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Broncos maintain ‘status quo’ ahead of London trip – Greeley Tribune

The old adage says that NFL stands for “Not For Long”.

The Broncos are staying the course this week, but coach Nathaniel Hackett on Monday sounded like a head coach who thinks more operational changes may be on the horizon.

Denver is in the midst of a four-game losing streak and has scored just eight offensive touchdowns in seven games this season, but is also traveling across the Atlantic Ocean on Monday to prepare for a Sunday game against Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium. in London. After that, the team has its week off.

“At the moment, in a short week, we will maintain the status quo,” Hackett said before the team boarded their charter flight to London. “We are all going to work together to build a big plan. I have the impression that our operation went very well. We held the ball for a long time (against the Jets), we moved the ball, we just didn’t convert on some third downs that kind of blocked us.

“But we will continue as we are and we will evaluate everything. We always do. We always do. We always want to improve and do everything we can to help this team be better as coaches.

The embattled first-year head coach has already shown a willingness to make changes to his operation. After a pair of high-profile blunders in Denver’s first two games, he hired former Baltimore Ravens assistant Jerry Rosburg to help manage the game.

On Sunday, after being sent off in the second half and seeing quarterback Brett Rypien kick the ball 46 times – 28 in the second half against just seven rushing attempts – Hackett was asked if he would consider retiring from the game- function call.

“If there’s something we all agree on, I could hold the team or something, sure. I don’t think that’s the case,” Hackett said. “I think that there are pieces to play there. I think we’ve been in and out of the band and everything with the communication has been really good. But we’ll watch everything.

“We will always look at everything to try to improve and help this attack.”

That’s why this week’s long trip comes at a tough time for the Broncos. Not only are they struggling mightily offensively, but right after they return to the United States early next week, the trade deadline arrives on Nov. 1. The Broncos won’t play again until they visit Tennessee on Nov. 13.

That makes the two-week break the next — and last — best chance for Denver to make any kind of substantial change that could lead to a spark.

“I’ve always believed that where communication fails, negativity fills the void,” Hackett said. “As long as we keep this communication open at all times, we will keep everyone together so that we can all come together and get out of this hole and this losing streak. No matter where you are in this league during the season, you have to get started at some point. We have to get into this race and start winning football games.

Hackett and staff believed having 11 days between games earlier this month would provide an opportunity to better hone the offensive approach, but Denver has scored 16 and nine points in back-to-back losses since then and lost the quarter -back Russell Wilson following a hamstring injury. treat.

Denver Broncos’ Brett Rypien (4) reacts to a missed fourth down against the New York Jets in the second half of New York’s 16-9 win at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver on Sunday, October 23, 2022. ( Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

“Everyone in our dressing room feels the urgency to improve,” Rypien said on Sunday. “It starts with every guy looking in the mirror and figuring out what I can do to help this offense and help this team because when your defense is playing as well as our defense is, you shouldn’t lose games. It’s just point blank. Period. A fact.

“We have to find what we can do to turn things around because I still think we have a good team. We have to figure out what our best plays are on offense.

The Denver offense did not understand this part after seven games on American soil. Now he will try to initiate a turnaround in England.

“We’re going there to win a game first and foremost,” Hackett said. “I think it’s so important to let the guys go out and be together and work through this. Everyone has to look from within. We have put ourselves in this position and we have to get out of it. It’s so easy.”