For the most part, the Denver Broncos defense has been given a pass this season for its kind of direct performance. On the other side of the ball, the fumble offense drew the most criticism for the team’s current 3-7 record.
This isn’t to say that the Broncos’ defensive coordinator Ejiro Eveiro’s defense is perfect, because what’s more troubling is that they’ve given up a score in the last five minutes of their last seven straight games. In the context of how Denver’s scoring offense has been, in the final analysis, all of this is tantamount to losing football.
On Wednesday, coach Nathaniel Hackett addressed the issue of his defense’s collapse late in the game, but he bizarrely avoided the real root cause.
It’s been brought to their attention,” Hackett said. We want all call clarity to be great.”
What will happen next to the Broncos? Never miss any news and analysis! Take a second and Sign up for our FREE newsletter and get breaking Broncos news delivered to your inbox daily!
As good as the Evero defense this year, Denver’s inability to step up and stop teams from scoring late points is a terrible reminder of the Vic Fangio era. The truth is, due to constant failures on offense, Denver’s defense is often fatigued when it really matters.
Hackett knows that playing supplemental football is the ultimate solution to his growing problems. But reaching that promised land was far beyond the Broncos’ collective capabilities in 2022.
On Wednesday, Hackett again chose to highlight the positives and largely dismissed how the debilitating fatigue factor could be holding the entire team back.
Scroll to continue
“No, it’s football. You have to go out there and play, no matter what the situation is,” said Hackett. “That’s what we’re all here to do. We’re here to train him, and we’re here to play the game. Whatever the situation or how it happens, the offense must remain on the field and score points, and the defense must stop it, no matter what it is.”
Whichever way he slices it, Hackett is left facing the brutal reality that a playoff berth is becoming increasingly out of the question for his disappointing outfit. Barring some kind of miracle, the rookie coach’s impending failure to break the Broncos’ long-running playoff drought could mean he’s one-hit at Mile High City.
Hackett was fairly rational when he talked about how bad it was for the Broncos Country to miss the playoffs. However, he stopped short of assuming full responsibility for the failures of the organization – and for glaringly obvious reasons.
“The past is the past. I wasn’t here for that,” Hackett said. “I’ve been in a couple of different places where I’ve been – whether it’s a drought – and you have to focus on the now. You have to focus on the ways you can improve the culture that you’re building, the relationships with men, the understanding that you come into this building to work every day and show them how hard it is to win.”
Follow Mile High Huddle on Twitter And the Facebook.
Subscribe to Mile High Huddle on YouTube For the Broncos Live Podcast daily!
Buy Bronco tickets SI tickets here!