As the Denver Broncos enter their offseason; it is time to begin the process of evaluating the team and what they need to do to take that next step. John Elway, John Fox and company have already started that process, and we are going to join in on the fun. We will look at each position; the strengths, the areas of need and how best to address those areas. As with any NFL team; we start with the quarterbacks.
There is no doubt that Peyton Manning is the guy that makes the Broncos go and he is coming off of a great season, and he should be better in 2013. Manning played every meaningful snap in 2012 and got stronger as the season progressed. Now that the offseason is here, Manning can resume his program and should be even stronger next season. In addition; the nerves from his neck surgeries now have an additional seven months to regenerate and that to will allow him to be better when next season kicks off.
Manning has also had a year in the offense and is familiar with his offensive line, his running backs and his receivers. The mini-camps, training camp and the preseason will now be about perfecting instead of trying to get to know one another. As good as he was in 2012; Manning should be better in 2013.
The backup job belongs to Brock Osweiler and he is also the quarterback of the future. Osweiler did not play meaningful snaps in 2012 but Elway said in the end of the season press conference that the Broncos were very happy with his progress, and believe that he is the future. It will be interesting to watch Osweiler in the preseason as he figures to get a lot of work in those games.
Caleb Haine served as the veteran backup but was deactivated for every game this season; it’s unclear what his future with the Broncos is. Whether it’s Haine or someone else; the Broncos will have a veteran behind Manning and Osweiler. It’s also a possibility that the Broncos could use a late round pick or sign an undrafted free agent to come into camp. Many believe that the position is so important that teams should draft a quarterback every year; regardless of their situation.
The Broncos are in good shape at quarterback and the position will not be a focal point during the offseason. The focal points will be Manning getting even stronger and Osweiler continuing to develop. As long as Manning is playing; the Broncos are contenders.
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