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Extent of Javonte Williams’ knee injury revealed

Javonte Williams before a game

Aug 27, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (33) looks on before a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams left Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders with what looked like a significant knee injury. Unfortunately, tests have revealed bad news.

Williams has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the former second-round pick also suffered a torn LCL, which will make his recovery even more difficult.

Williams had his right leg turn awkwardly underneath him while he was being tackled by a Raiders player early in the second quarter. He was carted to the locker room and immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game.

After he rushed for 903 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per carry as a rookie last year, Williams had established himself as an important part of Denver’s new Russell Wilson-led offense. He led the Broncos with 204 rushing yards through the early part of the season.

With Williams out, the Broncos will have to lean more heavily on Melvin Gordon. The veteran has fumbled four times this season and fumbled on his first carry Sunday, when the ball popped into a Raiders player’s hand and was taken the other way for a touchdown. Fifth-year back Mike Boone also got a few carries after Williams got hurt and should see more opportunities going forward.

Ex-Bronco shares where Josh McDaniels went wrong as head coach

Josh McDaniels in Raiders gear

Aug 4, 2022; Canton, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels reacts during the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McDaniels may have a football IQ that’s through the roof, but his ability to connect with people on a human level seems to be lacking.

That issue appears evident now that McDaniels is with the Las Vegas Raiders. The problem was abundantly clear during his time with the Denver Broncos, according to one former player.

In a series of tweets sent during the week, former Bronco Tyler Polumbus shared some issues McDaniels had in Denver. Polumbus, who played under McDaniels in Denver in 2009, said that McDaniels was lacking social skills. Polumbus also said McDaniels broke down how the coach treated grown men like children.

Polumbus said that instead of building players up, McDaniels made it a routine point to tear them down. Polumbus says that is how every single day started for the Broncos.

Even after the 2010 season had concluded and McDaniels knew he was on his way out, he wasn’t able to reel himself in. He shredded the players during their exit interviews — all while calling out upper management.

Ultimately, Polumbus came to the same conclusion many others came to: McDaniels has a brilliant football mind but like many other Bill Belichick disciples, struggles with the human element.

McDaniels has already come under a lot of criticism this year following the Raiders’ 0-3 start, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Jerry Jeudy fires back at Shannon Sharpe in deleted tweet

Jerry Jeudy without a helmet

Aug 21, 2020; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) during training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Shannon Sharpe ripped Jerry Jeudy during Sunday night’s game between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, and the young wide receiver was not having it.

Jeudy and the rest of Denver’s offense struggled in their ugly 11-10 win over the Niners. The former first-round pick was targeted six times and caught just two passes for 17 yards. He also dropped a deep ball over the middle that might have resulted in a touchdown. Sharpe took to Twitter after that play to criticize Jeudy, and Jeudy fired back with a strong insult.

Jeudy deleted his response, but you can see a screenshot below:

Sharpe is a Broncos legend and Hall of Fame tight end, which could be why Jeudy thought better of his tweet. Though, we’re guessing there are a lot of other players in Denver who are unhappy with the way Sharpe has been blasting his former team.

The Broncos have been a complete mess on offense through the first three weeks of the Russell Wilson era. Head coach Nathaniel Hackett appears to be in over his head. Still, they are 2-1 and have a lot of time to turn things around.

Sharpe was not the only one who was frustrated watching Sunday night’s game. Many viewers made the same joke about the way both teams played.

Everyone made same joke about awful 49ers-Broncos game

A look at the Broncos 49ers game

Sunday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos was quite a snoozer, and the style of game felt very familiar to many football fans.

The Broncos beat the 49ers 11-10 in a game that featured just one touchdown and 17 punts. That’s the type of game college football fans are used to watching from a couple of Big Ten teams.

Take a look at all the jokes fans were making comparing the Sunday night game to a Big Ten game, especially one featuring Iowa.

Denver managed to come out ahead in the scrappy game. At 2-1, they’re well on their way to a spot in the Quick Lane Bowl.

That was some superior punting from Corliss Waitman and Mitch Wishnowsky.

Nathaniel Hackett makes move to address in-game issues

Nathaniel Hackett talks with the media

Jun 6, 2022; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett speaks to the media following OTA workouts at the UC Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nathaniel Hackett has dealt with a litany of game management issues in his first two weeks as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Now he is taking steps to relieve some of that burden.

The Broncos have brought in veteran NFL coach Jerry Rosburg as a senior assistant, as first reported by Mike Klis of 9 News. The 66-year-old Rosburg had previously served as a special teams coordinator and associate head coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 2008 to 2018, where he was tasked with helping head coach John Harbaugh with gameday operations.

The hire is a direct response to the on-field issues that have plagued the Broncos through two weeks. Things came to a head in Week 2 against Houston, when multiple game management issues forced the Broncos to burn all three second half timeouts to avoid delay of game or too many men on the field penalties. At one point, things got so bad that the home crowd mockingly began counting down the play clock. The debacle attracted national attention, and at least one former coach questioned the relative youth and inexperience of Hackett and his assistants as a potential reason for the issues.

It looks bad that Hackett had to bring in an assistant for help on this less than three weeks into the regular season. That said, he deserves credit for seeking out help instead of doubling down on what has not worked so far, and it is likely going to wind up better for the team.

Broncos coach addresses concerns about his play-calling

Nathaniel Hackett in sunglasses

Aug 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett enters the field before a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Nathaniel Hackett is not off to the best start in his first season as head coach of the Denver Broncos, and many fans are already calling for him to give up offensive play-calling duties. That is not going to happen — at least not yet.

Hackett spoke on Monday about the importance of him and quarterback Russell Wilson doing a better job of getting on the same page. However, he insists that managing the team while also calling plays is not too much responsibility.

“I think I’ll continue the play calling. I think that’s been pretty efficient up to this point,” Hackett said, via Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann of Mile High Report. “We’ve done a good job moving the ball. We’ve had a good plan from that standpoint. We just have to finish those drives. I think from the game management standpoint, we just have to tighten that whole thing up. A lot of us — we are all working together for the first time, so we just want to be sure we’re more efficient in that and have the ability to make better decisions and quicker decisions.”

Hackett has certainly looked overwhelmed at times over the first two weeks of the season. The Broncos had multiple personnel issues in Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans that resulted in delay of game penalties. They were also booed for one embarrassing sequence at the goal line.

Then there was the issue in Denver’s Week 1 loss to the Seattle Seahawks where Hackett made a horrible decision to attempt a 64-yard field goal rather than going for it on 4th-and-5. He admitted he should have handled the situation differently.

Despite all that, Hackett says he will continue to call plays. He has spoken at length about needing to better evaluate the information he receives during games. If Denver’s issues on offense continue, he is going to have to make a major change eventually.

Broncos fans have incredible response to delay of game issues

Nathaniel Hackett in sunglasses

Aug 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett enters the field before a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have been horribly disorganized on offense for the first two starts of the season, and their fans are quite fed up with the situation.

Denver’s offense has had problems with personnel and clock management through two games, and the situation actually got worse in Week 2 against the Houston Texans. The boos started after a poor goal line sequence just before halftime, but things arguably got worse in the fourth quarter. In the third, the Broncos managed to turn a 3rd-and-short from the Houston 35 into a punting situation.

Denver had issues getting personnel on the field all day and took multiple delay of game penalties as a result. The Broncos actually ran out of timeouts with over 7:30 left in the fourth quarter, as they had to use them to prevent even more flags.

Things were so bad that the crowd began audibly counting down the play clock to try to help the offense.

The counting was so loud that it was audible on the television broadcast of the game.

This is downright embarrassing for coach Nathaniel Hackett and the offense. The first-year head coach already backed off a controversial call he made in Week 1, which was also a sloppily-played contest. Now, two games into his tenure, fans are already questioning his ability to manage the basics of an offense. He will have some explaining to do for the repeated issues.

Broncos booed by fans over goal-line sequence

Broncos fans boo the team

It took fewer than two regular season games for Denver Broncos fans to start getting discouraged with their new head coach and quarterback.

Fans at Empower Field at Mile High rained boos on the Broncos during an ugly goal-line sequence late in the first half of the team’s game against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Denver was trailing 6-3 and had 1st-and-goal from the 5-yard line. Russell Wilson and company got the ball all the way down to the 1, but could not convert on 4th down.

The boos first came when Wilson threw the ball away out of the back of the end zone. Fans then seemed encouraged when it looked like head coach Nathaniel Hackett might go for it on 4th down. The moans and groans returned when Hackett sent out the field goal unit.

Hackett opted to take the easy three points to tie the game 6-6 heading into halftime. A lot of people disagreed with the conservative call.

The Broncos were supposed to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders after they acquired Wilson in a blockbuster trade. They still might be, but their season got off to a bad start with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1. Hackett made a costly decision late in that game, and he later admitted he should have handled it differently.

Broncos coach to make change after botching 4th down call

Nathaniel Hackett in sunglasses

Aug 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett enters the field before a pre-season game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Nathaniel Hackett may have cost his team a win in Week 1 with his controversial 4th down call, and all indications are that the Denver Broncos coach is holding himself accountable.

The Broncos lost 17-16 to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night after Brandon McManus missed a 64-yard field goal with just under 20 seconds remaining in the game. Denver had a 4th-and-5 situation with about a minute left. Hackett chose to let the clock wind down and attempt an incredibly difficult field goal rather than letting Russell Wilson try to convert on 4th down. The first-year head coach admitted this week that he made the wrong call.

Hackett has expressed the same to the Broncos internally. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Hackett has told the team he will re-evaluate the information he receives via his headset during key points in the game. That information includes “a mix of analytics-based information, advice and time management data,” according to Rapoport.

McManus has never made a field goal longer than 61 yards. It is unclear what information Hackett used that led him to decide McManus should attempt a 64-yarder rather than going for it on 4th-and-5. If he based the decision on analytics and data, he should probably adjust by not being afraid to listen to his gut and using common sense in similar situations going forward.

Players and coaches should appreciate Hackett acknowledging his miscue and immediately finding ways to address it.

Ex-teammate catches Russell Wilson using old Seahawks signals

Russell Wilson with headphones on

Aug 13, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) before the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

During a Monday night game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, wide receiver Tyler Lockett caught onto something. His former teammate, quarterback Russell Wilson, was still using the same hand signals from his time in Seattle.

Lockett, who was mic’d up for the game, could be heard telling Seattle defenders exactly what was coming.

“They got our same stuff. I literally called it,” Lockett said.

Following the 17-16 Seahawks victory, Lockett embraced Broncos wide receivers Courtland Sutton and KJ Hamler. During their exchange, he let them in on what he had discovered.

“Change them signals,” Lockett warned the Broncos duo.

Why Wilson didn’t consider that prior to the game is both unclear and unwise. It very well may have cost his team yards and, in the end, the game itself.

You can bet Wilson won’t make that uncharacteristic mistake again.