After five weeks have now passed in this 2012 NFL season, the Denver Broncos find themselves sitting at 2-3, yet only one game out of the lead in the weak AFC West. Some would say that the Broncos have under achieved with the talent they have, while others might note that they are right about where they should be going into a week 6 matchup against division rival San Diego Chargers.
To say that it has taken Peyton Manning and his new team quite some time to adjust is an understatement. So what ails this Broncos squad that has a Hall of Fame QB, two quality receivers, good tight ends and an athletic defense? So far it has been a mystery to not only the fans that watch the games, but I am sure to the coaching staff as well.
Let’s begin with this. The Broncos have played a daunting early season schedule that began with the Pittsburgh Steelers, then went on to the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and yesterday, the New England Patriots. For basically a new team getting used to each other, this would be an almost impossible task for most of the teams in the NFL.
The biggest issue really has been the turnovers from Demaryius Thomas, Willis McGahee and a first quarter blowup from Manning against the Falcons in which he threw 3INTs. Without these turnovers, the Broncos might have found themselves in a much better predicament than 2-3. With that said, you can also look to the coaching staff and their game plans which seem to start sluggish and not get in rhythm until the third quarter. Head Coach John Fox, Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy and Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio need to step up their abilities in order for this team to succeed.
The final piece to the puzzle is the front seven which has not generated the pass rush that was expected and has been an absolute sieve against the run against the New England Patriots and Texans. They may have kept the Falcons, Raiders and Steelers at bay, but still remain 21st in the league. Where exactly has Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller, Derek Wolfe and the rest of the pass rush gone? That is something that Del Rio must figure out quick as they visit the San Diego Chargers next week before their bye.
Whatever the case may be for the Broncos, these are the three areas that need the most answers. Yes, the Broncos need Eric Decker to return to form and their tight ends to play full games. Granted they could use some help guarding their prized possession better behind the o-line. But really, this team is just a few corrections away from gelling as a team. Don’t forget Broncos fans, the schedule after the bye week gets extremely favorable with the matchups. For now, just hope the coaching staff can figure it out so the Broncos can come away with the division lead after week 6.
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