Last season was basically a disaster for the Broncos, as the team went 6-10, third place in the AFC West, which will be even more competitive in 2019.
The team had issues scoring points, playing well late in games, and the defense had some moments, but overall has to play better to be a force again in the AFC.
The job of head coach now goes to Vic Fangio, as the team decided to part ways after the season with Vance Joseph.
Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a much better season in 2019.
1. Can Fangio Get it Done?
There’s no doubt that Vic Fangio has experience, to the tune of 40 years, 32 seasons in the NFL experience. He has been a defensive coordinator for 20 of the last 24 seasons at the NFL or college level.
With that, the Broncos should have a coach that is going to put pressure on the defense to succeed, but is it enough for an offense that was 24th out of 32 in the league in scoring points?
Some think that bucking the trend with an older coach (Fangio is 60) is a bad move for the Broncos, but only time will tell if it’s the right decision.
2. Flacco Playing with a Chip
The Broncos wanted a veteran quarterback who could not only still play at a high level, but also mold a young quarterback for the future.
They didn’t like watching Case Keenum last year simply failing to get the ball downfield and hitting big plays when they needed it, so they made the trade for Flacco and let Keenum go.
Flacco wants the chance to prove to the Ravens who gave up on him and the league that he’s got gas in the tank at the age of 34.
Last year he went 4-5 as the Ravens starter, and started to fold after a hot start to the season. The Broncos need a consistent playmaker at the QB spot, they hope they got it in the former Super Bowl winning QB.
3. Has to Play Better in the Division
Last season in a year of chaos, the Broncos went 2-4 in the AFC West, a division that looks like it will be just as tough in 2019.
The Raiders, who the Broncos split with in 2018, are much improved, the Chargers are a Super Bowl contender, and the Chiefs took the Super Bowl champs into overtime before falling in the AFC Title Game.
Fangio has to install a winning attitude for the entire organization, but he really needs this team to play better in the AFC West, or making the postseason will be just a dream.
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