It's easy to look at Denver's 41-16 implosion against New England and ask if the team's playoff-worthy defense is a thing of the past.
Allowing 40-plus points in back-to-back games is concerning, but Sunday night's thrashing was centered on a rash of special-teams gaffes that sunk the Broncos out of the gate:
- Denver then suffered a blocked punt that set up a field goal to give New England a 20-6 advantage.
- Finally, in the fourth quarter, Denver was flagged for a late substitution on a fourth-down punt by the Pats. Given new life, New England rolled down the field for another touchdown to seal the final score.
On Monday, coach Vance Joseph put those concerns to bed, telling reporters, per The Denver Post, that he maintains full confidence in Olivo.
"I do," Joseph said, per The Denver Post, "... He's a very, very bright guy. He's learned under a guy who's the best in the entire league (Kansas City's Dave Toub). ... I am not down on Brock."
Jospeh acknowledged Sunday that he couldn't recall an NFL game with so many special-teams struggles, but he isn't about to blow the machine up after one error-filled outing.