Posted Mon Dec 29th by Monty
Should the Denver Broncos fire defensive coordinator Bob Slowik?
Arguments for letting Slowik go: This was the worst defensive performance the Broncos have had in years, and it took place at the most crucial time. The Broncos allowed 52 points in the final piece of an epic late season collapse, losing the AFC West lead and championship they held all season long. They allowed over 200 yards rushing, and the defense allowed the Chargers offense to score on nearly every possession.
Just last week, the Buffalo Bills, the league’s 28th-ranked offense, scored touchdowns on several consecutive drives to upset the Broncos in the second half. Earlier in the year, they also allowed putrid offenses in the Chiefs and Raiders to blow us out earlier in the year.
What’s more, Slowik has effectively been in charge of this defense since midseason 2007, when the Broncos changed from Jim Bates‘ scheme to Slowik’s.
Arguments for keeping Slowik: One can hardly blame him for defensive injuries, and the Broncos have had plenty of those this season. They were without defensive captains Champ Bailey and D.J. Williams for much of the season, along with starting safety Marlon McCree at a real position of need for the entire second half of the season. For several weeks, they were playing three backups at all three linebacker positions.
Slowik also has the situation on his side. Is he a product of the very thing we’re debating here? What’s more to blame: Slowik’s scheme, or the constant change at the defensive coordinator position year after year? Will the Broncos be better off in the second year in this system or with a fourth head defensive coach in four years?
Finally, Slowik has the support of his players. Champ Bailey called Slowik the best coach he has ever had. Finding a coach the players will play for can be half the battle.
Should the Broncos fire Bob Slowik? Take the poll and dish it out in the comments.