The Denver Broncos looked to have hired a slam dunk head coach in ex-Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio this offseason, who finally got his chance to bring his well-worn defensive intensity to the big stage. Fans expected growth in Denver's D, especially with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb securing the line of scrimmage.
But after their 27-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Broncos are now 0-3, and the underlying weakness looms large over Fangio's head. Through three games this season, the Broncos defense has yet to record a sack or generate a turnover.
That's a downright criminal offense, considering the elite talent on this defense.
Even teams with porous, Swiss cheese type defenses like the New York Giants have gotten to the quarterback. And they have perhaps one-third the talent on that side of the ball.
Ironically, the Chicago Bears were expected to regress due to Fangio's exit. Yet, against the odds, the Bears defense has recorded seven sacks and one interception through two games this season, dwarfing Denver's early-season total.
Maybe there's still an adjustment period for the Broncos in terms of learning Fangio's scheme, and they'll eventually put all the pieces together. But as of now, they are the first team in 50 years to record zero sacks and zero takeaways through the first three games of the season.
Definitely not the side of history you want to be on, as an NFL team looking for answers.