Playoff Spot

Broncos ready to compete for a playoff spot in 2020

By Noahsmith391 June 29, 2020 0 Comment

Will the Broncos crash the 2020 NFL Playoff Party?

After an incredible four year run with Peyton Manning, Broncos Country has trudged through a hopeless four year slump. These four years have seen a decline in offensive production, mainly due to a carousel of quarterbacks including Case Keenum, Paxton Lynch, and most recently Joe Flacco. However, after drafting Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, General manager John Elway believes he finally has his franchise quarterback. With Lock at the helm, the Broncos are ready to compete for a playoff spot.

The Broncos still need to make major progress to get Lock and the rest of the team to the playoffs. The Broncos are among the youngest rosters in the NFL, including the youngest offense at an average age of 24. With COVID-19 inhibiting crucial practice time for Lock, efficiency will be key when the offense is finally allowed to practice together.

Staying distraction free will be one of the keys to a playoff push this year. Young teams that have built considerable “offseason hype” tend to underperform during the season. Most recently, the 2019 Cleveland Browns have fallen prey to this offseason buildup. Staying focused on constant improvement and chemistry will be key for the Broncos, which starts with C0ach Fangio, as well as the veteran players.

How will the defense push the Broncos to a playoff spot?

Fortunately, Coach Fangio leads an excellent defense that is capable of pulling its weight as the young offense finds its footing. Fangio is recognized for his defensive mastery, and his ability to generate results with less talented players. Giving Fangio the weapons on defense such as pass rushers Bradley Chubb and Von Miller, along with safety Justin Simmons should lead to a massively improved defense in year two of Vic’s system.

The Broncos’ excellent defense will also give Lock and the offense time to gel during the season. After drafting wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Broncos’ offense finally has weapons for their young quarterback to succeed. Fangio wisely wanted an experienced play caller and Quarterback’s Coach to help Lock and this offense develop, evidenced by the signing of Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur

What will Shurmur do for the offense?

The value of Shurmur can be seen in the 2019 New York Giants’ offense. Led by rookie quarterback Daniel Jones for most of the season, the Giants’ offense was severely lacking in talent. Aside from star running back Saquan Barkely, Jones played with mediocre talent. However, he was still able to produce excellent numbers under Pat Shurmur, despite a lack of talent at wide receiver. With the additions of Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur and Quarterback’s Coach Mike Shula, Lock has all the pieces around him to grow and develop this season. The development of Lock and the offense will push the Broncos to compete for a playoff spot.

In order for the Broncos to prove that they are ready to contend, they must show they can play with big-time teams. One of these teams so happens to be one of the Broncos’ biggest rivals: the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have dominated the Broncos since the start of the Broncos’ playoff drought in 2016. To compete for a playoff spot, Denver must show they can compete with, and win against Kansas City. Winning in Mile High Stadium against the Chiefs would boost the Broncos’ confidence to a playoff spot.

The Broncos have seemingly found their quarterback of the future in Drew Lock. After an offseason of proving they are all in on Lock, the Broncos are finally ready for playoff contention. Staying focused will be a major factor, with COVID-19 throwing the foreseeable future of sports into doubt. If the Broncos can stay focused however, and maintain discipline in their goals, the Broncos are ready to compete for a playoff spot.

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