Sanders Throws Broncos OC Rich Scangarello Under the Bus Following Week 7's Loss

Chad Jensen

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. 

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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. 

Follow Chad on Twitter @ChadNJensen and @MileHighHuddle.

Comments (12)
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ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Sanders is just saying publicly what MANY players and other coaches are saying privately.

CUBuffinTX
CUBuffinTX

My first memories of watching Broncos football are of Don Horn getting sacked, and the "Franchise" Floyd Little being one of a handful of actual football players. This is close to that. I don't know If John Elway can swallow enough pride to make the decisions needed to turn this Titanic around. I really believe the only thing that can save this thing form being a decade plus train wreck is getting Peyton Manning to run the thing. Like Elway did, Peyton has the credibility with todays players to get FA's to at least look at Denver again. Peyton went through the Colts being a dumpster fire he can get this thing right.

chris1133
chris1133

Tell it like it is! Coaching SUCKS!!!

Broncosfan101
Broncosfan101

I agree the play-calling has been atrocious. And I heard his comment about better plays being called. I thought when he said I know what it is but I am not saying that he was talking about Bolles not being able to stop anyone and killing the team with penalties.

Rcsodak
Rcsodak

ANY other team would roll help to the porous side getting gashed from the pass rush. Denver. Not.

Broncoholic
Broncoholic

Sanders is just confirming what we can all obviously see.

Bronco4150
Bronco4150

He didnt throw anyone under the bus!! He just made sure everyone was accountable. The plays did stink. Didnt see one screen or jet sweep. Something instead of dropping flacco back every snap. Insanity. We all know flaccos mobile do things to help him out a lil. Flacco stills not that good lol

Jayfrance
Jayfrance

So Chad Jensen says that Sanders comments were in bad form when two weeks ago Thielen and Diggs called out Cousins and that was ok. Our Denver Bronco fans and veteran players are tired of the below average play from below average qbs and low budget offensive linemen. Scangarello was suppose to bolster our offense but Elway signed Flacco can’t score 20 pts. Scangarello is better than this I hope, but he and others need to be called out for these crappy performances


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