With the 2012 season right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to think about what the Broncos have done this off-season and how I believe our season will turn out.
Obviously, the largest move by far was the signing of Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning will be the best quarterback on the roster we have had since John Elway retired. He may also be the largest risk we have ever taken in the teams history. Our season rides on Manning’s shoulders, and if he fails to remain healthy for the entire season, this move may forever stain John Elways reputation as Vice President of Football Operations. There is a lot of money wrapped up in Manning, and if he is nothing like the Manning of old, then the Broncos may be in a world of hurt for the next few years. Caleb Hanie and Brock Osweiler back up Manning, with Osweiler being the project rookie for the future we took in the 2nd round in this years draft, if Manning goes down, it is up to Caleb Hanie to carry the Broncos through the season. From Manning to Hanie is a huge drop off, one I do not believe Denver could recover from should the worst happen. On the other hand, if we get the Manning of old, this season could be a huge success.
The next best move that Denver has made this off-season has got to be the hiring of Jack Del Rio. Manning and Offensive Coordinator Mike Mccoy can run the offense more than just fine I’m sure, but to have Del Rio back up John Fox on the defensive side of the ball? I have high expectations for our defense this coming season. Jack Del Rio even mentioned to be excited to be a coordinator again. Without the stress of the Head Coaching position, he can focus more on one side of the ball, his best side, the defense. With returning players in Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil, Champ Baily, along with newly acquired Mike Adams, rookie Derek Wolfe, Dreyton Florence, and Tracy Porter, this could be the season we see the Orange Crush resurrected.
With everything Denver has accomplished this off-season, the 2012 season is still completely up in the air. With the second toughest schedule including 7 play off teams from last season, Denver definitely has their work cut out for them. On the bright side, at least they have plenty of T.V. time this year for us fans on the East coast. As I wrap up this article, I think of the upgrades Denver has made. Offensively and defensively, Denver is better all round. However, as I said in the beginning, this seasons success will come down to the health of Peyton Manning. Without Manning, we could be praying Caleb Hanie becomes the next Tim Tebow, because he’ll need the luck, and the prayers.
About the Author
Written by Anthony Overbay
I live in Ohio with my fiancee and son. We are all huge Denver Bronco fans. To prove my dedication, I have a game room with 2 t.v.s both with cable where I watch both games on CBS and FOX to keep up with the day and NFL network for whenever only 1 game is on so football is always on. This room has blue carpet, orange walls, and a blue ceiling, I will let you imagine what covers the walls. I am a true football fan, and a die hard fan of the Denver Broncos.