Sacred cows were scarce when Broncos general manager John Elway dug out from the wreckage of that Super Bowl blistering by the Seahawks.
Showing his surgically repaired ACL was no longer an issue, the Broncos’ pass-rusher flashed through the line and sent the backup quarterback’s pass fluttering to the ground.
Kevin Vickerson thought he’d be back on the football field by now. Instead, he spends his days rehabbing his right hip, which was dislocated seven months ago in New England.
While Peyton Manning’s prodigious offense was scorching scoreboards all of last season, collecting records and accolades by the bundle, Denver’s depleted defense was giving up 25 points a game.
As far as Peyton Manning is concerned, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders isn’t the only offensive reinforcement summoned to help Denver get another crack at winning the Super Bowl.
Broncos pass-rushers DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller are a lot alike. Both collect lots of sacks, hefty paychecks and plenty of accolades. The two are also on the comeback trail after offseason surgeries following a disappointing season.
The Broncos spent the first day of free agency bolstering their defensive backfield, agreeing to a four-year deal with Ward on Tuesday afternoon and then hours later reaching an agreement on a six-year contract with Talib.
Derek Wolfe says he’s finally healthy after suffering a seizure in November that doctors now believe was related to the spinal cord injury he suffered in the preseason.
Terrance Knighton summed it up for so many Broncos fans when he sat stone-faced after Seattle’s 43-8 drubbing of Denver in the Super Bowl and said, “It doesn’t feel real. It almost feels like a nightmare.”
The Broncos are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance since they won it in 1998. But the Broncos faced many more challenges to get to the point they are now as opposed to the team 16 years ago.