Are the Broncos better or worse than their 2-2 record?


Kiz: Well, the Broncos really dropped the ball in Las Vegas, eh? And we’re talking about more than running back Melvin Gordon’s chronic case of fumble-itis. This team has issues. But Denver also has a 2-2 record, the same as a dozen other NFL teams, including everyone from mighty Tom Brady and the Bucs to lightly regarded Jacksonville, which won only three times last year. You are what your record says you are. But which way are the mediocre Broncos trending after one month of the season?

Gabriel: Probably depends on which way you view the offense, but it’s difficult to say with confidence at this point that Denver is pointed in the right direction. The line of thinking from players and staff has been, largely, that this is a big learning process. What have they learned through four weeks? Maybe it’s that letting Russell Wilson loose more often is their best chance. Maybe it’s that they don’t have quite the set of skill talent — especially given the injury situation at this point — that they thought they had. Whatever it is, some progress showed Sunday but it still came with far too much inconsistency. The kind that threatens to hold a team in mediocrity.

Kiz: The Raiders bullied the Broncos in the trenches, with Josh Jacobs running wild. But know what was even more galling? Our old pal Josh McDaniels outcoached Nathaniel Hackett with a smarter game plan and more effective adjustments. After a month on the Denver sideline, Hackett looks like … a nice guy that really misses Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Do you see signs Hackett can handle the big responsibilities and subtle nuances of being a head coach?


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