Posted February 03, 2014

What’s next for Denver Broncos?

AFC West, Denver Broncos, NFL draft 2014, NFL Free Agency
Champ Bailey failed to capture a ring in his first trip to the Super Bowl. He might not get a second chance in Denver.

Champ Bailey failed to capture a ring in his first Super Bowl trip. He might not get a second chance in Denver. (Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos believed that this was their year. The 2012 playoff disappointment sparked the Broncos to chase Wes Welker, Shaun Phillips and others in free agency — missing pieces for a team that entered the season off back-to-back AFC West titles and was set as a prohibitive favorite to win the conference.

But winning the conference did not prove much of a problem. Denver rolled to another division crown, then manhandled San Diego and New England in the playoffs, only to implode against Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII.

This coming offseason will be a busy one for the Broncos, who may be down to the final year of their Peyton Manning window. Here’s an early look at what is to come:

Salary Cap

It could be tight. Even if the league’s salary cap bumps up a bit to around $123 million, as expected, the Broncos could be right up against that line. Relief, though, could come from a couple sources:

1. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s contract voids at the end of this week, which will clear $5.5 million off the books.

2. Denver reportedly has some decent carryover money saved from this season — around $6 million, according to Forbes. Applying that to next season’s cap would give the Broncos a little more wiggle room and, combined with Rodgers-Cromartie’s transaction, could leave the Broncos with an extra $12 million or so.

That’s helpful but not problem-solving. Some decisions could further help the cause. The most obvious: cutting or renegotiating the contract of cornerback Champ Bailey. He is in line to earn $10 million next season but none of it is guaranteed, meaning Denver could cut ties with no penalties.

There are a few more obvious potential cap casualties here — Chris Kuper ($4.1 million savings if he’s cut), Jacob Tamme ($3 million), Joel Dreessen ($2.5 million), Kevin Vickerson ($2 million) among them.

Free Agency

The Broncos face decisions aplenty here, too, with 16 players and no less than nine starters about to hit the free-agent market. The toughest to keep may be wide receiver Eric Decker, who figures to land a healthy deal despite his Super Bowl disappearing act. Though his position may be less coveted, running back Knowshon Moreno is in a similar boat following a bounce-back 2013 season and subsequent no-show in the Super Bowl. As it is, the Broncos have 2013 second-round pick Montee Ball ready to take over the No. 1 gig, with 2012 draft selection Ronnie Hillman behind him.

Reports already have the Broncos ready to re-sign defensive end Shaun Phillips, who unexpectedly became an irreplaceable force this season. Doing so certainly will cost them more than the $1 million they paid in base salary for the 2013 season. Robert Ayers also is on track to be a free agent, although Von Miller should make his way back into the Broncos’ plans for 2014.

And what of starting guard Zane Beadles? He enjoyed a stellar 2013, but did he price himself out of Denver’s budget? Keep in mind that the AFC champs spent some dough to add fellow starting guard Louis Vasquez last offseason.

Yet another tough call awaits on linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who opened the year calling plays for the defense. He ceded those duties to Danny Trevathan after suffering a couple injuries, but he’s still a valuable Bronco. Like several other players mentioned here, he simply may find more money outside of Denver.

The secondary could face the most turnover. Bailey’s and Rodgers-Cromartie’s futures are in limbo, as mentioned above. It’s a safe bet that at least one returns for 2014; keeping both could come down to the numbers game. Safety Mike Adams, a part-time starter alongside Duke Ihenacho in the secondary, will want a bump over the $2 million he made this season ($1.75 million base plus $250K bonus).

Denver’s focus may fall on the cornerback and safety spots once free agency opens full-bore. From there, the offensive line and possibly the skill positions could be the next priorities.

Coaching Staff

John Fox’s contract likely will be one of the first things the Broncos tackle this offseason. He has just one season left on his current deal, at a very cheap $3.5 million. That number could be close to doubled — $7 million is what Pete Carroll reportedly made this year.

All the other key players should be back, including offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who earlier withdrew from the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching search. Gase helped the Broncos to record-setting numbers in his first season calling the plays; his stock could shoot through the roof with a repeat in 2014, especially if Denver avoids a playoff meltdown like the one put on display Sunday.

Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio once was rumored to be a USC coaching candidate. With that job now off the table, Del Rio should return. The Broncos defense stepped up late in the season and throughout the AFC playoffs.

Draft

Everything’s by the book right now — Denver will pick 31st in each round on account of its Super Bowl loss, and it holds each of its original seven picks. Using a couple of those choices to address some of the aforementioned problem spots almost certainly will be a main strategy. This is a particularly deep receiver class, too, so if Decker bolts in free agency the Broncos could look for a cheap replacement in one of the first three rounds.

2014 Schedule

The AFC West draws the NFC West for next season’s crossover games, which not only means that Denver faces a rematch with Seattle (in Seattle, no less) but also that it must contend with arguably the toughest division in the league. It’s possible that the NFL will send the Broncos to Seattle for its traditional season-opener, but the Broncos’ participation against Baltimore in that game this season and the lopsided Super Bowl outcome might scrap that plan.

Denver also travels to St. Louis and hosts San Francisco and Arizona in that West-vs.-West setup.

Also on the slate are four games with the AFC East — at New England and the Jets; home against Buffalo and Miami. The other non-AFC West games send Denver to Cincinnati and bring Andrew Luck’s Colts to Mile High.

Few teams will have a harder slate awaiting them in 2014, so the Broncos will have to work for a fourth straight AFC West title.

135 comments
LamontThompson
LamontThompson

We need to beef up the Defence so we can match Seattle and 49ers

puppylove
puppylove

there saying i the radio the they paid the broncos 10,000 dollars to lose and it is propely true because u guys didnt even try and manning never said omah or throw great stots like he does like i am very mad when we lots and i hope that isn't true because then the broncos dissapoted all there fans and all the people who had to pay like 2,000 buxs to watch the game and broncos team if you are reading this i hope you saw what you did wrong and i dont know if ill even go for broncos any more like seriose what happend 8 to 43 we lost bad you sould of thought of your fans before you didn't even try and lost like i think i am just going to go for anthor team cause i dont think i like the broncos any more

royy
royy

broncos and bills a lot alike....good but not good enough....also seahawks remind me of the dallas cowboys when they had jimmy j......they will be around for awhile also...

badbeatya
badbeatya

The 1st thing they have to do is pick up the pieces of their historically-shattered historical season.   They must also realize that while John Fox is not a championship winning coach, he is a prime candidate to be the next Dan Reeves (0-4 in the big game).  That is IF they can make it back to the Super Bowl a couple more times.  They're just lucky the AFC is so soft.  Every defense in the NFC West has the talent and personnel to beat the Broncos.

Which conference has the toughest defenses?  NFC by far.  Which conference has the best 'up and coming' QBs AND best 'in their prime' QBs?  NFC again.  Yes Peyton and Tom are living legends, but they are in the twilight of their hall of fame careers.  Who does that leave to carry the standard in the AFC?  Andrew Luck?  Phillip Rivers?  Ben Roethlisberger? Andy Dalton?  Joe Flacco?  Ryan Tannehill?  Smith? <-Alex  Geno-> bwaa-ha-ha!  The NFC boasts Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, RGIII, Nick Foles, and Eli, who is still the best QB from his draft (ok, based on rings...).  I'm not even including Drew Brees (on the same level as Peyton and Tom) and Tony Romo (cause he will never win anything).  Did I mention that 8 of the top 10 RBs (based on rushing yardage) this past season were from the NFC?


So back to the original question:  What's next for the Broncos?  They may very well make it back to the Super Bowl, but they'll probably get abused again by a much younger, athletic QB with a crippling, hard hitting, duck-picking defense.  After that, it'll probably be a slow, downward spiral into post-Manning irrelevancy.

ZachDrake
ZachDrake

Would be nice for just 1 single Seattle fan to say: Good game Denver, cya next season in our house." instead of being a bunch of classless hipsters.

Baylife
Baylife

Brutal game for Denver...Can they return next year and make it back to the SB? Sure, never say never in the NFL, anything is possible. But I can't imagine them having a better opportunity than they did last Sunday. Manning just had a record breaking season, but came up way short in the final game. It's hard to imagine him outperforming himself next year, not to mention the possibility of injuries and the fact that nobody is getting any younger. 

PackersFanNumeroUno
PackersFanNumeroUno

lol what an embarrassing franchise. So long Denver and have fun being the doormat again.

floorme1955
floorme1955

In the NBA- Patrick Ewing was a great individual player and got paid like it- In fact he was paid so much that the Knicks could not put the right players around him- so the knicks NEVER won the NBA championship- and neither did EWING--


Why bring this up-  Peyton Manning-- although 1 better than Ewing with championships- the question I have is- at what cost- is Peyton willing to SACRIFICE- to get the right players around him- Wanna championship- rework/ restructure or take a pay cut- you have at most 2-3 years, probably 2 if you want another Super Bowl ring and to rally Bronco fans into a great conversation of Manning or ELWAY- 


Need the O-LINE improved- need to work on the D- well you need cap space- Is Manning worth what hes getting paid-- compared to others- YES- But thats not going to be enough- this was their year- and it didn't happen- Step up Peyton- and help the team, the city and your place in NFL History--

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

They do not call it overreaction Monday (or Tuesday) for nothing.  You really are only as good as your last game in the eyes of the casual NFL fan.  


I will go on record and say that I absolutely HATED this Denver team this year, more than any other team in any other sport, but now that they got a humbling beat down Sunday they are DONE??!!!!  A team that averaged around 40 points a game, that has a top 3 QB of all time is not DONE!.  They played their worst game of the season this past weekend and credit Seattle for that happening.  But if you replay this game, I have hard time imagining Denver only scoring 8 points again.  They certainly need to get better on the defensive side of the ball, but even if they lose Decker, the offense is still loaded in what is still a suspect AFC.    

keeroc15
keeroc15

at New England again for the umpteenth time in a row.  but of course it is random. 

Anyone else notice that crowd noise was blasted through the PA system every time the broncos had the ball but not when Seattle had it.  Peyton was barely able to call any audibles - opening snap gives you a clue- but when Seattle had it you could hear Wilson just fine.  Carroll said to win they had to disrupt Manning.  That is what happened .  Crowed noise way louder than any Seattle home games.  Did anyone ever hear such noise at any Giants game at Met Life.   Noise was artificially inflated by someone at the PA controls by a factor of 2 or 3 times.  Tainted victory for the seahawks.

newipo
newipo

Denver hardly "manhandled" San Diego and New England, both games were decided by just a touchdown... 

buckybrewer83
buckybrewer83

Thank you, Champ, for your great years as a Bronco, and all the memories.  Unfortunately, $10 million is too steep a price for a 35-year-old who was once great but is now mediocre.  That's the first salary that needs to be cut.

pdw3332
pdw3332

teams that lose tough game sin playoffs many times use it as motivation for next year, like the Broncos team last year did losing to Ravens.  BUT!  teams that get absolutely humiliated in Super Bowls like Broncos did, NEVER bounce back.....they eventually realize that and move on from the coaches and QB who let that EMBARRASSING game take place.  Broncos never get back to SB with Manning...he is a loser.

puppylove
puppylove

i hope that you guys try next year

Jargiz
Jargiz

@badbeatya  

What!! I am so sick of people thinking that one division is better than the other. I have heard the same garbage about the AL and NL, one is better than the other. The AFC can handle themselves just fine. Second, lets see who is good on the AFC QB's Luck is very talented, got heck of a lot further than RGIII this year, Flacco has a ring, Rivers, posted awesome numbers, Big Ben has 2 rings, and Alex Smith, pulled his career out of the gutter and played phenomenal. Stafford, fell apart as he and the Lions do. Kaepernick, extremely up and down,  Nick Foles has had one good season, let's wait and see how his career pans out before we compare him to any of the greats. Cam Newton, is a highlight reel, but like Mike Vick and Donovan Mcnabb, that's what they become unfortunately, and that's it.  Russ Wilson is a good up and comer, but he didn't win that Super Bowl, his defense did. As far RB's go, Jamaal Charles is a beast, Knowshon Moreno, Chris Johnson, CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson. These are all great players and they all deserve their due. When are people going to realize, it's not the Division, this league as a whole. The NFL is tough no matter which league you belong to.

GeoChef
GeoChef

@badbeatya  Ravens beat the 49ers in last year's SB, NFC dominance talk a little premature lets see them win a couple first.

RS1022
RS1022

As a Bronco fan who went to the game, these are my on site observations:

1. Denver should have been prepared for the crowd noise. Anyone who was in NYC last week saw that Seattle fans significantly outnumbered Denver fans.

2. Denver was much more uptight before the game. Peyton probably threw 100 passes in warm-up and Wilson probably half that. Carroll was joking around with the team, while the Denver coaches looked like they were still intensely game-planning (or maybe they were getting a late start.)

3. Denver was completely outcoached. It was obvious that Seattle "cracked the code" to Manning's signals, especially easy to tell on the runs. I saw the DBs & LBs pointing to the hole where the play was going to be run before the play. Sherman admitted this, and I saw it, how could Gase/PM not see tins and use it to their advantage.

4. The effects of Denver not having Von Miller and esp. Ryan Clady were finally exposed. Seattle is much more talented than anyone they played this year and not having their second & third best players really hurt. Miller would have set the RDE which the Hawks targeted with the jet sweep and roll outs and Clady would have allowed them to roll more help to Franklin who was brutal.

5. Most of the Seattle fans were cool, considering how badly they stomped Denver, so props to them.

Considering Denver made the SuperBowl with their two best players (Clady & Miller) on IR and 5 Defensive starters (incl. Miller) on the IR, it's a testament to:

1. How great of a season Peyton had in 2013

2. How weak the AFC was this year. The two best teams in the conference (DEN & NE) had unbelievably bad injury luck.

3. Expect the NFC to go on a mini-run in the next few years because the conference's best teams (Sea, SF, Car) have QBs still on their rookie contracts which allow much better team building.

PatrioIvan
PatrioIvan

@PackersFanNumeroUno It ain't over till the fat lady sings!  I would never count out Denver, if anyone is an embarrassment it is you.  You have no crystal ball, you do not know the future, you evidently do not know what a great quarterback Manning is, he will be back!

EvanE
EvanE

@PackersFanNumeroUno  It was one bad game.  Given it was the SB, but that doesn't erase the rest of a record setting season.  Troll.

Pat11
Pat11

@PackersFanNumeroUno Denver has more championships than Seattle, so does Greenbay, San Fran, Dallas, Pittsburg, Miami, Baltimore, New York, Boston, Oakland, Washington, etc. Show a little class and dignity will ya.

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

@floorme1955  Problem is, and we have seen this his entire career, teams (Colts/Broncos) get too Manning-centric with their approach.  Does the "best QB of all time" really need 3-4 top tier weapons on offense at all times?  I think Manning has gone maybe 1-2 seasons his entire career with just a Reggie Wayne (Still a legit #1 WR) caliber player and some scrap pieces on offense. Maybe if he restructured and they actually focused on assembling a dominant defense, Manning would have more than 1 ring to show, 15 seasons later.  



PatrioIvan
PatrioIvan

@MMoney0021 I agree, and that is what I am talking about.  Manning has the ability to return and if the players are right and the chemistry he will return.  Never ever underestimate.  I think that a lot was going on with Denver that night including the Quarterback, I believe Manning was a little nervous and that is ok, remember this is a guy who made a major comeback, he was at the top of his game all season, the pressure must of been incredible with all the hype.  I am not making excuses for him he loss but never discount him.  He is a genius in the mind of football, if he gets a second chance he will figure out a way to beat the Seahawk team and let me tell you Russell Sherman you may of learned his signals during the last game but I guarantee you it will be different the second time, and do not forget what Manning did to the Ravens upon their rematch after that championship game. It was not a pretty site, so no never discount Denver or the Broncos.  One last rant like Richard Sherman quit calling the Broncos Donkeys, we are Broncos and we have Peyton Manning, no he is not to old to play.

Sliceit
Sliceit

@MMoney0021  This was a replay of the preseason matchup between the Seahawks and Broncos - only the preseason game was something like 40-10 Seattle.  Denver played only 2 defenses in the top ten this year (numbers 7 and 8), and Manning cares about his numbers more than he cares about the game so he goes for passing yards.  So this year's Broncos were grossly overrated.  The NFC West has 4 of the top 5 defenses if I remember correctly.  NFC West games are lower scoring as a result, and the QBs all can scramble and throw on the run.  It's needed to survive.  Denver will not do well in those games because Manning can't move. Add to that the number of free agents Denver has and the time it takes to gel defenses and offenses when there are significant changes and their prospects dim.  

Pat11
Pat11

@MMoney0021 You mean the suspect AFC that just won the superbowl last year

CanadianBroncofan
CanadianBroncofan

@keeroc15    I remember distinctly thinking how much louder the fans were when Peyton was on the field than when Wilson was on the field.  It is quite possible that someone was paid to amp the PA for the Seahawks, and I do not believe conspiracy theories usually.  But there is a lot of deception, cheating and payoffs in sports as a general rule so nothing at this point would surprise me.  Having said that though...the noise, as much as it was a factor in the loss, not just an excuse, should have been part of the preparation by the Broncos coaches for the SB.

EvanE
EvanE

@keeroc15  I don't know except that was BY FAR the loudest I have ever heard a SB game.  I mean, that was Arrowhead type noise, which is completely bizarre for a supposed neutral field.  Not necessarily cheating, but apparently there were 3 to 1 Seahawk fans in the crowd.  Not sure how that happens given Denver is popular all throughout the mid-west.  I just think it was one of an endless series of things going against Denver.

Sliceit
Sliceit

@keeroc15  Laugh out loud hilarious!  Really?  You think the NFL would have let anyone sabotage golden boy Payton for Seattle?  That's the 12th man!  They significantly outnumbered the Broncos fans, they INTENTIONALLY make noise to disrupt opponents and keep them from calling audibles, and they INTENTIONALLY shut up when their team is on the field.  That's right.  The first points in the Super Bowl against the "number one offense" were scored by the Seahawks fans.  

pk_sea
pk_sea

@keeroc15  No, it was Seahawk fans at a 2:1 ratio over Denver fans, who are quiet in the 1st place. Nobody piped in crowd noise. If anything, the NFL wanted Denver to win the game, for the glory of Peyton Manning. There's no way the NFL would sanction artificial crowd noise in the Super bowl. You are just a baby.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@keeroc15  The PA system was NOT used once to amplify crowd noise! You are a complete MORON

mklarao007
mklarao007

@keeroc15  Schedules aren't random lol. Each year teams play a rotation of other conferences both NFC and AFC on a 3 year rotating basis, 2 games against each division opponent and 2 games against similarly slotted Concerence teams. If it is a rotation year as it is this year it is in the opposite of the last rotation, which was 3 years ago, in Denver.  The only "randomness" is the slotted games, which have to be in accordance with a balanced schedule for each team 8-8 and do not account for where last year's game was played. Long story short the 2014 game in NE is not random. 

pirate
pirate

@keeroc15   Nonsense, of course, sheer nonsense. There is zero, none, NO evidence that they used the stadium loudspeakers to hype the sound. It would have been illegal. That's sour grapes and you look foolish even saying that. Take your lumps like a man. Your team got it's butt beat. 


Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@newipo  Denver had both of those games in complete control, late scores by SD/NE made it seem closer than it was, but it only seemed that way. If you watched both games you would know this. 

JohnCarrasco
JohnCarrasco

@newipo  I agree...my Chargers played them 3 times (2 in their crib) and held them to less than 30 points each game (with an average Charger defense).  Me thinks the writers cry too much for Denver...all the AFC west has to play the NFC west.....boo hoo..poor Denver! 

eddie767
eddie767

@buckybrewer83  The type of person/player Champ is imo he'll accept a paycut. With him, it's not just about $$$,but if he can still play. I liked him on my team, the Skins, and still like & respect him in Denver.

CanadianBroncofan
CanadianBroncofan

@pdw3332  Certain losses are definetly motivation for the next season, as the loss to the Ravens was.  I do think from a psychological point of view that it will be a lot harder for the Broncos to bounce back next season because they will have seen that their historic season creating the best offence in the history of the NFL can ultimately mean nothing for the Super Bowl.  But as for Manning being a loser...you couldn't be further from the truth.  It takes more than a strong offence to win Super Bowls and without one the Broncos will not win another SB.  Football is a TEAM sport.  If this was golf, we could blame Peyton for a poor winning record in the BIG games, but a lot of players also let Peyton down in the SB.  Peyton's record of excellence should deem more respect than your comment about him being a loser.

Pat11
Pat11

@pdw3332 Peyton as already bounced back from a superbowl loss to return, also returned from injury that was thought to be career ending. I guess these guys were losers too as none of them have more superbowls than Manning.  Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Dan Marino, Steve Largent, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Tony Gonzales, Walter Jones, Warren Moon and many other greats

buckybrewer83
buckybrewer83

@pdw3332  Well...in the 80's and early 90's they always bounced back, despite humiliating Super Bowl after humiliating Super Bowl.  

badbeatya
badbeatya

@GeoChef I never said that the NFC is going to dominate the AFC with regards to Super Bowls.  However, do you realize that the NFC has won 4 of the last 5?

EvanE
EvanE

@RS1022  My condolences for a rough night.  That was painful enough watching from home.  I can't imagine witnessing that display in person.  I agree with every single point you just made.  It all came due for Denver that night.  That was like an anvil falling from the sky.  From the crowd noise, to the coaching, to the injuries, to the execution, and every break going for Seattle, absolutely everything was stacked against Denver.  


And it's more bad news for Denver as these last two years were probably the only realistic window for a SB win for Manning (I think Denver really was the best team last year, but the Ravens pulled off the upset).  Next season's schedule is a monster.  The NFC West, at Pats, at Jets, at Cincy, Colts, not to mention a resurgent Chiefs and Chargers?  Yeah, probably going to be lucky to go 10-6 and get a wild card spot.  Only Oakland looks like the 'easy' 2 games of the schedule.  

CanadianBroncofan
CanadianBroncofan

@PatrioIvan @MMoney0021I agree that Manning appeared to be nervous.  He is a perfectionist and sometimes that back-fires on him because he demands too much of himself.  I don't blame him for being nervous.  As much as he possibly could insulate himself from the critics, he did have a lot of pressure to win a second SB. He is also aware that his career will soon be over and knowing that also contributed to the pressure he put on himself.  But there were many things that went wrong in the SB and it wasn't just Peyton's fault. I had a really odd negative feeling starting at the coin toss which Denver lost.  I viewed it as a bad omen.  Then the first snap of the game--a mix of intense noise and nerves.  Another omen I thought.  It seemed to indicate to me that on some level Denver was not meant to win the SB.  There is luck involved with every sport to a certain degree.  Some games it seems like the sporting gods are with you and sometimes they are not.  It all seemed to unravel from there. Demarius Thomas had a good game but fumbled the ball in an uncharacteristic manner.  Later it was discovered that he had sustained a separated shoulder which made protecting the ball with 2 hands very difficult.  The Offensive Line allowed Manning to be rushed constantly.  Decker didn't seem to be in the game at all.  Special Teams broke down which also caused everyone to become disheartened.  The running game was shut down because of the mighty Seahawks Defence.  Knowshon had to leave the game because of his back problem flair up. Sherman said that he cracked the codes on Peyton's hand signals, which I believe.  But how did Gase not see that and compensate, or Peyton for that matter.  I think Del Rio coached well all season and for the SB.  He experiments and juggles players  in an attempt to get good results, and given the illness-depleted Defence, I thought he did a really good job.  Coach Fox coached very poorly for the SB and I have serious doubts about his ability to coach a SB winning team.  I don't know if Peyton will ever be able to get the monkey off his back of not winning the SB.  He can be his own worst enemy and it is sad to me because I think he is the best QB to ever play.  The team needs to focus on defence.  They need to play meaner and more physical.  I have been turned into a believer that the Defence wins Super Bowls.  They need someone from the Marines to conduct a weekend coaching seminar about toughness.  They need a sports pychologist for Peyton to help him not sabotage himself in the biggest games. Fox better come up with better motivational talks on the sidelines.  Heard a sound fx video from the SB, and he made the stupidest comments I have ever heard.

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

@Sliceit @MMoney0021  I still think the Patriots, at 100% health were a better overall team than Denver this year and would have given Seattle a much better game.  And yes I know Denver had their fair share of injuries, but they lost a total of 2 all pro caliber players.  We lost 5 if you include the serial killer.   

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

@Sliceit @MMoney0021  Agreed but they were not overrated on the offensive side of the ball.  Defensive side I 100% agree with.  

keeroc15
keeroc15

@pk_sea @keeroc15  LOL - keep dreaming.  who said it was NFL sanctioned  one guy in the booth with a microphone switch - go back and listen to the game if you dare - you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.  Seahawks suck and now sherman is trying to explain things away by saying they stole Peytons hand signals - what a joke !

keeroc15
keeroc15

@mklarao007 @keeroc15  3 years in a row Denver at NE - of course it isn't random - you can't make this stuff up.  I understand NFL scheduling schemes duh.

pk_sea
pk_sea

@mklarao007 @keeroc15  AFC West gets NFC West this year. Denver will not have the luxury of the season they had this year. 

mklarao007
mklarao007

@keeroc15  Make that a 4 year rotation in NFC for AFC teams and a 3 Year rotation for AFC for AFC teams.

keeroc15
keeroc15

@pirate @keeroc15  Carroll had to scurry from the NCAA where his cheating is well known.  Game films are being analyzed for exactly what I'm talking about - we shall see .  Sour grapes ha.

pk_sea
pk_sea

@GravyMartin @buckybrewer83  Agreed. Did you see the look on John Elway's face during the game? It looked like he was being haunted by ghost of Joe Montana.