The Denver Broncos have an almost entirely new coaching staff in 2017, led by first-year head coach Vance Joseph. Still, for the second-straight season, their offense has struggled so badly that they have become almost unbearable to watch.
There is no arguing that the Broncos have to improve their personnel on the offensive side of the ball before they will be able to achieve the level of consistency they are looking for. According to Joseph, though, it’s Denver’s offensive coaching staff that hasn’t lived up to their end of bargain.
“Am I satisfied with the play calling? I’ve said this after every loss, we have to coach better,” Joseph explained on Monday afternoon when asked if he is satisfied with his team’s play calling on offense. “When you lose football games in this league, you have to coach better and you have to play better. It’s a league that’s really built and operated to have equal parts, so the difference sometimes is the coaching and the difference is the scheme and play calling. When you don’t win, absolutely you have to coach better and that starts with me. I understand that because in this league coaching is very important and the better coached teams win. I’ll leave it at that.”
Joseph’s words can be interpreted in multiple ways. However, in my eyes, they are a clearly a subtle way of saying that offensive coordinator Mike McCoy needs to do a better job of setting Denver’s offense up for success.
Granted, players still have to make plays for coaches to be successful. But, if McCoy’s performance doesn’t get better in a hurry, it’s worth pointing out that there is a very qualified candidate already on Denver’s staff that could take over in a pinch.
Quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave was the Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator in 2015 and 2016. His 2016 offense was one of the most explosive units in the league, and was arguably the main reason why the Raiders went 12-4 and made their first postseason appearance since 2002.
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