifth most expensive defense missed eight tackles at Heinz Field, a season high.
In the last two games, Donatelle’s unit has dropped a combined 50 points, allowed five drives of 75 yards or more (only two in his first three games, after having surrendered total), and 12 “explosive” pass plays. At least 16 yards to the left – including 50-yard and 59-yard strikes by an aged Ben Roethlisberger.
In the fight between Fangio vs. Inch, Inch is leading on every judge’s scorecard. Torn things won’t stop knocking Uncle Vic on the canvas.
“You just have to fight through these times,” said Fangio, whose 3-0 September is starting to feel like a long time ago. “It gets tough at times.
“Some doubts can creep in from all different angles. But you have to fight it, have a good week of preparation and go out and play your best next week.
By all accounts, the last week of preparation has proved to be more temperamental than great. Fangio confirmed there was a sharp disagreement among defensive players on Wednesday, calling it “a little dusty”. A little disappointment No big deal.”
Disappointed at this…
“Just people doing their jobs properly. That’s all.”
It takes a village, especially without Josie Jewell to plug the hole and with pass-rusher Bradley Chub still on the mend. It takes well-compensated vets like cornerback Kyle Fuller ($9.47 million cap hit), and defensive linemen Shelby Harris ($4 million) and Dre’mont Jones ($1.1 million), pulling their respective weights .
Fuller is playing like trade bait. Based on post charting, Harris recorded just one sack, one pressure and 1.5 knockdowns in five games. Jones has recorded no sacks and 2.5 knockdowns.
After collecting five takeaways against three teams that are joint 2–13, the Broncos combined just one during their two previous losses to Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
Linebacker Malik Reid said of the Raiders, “You have to be really consistent in the run you have, and really, be consistent in the run game as well.” “You have to get (carry) to pass the ball because if they’ve been running the ball all day, they’re not going to pass it. That’s our main focus, to make sure we get the pass and run after the game. are coming.”
The Raiders were a curious mess before Jon Gruden exited. Now they’re just a mess, though a genius, at that. Carr can jab you with darts to try either Hunter Renfro and tight end Darren Waller, a matchup problem in the Travis Kells mold, or top-of-the-line speedster Henry Rugs III (20.5 yards per catch).
If the Broncos and Shurmur can somehow make an early lead, the Raiders can fold like a paper airplane. The interim coach of Las Vegas, Rich Biccia, was in charge of the special teams until last Tuesday. Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen is calling plays for the first time since joining the staff in 2018.
In other words, the football gods gave another gift to Fangio and this defense. If you can’t plan for a worker who spends weeks moving deck chairs on a soccer Titanic, who? can do Are you out of plan?
no more excuses. No more warnings. It’s time for the Broncos to put down their respective pencils. And let the scoreboard do the talking for them.