As usual, the Denver Broncos’ defense was not the problem in the team’s most recent loss.
Vic Fangio’s squad held the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense to just 16 points (Teddy Bridgewater’s pick-six accounted for KC’s six other points). And of those 16 points, three were secured on a short field goal after yet another Broncos special teams mistake.
So really, Denver’s defense held the Chiefs to 13 points, and the offense and special teams were responsible for nine points.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes had a 57.3 passer rating, the worst of his career, with no touchdowns and one interception. Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce combined for 49 receiving yards.
Yet, that wasn’t enough.
It’s the same old story for the Broncos.
Special teams were a problem again, yet special teams coordinator Tom McMahon continues to keep his job following blunder after blunder.
And the offense was dismal and featured more questionable play calling, yet offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur continues to keep his job.
Fangio’s not directly responsible for mistakes on offense and special teams, but he is responsible for not making changes to the coaching staff. His defense was great, as they often are, but Denver’s self-inflicted wounds prevented them from sticking with the Chiefs in what was a winnable game.
The Broncos’ formidable defense is being wasted by a lackluster offense and a frustrating special teams unit, and seemingly everyone besides Fangio is willing to hold McMahon and Shurmur accountable. That decision to stick with his guys could ultimately end up costing Fangio his own job.