It was only one game on the schedule, but Joe DeCamillis did not take the loss well.
The interim coach for the Broncos on Thursday couldn’t rally Gary Kubiak’s troops, falling by a score of 21-13 in San Diego. For much of the night, the offense couldn’t get into a rhythm without their coach, and DeCamillis was willing to take the blame. As Troy Renck of ABC 7 in Denver reports, the special teams coordinator admits it did not go well without the chief on the sidelines.
“Not well,” DeCamillis said. “We lost. I am sick to my stomach. I hate losing. Wasn’t his damn fault we lost.”
It’s the job of the head coach to take responsibility for a loss, even if it is the interim coach. Obviously, it wasn’t Kubiak’s fault. He didn’t call the plays. He didn’t implement that game plan. That’s on DeCamillis and the offensive and defensive coordinators.
Of course, to the extent that DeCamillis and the coaching staff can really be blamed is also questionable. The Broncos were called for 12 penalties for 103 yards, including a holding penalty that wiped a C.J. Anderson touchdown off the board. Denver also lost two fumbles as well.
Penalties and especially fumbles fall on individual players, not coaches. So while it’s DeCamillis’ job to fall on the grenade here, especially when Kubiak was home resting after a medical scare, it’s going to be up to 53 players on the Broncos to take a hard look in the mirror after an ugly loss at the hands of an AFC West rival.