The Denver Broncos have a trip to London to play the Jacksonville Jaguars at the top of Week 8 and if that doesn’t spark excitement, don’t feel bad.
Broncos fans will have to wake up very early Sunday morning for a 7:30 MT kickoff. If the Broncos don’t look much different on offense than they have in the first seven games, many of those fans might go back to sleep.
And why would the team be better? The offense has been horrible so far and it doesn’t sound like Nathaniel Hackett intends to make changes.
Previously I discussed the team makes a change by having Hackett hand over play-calling duties to Klint Kubiak. It has to happen immediately and it has to happen for several reasons.
For one thing, the Broncos offense needs a shock. Kubiak has called plays before and the Broncos need a new spirit in the playbook as the team has looked the same in almost every game, averaging just 14.2 points per game, the lowest of the league.
Also, the Broncos have played two different quarterbacks this season and with Brett Rypien last week the offense hasn’t gotten better and it hasn’t gotten worse. It was exactly the same.
Hackett is way over his head, it’s not even debatable. His mismanagement of the game was visible in Week 1 and soon after the team brought in jerry rosburg to help him in this aspect.
But his attacking system, the main reason he was hired, isn’t working.
If the Broncos lose to the Jaguars on Sunday and do so the same way they have in their other five losses this season (awful offense, scoring 10-16 points), then immediate changes will become necessary.
There are reports out there that the Walton/Penner group that now owns the Broncos is bothered by what’s going on with the team and since that group didn’t hire Hackett, could easily be swayed into making a decision. fast business.
Listen this talk between Rich Eisen and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk for a bit more information on this.
Broncos must leave Nathaniel Hackett with loss to Jacksonville
If the Broncos lose to the Jaguars, especially if that loss is the result of a slow and inept offense, it’s time to relieve Hackett of his duties. It’s just.
This team isn’t going to change that and at this point it would be shocking to see Hackett back on the sidelines next season. Why not deal with it now?
If the team goes this route, here’s what the coaching staff should look like when the Broncos return to the field after their bye week.
Interim Head Coach: Dom Capers
Dom Capers is the logical coach to take over and guide the team through the season. Many fans will want to see Ejiro Evero take that spot, but he’s still young in his role and needs to stay focused on that.
Capers is a veteran coach who is currently a senior defensive assistant for the Broncos. He’s been in tough situations before as he was the first coach in the history of the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans.
Capers has 128 regular season games under his belt and he could lead the team through this season and allow the front office to begin their search for Hackett’s eventual successor, where Ejiro could be considered a candidate.
Offensive coordinator: Klint Kubiak
Along with Hackett, the Broncos should also show offensive coordinator Justin Outten the door. In his place, Kubiak could take over as offensive coordinator for the rest of the season, at least.
Depending on how it went and who the future head coach would be, Kubiak should definitely be considered for that longer-term position.
The Broncos may have to seek out a new quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator unless those duties go to Kubiak.
Defensive Coordinator: Ejiro Evero/Special Teams Coordinator: Dwayne Stukes
There would be no change in either of those places, as those two coaches have been two of the few bright spots this season. Both coaches should be seriously considered for consideration by whoever becomes the team’s next head coach.
These are changes that need to take place to see what the Broncos have to work with heading into next season. Whether or not there is any improvement would be debatable, but it certainly wouldn’t make matters worse.