Watching the Broncos and the Chiefs tonight on Sunday Night Football.
As much as I dislike the Broncos, Raiders need them to win tonight. Naturally, the Broncos decided not to show up, even if they need to win in order to reach the playoffs. The Chiefs? They make great plays against the Broncos and I cheer for them, even though I want them to lose. At least they are a class organization. Andy Reid also prepares them for every opponent they play; if you want to see how to beat a team, watch the Chiefs play them.
It’s 21-10 Chiefs late in the 3rd quarter right now. Watching this as a football fan, I’m thinking this game is over. Denver’s offense is awful. They aren’t helping the team. They lack pace. Every play takes a long time to start, then develop. That’s when things like false starts and plays getting killed in the backfield happen. If I were Denver, I’d like to see them go into a no-huddle, just to get some pace going. They aren’t helping their quarterback at all.
In fact, if I were the Broncos, which I definitely am not, I’d consider firing Gary Kubiak. Unfortunately, I think Elway might lean this way too. Kubiak is supposed to be an offensive guru but his offense has in order, made Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiller, Trevor Siemien and Paxton Lynch look like garbage. The defense has kept Denver competitive. It’s kind of like Brian Billick at Baltimore when he was hired as this offensive guru but the offense looked like trash. Why have an offensive guru there if you can’t score? Sports media talks like Tony Romo wants to go to Denver. Why? So he can run bootlegs and get killed?
Not saying Wade Phillips is the answer either; seasons 1 and 2 are typically very good for his defenses; season 3 is the expiration date. I’d love that guy to have some talent and running my team’s defense in year 1; we’d be a legitimate Super Bowl threat.
Next Sunday, the Raiders will have Matt McGloin going against the Broncos. I still think the Raiders have a chance in that game, despite losing Derek Carr. The Broncos offense is just terrible at this point in time, and if this game goes like it’s going, they’ll have only pride to play for this season.