2022 ended up being one of those Murphy's Law seasons for the Broncos that's liable to strike at any moment to any NFL team. It's also particularly cruel that it had to strike at the time where they're not reaping high draft picks from it, but at least they went into the season knowing that they would not be reaping such regardless of record. The team got caught in two very vicious negative tail end distributions to end up with a 5-12 record.
The first was a ridiculously high amount of injuries. I'm not sure if I can remember a Broncos season that had this magnitude. The Broncos were regularly leading the IR department throughout the season. In sum, the Broncos saw their starting running back, their #3 and #4 wide receivers, their starting left tackle and center on the offensive line, and one each of their starting edge rushers, linebackers, and cornerbacks spend considerable time on injured reserve. And this doesn't even get into multiple games missed by almost every major wide receiver and offensive linemen on the team, as well. There are very few teams that could come out of those type of injuries with a good record.
And the second was an unusually bad choice at head coach, with Nathaniel Hackett becoming the very rare coach that didn't even make it out of his first season. And this was quite deservedly so, as he looked like he was in over his head from the start of the season and just continued to progress more toward that conclusion as the season progress. Unlike, say, Josh McDaniels, Hackett did not contain non-coaching aggravating factors, but it was evident that the Peter Principle remains a constant. I hope Hackett can find a good job elsewhere in the NFL even if he proved quickly he is not head coaching material.
Resolve the first tail end distribution with better luck, and the second with better skill, and there's a great chance for the Broncos to bounce back. But as with every team with every offseason, there's always work to be done, and as always I'm here with my opinion through my annual offseason road map.