KUSA – Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said there would be changes this week.
Here are some of the expected tweaks from the Broncos as they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon:
*Joseph is expected to be more involved in the play calling, in particular on the defensive side. While defensive coordinator Joe Woods will continue to call plays, it makes sense for Joseph to become more involved after the Broncos’ defense had several missed assignments while getting shellacked in an embarrassing loss to the New York Jets last week.
Inconceivably, the Denver D now ranks No. 26 overall.
*As 9News speculated throughout the week, Max Garcia is expected to replace Connor McGovern as the starting right guard. Joseph and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave also alluded to the change all week in their press comments.
Garcia started all 32 games the previous two seasons at left guard. McGovern had been playing well at right guard, but he struggled last week against the Jets’ Leonard Williams.
With the Rams’ front boasting two of the league’s best defensive tackles in Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, it’s logical to add experience to the Broncos’ interior.
*Although cornerback Bradley Roby was significantly fined by the Broncos for missing team meetings on Monday, it appears the situation has been resolved. Because the Rams are primarily a three-receiver offense, Roby and Tramaine Brock will join standout Chris Harris Jr. as the Broncos’ cornerback trio that figures to be strongly challenged against the league’s No. 1 overall offense and No. 2 passing attack.
*During the week, the media noticed practices were shorter and several players talked about increased meetings all week.
We’ll see if these changes are enough for the Broncos to snap their three-game losing streak against a Rams’ team that has started the season with a five consecutive wins. For the most part, these changes reinforce there is no quick fix. If the Broncos are to get back on the winning track, it's up to the players to play better and coaches to coach better.