Opinion time: Should Broncos fans be worried with Gary Kubiak sidelined for at least on week and Pax
Sentinel sports writer
Nope, at least not with San Diego on the docket.
The Broncos could trot Austin Davis out there with a reorganized/healthier offensive line and torch San Diego’s atrocious defense.
Denver’s defense is getting pressure on quarterbacks with decent offensive lines, so Phillip Rivers and the revolving doors in front of him won’t present much of a challenge.
This is the ideal game for the Broncos to deal with a little run-of-the-mill injury trouble.
Sentinel sports editor
The fickleness of football fans is always rampant early in the season. It’s either freaking out about the sky falling or a feeling of invincibility.
It’s a long season, relax!
With no Gary Kubiak on the sidelines, it’s a cause for concern. He’s shown the ability to prepare and manage the game equally well. But the Broncos have a veteran staff, so that’s not my biggest concern.
Denver still has a great defense. QB is a worrisome position and Trevor Siemian needs to stay healthy but that might be difficult.
My biggest concern is with that Swiss cheese of an offensive line. They need to get better and fast. The running game is struggling and pass protection is spongy at best. The D can’t carry this team week in and week out. Sure, it’s still early but that O-line is a huge concern.
Sentinel sports copy editor/designer
Gary Kubiak’s voice is the last thing the starting quarterback hears in his ear before taking the snap. Will Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch, whoever starts at San Diego, struggle without Kubiak relaying the plays?
The Chargers and their laundry list of injured players presents a good matchup for the Broncos to recharge. If Donald Stephenson and Virgil Green can get back on the field, that will open up the running game and keep the QB from running for his life.
Lynch didn’t look good against the Falcons, but it’s hard to make plays when you’re worried about being hit on nearly every play. The offensive line needs to fix its issues or the Broncos will continue to struggle.
The Broncos’ top-notch defense will keep Denver in every game this season and the offense will fix its issues.
There’s no need to worry. The Broncos are still one of the top teams in the AFC.