It’s hard to believe coach Kubiak didn’t have another stroke, watching Joe DeCamillis fumble an entire game while watching helplessly on TV at home. Kubiak is recovering from a complex migraine condition that he suffered during last week’s loss to the Falcons.
The Broncos had to pick an interim head coach to face the Chargers since Kubiak was sidelined with his medical condition. Picking DeCamillis, who has never called plays in an NFL game, over Wade Phillips, who was the head coach of the Broncos for two years, is a mystery
There hasn’t been such utter incompetent coaching in this town since Josh McDaniels sabotaged the team in 2010. .
DeCamillis seemed dazed and confused as he paced the sideline during the whole game. The coup de gras to the team’s final chance at pulling a rabbit out of their hat to win the game came when DeCamillis opted for a field goal on first and ten from the Chargers 28 yard line, with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
That play crushed any hope of flipping the momentum. Had the Broncos gone for 6 and got it, the team may have been stoked enough to get the ball back on the ensuing on-sides-kick and go for broke on a couple hail Mary’s. Remember, the Chargers blew fourth quarter lead in 3 of their last 4 games.
The incompetence label doesn’t fall entirely on DeCamillis though.
This is the second game in a row that the offensive line was miserable. Seimian was sacked twice and hit several more times.
The run game was non-existent. Booker and Anderson combined for an anemic 28 yards for the entire game.
Add 2 lost fumbles and a safety to the stew and the Broncos were cooked.
For the second week in a row, Denver’s offense didn’t find the end zone until late in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, they allowed an opening drive touchdown for the fifth time this season.
Ironically, the only area the Broncos performed well was on special teams, which is DeCamillis’ bread-and-butter. The unit made three key plays, recovering a muffed punt, fumbled kickoff return, and an onside attempt.
The Chargers obviously watched and digested film from the Bronco/Falcons game. They exploited the same weaknesses in the Bronco defense.
Short passes in the middle of the field to wide open running backs who consistently ran for extra yards accounted for a big chunk of the Charger offense.
The Chargers also controlled the clock, keeping a tiring Bronco defense on the field, while Seimain and the boys warmed the bench. Chargers used up 7:00 on their first drive of the game and scored a TD in the process.
It just got uglier from there.
After the game DeCamillis said, “I just wish we could have got a win for the city, got a win for the organization, I’m sick to my stomach. It’s sickening. I hate to lose, man. That’s all.”
“I know Kubiak’s got a tough job. I can tell you that,” he said. “Hopefully I did the right things for the most part. Like I said, the ultimate is to win the game and we didn’t do that.”
Next week the Broncos host a hungry Huston Texans team that is desperate for a win. The game is a Monday Night Football affair and starts at 6:30 mountain time.