The reaction was understandable. Denver was given a gift at the outset of the game via a blocked punt and an instant Royce Freeman touchdown, and managed an impressive touchdown drive shortly thereafter that was capped by an exhilarating Emmanuel Sanders end-around. But from there on out, the offense was mainly marked by ineptitude. Keenum tossed yet another interception, his gag-worthy fifth of the 2018 campaign (versus just three touchdown passes), and seemed to get worse as the pressure rose. Every time he absolutely needed to make a play, he didn't.
Granted, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's play-calling was frequently uninspired, resulting in a slew of three-and-outs that left the defense on the field for far too long — among last year's major problems. But that still doesn't excuse the squad's inability to consistently pressure Ravens signal-caller Joe Flacco or adequately guard receivers. In particular, Denver doesn't seem to know how to shut down tight ends, and opponents realize it. Expect a lot more ugliness as a result.
Such breakdowns have led to more fingers of blame being pointed in the direction of Joseph, whose seat is already warm thanks to the Broncos' putrid 5-11 record last season. No surprise, then, that there's a change.org petition calling for his ouster.
Count down our picks for the twenty most memorable tweets about Keenum and Joseph — and be sure to keep your eye out for a request that Tim Tebow save the day. If Broncos loyalists are getting nostalgic for the Chosen One already, you know things have gotten bad.
#KeenumSucks more than a adult entertainer— Glenn Herbert (@glennherbert504) September 24, 2018
So what happens next year when Keenum still sucks and denver is picking top 10, with his $18 mill salary nnthe books for another year? No one is gonna bite on that contract unless they osweiler it.— treize khushrenada (@projectksl) September 24, 2018
Fire Vance Joseph and Start Kelly! Joseph challenge an 8 yard completion and wanting to challenge a spot is just bad coaching!— Beau05 (@bigbeau05) September 23, 2018
Keenum is a journeyman who had a decent, not a great, year last year with Minn. For anyone to expect him to become a top 15 QB is delusional. Is this what Denver will accept for next 2 years? #KeenumSucks— Stephen K (@StopHatingX) September 24, 2018
You should feel horrible because you're on the Denver Broncos. Vance Joseph is a joke case keenum was traded for a reason because he sucks Thomas couldn't catch a cold. The fans chant incomplete like a bunch of inexperienced morons that wish they were in a sports town. Lmao— John Lindsay (@JohnLin67064486) September 23, 2018
If Vance Joseph doesn’t have a winning season at the end of this season, I hope John Elway does fire him this time, it’s getting frustrating to see a good team lose because a head coach can’t lead them.— Ricardo Vargas (@Richie_Vargas17) September 23, 2018
Case Keenum sucks. Put in Chad.— Hudsonhawk (@Hudsonhawk18) September 23, 2018
14 points in the first quarter and then nothing, Broncos you suck, Keenum you don't impress me, see you next week and don't suck!— Mike Manko (@mikemanko) September 23, 2018
I look forward to the end of the Broncos season already, because we will fire Vance Joseph, and I will see if I have moved up on the season ticket wait list from 63,000.— Chase Mueller (@CHA5Ewatmatters) September 23, 2018
Some thoughts:— Leedle Lee (@LegoLee329) September 23, 2018
Keenum doesn’t look like the guy
Rookie running backs are keeping our offense afloat
Special teams is the only consistent facet of the game for us