At the beginning of the 2012 season, the Denver Broncos put their Super Bowl hopes and dreams on the backs of two players that were north of thirty years old. QB Peyton Manning was lured by Executive VP John Elway to lead the offense, while RB Willis McGahee was kept to balance it. All along, everyone said that if any injury occurred, an injury to Manning would be most destructive to this team.
While that is without a doubt an accurate statement, the Broncos may now face the second most destructive injury that could have occurred as they now lose McGahee for 6-8 weeks. According to NFL Insider Jay Glazer in a tweet earlier, McGahee suffered a fractured leg to go along with a torn MCL during yesterday’s win over the San Diego Chargers which is the reason he is out for so long.
The Broncos running game has been doing just enough to balance this offense and keep opposing defenses honest, while allowing Manning to operate efficiently. Now it is up to rookie RB Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball and bust Knowshon Moreno, who should finally be activated, to carry the load. I fully expect Hillman to be the starter, but he is still shaky with picking up the blitz and has not proven that he could be an every down back.
Ball will see a lot of carries, but if Moreno gets a chance, and shines doing it, then we might see him start to handle more of the load in the coming weeks. Moreno has been a healthy scratch since week three, and this is the only way for him to get on the field.
Head Coach John Fox and Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy will have their hands full when game planning the rest of the year, and hopefully we will be able to see McGahee for the playoffs. It is, without a doubt, important for a January run for McGahee to be a part of this offense, with the other backs used as change of pace.
While this may be a setback for the Broncos, clearly all they can do is count on the next man up to do their job and keep the chains moving. This in no way hinders their chances to get into the playoffs as they head into the final stretch at 7-3 playing below average teams. I just hope Hillman, Ball and Moreno are up for the task, because like Elway can attest to, without a balanced attack, a team can not win a Super Bowl.
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