With fewer holes and shallower pockets this time around, John Elway watched big names leaving Denver for a change -Julius Thomas to Jacksonville, Orlando Franklin to San Diego – in the frenzied opening hours of free agency Tuesday.
As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he’s weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.
When running back C.J. Anderson joined 10 teammates on the Pro Bowl roster Monday, the Broncos set a franchise record with 11 players earning all-star honors, eclipsing the 10-player mark from the 1998 Super Bowl season.
For many fans of NFL football, it’s a difficult go. But in Denver, Broncos fans have been spoiled with success over the years.
The Bengals are hot off a blowout of the rival Browns last Sunday, just in time for the Broncos. It will be a massive Monday Night match-up when these two playoff hopefuls meet, as Cincinnati’s postseason lives are on the line.
One by one Thursday, each member of the Broncos’ usually quiet O-line chimed in on the criticism that’s being piled upon them for failing to protect Peyton Manning or get the ground game going, which threatens to derail their Super Bowl dreams.
By midweek, teams have seen the film, made the corrections and installed the new game plan. All of that did nothing to ease John Fox’s irritability or Peyton Manning’s sense of culpability Wednesday.
It’s been tough going for the Denver Broncos, and it doesn’t get any easier this week, with the Miami Dolphins coming to town. The Dolphins are led by their defense, which enjoys getting down and dirty.
The St. Louis Rams have their pass rush revved up after a slow start, with 16 sacks in the last four games. It figures to be tough getting to Peyton Manning this week, given the Denver Broncos have surrendered nine sacks all season.
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase said he’ll stick with the same five starters from his retooled line when the Broncos (7-2) visit St. Louis (3-6) on Sunday.