To say the Broncos struggled on special teams Sunday would be like saying passengers on the Hindenburg had a bumpy flight. It was an epic meltdown, seen by fans everywhere on national television.
On Monday, Broncos coach Vance Joseph defended his special teams coach, Brock Olivo.
“He’s a young coach, a bright coach and he’s going to be a great coach in my opinion,” Joseph said, via the team’s website.
Opposing quarterbacks have 83 touchdown passes with 109 interceptions on plays when Thomas, Sherman and Chancellor were all on the field together. This period spans 94 games and 2,869 pass attempts since 2011.
New manager Gabe Kapler’s coaching staff already includes hitting coach John Mallee, third-base coach Dusty Wathan and bullpen coach Jim Gott. Rick Kranitz will either be the pitching coach or the assistant.
With Rob Kelley and now Chris Thompson done for the season, rookie Samaje Perine is all but locked into a massive workload. Perine registered 23 carries for 117 yards and one touchdown Sunday, adding one catch for 9 yards.
Perine has now managed 19 or more carries in three games this season. A big, plodding back, the Oklahoma product won’t add much as a pass-catcher, but Washington now needs to replace Thompson’s 11 touches per game. Expect Perine to push past 15 carries most weeks with a target or three on top. He’s a viable RB2. Former Eagle Byron Marshall will replace Thompson as the passing-down specialist and has some value in very deep dynasty leagues.
“All three of those guys tackle, and all three take the ball away,” the same coach said.