It’s not a matter of if Denver’s Vance Joseph will be fired as coach of the Broncos, it’s a matter of when. This guy simply doesn’t know what he’s doing. Denver’s loss to the Texans on Sunday should be the last straw, but we’ll see if John Elway mercifully ends this ugly era for the team Elway so proudly led during his Hall of Fame career. Never was Joseph’s ineptitude more evident than at the end of the first half in Sunday’s game.
Briefly, the Texans led 13-10 with 18 seconds until the half. Facing a 4th-and-9 at Houston’s 45-yard line and the Texans still owning two timeouts, Joseph was put in a very demanding position for him, having to decide what to do next.
Almost anyone that has ever watched a football game would have chosen the sensible thing to do and punted. A few risk takers may have unwisely tried for a first down. Only Joseph, the Three Stooges and someone with a bet on the Texans would have done what the coach ultimately decided and that was to attempt a 62-yard field goal. Of course, the kick was unsuccessful and Houston took over on downs at Denver’s 48-yard line. Needing only a few yards for a field goal try of their own, the Texans completed a couple of plays and advanced 20 yards before sending out their placekicker. Of course, Joseph used his remaining timeout to try to “ice” the kicker (the dumbest strategy in sports) Ka’imi Fairbairn. Fairbairn missed the irrelevant kick that wouldn’t count before making it on the retry and providing his club with a 16-10 lead. That sequence provided a six-point swing and with the final 19-17 for Houston.
To gauge how poor of a choice this was, Houston coach Bill O’Brien was caught on camera thanking and ridiculing Joseph with both a smile and some obscenities. O’Brien is renowned for his own incompetence but compared to Joseph, he’s Bill Parcells.
Joseph’s inabilities were also displayed at the end of the game when Denver could have tried to get closer for a game-winning field goal try instead of watching McManus miss a 51-yarder, as the Broncos dropped their sixth game in seven weeks. With Denver on its bye week, now is the perfect time to dismiss this over-matched coach. Let’s hope Elway agrees. If not for the fans, do it for those that continue to lose money on this misguided and under performing club.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies