Sanders Throws Broncos OC Rich Scangarello Under the Bus Following Week 7's Loss
The Denver Broncos just laid an egg on national television, falling to the Kansas City Chiefs, sans Patrick Mahomes for half the game, 30-6.
It was one of the ugliest offensive performances I've ever witnessed from this team. The execution on that side of the ball was atrocious, from the offensive line to the quarterback play (especially the QB play) to the skill positions.
And of course, in the wake of such a collective embarrassment, the coaches deserve blame as well. Two-time Pro Bowl wideout Emmanuel Sanders is happy to acknowledge that the players need to step up but following the game, he wasn't in the mood to cover for the coaches.
"Got to make the plays," Sanders said via Michael Spencer of CBS4. "We've got to make the plays. We've got to call better plays, obviously, and we've got to make the plays."
In case you missed it, Sanders just called out offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello. On one hand, that's absolutely fair after the Broncos converted just 1-of-13 third-down attempts and posted the lowest scoring output in the history of the team's 71 home primetime games.
On the other, it was an ill-advised slip that could end up costing him playing time. It was bad form.
Look, it's totally understandable that everyone — from the players to the coaches — is frustrated after such a debilitating loss. But Sanders has to have better impulse control and football character in the face of the local and national media.
At the end of the day, Sanders is tired. He's worn down from all of the losing. And whatever internal drama might be happening behind closed doors at Dove Valley, he's worn too thin to bother covering it up anymore.
"I don't even have the answers. Obviously, I do know but I'm not going to say it, so it is what it is. Next question."
Sanders finished second on the team on Thursday night with five receptions (six targets) for 60 yards.