Broncos tickets buyers enjoyed the second best NFL season a football fan can get and that’s the rub. The Broncos rolled their way through the regular season, posting a 13-3 record. From there it was on to the NFL playoffs where a win over the San Diego Chargers set up another classic Manning vs Brady meeting for the AFC Championship. This time it was Manning who came out on top, leading the Broncos to a 26-16 win and what everyone was expecting, a Super Bowl appearance. For Peyton Manning and John Elway, the Super Bowl was supposed to be a vindication for everything they endured when Manning came aboard. The doubters who said Manning was shot and old and injured had to eat crow. The Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl.
That elation lasted all the way up to kickoff of the Super Bowl. That’s when it became evident that the NFL is a team game. As good as your quarterback may be, defense plays a role. In this case, the defense of the Seattle Seahawks played the biggest role, shutting down Manning and the Broncos like a restaurant in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day. Nothing worked, the Broncos defense couldn’t handle Russell Wilson and Denver walked away from a fantastic season with a stunning 43-8 loss that will haunt Broncos fans for years to come.
All is not lost.
John Elway has proven to be one of the better GM’s in the NFL. He learns and adapts. The 2014 Denver Broncos will be tougher physically. There will also be some younger and tougher faces on the roster. Champ Bailey is out, along with Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno. Manning will have to find a new favorite receiver (Not a problem) and the Denver defense adds DeMarcus Ware to an already solid line. With ware on one side and Von Miller on the other, the Broncos defense just got tougher. The secondary gets a boost from Aqib Talib, one of the best corners on the free agent market.