Denver Broncos general manager John Elway was very open about why he feels the team has struggled since its bye week.
Through the first four games of this season, the Broncos were 3-1. Heading into their Week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, they are now 3-6. Elway explained why he believes they have lost their last five games.
“I think we got a little bit soft,” Elway said, via Denver 7 ABC’s Troy Renck. “To be dead honest with ya, I think we got soft. We went 4-0 in preseason, we started out 3-1 and we get a bye week. If ya exhale in this league, you’re in trouble.”
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) November 18, 2017
Whether they exhaled or got soft, the one thing the Broncos haven’t done since their bye week is play well. They suffered a surprising loss immediately following the bye to the then-winless New York Giants (their only win this season), and have struggled mightily ever since. Every loss on this five-game streak has been by at least two possessions.
There is plenty of blame to be passed around. They have dealt with injuries to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and starting offensive linemen, the special teams unit has been far below average and the pass defense has not been the dominant force that it had been in recent years.
Getting soft is one way to describe it, but there are a lot of problems with the Broncos.