John Elway has a vision for the Denver Broncos. On some levels, there was a point of demarcation between Elway's aspirations and those of Gary Kubiak this past season. Not necessarily the end goal, but how to go about it.
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Faced with yet another adapt-or-die situation, Elway and the Broncos have turned the page. Vance Joseph is on that same page with Elway.
The mantra is to keep the defense in tact and to resurrect the Broncos offense off the NFL scrap heap. With the talent the Pro Bowl Broncos have at the skill positions, there was little excuse for the consistent struggles in 2016.
The biggest factors that are holding the Broncos back from returning to offensive dominance are a lack of clarity at quarterback and O-line development. Joseph's coaching hires this past week are meant to address those issues.
Joseph wants an attacking offense — and coaches who'll bring a swagger, creativity and energy to the unit. With Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach, Jeff Davidson as O-line coach, Tyke Tolbert as wide receivers coach and Eric Studesville as running backs coach, a foundation has been built the Broncos can build around.
The Paxton Lynch reclamation project has begun. Elway and Joseph know the team cannot compete for World Championships without a bona-fide franchise quarterback. Less than a year out from investing a first round pick in him, failure to develop Lynch is not an option.
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With the exception of center Matt Paradis, Kubiak's Broncos did not do an acceptable job of developing the offensive line talent Elway acquired via the Draft, and free agency. The burden will fall on McCoy and Davidson to get more out of this unit, which includes a former second round pick (Ty Sambrailo), a former third-rounder (Michael Schofield) and a 2015 fourth round pick (Max Garcia).
The Broncos can't expect a quantum leap out of Lynch without an effective offensive line to protect him.
These are exciting times. It'll be interesting to see where this Broncos movement goes but one thing is certain; the mission of this new coaching staff is to craft a scheme and teach principles and techniques that fit the personnel — not the other way around.
"I want a guy that fits the scheme to the players," Joseph said Thursday. "I want coordinators that put players first and schemes second. If it doesn’t fit the players, let’s not do it. My thought there is ‘players first, scheme second’.”
After watching Gary Kubiak's square-peg, round-hole offense struggle through 2016, Joseph's words are music to the ears of many in Broncos Country.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.