Elway and Broncos Bank on Experience
The Denver Broncos have been searching for a signal-caller since 2015. The year the club won the Vince Lombardi Trophy and Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset. Since that moment the Broncos are 20-28 with no playoff appearances.
Broncos Current State
The team is also on their third head coach and starting quarterback in four years. Denver traded for former Super Bowl-winning and 34-year-old quarterback Joe Flacco. The team also fired Vance Joseph after two seasons where the team finished with an 11-21 record. The Broncos new head Vic Fangio who served as a defensive assistant for 32 out of the 33 years in the NFL. Fangio last stop as Chicago Bears defensive coordinator where he led one of the best defensive units in 2018.
Broncos general manager John Elway is hoping the similar recipe he used with Manning, and former head coach Gary Kubiak will work. The formula is veteran leadership and a steady hand.
The problem is the roster is nowhere near as talented as the 2015 outfit. The team needs one of the young receivers alongside Emmanuel Sanders to emerge. Iowa tight end Noah Fant picked 20th overall has high expectations as a pass-catcher. The Broncos have a budding star in the backfield in Phillip Lindsay who ran for over a 1,000 yards last year in his rookie season.
They have overhauled the left side of their offensive line. The team signer Ja’Wuan James from the Miami Dolphins to play left tackle and drafted Dalton Risner. Risner is expected to take over at left guard.
Defensively the team still has their three pillars at each level Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Chris Harris Jr. The defense despite this finished near the bottom third in the league. The poor performance more than just issues an identifying a quarterback cost Joseph his job.
The Broncos big problem this year is their brutal schedule. After the first game at Oakland, every game is against a potential playoff team this year until a trip to Buffalo in late November. I do not believe they will exceed their projected win total of seven.
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