Three years removed from winning Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos have entered an era of uncertainty. This uncertainty goes above and beyond the drama surrounding the ownership succession plan and the elusive search for a stadium naming-rights partner. After a dismal 5-11 campaign in 2017, the Broncos have equipped themselves to remain competitive in the short term and also assembled a 2018 rookie class that should give fans some long-term optimism. However, the two most important components of an NFL franchise, the head coach and QB, remain somewhat of a mystery in the Mile High City. Thus, aside from a playoff berth, what, for the sake of the franchise’s long-term future, would be the most ideal scenario to unfold for the Broncos in 2018? Joining me to answer that question and a lot more is Zac Stevens, who covers the Broncos for BSN Denver.
Zac’s Twitter handle: @ZacStevensBSN
1. What Case Keenum should Broncos fans expect to see this season: As good or better version of the guy we saw in Minnesota last year, the guy he was during his time with the Rams, or is the truth somewhere in the middle?
2. How many wins does Vance Joseph need in order to keep his job as Broncos head coach?
3. There is a lot of hope and hype about this 2018 Broncos draft class. Most analysts considered it among the best, if not THE best on paper. You have been writing that it’s realistic to expect a large impact from these rookies this season. However, I personally think expectations are a little too high. What should Broncos fans REALISTICALLY expect from the following rookies this season?:
4. Which member of the 2017 draft class will take the biggest leap forward in 2018?
5. What are the biggest position battles for Broncos fans to pay attention to during training camp and preseason?
6. Record-wise, what is the floor and ceiling for the Broncos this season?
7. The Broncos have three notable players coming out of contract after 2018: Bradley Roby, Matt Paradis, and Shaquil Barrett. Which one of those three is most likely to be retained by the Broncos for 2019 and perhaps beyond?
8. Also after this season, Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and Derek Wolfe will carry astronomically high cap hits. Should Sutton and Hamilton’s development stay on schedule plus the fact that the 2019 draft class is LOADED at DL, do you think there’s a strong possibility that all three do not return in 2019?
9. At the Senior Bowl, I was told by a highly plugged-in insider that the Broncos are grooming Gary Kubiak to succeed John Elway as GM when Elway’s current contract expires. Have you heard anything similar and would you be surprised if Kubiak eventually does assume the GM duties for the Broncos?
Likewise Zac…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week with more 2018 NFL training camp coverage…so stay tuned! Meanwhile, be sure to check out the episode archive as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Zac.
For Zac Stevens, our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as usual, stay awesome!!!