After celebrating the Broncos by recognizing their gamers and coaches who might someday be enshrined within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, we flip the script to offer you Denver’s Corridor of Disgrace.
Worst breakup: Mike Shanahan
Shanahan was the group’s greatest head coach, main the staff from 1995 to 2008. He guided the Broncos to 2 Tremendous Bowl titles (XXXII and XXXIII) and gained 138 games, probably the most in franchise historical past. Nonetheless, Denver made a shocking transfer, firing him in Dec. 2008 after lacking the playoffs for 3 straight seasons.
Shanahan deserved higher. Even with out HOF quarterback John Elway, the HC led Denver to 4 playoff appearances and solely had two shedding seasons throughout his Broncos tenure.
“Shocked,” Denver QB Jay Cutler said of the firing at the time.
The Broncos changed Shanahan with Josh McDaniels, who flopped. In two seasons as Denver HC, McDaniels posted a shedding document (11-17) and made no playoff appearances. The Broncos fired him 12 video games into the 2010 season and completed 4-12.
Worst draft choose: QB Paxton Lynch
After Peyton Manning retired in 2016, the Broncos chosen Lynch with the twenty sixth total choose within the draft, hoping he could be their subsequent franchise QB. Lynch was uncooked however had a giant arm, so the choice appeared affordable.
Lynch failed to satisfy lofty expectations, although. In two seasons with the Broncos, he went 1-3 as a starter, accomplished 61.7 % of his passes and posted a 24.9 QBR, nicely beneath the league common. The Broncos waived the previous first-rounder in 2018.
“I am unhappy to see him depart, however I am blissful for him as a result of he wants the change of surroundings. I do not forget that second preseason sport [in 2018], we had been taking part in towards the Bears. He goes in and the gang is simply booing him. It does one thing to you as a participant,” Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders told the media.
Lynch by no means latched on with one other NFL staff.
Worst free-agency signing: QB Case Keenum
Largely a profession backup, Keenum had one fabulous season with Minnesota as a starter, main the Vikings to the NFC Championship Recreation. Denver believed Keenum might remedy its QB downside and signed him to a two-year, $36M deal in 2018.
However Keenum was terrible in Denver. In 16 video games, he threw 15 interceptions—tied for the second most within the league—completed twenty ninth in passer ranking (81.2) and twenty sixth in completion share (60.4 %). The Broncos went 6-10. Denver shortly moved on from Keenum, trading him to Washington in 2019.
Worst loss: Tremendous Bowl XXIV on Jan. 28, 1990
This Tremendous Bowl stands out for the lopsided rating: 49ers 55, Broncos 10, the largest margin of victory within the sport’s historical past.
“The 49ers did what each knowledgeable stated they might do: dominate us,” Denver coach Dan Reeves told the media. “They’re taking part in at a stage proper not many individuals have ever matched. They’re taking part in in addition to anyone has ever performed. They’re unimaginable.”
It was the Broncos’ third Tremendous Bowl loss in 4 years, making the defeat extra irritating for Denver followers and Elway. In 4 of the following six seasons, Denver missed the playoffs, and it would not return to the Tremendous Bowl for eight years.