I’ve been thinking about this little fact for a few days. After a reader pointed it out to me, I thought I couldn’t ignore it any longer.
Perhaps the reason for the Broncos’ sudden turn for the worse is the Curse of Kern.
After Denver beat San Diego to go into its bye week with a 6-0 record, the team cut punter Brett Kern and signed veteran Mitch Berger off the street. Kern wasn’t doing great, but the second-year punter wasn’t a disaster, either.
Yet, the Broncos felt compelled to make the move. Interestingly, it was the first roster move Denver made of the season. What happened to the “if it's not broken, don’t fix it’ mantra?
Kern was claimed off waivers by Tennessee the next day. The Titans were 0-6 at the time.
What happened since then is remarkable.
Since the Kern release, Denver has lost three straight games to go to 6-3. The Titans have won all three games with Kern and now are 3-6.
Is Denver’s downturn as simple as the Kern release? Probably not. Denver has fallen on hard times on both sides of the ball since the bye week. But perhaps the Curse of Kern has played some part.