KANSAS CITY, Missouri – All the worst nightmares happen in slow motion. Case in point: The Denver Broncos offense, which will have you waking up in a cold sweat, begging the football gods to please, oh please leave that 12-game losing streak until the Chiefs is over.
Stop me if you’ve ever seen this nightmare: Kansas City 22, Denver 9.
“A loss makes you feel empty,” coach Vic Fangio said on Sunday night.
The Broncos are stuck in a recurring bad dream, painted orange and blue with 50 Shades of Frustration, where offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur gives them all the wrong answers on the test and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater leaves us all naked and exposed at the 50 Arrowhead Stadium line yards.
Why is Shurmur still there? If a franchise icon like linebacker Von Miller can be traded, why can’t Fangio hold Shurmur responsible for an inept infraction and fire him?
And that excruciatingly inept performance from Bridgewater, who threw up two costly interceptions and finished with a 62.2 quarterback rating that brought all that bad feeling back from Paxton Lynch, reminding us that Teddy B is just good enough to lead. a team with an 8-9 record and an NFL draft berth where it’s very difficult to find an elite quarterback midway through the first round.
In preparation for Denver’s biggest game since Super Bowl 50, Bridgewater stressed that the Broncos would need to be aggressive and efficient in the red zone to beat Kansas City.
“When you play against a team like this you have to get a 7,” Bridgewater said. “You have to score seven points. Three is not enough.
One night when Mahomes was playing like a mere mortal and the Chiefs seemed to be so beatable, the gaps in Bridgewater and Shurmur were dooming Denver to defeat.
Trailing 10-3 with 12 minutes and 16 seconds to half time, the Broncos took possession of the ball from their own 3-yard line.
The 20-read reader that followed took longer than the last time I twiddled my thumbs during an endless wait with my cable TV provider.
And it turned out to be just as aggravating. So here’s another bullet point that Shurmur has to put on his resume after Denver fires him. Shurmur became the first NFL offensive coordinator in over three years to design a 20-game workout and walk away with zero points.
Powered by running back Javonte Williams, who treats would-be attackers like one of those Bozo bop airbags that kindergarten kids drop to the ground, the Broncos have gone from the shadows of their own goal line to deeper into KC’s territory, converting two quarter-downs along the way.
But in the red zone, a long, inspiring Denver walk came to a screeching halt in giddy astonishment.
Needing two yards on third base to get the first and the goal at KC 6, Shurmur inexplicably called a passing play, which resulted in Bridgewater being emptied of the pocket so quickly that his only choice was to pitch. quickly weak and incomplete fainting. limits to avoid a bag. On the fourth down, in a screaming lineup, Williams got stuffed and Denver’s offense left the field with zero points after holding the ball for more than 11 minutes.
Damn it. Run the freakin ‘ball, Pat.
If you’re in four-down territory and only need 72 inches to move the sticks, why not hammer the boulder with Williams on back-to-back shots?
That loss reminded us why the Broncos can’t have good things to do, let alone be seen as a real threat to advance to the playoffs.
Oh, there were signs this losing streak against the Chiefs can’t last forever.
In his first start in the NFL, Williams ran 102 yards on 23 carries and caught six passes for 76 yards.
Can someone explain to me why he hasn’t been the frontman of Denver all season?
Streamlining Melvin Gordon’s high salary is not an acceptable response.
Denver’s defense, led by another interception from rookie cornerback Pat Surtain, limited the Chiefs to 53 snaps while keeping Mahomes at 184 passing yards. “We couldn’t find a way to put points on the board,” said Mahomes.
After keeping this KC team at 16 points scored by their powerful offense, how could Denver not win? Well, here is the obvious answer. The Denver QB is insufficient.
When he threw an interception returned for 75 yards by Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen for a fourth quarter touchdown, the Bridgewater quarterback walked over to the Denver bench and held his head in his hands.
Anyone want to join in on his pity party?
General Manager George Paton has taken good first steps in the process of rebuilding this list. But the heaviest lifting and his tenacity decisions await.
“Nobody is going to have mercy on you,” Broncos safety Justin Simmons said. “The only thing that matters in this league is winning.”
Say goodbye, Mr. Shurmur. And take Teddy B with you. Please.