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Monday, October 3, 2011
Denver Broncos: Moving on

By Bill Williamson

Here are some areas the Denver Broncos need to focus on after a 49-23 road loss at Green Bay on Sunday:

Recap: This game was a reminder of how far from the league’s best teams the rebuilding Broncos are right now. The Broncos are simply not a good team right now. The program is on the right track, but it’s going to take time. Denver just can’t compete with the NFL’s better teams. This game was never close.

Biggest area to fix: The Packers’ offense can score 49 points on a lot of teams, but Denver coach John Fox must address this effort. I know the Broncos are banged-up on defense, but giving up 49 points is not the Fox way.

Biggest area to build on: The Broncos have a special player in rookie linebacker Von Miller. The No. 2 overall draft pick had two sacks Sunday. He has four sacks in four games. He could have a chance to set the rookie sack record. It is 14.5, set by Jevon Kearse in 1998. The presence of Miller is one of the reasons there is hope in Denver.

What to watch for: Tebow mania. After every loss so far this season, Fox has spent Monday publicly sticking with Kyle Orton as his starter. After this blowout, I’m sure the cries for Tim Tebow will be especially loud Monday. The Broncos were down by 32 points Sunday and Fox still stayed with Orton. If the Broncos get blown out at home by San Diego on Sunday, their last game before the bye, I could see them considering a quarterback switch. You know the fans would be behind the move.