Broncos special teams have been a problem all year

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The good news is, Broncos special teams coach Brock Olivo has promised to fix the persistent problems.

Oh wait, that was last Friday when he said that.

The first-year special teams coach has had a lot to explain for this season, but Sunday’s loss to the Patriots might have brought a new low. The Broncos muffed a punt, had one blocked, allowed a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and then drew penalties for too many people on the field — an utter breakdown in the kicking game.

I’ve come up short up to this point,” Olivo said last week, before this disaster, according to Nick Kosmider of the Denver Post. “I owe it to the franchise, this staff and this team to get that thing rolling.”

That speaks to the fact the problems have been going on for some time, but last night was special indeed. The first three miscues led to 17 New England points, and a penalty late in the game kept the Patriots from having to punt, and they answered with a touchdown later in that drive.

“You can’t give up 24 points on special teams and expect to win,” Broncos safety Justin Simmons said. “It’s unacceptable. We hurt ourselves more on special teams than defense.”

That was after allowing 41 points.

Which should make Friday’s regular meeting with the media interesting indeed.

18 responses to “Broncos special teams have been a problem all year

  1. Elway has ruined the team. He let the best defensive coordinator in the NFL leave when he wanted to stay. He hired a rookie head coach with questionable success as a coordinator. He has drafted poorly. The only reason the Broncos won the Super bowl 2 years ago was Wade Phillips and Peyton Manning. Not Elway.
    Vance Johnson is soft. He gives his coaches and players too many opportunities to fail. Brock Olivo MUST be fired. He does not properly prepare his players. Nobody on the team is prepared to play on Sunday. Every coach should be fired. Elway needs to be replaced too.

  2. I don’t like to advocate for coaches to be fired, but last night’s special teams performance, IMO, was a fireable performance. So to hear that this has been an ongoing issue all season, how is Olivo still the ST Coord going into next weekend?

  3. SImmons was too busy trying to “lay the wood” on a guy that’s already made a catch for the first down to make a difference on the game. Blaming your special teams when your defense barely forced any punts seems petty bud.

  4. Vance Joseph has to be the dumbest coach in the NFL!

    “It’s puzzling,” Joseph said of the loss. “We’ve had great week of practice.”

    “Looking forward, if he can’t do the job, we have to change it,” Joseph said. (After his fifth fumble this year)


  5. Yeah I do not understand why that Mckinze or how ever you spell his name is returning punts he clearly needs more practice I have never seen anyone continuously mess up like he has and still be back there returning punts. I am pretty sure Sanders has return experience. But all in all their special teams are poor and need a change.

  6. It’s nice of Simmons to take the defense off the hook. Special teams gave up 7 points and the defense gave up the rest. Special teams gave the Patriots better field position more than points. Perhaps if they were held to field goals after starting field in field goal territory, those points could be blamed on special teams.

    Punt Muff – Start on DEN 24, TD (Blame Defense)
    Kickoff Return (Blame ST)
    Punt Block – Start on DEN 30, FG (Blame ST)
    12 Men on Field – Start on DEN 36, TD (Blame Defense)

    So 14 points was on the defense and 10 on special teams by my assessment. They lost by a lot more than 10.

  7. Time to for the Broncos to do the unthinkable, fire John Elway as a GM. Brock Olivo is Elway’s hire not Vance Joseph’s.

  8. In fairness they were up against the greatest special teams coach of all time, whom Elway properly referred to as the greatest coach of all in any sport.

  9. The Broncos have:

    — A head coach who has never been an NFL head coach before this season

    — A defensive coordinator who has never been an NFL defensive coordinator before this season

    — A special teams coach who has never been an NFL special teams coach before this season

    And given their dismal performances, it’s pretty clear that John Elway is at least as bad at choosing coaches as he is at drafting players.

  10. The only reason the Broncos won the Super bowl 2 years ago was Wade Phillips and Peyton Manning.

    Agree on Wade, but Peyton was a passenger on that bus. He wasn’t driving it.

  11. TheWizard says:
    November 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    The only reason the Broncos won the Super bowl 2 years ago was Wade Phillips and Peyton Manning.

    Agree on Wade, but Peyton was a passenger on that bus. He wasn’t driving it.


    They don’t beat the Chargers and get the top seed or go on the playoff run without Peyton. It was Peyton that scored twice as many TDs as Brady in the AFCC game to go to the SB.

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