Now, the Denver Broncos’ quarterback of the long run will be anyone. Nicely, it may be anyone besides Case Keenum, now that Gary Kubiak received’t be the offensive coordinator.
In the end, the Denver offense can be part of the NFL revolution. The Broncos can get on with the enterprise of firing again at division rivals Patrick Mahomes in Kansas Metropolis and Philip Rivers in Los Angeles.
By embracing a contemporary offensive expertise, the Broncos’ subsequent QB will be Missouri’s Drew Lock, who at 6-foot-Four and 225 kilos seems to be like your grandfather’s thought of a area basic. Or, if the Broncos wish to get wild and loopy, it could possibly be Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who’s constructed extra like an NBA level guard.
Welcome to the long run, Broncos. I believe you’re going to love it.
What went down throughout the previous 72 hours at Dove Valley headquarters appeared a little bit weird, as a result of the workforce determined towards what everybody in Broncos Nation had assumed was a foregone conclusion. Newsflash: Kubiak received’t run the offense for brand new coach Vic Fangio.
And that’s an excellent factor, until you loved snoozing on the couch when a nap-inducing offense averaged 21.5 factors per recreation throughout the two seasons Kubiak served as Denver’s head coach.
Whereas placing the kibosh on Kubiak was a surprising improvement, perhaps the true information is Fangio has been empowered greater than Vance Joseph ever was as coach.
Though I by no means was bought on the thought of Kubiak returning as offensive coordinator, it did make sense to me to have him on the sphere to high school younger gamers within the fundamentals and function a sounding board for Fangio, a first-time head coach at age 60.
Throughout his first day on the job in Denver, nonetheless, Fangio advised us all: “If I’ve to lean on (my assistants) quite a lot of occasions, then I’m in bother.”
In our greatest Scooby Doo voices, perhaps all of us ought to have reacted to that warning from Fangio by saying: Rut ro.
Fangio is his personal man. He didn’t want Kubiak to inform him the right way to win soccer video games.
The way in which Denver performed to win Tremendous Bowl 50? Nicely, the Broncos nonetheless consider in a robust protection. However their offense will now not be caught within the ’90s. Kubiak received’t be getting his band again collectively, and we now not need to take heed to “All of the Small Issues” by Blink-182 on a steady loop.
Elway nonetheless loves Kubiak like a brother. However Elway loves profitable extra.
The final three seasons, which have seen Denver fail to qualify for a playoff recreation, a lot much less win one, gnaw at Elway’s intestine. What’s extra, I can say with certainty essentially the most iconic sports activities determine in Colorado historical past not solely hears the criticism, it irritates Elway. In reality, the losses and the bashing would possibly irritate Elway a lot he’s keen to re-evaluate how the Broncos conduct their soccer enterprise, from offensive schemes to expertise analysis.
How a lot is Elway keen to alter in an effort to win? He refused to draft Russell Wilson in 2012, as a result of the quarterback was too quick. Does this imply Elway would now contemplate Murray on this yr’s draft, or additional embrace an offensive revolution by taking a robust have a look at Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa within the 2020 draft? Solely time will inform.
However I do know Elway positively loves Kubiak like a soccer brother. They arrived in Denver collectively as rookies manner again in 1983, roomed collectively as Broncos teammates and received Tremendous Bowl 50 collectively as middle-aged guys who had seen all of it on this loopy recreation.
On the soccer area, nonetheless, I’m fairly sure Elway is in the end loyal to just one factor: profitable. Perhaps that’s why he grinds so arduous on coaches. And that’s why Kubiak wasn’t going to put in an offense as boring and dated as a 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass in coaching camp, simply because he was Elway’s longtime buddy.
Kubiak is a person who intensely values and faithfully practices loyalty, a uncommon and admirable trait within the dog-eat-dog enterprise of soccer. However he additionally will be cussed to a fault and gradual to embrace what’s subsequent. And the very last thing the Denver offense wanted was to be caught in second gear on the gradual Sunday drives favored by Kubiak and sidekick Rick Dennison.
Elway not solely listened to his new coach, he let Fangio do his factor. If Elway had insisted on Kubiak being the offensive coordinator, the Broncos would have been doomed to repeat the errors of their latest previous.
Now, the Broncos can get on with the enterprise of discovering their quarterback of the long run.