Broncos Analyst: Elway Owns Denver's Struggles

If the Broncos don't turn things around soon, "people are going to lose their jobs," Dave Logan says

Ferrall On The Bench
October 17, 2018 - 7:27 am

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NFL general managers have no problem criticizing their team. It’s just that not all of them do so publicly.

Well, after seeing his team lose four straight, John Elway did it publicly, calling his defense “soft” and saying the Broncos needs to play better.

Was it surprising to see Elway take his team to task like that?

“Not really,” Broncos play-by-play voice Dave Logan said on Ferrall on the Bench. “You know him, too. He’s a really competitive guy. I think he’s carried that over from his playing days, and I think he cares deeply about the franchise. I think he very much does not like what's happened recently, and I think he owns some of it. He takes ownership of some of what has happened the last couple of years.”

The Broncos haven’t made the playoffs since winning the Super Bowl. They went 9-7 in 2016, 5-11 in 2017, and are 2-4 this season.

“I think people in the organization thought this year was going to be not a Super Bowl year, but a highly competitive, playoff-challenging team,” Logan said. “But to say that they’ve been disappointed with the start – they’ve lost four straight games. They’re 2-4. They play Thursday at Arizona against a 1-5 team. That’s a must-win for them. But it’s been a really tough start for the Broncos, and there are a lot of people that are really concerned about it.”

The Broncos signed Case Keenum this past offseason to improve the offense. Keenum, who threw 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions in leading Minnesota to the NFC Championship last season, hasn’t been as sharp in 2018. He has eight touchdowns (seven pass, one rush) and eight interceptions in six games.

“I do not think he's been that bad. I think he’s been inconsistent,” Logan said. “One of the issues that they felt like they were solving when they brought Case here was their ability to generate points. They couldn’t score any points last year. But they still have the same issues in the red zone. They’re not a good red-zone team. They don’t scare enough points, and the defense is not good enough this year where you can say, ‘Hey, if we can get to 20, do you think we have a chance to win?’ It just doesn’t translate into success – not with the way this team was made up. 

“So there’s a lot of had-scratching, there’s a great deal of frustration, there’s anger,” Logan continued. “And I think from John’s standpoint, they’ve got to get this thing turned around in a reasonably short period of time, or people are going to lose their jobs.”