The 2017 season began on a high note for the Denver Broncos and new head coach Vance Joseph, as they came out of the gate with a 3-1 record. Things went south in a hurry following their Week 5 bye, as Denver would suffer through an eight-game losing streak, ultimately finishing the year with a 5-11 mark.
While it’s true that the defense didn’t perform at the high level it had in the past few years, it was the offense that really struggled. More precisely it was the quarterback position that fell apart, leading Denver to the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in November. Things didn’t really improve with Bill Musgrave taking the reins as the quarterbacks continued to falter.
The trio of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch combined for just 19 touchdown passes (22 total scores) while turning the ball over 26 times. Denver also struggled to protect the quarterback, allowing 52 sacks, which was tied for the third-most in the league.
The Broncos have decided to keep Musgrave on as the coordinator and he has his work cut out for him to right the ship.
Three additions we want to see for fantasy
Sam Bradford, QB: Yes. Kirk Cousins is the flashier name, and I’m sure Denver will pursue him vigorously but the “steady as he goes” Bradford can be the perfect stop gap option. Bradford has cut down on his turnovers over the past two seasons and is capable of getting the ball to Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, with a 62.5 percent completion rate over his career.
Trey Burton, TE: What? No Tyler Eifert? Avoid the injury concerns and lock up the 26-year-old Burton as he’s a player on the rise. Playing in the shadow of Zach Ertz, Burton posted five touchdowns last season while catching just 23 passes in a limited role. He can be a lead TE and fantasy force if given the chance.
Select the quarterback of the future in the first round of the draft: Cousins, Bradford, or whoever else the Broncos pluck out of free agency this offseason likely won’t be the long-term answer and Denver will need to jump on one of the top four QBs with their first pick.