The rookie head coach was 3-1 after the first month of the season, a run that included a 42-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2.
But the Broncos’ fast start came to a screeching halt when they lost eight games in a row. This unexpected meltdown was enough to put Joseph on the hot seat just one year into his head coaching tenure. It seemed as though he’d join the list of coaches relieved of their duties on Black Monday when Broncos general manager John Elway opted to skip the Rose Bowl and stay in Denver to meet with Joseph, per Mike Klis of 9News.
Instead, Elway decided to give his struggling coach one more shot to turn the Broncos around.
“It was a punishment in college,” 31-year-old defensive Calais Campbell said with a laugh over the phone Wednesday night. “In high school, we did them to get in shape and stuff, so I guess it was high school the last time it was a workout. Yeah, the first time the up-downs came about here, I was shocked. It was definitely a surprise, I thought they were joking.
How crazy was it getting everyone back? Well, All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy spent so much time in line at a gas station driving back from Atlanta that he got worried he’d run out, and called GM Jason Licht—about an hour behind McCoy on the way back—to see if Licht could help him with a contingency. Licht then went looking for a hose so he could siphon gas from his car to McCoy’s. McCoy did wind up making it to the pump OK, but what would normally be a 7-hour drive took about 13 hours. So even though Irma didn’t hit Tampa as hard as many had predicted it would, it did make it a monumental challenge for the Bucs to return to the area.
This Jaguars squad is young, fierce, and ready to make an impact. The problem, as it’s been most of the year, is Bortles. He had another poor performance in the Wild Card game, eventually finishing with more rushing yards than passing. Leonard Fournette really slowed down after a hot start to his rookie year, and the wide receiver corps remains banged up.