The Denver Broncos are still trying to find the next franchise quarterback, after the retirement of Peyton Manning, and the next head coach to lead them to the promised land.
Vance Joseph was fired after posting 5-11 and 6-10 records at the helm. The new head coach is Vic Fangio, who spent 19 seasons as a defensive coordinator and was the architect of the Bears defense that led the NFL in scoring in 2018.
After missing on draft picks Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian, Denver acquired Case Keenum, who led Minnesota to the NFC championship game in 2017. However, Keenum struggled in the Mile High City – throwing 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions – and was traded to Washington this offseason for only a seventh-round draft pick.
Longtime Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is the next man up in Denver. The former Super Bowl champ was on his way to a 4,000-yard passing season last year before he suffered a hip injury in Week 9. Lamar Jackson took over, the Ravens got hot, won the AFC North, and Flacco didn’t get his job back. Denver acquired him for a fourth-round draft pick, with hopes that the 34-year-old veteran can right the ship while Elway searches for the franchise’s quarterback of the future.
Free agent Kareem Jackson is expected to help in the secondary, while Von Miller will provide leadership in the front-seven of the defense with Fangio overseeing things.
Empower Field at Mile High is currently receiving around $8 million worth of improvements as the city is hoping to make a bid to host FIFA World Cup games in 2026. New stadium lighting is among the planned upgrades, along with a new food concessions contract awarded to Aramark.
Denver opens their season at Oakland in a Monday night game. Other road contests are at Green Bay, the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Buffalo, Houston, and Kansas City. Home matchups are against Chicago, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Kansas City (Thursday night game), Cleveland, the Chargers, Detroit, and Oakland.