I'm not afraid to admit it, either: my team stinks. We are flirting with mathematical elimination right now. Geddy knows we've been emotionally eliminated, barring some insane sweep, which won't happen. After three easy wins and a close loss in the first quarter of the season, people were saying we were a top-ten, even top-five team. Now, we're in a different top ten...the first 10 picks of the next NFL draft.
I'm going to go through everything that DIDN'T happen, just for the record.
1: It wasn't the quarterback.
Siemian has been a completely viable option this year. His accuracy and mobility has been on point. However, bad decisions other coaches and teammates (we'll get to that in a second) made vital mistakes that ruined his great season, and possibly, his career. Osweiler was dismal against the Eagles, but let's face it, so are most QBs, and he put on a solid performance against the Pats. He didn't make his famously dumb decisions, but kept his cool and consistently moved the chains. Except in the red zone.
2: It wasn't the injuries.
Granted, we lost a few key players for a couple games. But at that point, it was just pouring gasoline on a dumpster fire. We had all our key players present and accounted for during the games that threw our season against San Diego and New York.
3: It wasn't Brock Olivo.
At the end of the day, you can't just run out onto the field and tackle the dude. Having seen Olivo, he'd probably get seriously hurt, not to mention costly penalties, fines, and firings. The special teams gaffes we've displayed have been all on the players.
4: IT WASN'T KARMA
This is an inside joke between me and my very favorite readers. Including one whose football philosophy is influenced by Eastern philosophy.
In the end, we can tack it down to Vance Joseph's inability to make decisions and our shabby offensive line.
Think about it. Why did we have a "quarterback competition" when Siemian had already effectively won the job last preseason, and why did it stretch until long after the Trev had clearly established himself? It hurt Siemian for sure. He was less prepared because he'd lost so many first-team reps to Paxton Lynch. How many players muff five punts in one season and still see the field-heck, and even carry the ball? Most coaches would have sat McKenzie weeks ago. Some would've cut him. But it took five muffs to get Joseph to pull him. And who, really, is our guard? I'd rather see Barbre and Garcia play rock-paper-scissors for the starting job than see a coach fiddle with the question for weeks.
Joseph clearly cannot make tough decisions. But we'll see soon enough if Elway can. Would he fire a terrible coach after only one year? Only time will tell.
Peace out. In Elway We (at least, I) Trust.