What’s the first thing general manager George Paton should do to fix the Broncos?


Kiz: Moral victory? Players in the Denver locker room didn’t want to hear it after the Broncos’ 14th-straight loss to Kansas City. Yes, the game was entertaining. But the big rally fell short, and a 34-28 defeat left Denver with a 3-10 record. Unless the Broncos win out, they are doomed to a worse record than last season. That’s nearly unfathomable after trading for quarterback Russell Wilson. Where does general manager George Paton start to fix this mess? And is Paton the man for the job?

Gabriel: The starting point for Paton is to figure out how to maximize Wilson’s ability and that starts with determining who the best person/people are to coach him and orchestrate the Broncos’ offense. There are a bunch of other items on the list — figure out how to keep the core of an excellent defense together and where free agency priorities lie for players like Dre’Mont Jones, Alex Singleton, DeShawn Williams, re-tool the offensive line, add a running back and probably a receiver, too, etc., etc., etc. — but the No. 1 item is making sure you’ve got the right coaching situation around Wilson.

Kiz: I can’t see Penner and the new ownership team wanting to blow it all up and start from scratch only months after closing a $4.65 billion purchase. There would barely be enough football experience left at team headquarters to assemble a search committee. But I don’t see how Paton can retain coach Nathaniel Hackett, regardless of how the Broncos fought for their beleaguered coach during the comeback against the Chiefs. Give Hackett a mulligan? Fans wouldn’t buy it. Paton should already have begun the search for a new coach.


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