Broncos at the bye

October, 10, 2011
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Here is a look at the Denver Broncos and what needs to be done after the break:

Record: 1-4

Reason they are in their current state: The Broncos are probably where they were expected to be. This is a franchise that is rebuilding and it is going to take a while. The Broncos are undermanned on each side of the ball. But to the credit of new coach John Fox, the Broncos have competed hard and could have won three of the four games they lost. So, this is not a team in total disarray. There is a vision; it’s just going to take time.

Best player so far: The Broncos have a star in No. 2 overall pick Von Miller. The linebacker has five sacks in five games. He is on pace to set the NFL sack record. Jevon Kearse had 14.5 sacks in 1998. Watch for Miller to get better as the season progresses.

What needs to be done: The Broncos need to just keep their heads down and get better on each side of the ball. Fox and his staff are doing good work. Sooner or later, it is going to start paying off in the win column.

Fearless forecast: Tim Tebow will get the chance to be the starter for the rest of the season. It will be up to him to keep the job. But there’s little chance the Broncos are going to go back to Kyle Orton as their starter after Tebow nearly pulled off a comeback win over San Diego. He was inserted in the second half Sunday with a 13-point deficit.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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