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It’s time for Vance Joseph to take control of the Denver Broncos One preseason game does not a season make Authentic Phillip Lindsay Jersey , but let’s be real. On the heels of two sub-par seasons, Saturday night’s Minnesota Vikings vs. Denver Broncos game was downright frightening. Last year, I railed against Broncos head coach Vance Joseph for not taking the reigns of the team forcefully enough. Poor play from Trevor Siemian, Isaiah McKenzie, and others was allowed to fester and persist long after identified. It was too little too late and by the time changes were made, the impacts negligible because the season was already a total loss.What was so frustrating on Saturday night was that despite reports of running back Devontae Booker and quarterback Paxton Lynch struggling in training camp, they were given nods to start over the fresh young talent that could benefit and thrive with the reps. There was no good reason to allow Booker to start over Royce Freeman. We already know what it looks like with Paxton under center. Didn’t Broncos fans suffer enough last year? Why is Denver starting 2018 by looking back fondly at 2017’s failures?Why isn’t Vance Joseph using these valuable preseason games to try new things? “If I know they’re bad, the other team obviously knows. Why Vance Joseph doesn’t seem to know is a mystery. We need him to stop being the last one to find these things out.”My father relayed these thoughts to me when we did our usual post-game debrief. I don’t believe that Joseph doesn’t know. He’s got a staff, hours of video, and mountains of other evidence that tells him what all of us already know. Heck, Mile High Report has all the information he needs and it doesn’t cost him a dime. I think it’s more complex. On the latest MHR Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and Ian St. Clairshared their thoughts on Joseph. They’re thinking: If you had prior concerns about Joseph, he did nothing to alleviate those on Saturday night.It appears that Joseph affords under-performing players second, third, and fourth chances so he can justify (to himself? Elway? The individual players?) whatever it is he’s ultimately going to do with them. There’s a consistent pattern of allowing sub-par play to continue and this justification is the only thing I can reason as to why. While Joseph may be able to point his finger at the failure of these players, ultimately it’s on him. If the Broncos have any hope of success this season, Vance needs to grab the Broncos by the guts going forward. He needs to make bold decisions that show every player in that locker room that lackluster play won’t be tolerated. Bench guys, cut guys, give promising talent the opportunity to flourish. Don’t squander the preseason by playing the same people in positions that landed Denver a 5-11 season. If Vance does the same things, the results at season’s end will be the same as it was last year. He needs to find his voice and light some fires or it’s going to be a long season.HORSE TRACKSBroncos fans are already booing former first-rounder Paxton Lynch, chanting for Chad Kelly - CBSSports.comLynch appears to be in danger of losing his grip on the backup quarterback jobChicago Bears: Looking ahead to preseason game vs. BroncosFollowing the Chicago Bears' second preseason game, we take a look ahead at what to expect in their third exhibition matchup with the Denver Broncos.Broncos Staff Helps Fans During Debut Of Paperless Ticketing System 芦 CBS DenverPaper tickets are now a thing of the past, as the Broncos have transitioned to a mobile ticketing system of entry.Woody Paige: Denver Broncos produced good , bad, and Paxton Lynch | Sports Coverage | gazette.comDENVER 鈥?For three quarters Saturday night the Broncos looked inexcusably abysmal — as they were last season — against the Vikings in a throwaway exhibition at The Horse WithMcKenzie rebounds with return touchdown but knows his battle to make the roster remainsIsaiah McKenzie's electrifying 78-yard touchdown on a punt return offered perhaps a little redemption after a rough 2017 season, but he knows he's not out of the woods yet.Broncos claim tackle Austin Fleer off waiversThe Broncos waived an offensive lineman in a corresponding move.Three Broncos quarterbacks look to build on foundation after varying degrees of successCase Keenum, Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly achieved different levels of success on Saturday against the Vikings, but all three have room to improve.Eagles sign former second-round pick Christian Hackenberg, who's yet to play in NFL game - CBSSports.comYet another team is taking a chance on Hackenberg, who's never played in a regular-season gameRedskins and Jets brawl during joint practice, fans reportedly get in a fight of their own - CBSSports.comIt was a rowdy day at the Jets-Redskins' joint practice on SundayJaguars reportedly suspend Jalen Ramsey, Dante Fowler one week for violating team rules - CBSSports.comRamsey attacked media on Twitter while Fowler was involved in practice altercations with a teammateMiami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill throws rookie out of huddle for missed assignmentDolphins QB Ryan Tannehill yelled at rookie Kalen Ballage and kicked him out of the huddle after the running back missed a blocking assignment that resulted in a clean sack by Charles Harris.NFL must rewrite the new helmet rule, now – ProFootballTalkThe new helmet rules continue to be applied as written. Which will continue to make football something other than football. In Saturday night's game between the Chargers and Cardinals, a pair of fouls were called on Arizona players. One, a penalty called on safety A.J.Browns are sticking with the plan at quarterback – ProFootballTalkRookie Baker Mayfield had an impressive debut for the Browns on Thursday night, but it wasn't impressive enough to get the Browns to change their plans at quarterback. "We're sticking with our plan," quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese said Sunday, via Mary Kay Cabot of punish Antonio Callaway by making him play – ProFootballTalkMost teams punish football players by not letting them play football. In Cleveland, playing football apparently is punishment enough. Browns coach Hue Jackson explained to reporters on Sunday that rookie receiver Antonio Callaway played most of the preseason opener as discipline for his recent ar...AJ McCarron, Nathan Peterman dinged in Sunday’s practice – ProFootballTalkThe Bills had two of their three quarterbacks get medical attention during Sunday's practice. AJ McCarron was the first to need the training staff. They checked out his right leg and a team spokesman said that someone had stepped on it during the session.Cardinals add linebacker Gerald Hodges – ProFootballTalkAs the Cardinals try to stay relevant in the NFC West, they've been adding plenty of veteran defenders. The latest: Linebacker Gerald Hodges. Per a league source, Hodges signed a one-year deal.Niners back Jerick McKinnon suffers minor injury - NFL.comJerrick McKinnon went down, but he's not out. The San Francisco 49ers' free-agent acquisition underwent an MRI on Sunday after suffering an apparent knee injury in practice, but the injury is not major.McVay: Rams 'increased dialogue' with Aaron Donald - NFL.comRams head coach Sean McVay told reporters Saturday that there's been 'increased dialogue' with Aaron Donald. McVay said the Rams feel 'positive' about the direction of the contract talks.Kirk Cousins sharp as advertised in brief Vikings debut - NFL.comKirk Cousins' time on Saturday night was short, and boy, was it sweet. The Vikings quarterback was a perfect 4-for-4 for 42 yards and one touchdown in his lone drive against the Broncos.Colts jettison Shamarko Thomas days after ejection - NFL.comShamarko Thomas became the first player ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit under the NFL's new rule. On Saturday , his team ejected him permanently. The Colts filled his roster spot with Ryan Delaire. Don’t worry Broncos Country, only 11 more games to go until we hit the offseason and can talk about less depressing things than our coaching staff being inept and players sucking. We’ll once again be talking about the NEW head coach and coaching staff he brings in (please be Mike Tomlin, Pete Carroll, or Mike Shanahan but without GM duties). We’ll be talking about what lineman we will take with our high first round pick, and we’ll be renewed with hope for the 2019 season. 11 weeks guys, that’s all we have to endure. We’re almost there.Last Week: 9-6Overall: 41-35-2Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) at New York Giants (1-4) 6:20pm FOX/NFLNThese Eagles are up and down like a yo-yo. I’m not sure if they simply aren’t hungry for winning anymore, or what in the world is going on. Thankfully playing the Giants is pretty much a recipe for success. Prediction: Eagles 31, Giants 19Indianapolis Colts (1-4) at New York Jets (2-3) 11:00am CBSWill the Colts be any healthier this week? Will the Jets play like they did last week? Or will we see a crap team vs crap team? I’m pretty sure it’s the latter. Prediction: Colts 20, Jets 17Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-1) 11:00am CBSWhich fan base do I want to piss off most? The Steelers or the Bengals? Pretty sure I’ve already pissed off the Cincy crowd with my power rankings, so might as well even things out. Prediction: Steelers 23, Bengals 24Los Angeles Chargers (3-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-2-1) 11:00am CBSLets go Baker! Do us all a solid and beat the Chargers. Prediction: Chargers 23, Browns 24Buffalo Bills (2-3) at Houston Texans (2-3) 11:00am CBSI’m not even sure what to say about this game, but the Texans have won 2 in a row, and they’re at home, so I’m going with the hot hand. Prediction: Bills 20, Texans 27Chicago Bears (3-1) at Miami Dolphins (3-2) 11:00am FOXAs I’ve said week over week, the Dolphins just don’t impress me and I think they fell backwards into a 3-0 record. Add to that that the Bears are fresh and ready to attack. Prediction: Bears 27, Dolphins 17Arizona Cardinals (1-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-2-1) 11:00am FOXI really want the Cardinals to win, but sadly, that isn’t happening this week. Don’t worry Cardinals fans, it’ll happen next week. Prediction: Cardinals 13, Vikings 27Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-4) 11:00am FOXStay safe Tampa. That’s all. Predictions: Buccaneers 17, Falcons 24Seattle Seahawks (2-3) at Oakland Raiders (1-4) 11:00am FOXThe Seahawks took the Rams to the brink White Bradley Chubb Jersey , so they should have a relative cakewalk against this joke of a team. Welcome to .500 Seahawks. Prediction: Seahawks 27, Raiders 24Carolina Panthers (3-1) at Washington Redskins (2-2) 11:00am FOXThe Panthers are rounding into form, and Alex Smith is rounding into Alex Smith. At least no records should be shattered against the Redskins this week. Prediction: Panthers 27, Redskins 17Los Angeles Rams (6-0) at Denver Broncos (2-4) 2:05pm FOXLook no further than anything I’ve said for the last few freaking weeks. Plus the fact I already updated their records in here should paint an accurate picture. If “Any Given Sunday” is a certain percentage of a chance to win, I still give the Broncos a 0% chance, because on any given Sunday they’re likely to lose to the damn bye week. Prediction: Rams 51 unless they have pity on us, Broncos 13 unless $wag plays at halftime of a blowoutJacksonville Jaguars (3-2) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3) 2:25pm CBSLook for the Jags to want to get last week’s nasty ass taste out of their mouth, and the Cowboys are the unlucky team to feel their wrath. Prediction: Jags 24, Cowboys 9Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at Tennessee Titans (3-2) 2:25pm CBSHow do I pick the Ravens when they didn’t even score double digits last week? How? Oh yeah, cause the Titans don’t inspire me at all. Prediction: Ravens 24, Titans 23Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) at New England Patriots (3-2) 6:20pm NBC SNFI honestly have no idea how to handicap this game. I can’t wait to watch it though. On the one hand, FYTB, on the other hand, FYKC (FY Kansas City for those with too much BBQ on the brain to understand what that acronym means). This is in Foxboro, so I want to swing the Patriots way, but this is also KC who seems to have their number. I really don’t know. Can I call it a tie? Prediction: Chiefs 42, Patriots 43San Francisco 49ers (1-4) at Green Bay Packers (2-2-1) 6:15pm ESPN MNFI’m not sure how the Packers could lose this game. Even if Rodgers doesn’t play, the Packers will win this game. Prediction: Niners 17, Packers 31Bye Week: New Orleans Saints , Detroit Lions

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