Broncos Future Plans: Even Poor Imitation Is Flattery

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When a team employs the best quarterback in the League, it tends to make other teams plan accordingly. Division rivals are typically the most-affected by a dominating figure such as Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs offense, and while most General Managers opt to fight fire with water (defense), the Denver Broncos have chosen to attempt to fight fire with fire …

… although so far it appears to be them trying to take a lit match to the Great Chicago Fire (and no, by “Great Chicago Fire” I don’t mean Ryan Pace after Trubisky finishes fizzling out).

Let’s take a look at how they are currently (doing a poor job of) emulating the Chiefs offensive roster:


The most important position on the team is obviously also the most important to get correct. General Manager and sugar-cube-enthusiast John Elway has historically failed at this more than Bobby Boucher taking an Advanced Trigonometry test. He is best known for landing then-free-agent Peyton Manning, and has summarily missed at the position basically every time since.

His most recent acquisition has been former Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock, who is mostly known for being big, white, and having a strong arm. Drew has also shown some mobility at times, but mostly it’s the “big white arm” Elway covets.

Why? Because the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs employ a quarterback with … well, a much stronger arm, but the trait is there so he took it faster than he cried to the refs about Arrowhead Stadium crowd noise.

Lock may well end up being a decent quarterback in the League, but he is Best Choice canned meat to Patrick Mahomes’ filet mignon.

Wide Receivers

If you’re going to invest in a big-armed quarterback, they have to have bodies to throw to, right? Let’s take a quick look at the receivers currently on the Broncos roster (in no particular order):

  • Trinity Benson
  • Fred Brown
  • Tyrie Cleveland
  • DaeSean Hamilton
  • KJ Hamler
  • Kendall Hinton
  • Jerry Jeudy
  • Zimari Manning
  • Kelvin McKnight
  • Tim Patrick
  • Diontae Spencer
  • Courtland Sutton

When you see that list of names, only a few stand out. Courtland Sutton, obviously, is a lock, and truly has potential. So there’s one …

Jerry Jeudy was a top draft pick and has shown some speed, but has he shown “Chiefs” speed? No. He may very well live up to his draft hype and position, but to assume he is going to make Chiefs fans sweat playing against him at this stage is to assume that the Royals will win 100 games next season — I’ll believe it when I see it.

KJ Hamlin was a nice later-round addition, but the same narrative about Jeudy stands for him as well.

After that? A list of guys you will likely never hear of again. Pardon me while I take Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Mecole Hardman over one slightly-proven talent and two complete unknowns. Denver’s wide receiver room is still discount-brand Chiefs.

Tight End Group

I’m not going to dwell much here. Travis Kelce is what Noah Fant fantasizes himself becoming as he cries himself to sleep over a Diet Coke and a bag of chocolate pretzels. Albert O. is even more unproven. Next!

Running Backs

This is where Denver actually has a peg-leg to stand on. Phillip Lindsay, Melvin Gordon, and Royce Freeman form a pretty solid group, if I’m being unbiased (for once). However … running games don’t win championships. Especially not when competing against a Mahomes-led offense.

And Kansas City’s running back stable is fine — great, honestly, for how they tend to utilize this position. Pass catching backs in Damian Williams, DeAndre Washington, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire fit perfectly into how much-better-than-Denver’s-coach Andy Reid usually employs the position.

Since the passing game far outweighs the running game when it comes to offensive production and wins, the Broncos once again take an “L” here.

Overall Assessment

The Denver Broncos are obviously attempting to build a team like Kansas City, but with far inferior pieces. In the end it will result in yet another catastrophic season or three, until Denver fans finally collectively voice their displeasure over Equine Elway’s team management processes.

They have added some speed, and while Lock may be an upgrade over the Paxton Lynchs and Trevor Siemiens of the world, he is still no League/Super Bowl MVP, First-Team All-Pro Quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

But the imitation IS flattering. Thank you, Denver Broncos, for acknowledging just how much better the Chiefs are than you.

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05/11/2020 3:34 pm

There’s a problem with that headline, just a moment…”Even Poor Imitation Is Futile”. FTFY, lol.

05/11/2020 1:41 pm

sorry, Horseface … no, we do NOT have any more of them Mahomeses

05/11/2020 12:58 pm

Ive got some issues with this article. Its focusing on the wrong things. First coaching, the donkeys employee the lovable, arm pit hand sticking, no music at practice, stick in the mud Fangio who had not so great things to say about Lock at the beginning of last year. The whole coaching staff seemed disinterested in giving Lock a chance last year. Then they go and fire their oc and hire old reid aquintance pat shurmur who has helped develop such hof qbs as sam bradford, nick foles and daniel jones. Color me not impressed.

Second, tackles. Garret Bolles the walking holding call is returning on his mission trip to nfl giving out 10 yard cushions a time. Their right tackle missed all of last year because he didnt want to play. Hard to hit wrs deep when you dont have offensive tackles.

Third, why mention royce freeman. Hes a BUST.

Reply to  Dave
05/11/2020 3:31 pm

I know. Just giving you grief.

But while I agree with your premise that they cant keep up with us, I’m not as down on the skill players as you. I think their WRs are going to be good and Fant was looking good to end the season. Gordon with Lindsey is going to be a good rb pair. We shall see with lock. Theres film on him now and like I mentioned his tackles suck.

I think the decline of their defense is not talked about enough. While they are good from a dline and edge perspective, they are still woefully lacking in the ilb and cb department. Their safteies are good but overall that defense is nowhere near their super bowl D.

05/11/2020 12:33 pm

Love this. Someone should share this article with Broncos fans.

05/11/2020 11:04 am

General Manager and sugar cube enthusiast John Elway

Well put. Now to read the rest of the article…

05/11/2020 10:30 am

Fuck the donks

05/11/2020 9:50 am

‘sugar-cube-enthusiast John Elway.’ I am still laughing!

Reply to  Madas279
05/11/2020 3:36 pm

Now, now. That prolly hurt his feelings, better give him a carrot and an apple to cheer him up.

05/11/2020 8:41 am

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