NFL Power Rankings Week 9: Philadelphia Eagles make a statement vs JAX

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24. Denver Broncos

There once was a time when the Denver Broncos were a pretty darn good team.

They had an aging quarterback in Peyton Manning, an intensely formidable defense highlight by Von Miller, and an experienced head coach in Gary Kubiak and that formula won the team a Super Bowl.

Now, less than half a decade later, the team is a shell of their former selves.

With Kubiak and Manning now retired, and about half of the team’s former stars now wearing new uniforms, the fresh-faced Broncos are a team starving for an identity.

But what is that identity exactly?

After swinging big on Paxton Lynch in the ‘Carson Wentz’ draft and effectively striking out with their first-round pick, as he’s now unemployed, the Broncos have 2017 surprise star Case Keenum under center as their new starting quarterback, but that’s a move that’s clearly backfired.

Currently sitting at 3-5 with no real hope of reaching the playoffs in the AFC West, the Broncos will have to hope they can find their new quarterback of the future in this year’s draft, a draft that’s already shaping up to have one of the worst quarterback classes in recent memory. Such is life in the NFL, windows close fast.